Q2, 2019 was filled with some strange games but mostly remakes. Some of those strange games turned out to be so good they instantly topped the list. But if I was to ask you a question which game is number 1, would you be able to answer it? Very likely you already have an idea what it is.
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If you’re from the Playstation era then it’s very likely you’ll know all about Crash Team Racing which became on of those instant hits of the time. Fast forward to today and now, it’s been re-released with updated everything going on again, just like the first time, to be an instant hit.
What a surprise! In number 9 we have a tie between Resident Evil and Resident Evil 4. Whatever the case, both of these titles are amazing and if you haven’t played a RE game before then let me give you a quick summary. RE has you locked inside a mansion filled with zombies and your mission is to find someway to escape before you are infected and become a zombie.
RE4 has you as Leon Kennedy, the same protagonist from RE2 years after the Raccoon city bombing. Now an agent for the president he is tasked with recovering the president’s daughter from a group infected with a new virus, Las Plagas. No matter which title you want to play they are both fantastic and both in HD so have fun shooting down some zombies and Plagas.
In this released collection of the Mana series which has you playing Secret of Mana, Trials of Mana and Final Fantasy Adventure, which by the way isn’t actually part of the Final Fantasy series but instead a part of the Mana series.. odd right? As always you are given control of the cast of Mana heroes as they fight their way to the final encounter, all while playing 3 players on SoM and 2 players on ToM. So if your new to the series or haven’t played ToM because you weren’t in Japan during it’s Japan exclusive release then here’s your chance to play the entire series in one fell swoop.
Anyone looking to play a game that is very similar to Castlevania: Symphony of the Night will find this game to be that. As the hero Luna you do exactly what Alucard would do, explore the castle and find upgrades, but there is a Persian twist to this. Just like the Prince of Prince of Persia you find ‘sand’ which enables you to pause time which as you can guess from the game title is the core ability of the game. As a kickstarter that had obvious influences they managed to create an impressive game that worked well and ranked highly among critics and player alike. Definitely worth picking up if your into the metroidvania scene.
Ignoring the most fixated on scene of X and the K-Pop feel of X-2 we are given two great games with amazing story’s in it’s remastered glory. I personally love both of these games because X is filled to the brim with mystery and intrigue spanning generations of the games history while X-2 acts like a clean up of X with it’s own original story, all leading to a true ending assuming you’ve gotten 100% completion. It’s a two for one great game for RPG fans, new and old, so make sure you get it and absorb the stories.
Mixing rogue-like and trading card game genres doesn’t exactly seem like a good mix, unless it’s done well and that’s what we have here. Throughout the game you’ll be challenged to create decks that are both strong and work well together so you can defeat the monsters. As you continue fighting you’ll eventually be killed but that’s not a problem because thanks to it’s rogue-like elements you can just revive at the beginning of the game with gained points you can use to get new characters, relics and cards making each progressive playthrough much easier.
In one of those rare but ever increasingly common moves, Nintendo has allowed one of their most guarded IPs to be used by a third party, the Legend of Zelda. This had led to a cross over in which both story’s are intertwined turning it into a rouge-like, rhythm, Legend of Zelda game. It’s weird, but it works in the most incredible way. I was moving to the beat the whole time, mainly because you have to in order to not miss any moves and fight properly, but more than that, the beats come from a remixed version of LoZ soundtracks. If your into rhythm and Legend of Zelda games then definitely pick up this title and if your siting there wondering if it actually worth buying then download the demo straight from the eShop. I think you’ll find that you’re going to want to buy it.
Have you played FFXII for the Playstation 2? Then you’re going to enjoy this remastered release. Looking past the standard good versus evil story that FF is known for, this release modernizes and tweaks just about everything. Some of those include the Zodiac Job System, Speed Mode and a New Game+.
In one of those unlikely instant hits we found Cuphead. Instantly adored for it’s return to old school cartoon art style (think Popeye or classic Mickey) it made its debut out of Ontario, Canada. Looking at it’s story it all about losing your soul to the Devil and racing to fulfill a mission set by the Devil to get out of losing your soul. It’s a classic storyline that does it well.
Special Mention: Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 04: VR Kit
Although VR is getting a lot better it still has some ways to go before it can be considered mainstream. Nintendo entered the VR space using it’s Switch and cardboard to make a unique combination, a VR system. This odd combination allows your to check out SSBU, BOTW and Super Mario Odyssey in VR. Along with this is the ability to create a blaster, much like the light gun of the 90s to play an FPS. It’s weird for sure, but Nintendo is known for just going for it and understandably setting new standards. Who knows, we might all be wearing cardboard glasses in the future.
Can I just say that when Nintendo released Super Mario Maker it pretty much gave us the keys to building nearly any and all Mario levels. Though there were some things that still would’ve been nice to have, like slopes, it was still a game that couldn’t be put down. Here we are now with SMM2 released and immediately it ranked above and beyond any game released prior. SMM2 is a true upgrade from the original because we’re given even more items to mess with, a new style, new combinations of enemies, blocks and items, a story mode and the ability to in level rooms. Even with the mass amounts of variations we could do in the original Nintendo still managed to make this and offer more. Bravo Nintendo and here’s hoping to see a Super Mario Maker 3 with every single asset ever used unlocked, cheers.
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