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There are many ways you can fight the monsters in Breath of the Wild. You can go for close combat, using swords, spears, clubs and many other weapons, besting your goblin-like enemies with well-timed parries, dodges, slashes, and strikes. Or you can fight enemies from afar by shooting your bow,...
There's a vast array of puzzles found in Breath of the Wild where you use your abilities to move, manipulate or destroy the environment. It can be very simple like destroying rocks with a bomb to unblock a cave entrance. Or it can be fairly complex, requiring you to rotate and connect massive p...
Breath of the Wild features a very interesting cooking skill, allowing you to combine up to 5 different ingredients to create useful dishes or elixirs that can aid you on your journey. While the cooking process itself is really simple, only requiring you to light a fire and use a pot, experimenta...
Most open world games follow the same pattern - they give you a map that's full of blips, forcefully guiding you to marked locations, causing you to ignore everything along the way. Breath of the Wild steps away from this design choice by having a map where only you can mark points of interest....
When you attack enemies, your equipped weapon quickly loses its durability, breaking when it reaches zero. This can force you to switch to new weapons multiple times during a battle, adding a micromanagement aspect that can disrupt the flow of combat. You're not just fighting enemies, you'...
There's no in-game log or cookbook to record cooking recipes you discover. The only method of checking a recipe is by examining a cooked item in your inventory, which isn't very reliable since you can only check it as long as you have the item. As a result, you have to memorize and/or write...
If you prefer building, creative mode is the way to go. It immediately gives you unlimited blocks, the ability to fly, and immortality. This allows you to easily build anything you want without worrying about height or enemies. Things like giant castles, villages, roller coasters, and even unique b...
The community surrounding this game is huge due to its popularity. There are lots of servers and projects revolving around it that allow for so many different choices in how one wants to play and who they want to play with. From crafting guides/videos, themed servers and YouTube play sessions, the...
Each new world is randomly generated, making for a different experience every time. There can be plains, rivers, beaches, ravines, giant mountains, hidden villages, and a lot more. There are also 38 biomes, which includes snow, desert, forest, swamp among others. Each one has its own set of unique...
With well-written characters who quip and deliver memorable lines, the story is wonderful for anyone interested in a lighter, kid-friendly interpretation of the Marvel universe. Kang the Conqueror is competent without needing to be overtly evil, and heroes such as Spider-Man and Captain America are...
Friends and family can play LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 together, battling against hordes of enemies in the chaotic two-player co-op mode. The combat is unbalanced, with some characters who are far more powerful than others, but there's still a great time to have with all the madness on each lev...
Traveling across Chronopolis, the world filled with Marvel locations from around the globe, is a great theme park of different levels. With the game's time-travel elements, it's possible to be in the modern New York City metropolis for one level and then Ancient Egypt in the next. The varie...
As the LEGO games are meant for younger audiences, it's great that they're easy to pick up and learn, but LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 doesn't offer anything new to the franchise. The combat is the same button-mashing experience that requires no skill and offers no forms of character prog...
Even though the open world design of the levels is limited and simplistic, the game sometimes neglects to give specifics on where to go next. Getting to objectives will then require wandering around the small maps and eventually stumbling upon the next place to go.
Designed by Ron Gilbert, an award-winning adventure game designer in the early days of the genre, Thimbleweed Park is a tribute to the adventure gaming days of old. It's a modern game that opts to use an old look and feel to recreate the classic point and click games of the past such as Maniac...
As soon as the game begins, you have the freedom to switch between 2 of the playable characters, with more becoming available as the adventure progresses. Since you can freely swap between characters whenever you'd like, getting stuck on a specific puzzle for one character's storyline isn...
The game offers a casual mode for those who just want to experience the story and characters without being bogged down by all the tricky puzzles, as it shortens the length of the game by removing a majority of them. Additionally, for those who want the true gaming experience, there is the hard mode...
Great for both casual gamers and those looking for a challenge thanks to an adjustable difficulty level•••
Most of the city of Thimbleweed Park and it's surrounding areas are immediately available to explore and take in the scenery. While some of it is gated by story for gameplay reasons, there is still a huge amount of content that is available to immerse yourself in the minute you start the game....
The story begins with two federal agents investigating a murder a little outside the strange, surreal town of Thimbleweed Park. While the initial main focus of the story revolves around solving the murder, it quickly branches out from there as the agents enter the town and start questioning the loc...
There are five playable characters total. Two are available from the start of the game, and three more have their own scenario to play through when first introduced into the game. These scenarios showcase the characters' backgrounds and personalities via their own mini-storyline that draws heav...
The characters will sometimes address the player directly. This fourth wall breaking, even though a staple of the games Thimbleweed Park is giving tribute to, can be off-putting to some modern gamers who would rather experience full immersion.
Since each of the five playable character has their own inventory, sometimes trading back and forth between them can be a hassle, especially when unsure of which items are needed to solve specific puzzles. The constant trading becomes tedious due to the number of items in the game.
The many fantasy-like worlds you explore through the mysterious paintings are very pretty and whimsical. Going into the paintings themselves is fascinating since it's something you don't get to do in real life, and you get to learn more about Lydie and Suelle as you go along. Gathering reso...
The art style is has many bright colors and well-drawn characters. Everyone has all sorts of colorful hairstyles, eyes, and outfits like pink, blue, and crimson that aren't too over-the-top. Their eyes have cool swirls for pupils, their skin tones are radiant, and every character has a bright a...
There's a sweet simplicity to the story and gameplay that focuses more on everyday life. Playing as the two twins, Lydie and Suelle, you're mainly trying to make ends meet and become the best possible alchemists you can be. You pass the days at your own pace as you take on jobs from the tow...
Atelier Lydie & Suelle focuses on gathering materials and synthesizing them into alchemy formulas as the main mechanics. You can lose yourself in the game for hours as you explore the fantasy-like levels, picking up resources from bushes, hacking away at trees, or mining them from rocks. You c...
Atelier Lydie & Suelle's combat is simple enough for beginners who want to try out a turn-based JRPG. The interface is clean with basic commands for attacking and using skills, magic, and items. It's easy to get the hang of when to go on offense while your health is high, and when to s...
For some reason, Atelier Lydie & Suelle doesn't have an English dub and just has the original Japanese voices with English subtitles. There's nothing wrong with only having the Japanese option, but it's really weird considering the other Atelier games in the West have English voice...
The stories in the Atelier games are more about everyday life mixed in with whimsical fantasy. This isn't the kind of RPG with the type of layered, rich story with dramatic twists and turns that you'd expect from the genre. If you want a heavier narrative with more to say, you won't g...
The visuals for the environments don't hold up to how pretty the cel-shaded graphics are. The textures are low-quality with jaggies sticking out. It's not so bad on the PC version and the PlayStation 4; things are much more obvious on the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation Vita. There are also...
If you can't stand doing the same things over and over again in games, then Atelier Lydie & Suelle probably isn't for you. The whole game is about exploring maps to gather materials and then crafting those materials into something useful through alchemy. There are some turn-based battl...
The game reinforces the attitude of never giving up, even in the face of a seemingly impossible challenge or self-doubt, and does this by tying this heartfelt theme into the gameplay itself. As Madeline sets out to scale to the top of the mountain, she will encounter a lot of depression, anxiety...
In each level, there is a single hidden cassette tape, often in a hard to reach area. The platforms in these areas move to the beat of the level's soundtrack, and have to be correctly navigated to reach the tape. Similar to how old school cassettes tapes had two sides, collecting this tape will...
Checkpoints are encountered quite often, so when you inevitably die, you won't have to replay a huge portion of the level. This helps to keep the frustration to a minimum when tackling a particularly tricky section of a level, and lets you practice the part that's giving you trouble rather...
The platforming definitely isn't stale and consistently adds new movement mechanics to keep things feeling fresh throughout your run. Glowing red orbs will send you flying in a certain direction, jump pads will blast you high into the air, and diamonds will give you an extra dash in mid air. Ju...
Each level features its own environmental hazard, which means players will have to adjust their strategies from time to time. One level is filled with winds that shift, sometimes assisting you across wide gaps and at other times stopping your progression forward or causing you to miss jumps. Anoth...
For those who may not be so good at the platforming aspect of the game, Celeste offers an assist mode which allows players of all skill levels to experience the game in full. During gameplay, there are a few on-demand options available to do things such as become invincible (avoid spike traps and e...
Although dying in this game helps to reinforce the game's overall theme of never giving up in the face of a challenge, this can be a turn off to some players. Missing the same jumps and landing on the same spike traps constantly can only happen so many times before it becomes frustrating more t...
During one level, there is wind that pushes and blows you around, but it doesn't always work in your favor. It may send you hurtling off a steep drop right into a spike trap or ruin your carefully timed midair dash. It's very random which way it'll decide to move you, and can therefore...
Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings
Recommended 14 days ago
ProSolid turn-based combat that's welcoming to beginners
ProEngaging gathering and crafting system with alchemy as the game's main focus
ProSlice-of-life story and gameplay that's relaxing and laid-back
ProCharming and colorful anime art style
ProCreative concept of entering paintings to explore new worlds
ConNot for people who hate repetitive busywork
ConGraphics for environments aren't that great
ConYou won't find a sprawling narrative here like in most RPGs
ConNo English voices even though previous Atelier games included them
Recommended a month ago
ProOptional assist mode for players who aren't good with platforming
ProGreat variation in level mechanics to keep players on their toes
ProThe platforming consistently adds new movement mechanics
ProFrequent checkpoints keep the game moving along
Pro"B side" collectibles for those who crave a deeper challenge
ProThe theme of overcoming anxiety and depression is tied into the gameplay
ConWind mechanic can be unfair
ConYou'll die a lot
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Recommended a month ago
ProAn open world game where exploration feels exciting
ProAn engaging cooking skill
ProWonderfully crafted puzzles
ProA variety of fighting methods keep the combat fun
ConCooking can feel inconvenient
ConWeapon durability system can feel tedious to some
Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition
Recommended a month ago
ProGreat creativity tool
ProRandomly generated worlds and distinct locations keep the gameplay fresh
ProAmazing extended community
ProLocal multiplayer option for when there is no internet
ConSteep and time-consuming learning curve
ConLack of meaningful story mode
ConStill involves killing other things
Recommended a month ago
ProWell-developed, quirky characters
ProWell-written storyline with many subplots
ProOpen and convenient exploration
ProGreat for both casual gamers and those looking for a challenge thanks to an adjustable difficulty level
ProAccess to five playable characters allows you to continue the story even if you get stuck
ProA great tribute to the classic point-and-click games of the 90s
ConInventory management can be a hassle
ConThe 4th wall is broken at times ruining immersion
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