I’ve been playing Celeste on the Switch. Here’s how I feel about it so far.
Based on the survey feedback after the demo release, Square Enix (and/or Acquire?) has been making adjustments to a lot of things. Interface, visibility, and my own favorite change, the ability to walk or run by simply tilting the joystick, with a “sprint” option available that increases your chances of getting into fights!
This game is really looking great still, and I very much respect Square Enix for being humble enough to put out a demo, listen to feedback, and allow the fans of this genre to push them in the right direction. Yes, you could argue that it shows lack of vision or leadership, but think about it: if you don’t have vision and leadership, why pretend that you do? This is why some series get a creator who ruins tons of stuff in the hopes of becoming a great director. They obviously had good ideas from the start, but listening to fans won’t hurt.
Nintendo Goes Nuts
Bottom Line: Nintendo indecisively throws its hat in the ring,
then realizes it has to box its own shadow for supremacy.
I’ve been playing Golf Story. Should you take a swing at it?
Let me tell you what I think so far.
I’ve got my hands on Nintendo’s great big sales pitch for the Nintendo Switch.
So, how does it feel?
With Octopath Traveler I think Square Enix has a potential system-seller on their hands. It’s an old-school RPG coming out for the Nintendo Switch next year, but it uses the Unreal 4 engine to make everything fancier looking. It’s the most intriguing game coming out for the Switch in my opinion, because it demonstrates the hybrid console/handheld mentality that I hoped to see more of. The Switch is in a perfect position to deliver a tidal wave of SNES/PS1/DS reminiscent games that work on either the big screen or the little one, combining 3D graphics and pixels for a blast of nostalgia that doesn’t feel dated.
In this video I discuss the interesting direction Nintendo is taking with Mario Odyssey, and how it may fit into a greater company rebranding. A sort of meta-commentary, if you will.