I recently wrote about the huge amount of new games being released this month. I haven’t posted about all of them yet but I wanted to write my first impressions on some of these new games that I have been playing recently. Just to remind that these aren’t reviews of any kind, just my thoughts and things I noticed while playing for a few hours. Also, there are no spoilers or nothing related to the story here. I picked these four games even if I still played more this month. Depending on my progress, I might write about the other ones in another article. 😉
Kid Icarus: Uprising
This game was actually one of the titles I was looking forward to the most ever since I bought the 3DS. Now that I finally got it, I played for a while and so far it’s really fun. It’s actually really entertaining to listen to the characters talk while you play but I think it’s actually sad that you can’t focus 100% on these dialogues since you have to keep your eyes on the upper screen while the rest is happening on the touch screen. If you don’t actually mind that, it’s alright but I would still have preferred playing the game and getting a real cutscene after beating a level. Then there are tons of unlockables, so the replay value to get everything is high. I don’t know how many levels or chapters there are but most of them are quite short so at least it’s worth playing through them a few times. You will have to fight a boss after each level but most of these aren’t too hard. You can also increase the difficulty or play under certain conditions at the beginning of each level. Something that really pleases me, not that it’s really important but I like the design of the game and the way everything looks. Everything is adorable, Pit’s expressions are lovely and it gives the game more personality. I still need to test the other features of the game since there is still more to discover but I have to say that I’m not disappointed of my purchase so far.
So Journey is the first new game I actually beat. Normal since it only lasted for two hours. But what two hours. It’s an unique experience you can share with another player who can join you anytime. Your ‘journey’ is really magical and leads you through different landscapes which look stunning. You don’t do much in the game except for wandering around and sometimes discover new places and collectibles but the game focuses more on the ‘journey’ itself and to experiment this with another player. The only thing that might keep people from buying it is the price since it’s still expensive for a two hour game. But still totally worth it. I’m actually replaying it to get the missing trophies.
PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond
I can’t resist a Pokémon game when I see one. Wonders Beyond is no exception there. I already played the first one and even if it was far from perfect, it remained fun. Most of the changes in this one are really an upgrade to the first game except for one thing I will explain later. The good things are that you can now play as Pikachu and the three starters of the black and white games. Which made me quite happy since I totally love Oshawott!! :green: You can upgrade some of their abilities/attacks now separately which wasn’t the case in the first one. You still have to fight or chase Pokémon to befriend them but they also added a few other mini games. You can also use the different abilities of your 4 Pokémon to discover new areas or other items in the game which means that you can always go back in earlier sections of the game and discover something new. The not so good thing remains the controls. I would have preferred playing with the Wii Remote and the Nunchuk. Playing with the Wii Remote alone is imprecise and sometimes even frustrating. The worst part is that now you can dash and attack by pressing the 1 button while in the previous game, you were attacking with A and dashing with 1 (if I remember right). This was made aiming much easier in the first game. If you dash with your Pokémon to go faster, it’s extremely annoying to run in a straight line so if you have to walk on a small plank for example, be ready to fall down more than once. These are small things and you will get used to it after playing for a while but it’s still sad that they changed it that way. All in all, if you are a Pokémon fan and need a little break from more brutal games, and you don’t mind the minor control problems, this is definitely worth a look.
Silent Hill Downpour
I was lucky to get the game earlier and actually got the US version which was compatible with my European Xbox. Since I’m constantly switching between games, I have a hard time to get really far in this one. But I actually also want to take my time since Silent Hill games still freak me out sometimes and I can’t play them for hours. :rolleyes: But as far as I’ve played, I really don’t get the whole negative points. Of course this isn’t like the old Silent Hill games, but it’s still a decent game. What I really like is the fact that you have tons of spaces to explore. You have to proceed strategically to not miss any important items and I really like that. From time to time, one or two enemies surprise you and they aren’t that scary and it’s pretty easy to run away from them. Believe me, you don’t always want to fight with that fighting system which could have really been reworked. Grabbing weapons is also something which needs patience because if you don’t keep attention, you lose your good weapon and you will have to fight with a stick or even worse a brick. 😛 The atmosphere still does it right and I already saw a few creepy moments which I was actually hoping to find in a game like this. I’m really excited to move on in the story and to know more about the main character. But as said before, I’m not that far in the game and so I can’t tell much more right now.
Hope you enjoyed these little thoughts on these four games. I guess I’m going to finish PokéPark 2 first since I’m nearly done with this game. 🙂