I played Super Monkey Ball 2 as a child and loved it to death. My roommate and I recently picked it up again for a trip down memory lane to play through some cute monkey levels. This is what we got from the first world. Past then, it was a nightmare roller coaster to hell where the only way to win is to go down endless tries of slippery monkey controls. Great game to play with a friend, but wow this game was so so so SO difficult to complete. On top of this, the minigames are all really great and are worth a couple hours each.
This game is exactly what a kickstarter strives to be. This game has four main storylines plus a fighting game and it's one of the biggest bang you can get for your buck. Shovel of Truth is the classic Shovel Knight story and is a wonderful tribute to NES/SNES games of that era while keeping the advantages of modern technology. Plague of Shadows is basically the same game as Shovel of Truth except with the Plague Knight. Although I like Plague Knight's movement a lot, it feels like the weakest add-on because these levels were designed with Shovel Knight in mind. Specter of Torment is by far the best part of the game. A crazy moveset, new levels, amazing music, and a neat, prequel story line makes this stand out. King of Cards is really neat and introduces a great card game where you collect cards in the same vein as Gwent from The Witcher 3. Not my favorite moveset, but the levels push King Knight's movement to the absolute limits and feels rewarding and satisfying.
Playing this game with the homies at midnight is the perfect night. I find myself always coming back to this game because of how simple yet complex the gameplay is and that I can play cross-platform with friends. Although it's coming out as a free-to-play, it truly is worth the $20 buy-in.
Mario Tennis: Power Tour is one of the strangest and greatest things to ever happen to Mario sports games. The main difference is that instead of focusing on the Mario crew, the game focuses on Clay, Ace, and a whole slew of random characters. Not only this, but they have added a bunch of RPG-style stats and mini-games to increase those stats. The gameplay is complex without being overly flashy and keeps the main game of tennis at the heart. All this with a mild story and a great finale makes this game stand out among the rest.
This game was absolutely fucking amazing. Outstanding work. Until you get to the shitty fucking epilogue and have to go through a ranch hand tutorial. Fuck that. That was an amazing experience followed by the most painful fucking gameplay ever. I dont know how but Rockstar made me hate this game I fell in love with.
«Disappointment of the year»
«Waste of time»
«Sit back and relax»