Snake Pass Review (Switch)

We’ve all played platformers over the years and many of them have to do something to stand out from the rest. Most platforming games have you jumping from place to place to place trying to collect everything in sight. Snake Pass, the latest game from Sumo Digital, is a platformer, with light puzzle elements and plenty of things collect. Unlike most games in the genre, however, this one stands out from the crowd in how you move around the world and explore.

You play as a snake named Noodle and you’re accompanied by your friend Doodle, a hummingbird. Someone is threatening the peace of their world and it’s up to you to play through the game’s 15 levels to bring peace and beauty back to the world. You slither around the world in a way that most platformers have never really asked you to do before. You can’t jump. You’re a snake. So you must navigate around the world using no arms, and no legs. Only your slippery, serpentine body and the motions that would allow a snake to move. The story is there, but it’s not the reason you’re going to want to go through the game. This puzzle platformer is unlike anything you’ve probably played before.

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HyperX Cloud Stinger Headset Review

I’m not exactly what you’d call an audiophile. My criteria for a set of headphones has generally been “does it cost $15 or less”, “will it play music or game audio”, “will it not break on day one?”. That’s not to say that I don’t appreciate good audio, just that when it comes to day to day use I’m not as picky about the sound quality as I am ease of use. However, this new headset that I received has changed that.

With the release of Switch, Kingston Technology reached out to us to see if we’d be interested in taking a look at some of their products and test them out with the system. We agreed and they sent along a very nice, budget friendly pair of headphones for us to test out.

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Go! Go! Kokopolo 3D Review (3DS)

All the way back in 2011 I reviewed a little DSiWare game from UK developer Tanukii Studios called Go! Go! Kokopolo. I called the game a mix between Pac-Man and Cat and Mouse, a description I thought was very fitting. In April of 2012 we showed off some of the first character art for the game’s sequel Go! Go! Kokopolo 3D. Now, nearly four years later the game has finally been released and if you liked that first game you’ll love this one.

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NieR: Automata Review (PS4)

 

Nier: Automata is the Action RPG pseudo open world sequel to 2010’s hidden gem Nier, which is a spin-off of the first game in the Drakengard/Drag-On Dragoon series also by Yoko Taro.  NO PRIOR KNOWLEDGE IS NECESSARY TO ENJOY THE GAME.

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Nier: Automata is the love child of Square-Enix’s Yoko Taro and Platinum’s stylized CUHRAYZEE action game. Along with that, there are many people involve with this game that are absolutely stellar yet overshadowed by their more noticeable counter figures. Continue reading “NieR: Automata Review (PS4)”

Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment Review (Switch)

Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment is the second expansion to the original game from Yacht Club Games and shows that they’re not willing to rest on their laurels and just recycle old content for new games. They’ve taken many of the lessons learned in the two years since Shovel Knight’s original release and crafted a prequel that worth any player’s time to play.

The game takes place before the events of the original Shovel Knight and you play as Specter Knight, one of the eight members of the ‘Order of No Quarter’. In the game you are tasked by the villainous Enchantress to seek out the other members of the Order and recruit them to her cause. You’ll also learn the back story of Specter Knight and just how he became a member of the Order in a series of flashback levels, essentially a mini-prequel inside the prequel, if you will.

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Snipperclips: Cut It Out Together! Review (Switch)

New system launches are always interesting experiences. People are looking for anything and everything to play on them. Sometimes games are great (like is the case with The Legend of Zelda), sometimes they’re not so good. Sometimes you write off a game thinking it to be nothing more than a cash in at the system’s launch and you’re surprised when it turns out they’re actually really good. The Switch is no exception and I think Snipperclips is one of those games that shouldn’t be overlooked. It came out of nowhere during Nintendo’s full Switch reveal and I think some people might have thought it was just another game being released to bad out the system’s, at the time, small launch lineup. However, the game is actually very good, especially if you have people to play it with.

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Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World Review (3DS)

The Yoshi’s Island series has always been one of my favorite platforming series. They give you a completely different feel for a platformer than Nintendo’s more famous plumber does. The games always encouraged exploration and precision to me more than Mario games did. I also really liked Kirby’s Epic Yarn. The game was beautiful on the Wii. When I heard that Yoshi’s Island and Kirby’s Epic Yarn were getting together in the form of Yoshi’s Woolly World I was excited. That game was also really, really good. Now we’re getting the chance to take that game with us wherever we go in a 3DS port of the game. That game is also really, really good.

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Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King Review (3DS)

There are few franchises that cause me to clear my calendar of every other video game I’m playing than Dragon Quest. January was a very busy month for game releases (thanks, Sega), but I knew I had to have time to devote all my attention to Dragon Quest VIII, and I did. For good reason. The game is fantastic.

In the game you play as a nameless Hero (that you get to give a name) who is a member of the Royal Guard for King Trode. The King and his daughter have been cursed by a jester named Dhoulmagus and turned into a troll and a horse respectively. You accompany the king, along with a friend named Yangus, to discover the whereabouts of Dhoulmagus, defeat him and lift the curse on the king.

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Yakuza 0 Review (PS4)

Yakuza. It’s a series I’d never gotten into, but is well loved with other staffers here at Nintendo Okie. You can’t go a few weeks without someone talking about it and for good reason. Yakuza 0 is the most recent game in the series and if you’ve never explored the streets of Japan as a heavily tattooed man who commits crime, but is ultimately a good person then now is the best time to do so.

Yakuza 0 tells the story of two different members of the Japanese yakuza, Kiryu Kazuma and Majima Goro. At the beginning of this game Kiryu is framed for a murder that he didn’t commit. Ultimately he’s kicked out of the family and tries to redeem himself and prove his innocence at the same time. Majima is a cabaret owner who was exiled for not following orders years earlier. He too is looking to better his name. These two men’s stories will intertwine with each other at different points.

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