Greetings and Salutations everyone. I am hoping to offer a different style of reviews here and, if successful, I will continue to post more reviews of future games I play. My approach is to eliminate bias by focusing on specific categories of the games I review, and then at the end add up the score. A lot of people seem to write a review and then attach a score at the end and list out a couple pros/cons of the game. I want to show you specifically why I give a game a certain score.
A couple more things before I get started that demonstrate the unique quality of my reviews. First off I only review games I beat (and often don’t review until I beat all the bonus stuff too). Secondly I review games based on comparison of other games released around the same time. This means that a game released 20 years ago could still beat a game released today because it pushed the system it was on harder than the new one pushes it’s modern system (for example).
Lastly I want to point out, as you will see below, that story is THE MOST important aspect of a game for me. If games focus either mostly or entirely on multiplayer (Call of Duty, Mario kart, etc) then they probably won’t get a very high score. If the game is really fun despite its low score, I usually give that game an (*) symbol. I’m looking for art, and while coloring sheets of paper with crayons can be fun for a while, I’d much rather have high quality paint, and my reviews are the same thing.
Here is how I review games:
Review Standards for Videogames: Out of 100 points
Originality: Does this game have a unique feel, one that totally copies off of something in the past, or somewhere in between? /20
Graphics: How does this game look in proportion to the time it was released? /10
Art Style: Is the art style truly impressive and unique, or is it a game that only focused on pixels, p quality, and frame rate? /15
Story: The most important part of a game for me. /30
Game Interface: Annoying or not? /5
Controls easy and fluid or difficult and rigid? /5
Is it fun? /15
Originality: The ability to seamlessly change characters in the middle of gameplay, the constant bantering going on (highly reflective of humanities consistent talking with oneself), the actual inclusion of a story in a side scroller (and a unique one at that), and the combination of various aspects of previous side scrollers makes this a rather unique experience to have all this in one game.
Graphics: For a side scroller this game is amazing. I would argue some of the backgrounds and obstacles in the game look as good as they do in 3-d games of the same time period. My only complaint is the rather simple look of the characters in comparison to the detail of their environments.
Art Style: A really beautiful and alive feeling art style. It’s rather realistic, but so much contrast with the fire and water levels.
Story: Oh my this side scroller actually has a story, narraration, diaglogue, character progression. This game makes my frustration with Nintendo all the stronger. It’s NOT hard to put together a simple, yet unique story in a side scroller game and yet gamer after gamer defends Nintendo for this because it’s not what the game was meant for. NEWS FLASH, you can still make the game a lot of fun and actually have a story like Trine does. Bravo!
That being said, this is no Arkham City…
Game Interface: Nothing in mah way!
Controls easy and fluid or difficult and rigid? Scrolling through weapon changes in the middle of a battle with 5 different skeleton knights, two skeleton archers, and 2 skeleton flame throwers is rather difficult when the scroll button is super sensitive on most mousse.
Is it fun? It is rather repetitive at times and is by no means as fun as NSMBU or, to a greater extent, DKKR: Tropical Freeze, but this game is still a lot of fun to play.
Up to Date Game Grade Rankings:
1. Batman Arkham City Armored Edition - 100
2. Zelda Skyward Sword-98
3. Zelda Minish Cap – 92
4. Zelda Oracle of Ages - 91
5. Zelda Twilight Princess - 90
T6.Guildwars 2 – 89
T6.Mario and Luigi: Dream Team - 89
T8. Pokemon X - 88
T8 Kid Icarus Uprising – 88
T8 Darksiders 2 - 88
T8 Fire Emblem Awakening - 88
12. Mario and Luigi: Bowsers Inside Story – 86
13. Animal Crossing New Leaf - 84
T14. Paper Mario Sticker Star – 83
T14. Zelda: A Link Between Worlds-83
16. Trine - 80
17. Zelda: A Link to the Past – 78
T18. Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D – 74
T19. Rome: Total War-74
20. Super Mario 3d land – 72
21. Red Alert 3 - 70
22. Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze* - 68
23. New Super Mario Bros. U - 66
24. New Super Mario Bros.Wii – 57 *
25. Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition – 53*
26. Kirby Squeak Squad - 43