Average User Score: 7.9Nov 8, 2014I could not have asked for a better ninja game. Everything about this game screams terrific design. It captures the spirit of true ninjutsu:I could not have asked for a better ninja game. Everything about this game screams terrific design. It captures the spirit of true ninjutsu: complete nothingness and silence, alongside the occasional assassination. The path you take as a ninja is completely up to you, ranging from a murderous nightmare towards every guard to an undetectable ghost. The game is more than happy to give you various options in approaching every situation. I was also pleased by how varied the levels are; one time you will be infiltrating a fortress, the next time you'll be escaping poison-filled catacombs, and another time you will be setting a building on fire. I also found the game to be quite challenging and as of writing this review have yet to earn all the achievements...and complete a harder New Game+.
The art direction is fantastic, harkening me back to the style of Batman: The Animated Series, Star Wars: Clone Wars, and Samurai Jack. Plus, the visual cues regarding sound and light is nothing short of genius.
The story is surprisingly intriguing and the end led to much reflection of my playthrough as a ninja. The characters are good with well-executed voice-acting. Overall, very well-written.
With all this being said, this is a ninja game. What more could you want?… Expand
Average User Score: 8.7Sep 23, 2014With most of the Rayman series under my belt, I've grown to be very interested in Michel Ancel's work; as of playing this game, I've nowWith most of the Rayman series under my belt, I've grown to be very interested in Michel Ancel's work; as of playing this game, I've now become a fan. BG&E is among the finest games I've played and pulls off the Zelda formula better than most Zelda games I've played. The puzzles: clever and satisfying. The stealth: tense, yet enjoyable. The combat: unique and well-executed. The exploration: fun, filled, and rewarding. The presentation: shows age, but emotional. The story: simplistic, but well-written and immersive. The characters: each one endearing. This is Michel Ancel's magnum-opus. I eagerly await a sequel after 10+ years...… Expand
Average User Score: 6.8Aug 7, 2014Personally, this is one of my favorite games. This is a game that sends you down into a world that feels like its been forgotten and ruined.Personally, this is one of my favorite games. This is a game that sends you down into a world that feels like its been forgotten and ruined. Marvelous art style, animation and soundtrack set the tone for this game perfectly. The cutscenes are especially unique and well-done, and they fit into the game. Many say that they were disappointed by the lack of voice-acting that was replaced with grunts and moans, but I personally think it fit. Any voice-acting probably would have broken the immersion and atmosphere. The story is also unique in the sense that it is based off of truth: characters lost to history are reintroduced and remembered once more in a great story that will entrance you with its characterization and plot. The game, however, does fall slightly in the gameplay area: the controls are a bit bothersome, but more annoying are the quests that are essentially fetch-quests. But I did like just running around and exploring the different areas of Wasteland, experimenting with different choices and paths every playthrough. The morality system (dubbed "play-style matters") wasn't as deep or enjoyable as I think it could've been, but I still had fun with it. I was hooked and played through it as many times as it took to get every precious pin, and I loved every minute of it.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.4Aug 7, 2014Sweet mother of monkey milk, I love this game. It's gorgeous-looking, it's wonderful-sounding, and it's pure fun platforming. Each level isSweet mother of monkey milk, I love this game. It's gorgeous-looking, it's wonderful-sounding, and it's pure fun platforming. Each level is perfect with the just the right difficulty, great replayability, and fun beat em' up action that is melded into the platforming in a seemingly effortless way. This is platforming perfection. It's so good to have Rayman back!… Expand
Average User Score: 8.4Apr 14, 2014It truly, truly pains me to write this review. I just cannot find it in myself to like this game. To begin, the game just drags on and on inIt truly, truly pains me to write this review. I just cannot find it in myself to like this game. To begin, the game just drags on and on in each area and the game is very formulaic. Worst of all, I could not enjoy the combat system: maintaining control over four characters to pull off special attacks is a very frustrating chore. The special attacks have also replaced the Bros. Attacks from Superstar Saga, and each one is a repetitive, pointlessly tedious mini-game that eats up time and makes the battles drag as well as the areas. The game has nothing but padding and I just wanted it to end.
Presentation-wise, the game is passable, but nothing impressive. The game's graphics barely pass a GBA title. As for the music, if you were to ask me what soundtrack belonged to what area, I would not be able to tell you.
Thankfully, the game's story does have some funny moments: hearing Mario say "babies" cracks me up. Overall, though, the story or characters doesn't redeem this game (you know from the beginning everything will turn out well: where are the Shroob aliens present-day?!).
As I said already, I hate that I do not like this game, seeing as how Superstar Saga is among my favorite games of all time. There's hardly anything to take away from this game. A poor sequel.… Expand
Average User Score: 9.3Apr 13, 2014M&L Superstar Saga is what made me love Mario games. There is nearly no end to the charm and fun that this game brings. The combat system isM&L Superstar Saga is what made me love Mario games. There is nearly no end to the charm and fun that this game brings. The combat system is incredibly intuitive, with its action-based gameplay bringing turn-based RPGs to a whole new level. It's a comfortable and enjoyable set-up, as your actions mean more than your stats. Alongside, there is a unique world to explore with much to find.
The game's plot is nothing special, but it is filled with clever writing and characters that will put a smile to your face. There is even a few twists involved. Mario and Luigi are enjoyable characters and its great to see such chemistry between them.
The game also looks awesome on the GBA, with lush colors, nice animation, and great art direction. And I love, love, love the soundtrack. All the music is catchy and memorable, albeit a tad repetitive.
If you want a game that features everything to love about the Mario Bros. in a near perfect RPG style, do not pass this game.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.9Mar 17, 2014A great game in every sense. In my opinion, a superior game to A Link to the Past in almost every way. With that said, now the flaws of theA great game in every sense. In my opinion, a superior game to A Link to the Past in almost every way. With that said, now the flaws of the game. The best way to describe ALBW is that its a roller coaster ride: from beginning to end, it's a terrific and comfortable experience with thrills at every corner. You'll have a smile on your face for every minute of this thrill-ride. But that's where the problem comes in: it's a thrill and nothing more, and a quick thrill at that. There's no denying I had fun with the ingenious dungeon design, fun-to-solve puzzles, intense boss fights and intriguing plot, but while playing the game I never felt challenged. This was mainly due to the weak exploration: the secrets are rather easy to discover and vast amounts of Rupees are practically handed to you. It's almost as if Nintendo wanted me to have the least frustrating experience possible, but it hurt the immersion. Unlike other Zeldas, I didn't feel like I was embarking on an adventure; I felt like I was playing a game and that's it.
I also felt the art direction, while unique, wasn't all that interesting and even at times unpleasant to look at. But its soundtrack, while similar to ALttP, is great, my favorite being Lorule's Death Mountain theme.
The game's story also shines as you're essentially meeting characters that live in a hopeless world: a world without a Triforce. It's a fascinating concept, and while it gave a very satisfactory ending, I do wish that the game went more than just knee-deep into the plot.
Overall, I suppose the biggest complaint I have with ALBW is that it is non-stop action: you are always doing something. The problem is that the game never gives itself a chance to breathe and to let you take in your surroundings in order to immerse you into the game's world.
While I wasn't blown away by the game, rest assured I had a great time with it. The Zelda series continues to shine.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.9Mar 5, 2014A work of art. It's odd, it's simplistic, and very brief; so is life. The previous statement is the message this game attempts to convey andA work of art. It's odd, it's simplistic, and very brief; so is life. The previous statement is the message this game attempts to convey and does so in such a perfect way: by having the player take the role of a fly's brief existence. It's a must-play. Even better is the fact that it is free to download, for this is a message that must be experienced by all.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.2Feb 26, 2014As a free-to-play game, this is pretty decent. The presentation is stellar in its color and visuals and the soundtrack, while nothing amazing,As a free-to-play game, this is pretty decent. The presentation is stellar in its color and visuals and the soundtrack, while nothing amazing, is fun to listen to and adds to the action. There is a story, but there's no point in paying attention to it. What this game features is beat-em-up hack-and-slash action that's easy to get into and fun to play with friends. It's not enough to keep you hooked for months at a time, however, as it really is nothing more than a hack-and-slash game and you'll have to do a lot of it to get anywhere in the game. This can take more than a long time as it takes forever to level up. But after playing 40+ hours, I'm still playing and probably will keep doing so for a while. The game is fun and the community is also friendly, and its all free. That makes a good package.
Edit: In a recent patch, they've improved the leveling system and the bar isn't nearly as high. It's not much, but an improvement. Score changes from 7 to 8.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.8Feb 13, 2014A game from my childhood. Back in the day, Spongebob was my childhood and I had a blast with this game. Playing it again, I can see itsA game from my childhood. Back in the day, Spongebob was my childhood and I had a blast with this game. Playing it again, I can see its faults: its controls aren't the best, back-tracking can be a bit tedious, and the game overall is rather short. But this game has a great amount of charm, especially in its presentation. The music is compressed, but catchy and memorable. I was actually surprised at this game's visuals: there's nice detail and great animations, some of which are almost like 3-D. It generally isn't remembered very much now, but I still rather enjoy this game simply for the nostalgia it brings me back to. And it's fun too: using bubbles for platforming is actually quite satisfying. Ah, that stupid yellow concoction of idiocy...good times.… Expand