Sonic Forces [Game Review]

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Title: Sonic Forces
Developer: Sonic Team
Publisher: Sega
Platform:
Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows, Playstation 4, Xbox One
Category:
Platformer
Release Date:
November 7, 2017 Worldwide
How we got the game:
Received it for Christmas for the Nintendo Switch

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My interest in Sonic the Hedgehog grew mainly from comics rather than the video games. Growing up, my main source of Sonic the Hedgehog video games was from an arcade cabinet in my childhood dentist’s office. I would be able to zoom through the first couple of levels of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 before I got called for my turn in the dentist’s chair. Sonic Adventure DX and Sonic Adventure 2 Battle for the GameCube were some of my favorites after that, even if they haven’t aged that well. Since then, Sonic games have been… meh. Sonic Forces, though, wasn’t that bad.

gameplay

Sonic Forces consists of levels that star Modern Sonic, Classic Sonic, or the Avatar. There are a few where the Avatar teams up with Modern Sonic as well, allowing you to use the skills of both characters. Levels with Modern Sonic consist of the 3D game play style while Classic Sonic is mainly side-scrollers that do well inducing nostalgia within the player. Most of the Avatar levels are similar to Modern Sonic’s.

It was pretty simple to get into the game control-wise, yet I will admit dying more often than not because I decided to hit the Stomp attack button rather than Jump/Homing while flying over an abyss. The levels in general were decent, but most were not very challenging. In true Sonic form, zipping through a level was usually enough to reach the goal, even if a few levels had a couple of hiccups when it came to moving on.

The Modern Sonic levels were probably my favorites just because they’re Sonic. He’s the guy the games are named after, the reason why we pick up the games in the first place, however misguided the past few Sonic the Hedgehog games have been. His levels emphasized speed and were awesome to just breeze right through! There were a couple of issues when he went too fast and ran right off a cliff once or twice but, overall, they weren’t bad.

I didn’t mind the Avatar levels. There were a handful of weapons that you can unlock for the Avatar to use in the levels, such as a flamethrower and one that throws around lightning, and each were fun to use,  that allowed you to create plenty of strategies in how to best the level, but there could have been more variety. The Avatar had a grappling hook-like tool that allowed them to mimic Modern Sonic’s Homing attack, which was useful. They were, however, extremely similar to Modern Sonic’s levels.

Classic Sonic was… eh. It was fun seeing him appear and completing his levels, but he was definitely slower than Modern Sonic and had no Homing Attack. On that hand, his levels were more challenging than Modern Sonic’s and the Avatar’s, but being a Sonic game, I wanted to go fast. Aside from that, I don’t think Classic Sonic really brought anything to the game. He had a bit of a narrative part to Tails’ part of the story, but another established character could have played that role (or, hell, let Tails stand on his own for once with the ability to carry out what Sonic would have done).

graphics-music

The graphics in this game, especially on the Nintendo Switch, were amazing. Honestly, the Switch has yet to let me down when it comes to the graphics and designs of the games on the platform, and Sonic Forces is no exception. The character designs, while familiar, looked great on the Switch (even if the Avatar’s facial expressions sometimes looked dorky enough to be funny).

The music, though? The music was so much fun to listen to during the levels. Both vocal and instrumental tracks were awesome, reminding me that the music tended to be my favorite part of the games. The songs got you pumped up for the level, especially the boss themes, but didn’t distract you enough from the level to mess you up. The game was fully voice acted as well, which was a delight to me. The voice acting and writing were well done, even if there were corny lines about friendship and love being the ultimate reason as to why the heroes prevailed.
storyThe story starts out a little darker than most Sonic the Hedgehog games. We begin with Dr. Eggman and some of his “allies” — antagonists from previous games — taking over the world. Eggman’s newest partner Infinite is a creature able to create illusions via virtual reality, having power enough to enable the virtual reality to harm the protagonists. Infinite takes out Sonic, leaving the world defenseless enough for Eggman’s robots to swarm.

With Sonic feared dead, a resistance is created by Knuckles, one that includes Amy Rose, Silver the Hedgehog, and the Chaotix. Rouge the Bat plays the role of spy for them, while Tails is too busy mourning the loss of Sonic to be of much use to the resistance right away. The Avatar — nicknamed Rookie — joins the resistance as well and plays a crucial role in freeing Sonic and, ultimately, the world from Dr. Eggman and Infinite.

It’s a standard story to go along with the game. Sonic is freed fairly early in the game and joins the resistance, as does Tails and Classic Sonic when the pair figure out the weakness in Dr. Eggman’s plan for total world domination. While playing the three main characters, you’re immersed in the story as important pieces to freeing the world.

However, the only character in my opinion that is truly “needed” in the story is Modern Sonic. Classic Sonic appears very conveniently to rescue Tails and appeared to just be a catalyst in bringing Tails back into the story line, considering he ran off in his grief about Modern Sonic. If they needed another character as a partner for Tails, the developers could have easily used E-123 Omega, the robot character that Tails was fixing when Classic Sonic appears.

As for the Avatar… it was fun, I’ll give it that. Fifteen to twenty years ago, I would have been wicked excited about creating my own character to join the heroes on their adventure to save the world, and it was great to do so this time around. However, the Sonic universe has plenty of unique characters that could have been in that third “main character” slot if it needed to be filled. Being able to pick your character before each level, a character from the resistance force, would have been an interesting twist to the story.

Let’s infiltrate the Death Egg as Rouge. Let’s destroy the power core as Amy Rose with her hammer. Let’s rescue civilians in Park Avenue as members of the Chaotix. The story could have been more intriguing with different takes on the levels with all the characters the Sonic universe already has.

replay-value

Sonic Forces has some replay value if you enjoyed it enough to turn it on a second or third time. There are daily missions and plenty of challenges for you to continue playing, as well as the ability to create more avatars to explore the levels with. There is also the free Episode Shadow DLC that launched with the game that acts as a bit of a prequel to the main game, and gives a bit more insight to the new antagonist’s, Infinite, origins. And, honestly, the music in this game is enough to make me want to turn it on again.

Sonic Forces was pretty good. Not great, but pretty good. It was fun to see these characters again in a game that I enjoyed, for the most part, playing.

Sonic Forces gets…
Video game review: 3 Lives
3 out of 5 lives.

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Debate: Digital vs Physical Games

Debate Digital Vs Physical

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When you get a video game, do you prefer physical or digital copies? Myself, I prefer the physical copies. Sure, the boxes of the games can take up some space, but they’ve slimmed down some in the past couple of years. To me, physical copies are nostalgic — I’m old enough to have been gaming before the online and digital trend of games became available.

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While I’ll agree it’s nice to have a collection of box art, I enjoy digital copies. I’ll admit it took me a while to hop on that trend, but it’s got me hooked now. I love being able to want a game, log onto my console, and buy and download the game right then and there. I don’t have to leave the house or get out of my pajamas. I can have the game in a matter of minutes.

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Okay, sure, digital copies can be readily available, but cost-wise, they almost never go on sale unless it’s once in a blue moon, and Nintendo has never discounted their premier titles. Physical copies in stores can get all sorts of deals, especially around the holidays when many major games are released. Not only that, but to stick all those digital copies onto your Switch, you may need a decent SD card, and those aren’t that cheap.

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They do go on sale once in a while, yeah. And yeah, the SD card can be pricey but I’m willing to invest. Not to mention digital copies have more of an array of games. A lot of indie games come out on the eShop, not necessarily in physical form. So, it’s easier to branch out more and those indie games are pretty easy on the wallet.

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Indie games can be fun, I’ll give you that. But, like the other games, they’d all be stuck on your Switch. Physical games give you the ability to share with your friends, as swapping cartridges are simpler than swapping Switch consoles. And if both you and your friend are done playing with the games? You can get some of your money back by reselling the game, and save a few bucks while purchasing pre-owned games. When you’re done with a digital game, it stays on your Switch until you delete it to make room for a new game… if you don’t mind the fact that you had paid for the download in the first place.

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First, I would never delete a game… unless it was utter crap. Second, sure, you can resell games and make an extra buck or two depending on where you go. I’ll give you that one, but most serious gamers don’t resell their games. Not that I’ve seen, anyway. They keep them for a collector’s sake. Third, the whole point of the Switch is to take it around with you. Yes, it’s easier to carry a small cartridge around, but people are bringing their Switch’s everywhere now. If you have the game on the Switch, you can play it whether your friend has it or not. Speaking of tiny cartridges, I know plenty of people who have misplaced their games. You can’t play the game if you don’t have the cartridge.

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Perhaps you wouldn’t like to delete a game, but if you wanted to download a new title and had no other room on the Switch due to your other downloads, there goes your first point — you’d have to leave the house to buy a new SD card, at least. I’ll give you that the Switch is perfect for carrying around to a friend’s house. Nowadays, one of the joys of being a gamer is connecting with others, after all. Yet, if your friend doesn’t have a Switch dock themselves, it’s not going to be very comfortable staring at the small screen. And are you going to let them borrow the entire console if they wanted to continue playing one of your games? Swapping physical games is a simpler way to connect with fellow gamers. And, if you’re really a serious gamer, you wouldn’t go around losing your cartridges. You’d keep them to resell those that aren’t your favorites when you’re done because gaming is an expensive hobby. Physical games are my choice because they’re cost-effective and simple to share with others.

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I’d buy an SD card through Amazon and it would arrive the next day. Problem solved. I’ll take your points but still deem you wrong. I’m going with digital games because they’re convenient and there’s more to offer.

Which do you prefer? Physical games or digital downloads? Let us know in the comments below!

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Mario Kart Wii Was A Top Seller On Amazon Just Last Month [News]

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

The weekend is almost here, but there’s a blizzard today so there’s a snow day for everyone in my family. My cousins got a Switch for Christmas and they’re eager to try out the online features for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe with Kris and I.

Mario Kart Wii made it on the top sellers list on Amazon in December 2017 | Mario Kart Wii | Nintendo | video games | DoubleJump.com

I found it funny that I was scouring some gaming blogs and on My Nintendo News there was a quick article about Mario Kart Wii.

Mario Kart Wii was my favorite Mario Kart game ever. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is right up there with it, but the Wii version will always and forever have a special place in my heart.

Apparently, Mario Kart Wii was number 82 on the top 100 list of best sellers in the video game category on Amazon. This was just last month, December 2017.

Mario Kart Wii was originally released in April 2008. That’s nearly 10 years ago!

According to the article on My Nintendo News, some people are speculating that parents bought that version mistaking it for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Switch. I know a few people who got the Nintendo Switch for Christmas this year and I’m sure there are plenty more people and kids who got it that I don’t know of.

Could you imagine though? Getting a brand new console that takes itty-bitty cartridges the size of a pillow mint and get a game that contains a CD disc? What would be worse was if they didn’t own a Nintendo Wii either.

If it really is because people mixed up the two games, I guess I could understand. I know a lot of people who are completely clueless when it comes to games and consoles. When you buy on Amazon there’s no salesperson to tell you otherwise. You just point, click, and buy.

Then again, maybe some people are just discovering old Mario Kart routes again… I know I am with Super Mario Kart on the SNES Classic.

I haven’t turned on my Nintendo Wii in a long time though.

What do you think about this? Did some people buy the wrong game or are some people finding a love for their Wii again? Let me know in the comments below!

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Nintendo Direct On January 11 [Rumor]

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday and Happy 2018!

With a new year comes a lot of new things. I feel like most people came into the new year with hope and positivity and I hope it stays that way.

Nintendo Direct January 11, 2018 [Rumor] | Gaming News | Nintendo | Nintendo Direct | DoubleJump.com

Word on the internet is that there will be a Nintendo Direct on Thursday, January 11th. This direct may showcase some up and coming games for the year for the Switch and 3DS.

Of course, this date is just a rumor but I get the feeling it’s most likely true. It’ll be happening sometime this month at the very least.

What am I hoping for? Well, I’m still hoping for some certain games that I’ve talked about plenty of times before.

Luigi’s Mansion 3 for the Switch

Please? Anyone? Please.

Super Smash Brothers for the Switch

I’m eager to play this game on the Switch. I don’t care if it’s a deluxe version or a brand new version (though brand new would be preferable). I just want to duke it out with my favorite characters on Switch with my friends and pretty graphics.

Animal Crossing for the Switch and/or 3DS

I want another main Animal Crossing game. I want another New Left but bigger and better.

Pokemon

I know they’re coming out with something for the Switch. I’m hoping they shed some more light on what that will be about.

Mario Party for the Switch

A real Mario Party. A good one.

That’s all I really want. I mean, I’m sure I’m forgetting a few games, but I’ll keep it simple for now.

I don’t think those games are too much to ask for… right?

What games are you hoping they announce at the Nintendo Direct? Are they any special games you’re looking forward to in 2018? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to chat with you.

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The Next Penelope [Game Review]

We’re over at Miketendo64 today with another Nintendo Switch game review!

Check it out here: The Next Penelope

2018 Games

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Out with the old, in with the new. While there are still plenty of games from 2017 that we would like to play, we are also setting our sights on games that are coming out next year. With plenty of platforms to play the games on — Steam, Switch, Xbox, even an older Playstation — we have plenty of options.

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2018 looks like it’s going to be a great year for gaming both with big developers and indie developers. It’s hard for us to keep up with the many games that come out, but we’re looking forward to keeping up with the games in 2018 as best we can.

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The games that I’m looking forward to that come to my mind immediately are Fire Emblem and the newest Ace Attorney game for the Nintendo Switch, and Pokemon Crystal for the Nintendo eShop. Yes, Crystal isn’t a new game, but it is one of the Pokemon games that I have the fondest memories of, and I’m so excited to see it come to the eShop after my physical copy’s battery died.

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I’m certainly looking forward to Pokemon Crystal and Ace Attorney as well. You can never have enough Pokemon and I’m eager to dive into new cases with Phoenix Wright! I’m also looking forward to the new Yoshi game for the Nintendo Switch. I loved Yoshi’s Woolly World and and of course the old school Yoshi’s Island, that I would love to get into another Yoshi game.

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Everyone knows that Yoshi is the star of the Super Mario series, haha! He’s too cute not to be! I think I would also enjoy seeing Monster Hunter World. While I have yet to try any Monster Hunter games, which I aim to fix, Monster Hunter World looks like so much fun!

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Looking at the list of up and coming games for 2018, not many of them have actual release dates yet, so I hope not too much gets pushed back. We also got into a lot of indie games this year, so I’m interested to see what kinds of games will come out in that department as well.

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Yes, I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what amazing games indie developers come up with! We’ve had some fantastic, big-name indie games within the past couple of years — Cuphead, Dream Daddy, Stardew Valley, Undertale — with plenty of gems hidden in the sands, and the gaming industry can only go up with more and more indie developers trying their hand at video games.

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I’m sure it’ll be a great year for gamers!

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Favorite Games Played In 2017

Happy Thursday!

Yes, I’m doing a “Top” list on a Thursday… The end of the year is just about upon us, so here are my top ten favorite games I’ve played in 2017.

 

As of this post, I have played and reviewed a total of 27 games in 2017. A lot of them came out in the year 2017, some came out in 2016, and some before. It was hard to narrow down my favorites and it was even harder to put them in an “order.”

So, here you go. My top ten favorite games played in 2017:

10. Earth Atlantis

We got a free review key from the developers through Miketendo64 on the Nintendo Switch. If I had seen this game myself, I probably wouldn’t have bothered to pick it up. While it was a tedious game, it was fun and cool to play. You’re in a submarine, gaining power-ups to destroy robotic sea monsters. It’s all one map and new monsters appear after you defeat a couple. There’s a ton of bosses, but you have to defeat them all to beat the game.

9. Tallowmere

This was another game we got from the developers through Miketendo. Similar to Earth Atlantis, it’s a game that doesn’t seem to have an “ending.” You go through multiple random generated dungeon rooms defeating enemies, getting gold, freeing merchants, and finding new weapons and armor. It’s a fun, edgy game to see how far you can make it.

8. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Such a simple, but fun game. For the Wii U, you play as Captain Toad going through multiple small stages to find green stars. You go back and forth between playing as Toad or Toadette as each is captured by a giant bird. The puzzles are simple, but I found myself dying a couple of times. It was a great low-key, casual game.

7. Paper Mario: Color Splash

I still miss the original Paper Mario game for the Nintendo 64, but Color Splash for the Wii U actually wasn’t that bad. I still had my problems with it and it certainly wasn’t like the original, but it was a better game than Sticker Star. Maybe Nintendo is catching on and they’ll make the series better again.

6. Super Mario Odyssey

While the main story was short, this was a great game. I really enjoyed exploring the new world of Mario. While the power moons were easy to come by, there are still so many hidden that I need to dig deep for. This game is filled with secrets and I feel as though there’s always something to explore. The music is catchy and it controls great. Odyssey was a great game this year.

5. Miitopia

I spent so long on this game and I was addicted to it for a while. This game was so much fun to add your own Mii along with friends and family to become a “mage” or other class and go on an adventure. The game was silly, but it was a lot of fun.

4. Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice

I love the Ace Attorney series as a whole and Spirit of Justice was an amazing installment. It brought back old characters and the cases were amazing.

3. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

I had so much fun with this game with my sister and my cousins. I didn’t play Mario Kart 8 that much, but I played the deluxe version a lot. I enjoyed the new courses and certain the battle modes, which isn’t a mode I typically played before.

2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

I mean… this had to go on this list. I can’t express enough how amazed I am at this game. The music, graphics, story, the open world… Nintendo really outdid themselves.

1. Pokemon Ultra Sun

Pokemon is my favorite gaming series. While Ultra Sun isn’t that much different from Sun, I did enjoy the small changes they made here and there. I have to admit if I had a choice between the two, I’d choose Ultra Sun over Sun. Even though it’s only been a year since Sun, it was nice to dive into another Pokemon game.

What were some of your favorites from 2017? Let me know in the comments below!

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