2018 Games I Wish I Had Played

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

Weirdly enough, we’re already halfway through December and 2018 is coming to an end. We’ve played a lot of games that came out this year, especially indie games. However, there’s always a few that seem to miss quite a few games from Nintendo and other companies.

So, in no particular order, here are some games I wish I had played this year.

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Lost Sphear

This is a game I’ve heard about over and over again. It’s an RPG and the graphics look gorgeous. I wanted to give this one a try but it fell to the wayside. I will definitely keep this one in mind though.

Subnautica

I know for a fact I would not be good at this game. I’ve seen a lot of people on YouTube and Twitch play this game and it looks cool and pretty. The plot itself isn’t something I’d normally play but I wouldn’t mind giving it a try.

Celeste

This is probably the number one game I wish I had played. I plan on getting it at some point, but people rave about this one. A bonus is that it’s about mental health and I’m all for that, especially since I suffer from it myself.

Kirby Star Allies

Another one that missed our radar. We don’t play Kirby games that much but this was one I wanted to try. We didn’t get the chance to though.

A Way Out

I don’t play rated M games because I don’t like the blood, gore, and violence. Though this definitely seemed like an interesting one and I think Kris and I would have had fun with the multiplayer.

Nintendo Labo

We have this. It’s still in the box.

Unravel Two

We have this too. Still haven’t had a chance to play it.

Mario Tennis Aces

For some reason, we were iffy on getting this game. There were mixed reviews and while we wanted to give it a try, we ended up spending money on something else gaming related. So, this is definitely one I want to get down the line.

Lego Harry Potter Collection

I asked for this one for Christmas, so maybe I’ll get to play it before the year is through?

Spyro Reignited Trilogy

I believe I also asked for this for Christmas… we’ll see if I can play it before 2018 is over!

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Super Smash Brothers Ultimate [Game Review]

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Title: Super Smash Brothers Ultimate
Developer: Nintendo, Sora Ltd., BANDAI NAMCO Studios Inc
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform:
Nintendo Switch
Category:
Action, Fighting, Multiplayer
Release Date:
December 7, 2018
How we got the game:
We pre-ordered it through Amazon

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IT’S FINALLY HERE! Yeah, this game needs no introduction.

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I mean, how long have we waited for this? How many times have we talked about it?

gameplay

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Super Smash Brothers Ultimate is a multiplayer fighting game like its predecessors. This installment was made from the ground-up and it’s been a blast so far. The controls are very intuitive and familiar, even if some of them are a bit oversensitive. Case in point is when you try to use the Joy-Con’s analog stick — even if you don’t believe you’re touching it in a certain direction, your character may still respond as if you are. We have yet to try the game with GameCube controllers, so I’d be interested in hearing from others what they think of those controls.

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While that gets annoying, I do like the Joy-Con. I don’t miss a “regular” controller that much. Ultimate is an understatement for this game. Every single character is back, plus some brand new ones and some “echo” fighters to go along with some of the regular characters. There are a good amount of modes that are the same such as the regular Smash and Tournament, Classic mode is back, and there are some brand new modes and mechanics such as the Spirits.

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One of our favorite new modes is Smackdown, which allows players to only use each character in the roster once in a series of battles. Once a character is used in one fight, they are unavailable for the following matches. It really forces players to use characters that they may otherwise not use. There is also Squad Strike, allowing teams of multiple characters in a fight.

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The tournament mode is how it sounds – there’s a bracket and everyone fights to be on top. The regular Smash mode is normal battles which you can set your own rules to. There are basic rules and you can save your own rules. No more turning on the game and fixing all the rules to how you like it. You can set up multiple rule sets beforehand. The adventure mode is one of my favorites though. You move around on a map that reminds me of a board game, collect spirits by battling the characters in the game, and then free the characters as you come across them and battle them.

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With the main goal of the adventure mode being to rescue your fellow fighters, you can actually unlock the fighters via the adventure instead of waiting for the new challenger approaches screen when you’re doing the other modes. Granted, I enjoy the surprise element of the new challenger battles, but by going around on the adventure mode map, there is a chance that you’ll run into one of your favorite characters that you’ve been waiting to unlock. It’s definitely interesting that there are multiple ways to unlock characters.

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I do enjoy the multiple ways to unlock the characters. With the roster so huge, I’m eager to fill it up as quickly as we can.

graphics-music

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This game is so pretty! I’m really enjoying the character models and seeing all of the details — from Donkey Kong’s fur to King K. Rool’s scales to the fabric of Link’s tunic — is amazing. The stages all look great as well, even the ones from the N64 version of the franchise.

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The old stages have definitely aged well and it’s great nostalgia. I was young when Smash 64 came out, but I do remember playing it and I remember the levels. The newer levels are so well designed and add a whole new level to the battles!

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And the music is wonderful, as well! So many tunes from our favorite Nintendo franchises — and then some — are in this game. You’re able to customize which songs you would like to hear on given stages and how often. They really pump you up for fights.

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Honestly, I could just listen to all the music tracks all day long. I do enjoy how there’s more to offer with the music and you can choose which songs to listen to. Most of the time you get too focused into the game and don’t hear the music that well, but it’s a nice touch anyway.
story

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Being a fighting game, Super Smash Brothers Ultimate’s main mode doesn’t really have a story. There is an Adventure mode that details how Galeem, the lord of light, captured all of the fighters — with the exception of Kirby — to create puppets of them. These puppets must be bested in battle in order to save not only them, but also the Spirits of other video game characters that were trapped by Galeem’s light.

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Which is a cool story, in my opinion. Usually the darkness is the bad guy but now it’s the light, which is a nice twist on things. I’m definitely looking forward to beating the adventure mode.

replay-value

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This game has tons of replay value! From playing on your own with the myriad of fighters in any of the modes to playing local multiplayer to kick each other’s butts to playing online, Smash Brothers Ultimate has plenty to do to keep gamers busy for a long time.

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I don’t know what to say here. We’re going to be going back to this game for a long time.

Super Smash Brothers Ultimate gets…
5 out of 5 lives.

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Character Spotlight: Young Link

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

This is the last Character Spotlight for 2018. I’m doing it early this month too because we’ll be having some different posts for the end of the year.

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Young Link has always been one of my favorite characters. He’s cute and innocent and I’ve always had a soft spot for him. Part of this is because he was always my main character to play as in Super Smash Brothers.

Young Link appears in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask both for the Nintendo 64. Since then, he’s appeared in Super Smash Brothers Melee for the Nintendo Gamecube, Hyrule Warriors for the Nintendo Wii U, and now Super Smash Brothers Ultimate for the Nintendo Switch.

I love getting the opportunity to play as Young Link again in the latest Smash Brothers game. Which his attacks are similar to Link’s, just a tad weaker in some ways, I always found him to be a little faster and more efficient with his attacks. This could very well just be me, but that’s how I feel anyway.

I do hope Young Link appears in another main Zelda game at some point. I’d love to play as him again other than just in fighting games. He’s an overall great character and the cute factor definitely works in his favor.

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Double Jump’s Game Awards

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While we have nothing personal against any of the games that won their respective Game Awards — it’s a wonderful feat — there were definitely games that we’ve played this year that we felt were a little overlooked. If we were nominating games for categories in the Game Awards, we’d add a little more variety.

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By variety, we mean Nintendo and more Indie games. Because, let’s face it, that’s pretty much all we play. We love the “family” games and tend to have more fun with those. We enjoy puzzles games, mystery, and certainly love Pokemon, though we adore games that have rich stories and engaging characters. With that, we’ve had quite a few favorites this year.

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For instance, if we were nominating a few different games for the Art Direction category, we probably would have added Minit, A Case of Distrust, and The Lion’s Song (which came out for the Nintendo Switch this year, even if it was originally published in 2016). Each of them takes art in a completely different direction. Minit was more pixel-y, with back and white images, while A Case of Distrust was very minimal to ensure the player was focused on the mystery of the story. The Lion’s Song had almost soft and light animation with a sienna-color palette, a style that we definitely enjoyed.

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I would also keep in Octopath Traveler for that category as well. Speaking of, if I were to nominate a couple of games for the best soundtrack, I’d nominate Octopath Traveler, Deltarune, and The Lion’s Song. Deltarune has some great, upbeat music while music was a huge part of the gameplay for The Lion’s Song. Octopath Traveler had fabulous music for battles and various areas in the world that always gets stuck in my head.

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Deltarune would be fantastic contender for the narrative category as well, in my opinion. I definitely enjoyed the lore of that game and can’t wait for the full version! It could fit in with the role-playing category, depending on how you play the game, too. Other games that could have been recognized in the role-playing category could have been the Let’s Go Pokemon titles and The Sword of Ditto, a rogue-like game that can be played co-op where you get one life.

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Well, if there was a multiplayer category, The Sword of Ditto would be on that list. Overcooked 2 would, for sure, be nominated. That game is perfect for multiplayer and I’m sure that’s kind of the point.

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There was a multiplayer category, but I believe it catered more to online multiplayer rather than local, which seemed to be the family category. Burnstar, which was first available on the Switch this year, was great, and we can’t forget about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which seemed to have missed the cut due to timing. A category I would have really liked to see more variety in would have been the Content Creators. This year, it seemed to be all about Fortnite streamers. I would have loved to see Twitch and YouTube channels like Black Girl Gamers or Normal Boots be nominated, to name a few smaller channels.

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For sure. We definitely have our own opinion and may be a little biased with indie and Nintendo games. Though this is what we like and what we would love to see. However, there are no bad games. Each and every game deserves an award.

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The Game Awards 2018

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First of all, congratulations to all of the games and teams that were nominated and won awards in The Game Awards this past Thursday! We watched most of it live Thursday night then finished it up Friday morning. It was a good show, even if we weren’t as enthusiastic about it as we were last year, mainly due to the two of the three biggest games — God of War and Marvel’s Spider-Man — all being exclusive on the Playstation 4. We don’t have the Playstation 4. While Red Dead Redemption 2 is also on the Xbox One as well as PS4, it wasn’t something that piqued our interest, despite how much it won in the awards.

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The overall show was pretty great. I enjoyed the orchestra and all the performers. I also enjoyed a good amount of the world premieres. However, I’ll admit, a lot of them are rated M or too intense for me to actually play. Still, the presentation of it all was well done.

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The orchestra was fantastic! Aside from the musical performances, I also enjoyed the Gaming Icon sequence as well as the Global Gaming Citizens profiles. Those three stories were wonderful and definitely deserved to be shared.

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Yes, for sure! It’s always great to hear about people making such a difference and it’s a wonder we haven’t heard about them before. But the diversity was also great. Gaming truly is for everyone.

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I just kind of wish there had been more diversity in the nominations for all the categories. I’ve only heard good things about Red Dead Redemption 2, God of War, and Spider-Man, and I have nothing against them, but I feel as if there were plenty of more games that deserved some sort of recognition. I also wonder what time frame the Game Awards uses for their nominations, as Smash Bros. Ultimate surely would have been in at least the Fighting game or Multiplayer categories if The Game Awards happened later this month or even in January.

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I agree. I wasn’t as excited about it this year because I felt as though there was no variety to the games. The same games were nominated for various categories. Even though I don’t know much about Red Dead Redemption 2, I’m happy they won three awards. I’m sure they surely deserve it. I just wish other games had more of a shot as well for the categories.

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By the sounds of it, we didn’t watch the Game Awards for the games itself. We watched it mainly for the orchestra, the Global Gaming Citizens and Gaming Icon profile, and so we knew what people were talking about on Twitter. Still, it was a good show and many of the speeches were heartfelt and nice to hear.

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Right, the show itself was good and the presentations were nice to see along with the profiles and music. I do hope there’s more of a variety in the game choices for next year though. I’m a biased Nintendo girl, but I hope to see more from them next year as well.

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Challenge Complete: Animal Crossing New Leaf

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday, everyone!

Going to change it up a little this week in that I’m doing a post in response to the challenge that Rachel and I gave each other way back in October. Did any of you forget about that? I promise we didn’t!

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Way back at the beginning of October, Rachel and I challenged each other to play a game from the other’s favorite laid-back franchise. I challenged Rachel to play a Harvest Moon game — Light of Hope for the Nintendo Switch — and she challenged me to play Animal Crossing New Leaf for the 3DS. My goal was to pay off my debt enough to get the biggest house expansion as well as have my villagers like me, have a great town, and a high mayor rating.

And I failed.

What I did accomplish was get a 100% mayor rating (although it’s probably gone down by this point considering I haven’t visited my town in a month), make some villager friends, and paid off enough debt to expand the first floor of my house. I didn’t get the side rooms, but the front room is bigger.

I didn’t do too badly, in my opinion, but I obviously did not meet all of the requirements to complete the challenge, and I have no real excuse for not doing so. We had chosen October to do these challenges because we figured we would have enough time to do them before the decidedly busier months of November and December. Instead, New Leaf became a chore rather than something I wanted to do. Being competitive didn’t make me want to pick up the game.

It was nice meeting and seeing the villagers and Isabelle. The characters are adorable and they made me chuckle with their animations and the way they talk. When I did play the game, it was relaxing. I especially enjoyed the music while running around bug-hunting and fishing!

Yet, I was bored with the overall premise of the game. Sure, it was cute, but there wasn’t anything to keep me sustained. While my Harvest Moon games tend not to have huge stories to follow either, I’m able to create my own and, for the most part, figure out how to accomplish my goals myself.

It was interesting to actually make more of an effort in an Animal Crossing game but, when the Switch version comes out, I’ll probably leave that game to Rachel.

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Challenge Complete: Harvest Moon Light Of Hope

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

I’m here with an update of Kris’s challenge to me… which was supposed to be the end of October, but better late then never, right?

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Kris challenged me to play Harvest Moon: Light of Hope for the Nintendo Switch. She wanted me to complete the main story line, which… I did not do.

I was supposed to have the month of October to complete this challenge and instead we’re in the beginning of December. I had plenty of time in October and the November was hectic with NaNoWriMo and holidays and other obligations. So, not only did I miss the deadline, but I still didn’t even complete the challenge.

Here’s why…

Harvest Moon is a series I’ve always wanted to get into. However, whenever I play the games, I get bored really quickly. I don’t know why since it’s similar to Animal Crossing and I love that. Still, no matter how hard I try, I was never able to get into it.

I love games that are driven by story with a few exceptions (Animal Crossing being one of them, of course.) Harvest Moon: Light of Hope has a story, but… I don’t care for it at all. With that said, I had a hard time getting into the game and I didn’t play it for a long time because I kept putting it off. Hence, the extended deadline and why I still haven’t completed the story.

Cons of Harvest Moon: Light of Hope

1. The beginning of this game is so slow.

The story definitely drags in the beginning and it takes a while for you to finally get into the game play. I just wanted to start my farm and casually play the game. There are sprites who come to you and ask for your help in addition to the townspeople. You have to rebuild the town and island before it sinks into the sea. In order to do that, there are five tablets to be found and collected to bring light and energy back to the lighthouse. The first tablet is handed to you pretty much. Each tablet gets “harder” and “longer” to get than the last.

This is all well and fine but I had nothing to start off with. I don’t expect to start the game with 10,000 gold, but to rebuild houses and bridges you need a certain amount of certain materials and so much money. I needed to spend money to get the materials, such as seeds for certain crops, and then I needed to hold onto those crops to build the house but in order to make money, I needed to sell those crops. It was a vicious cycle.

Honestly, I spent the majority of spring – the first season in the game – waking up, watering my crops, and then going right back to bed by noon because there was nothing else left for me to do. I couldn’t fish and the mines weren’t fixed (because I needed to fix them) so it was long and annoying.

2. Loading screens & cut scenes.

Speaking of slow…

3. There’s no direction.

Yes, I needed a walk-through for this game. There are so many things to do but I had no idea what I needed to do first to move on with the game. If I didn’t look it up, I certainly wouldn’t have the fishing rod or the mines and hammer, or even the third out of five tablets.

The island is huge and there are a lot of areas to explore and houses to rebuild. I could have just gone through them all one by one and check out which materials I had and could get versus what I couldn’t. But the beginning was slow enough, I just wanted to move on and be able to build my farm and have a casual play through of the game.

Granted, this is supposed to be a casual simulation game but if there’s some sort of story, I’d like to know what to do or where to go next.

4. I didn’t care about any of the characters.

None of the characters appealed to me at all. They didn’t seem to have any depth to them at all. No, I didn’t try to marry anyone or give anyone gifts, but I didn’t care to either. The sprites weren’t much better. They were cute, but they were also pretty annoying.

Pros of Harvest Moon: Light of Hope

1. The game did pick up.

Once I opened the mine, got the hammer, and got the fishing rod, I found myself being able to do a lot more. My character was actually staying up until midnight or so doing things and I even found myself playing on because I wasn’t able to get everything done I had wanted to in the previous day. So, the game did pick up a little for me and I certainly enjoyed farming, mining, and fishing. If that was the whole game, I’d be much happier.

2. Requests from the villagers.

I’ve always loved doing requests for the CPU characters. Waking up and having mail in my mailbox giving me a small goal or side-quest to aim for a new material or such is always a good time for me.

3. The music and sound effects were good.

For a casual simulation game, the music was relaxing and certainly on-point for certain characters. (I’m looking at you, Doc.)

Overall…

I listed the pros last to end this post on a high note but, as you can see, this game has more cons for me than pros. I don’t know if I’ll ever get back to this game to complete the story and possibly get to know the characters well enough to marry one of them, but I can’t see myself getting back to this game anytime soon. It was just okay for me.

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