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Castle of Illusion (2013) (PC)

There are remakes and then there are remakes. Sega of Australia’s first (and sadly, only) game is a re-imagining of a Sega classic from the early 90’s. Castle of Illusion was released for the Mega Drive back in 1990 and is still considered as one of the better platformers on the system. If that’s true or not can be discussed for hours. Me, I do not love the original, I very much prefer the port for Sega’s 8-bit machine the Sega Master System, a different game in its entirety, but not relevant right now.

One game I however like quite a lot is the remake of the Mega Drive game, which confusing enought has the exact same name, Castle of Illusion. In my circuit we usually refer to it as HD to differentiate it from the Mega Drive (and Game Gear) and SMS versions with the same name.

There are a lot of 3D sections where Mickey can move freely in every direction

Castle of Illusion (2013) is a complete re-imagining of the same, mixing 2.5D and 3D. The overarching story and world themes are the same, but everything else i completely new. As for the story, Mickey and Minne are on a romantic picnic. This is unacceptable for the witch Mizrabel, so she kidnaps Minnie. Mickey is of course not happy, so he goes after them.

When it comes for differences from the original there are so much to talk about. For starters the game now has a hub where there are doors to be unlocked. To unlock these doors you have to collect diamonds and beat the different world bosses. You may reenter the worlds if you don’t manage to collect enough diamond. In addition to diamonds, there are other items to collect, that doesn’t do anything for progression but to unlock costumes and achievements.

The Hub World

As the games has been transformed a bit into a collect-a-thon it very appropriate to have Grant Kirkhope of Banjo-Kazooie/Tooie and Donkey Kong 64 fame rearranging the score. The music feels natural and it is mainly just the original tunes that are reworked to fit in with the new aesthetic. There are however a few parts that are new and very Kirkhope-esque.

Mickey controls very well and mechanic-wise it’s very solid except a couple of minor bugs that sadly won’t be fixed since the studio was closed down short after the game was released. Luckily they did have time to release v1.1 which added 60 FPS-support which is a must-have.

This is for me an example of a remake done right, and I’m glad I’m opted for this one and not the Duck Tales Remaster that was released around the same time.

The 2D sections are 2.5D, so the paths are noy completely straight, but you can only move in two directions.

The game is pretty short just like its original so it’s faithful in that regard. There are however plenty of stuff to collect even after finishing the game.

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Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle (Switch)

Perhaps one of 2017’s biggest surprises, Mario in a XCOM-like game, holding a gun? One of the most enjoyable games for the Switch, something I never though I would say about a games starring the Ravin’ Rabbids.

The quirky humour is apparent from the start, mere minutes in you hear the signature BWAAAH!, and I can actually say that I enjoy the rabbids being rabbids throughout the game.

The world is colourful and beautiful

Mario and his unlikely companions balance out each other well. The classic Rabbid Peach bit with her taking selfies felt so right as it is a reflection on the contemperary. Rabbid Luigi is described as being crazy and thinking he is some kind of wizard, making him the most hilarious character in the ensemble.

One of the biggest downsides is that Mario always has to be in the party. Mario being the middle ground of everything makes him a bit boring, though very useful. Sometimes it might had been fun to use an other character to further play on the player’s strength and play style.

The score by Grant Kirkhope is fitting, and his take on classic Mario songs, especially the Super Mario 64 Castle theme, are very respectfully handled. The very Conker’s Bad Fur Day-inspired boss fight didn’t feel off-putting even though a bit cringey. Despite Grant Kirkshope composeing the music the score does not feel Banjo Kazooie-esque in a bad way like in Yooka-Laylee, where is just felt forced. In Mario + Rabbids every tune feels light-hearted and fun.

Even on the start screen the game is beautiful, though a bit crazy

The Xcom-like mechanics have been simplified, but that does not mean the combat is trivial in any way. Making the mechanics more streamlined avoids all dumb luck factors as missing a target eventhough the it said 99% for a possible hit. It is only possible to have 0%, 50% and 100% hit-rate. In addition to shooting the enemy rabbids, mario and company may also use slides and jumps in their arsenal to rid wacky world of the threat.

I recommend this game for everyone that can tolerate a bit of cringeyness and quirky humour, because behind all that is a shining game with tons of charm.

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Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4)

One of my favourite games for the PS4. Horizon Zero Dawn is a game I would’ve completely missed it if my girlfriend hadn’t bought a PS4 Slim early 2017. Also my brother-in-law persuaded me to play it. For that I am grateful. This was the second modern open world game I played, and afterwards I was hooked.

Horizon Zero Dawn offers beautiful sunny vistas

A beautiful game with a unique story and setting. The narration is formed the way so the protagonist and tribesman Aloy discovers the mysterious world together with the player which highly enhances the experience. Aloy, a young woman brought up as an outcast outside the warmth of the tribe goes on an adventure like you have never seen before.

A great number of robotic animals molded after real and now extinct counterparts roam the forests and riversides. Among these animals is what Horizon Zero Dawn is the most famous for, robotic dinosaurs like the raptor-like Watcher, the majestic Tallneck or the scary T-rex-look-a-like, the mighty Thunderjaw.

Aloy riding a Strider towards a Stormbird

Engaging story, combat and world filled with machines grazing, hunting and living amongst humans. Something has happened since the world is very technological sophisticated, yet humans live in tribes. It is somehow connected to Aloy in a way that makes it dangerous to not be on your guard. This makes the player want to find out more about this world, and why it is the way it is.

There are vast mountains in Horizon Zero Dawn

The visuals are striking and become even more beautiful in HDR. Guerilla Games has really done something special with Horizon, and I am really looking forward to the sequel.

IF you haven’t played this I highly recommend you to, as it is one of the most enjoyable experiences on the Playstation 4.

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Games Later Generations

Marvel’s Spider-Man (PS4)

Superheroes has always interested me. Even though I don’t read comic books myself, I have always greatly appreciated superhero stories in moving format. Doesn’t have to be movies, games work as well.

Among the best superhero experiences I have had besides the Marvel Cinematic Universe is Insomniac’s Spider-Man game for Playstation 4. Insomniac being a studio that i really like after playing games like Ratchet & Clank and Sunset Overdrive. The latter being my favourite game on Xbox One.

In Spider-Man the similarities are striking, using the same engine, now running on a competing system, the tempo is the same and also the ease of manoeuvring in the big sandbox that is Manhattan. I would say that Insomniac was the perfect match for the Spider-Man franchise and I am very much looking forward to the sequel that is romoured to be in the works.

The story is also interesting, and the villain cast is brilliant. There are few things so tellingof my enjoyment of the game than that I never used the fast travelling system. I find it so much fun swinging though Manhattan at a brisk pace, listening in on the police radio, helping the neighbourhood as well as I can.

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