Splatoon 2 is fun in the very basic sense of the word. It's nothing fancy, but it's unique and easy enough to learn, but wonderfully complex once you get the hang of it. It may be vying for esports stardom but it doesn't need it. It's only a shame that Nintendo still hasn't brought the social features up to take advantage of their audience and cut single console local player.
Telltale games are always great money for their value. You're essentially buying a couple of movie tickets but get a much more personal experience. Combined with Crowd Play, the value goes up, as you can enjoy the game solo and later share it with a friend while playing together.
If you own a Switch, this is a must buy, especially if you already bought up everything for MK8D. It's Nintendo reminding us they know how to do fun, even if the online community is still lagging behind. If you're on the fence about investing in Nintendo again, I'm starting to feel like now is the time to get in.
Even for those who own the original Mario Kart 8, after re-evaluating my score, I'd still give the game an 8 overall, and I think that says a lot about what's actually in the game. Plus, we have the Splatoon inklings, Zelda's Link, and Animal Crossing characters available altogether now, without being in a Smash Bros game. Really, what more do you want?
Batman: The TellTale Series feels like it gives you the chance to make a lot of important feeling decisions, but sometimes it’s in situations that immediately feel contrived. Later use of them may slightly help redeem them, and choices that continue themes of the game — personal vs. private life, justice vs. vengeance, society vs. the individual– still feel relevant, it’s just a shame that the plot’s seams sometimes become very exposed.
Episode 1 of Batman: The TellTale Series is well worth your time if you’re a Batman fan, and can act as a great way to introduce people to the character as well. Tweaking some of Batman’s traditional mythos and focusing more on Bruce Wayne makes the character more accessible to both new and old fans.
I hate giving such a low score to a game inspired by a childhood favorite, in a genre that tends to excite me, that tried to bring innovation and immersion to a generally simple genre. However, the fact remains that the game is divisive at the least. I can't imagine a non-gamer being able to appreciate this game, and gamers have already shown that not all of them can appreciate this title. Had it not been Nintendo or Star Fox, I feel the design choices alone would have doomed this title.