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Shantae: Half-Genie Hero - Friends to the End

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Available on:PCDec 12, 2017
PlayStation VitaDec 12, 2017
PlayStation 4Dec 12, 2017
Xbox OneDec 12, 2017
Nintendo SwitchDec 12, 2017

Developer: WayForward

Publisher: XSEED JKS Inc

Genre: Platformer

When Shantae falls prey to dark magic, only her friends can save her! Swap between Shantae's BFFs Sky, Bolo, and Rottytops in this thrilling new mode as you fight through the Nightmare Realm's remixed locales (including three brand-new levels) using skills like Bolo's spring grapple, Sky's egg toss, and Rottytops' brain-munching to beat baddies, solve puzzles, and rescue the half-genie hero. It's all possible with the power of friendship!

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Shantae: Half-Genie Hero - Friends to the End Reviews

There just isn't enough novelty, length or content on offer to satisfy as standalone purchases... Just don't tell Shantae I said that...

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There's nothing intrinsically wrong with Shantae: Half-Genie Hero - Friends to the End and the new mechanics it introduces. There's only one major issue with it, though, which makes it hard to recommend. Similar to Pirate Queen's Quest, it expects players to remain entertained by the same levels, which many, even fans, will find hard to do so.

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The story and characters are on the thin side, but nevertheless a step up from Pirate Queen’s Quest. The mechanics, meanwhile, are interesting, but the usual Shantae endgame difficulty spike (this has become a pun over time as each endgame incorporates more and more literal instant-death spikes) pushes them further than they can comfortably go.

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