Shantae and the Seven Sirens Reviews
Ready for a return to Scuttle town? Too bad, because we're somewhere else now. Shantae and the Seven Sirens provides a swift combo of tradition and experimentation to create a game that invigorates as much as it detaches, which we will discuss with our Switch review of the game.
Children might enjoy this thanks to the easy-to-pick-up-and-play responsive controls. The humor might not connect with them and the imagery might imprint some fetishes in their heads early on, but this is a decent entry level Metroidvania. Adults who might be curious stand a good chance at being extremely bored.
Shantae and the Seven Sirens is a charming and whimsical Metroidvania adventure that suffers from a case of repetition. It is still highly enjoyable if you have loved the series so far but it is clear that the formula has to be freshened up for any potential sequel.
None of this is to say Shantae and the Seven Sirens is a bad game. In fact, it's a decent game for the younger audience, newcomers, and anyone that isn't expecting Shantae to evolve. Strictly from the perspective of someone that has played many games in the series and is eager for something different, though, this disappoints on many fronts. Uninspiring and rarely ever surprising, with little to make the player feel like they've earned anything, what is left is a generic Shantae game that is like any other before it, crying out for change and originality.
Shantae and the Seven Sirens is easily the best in the series and one of WayForward's most enjoyable video games to date.
Shantae gets a bit repetitive in her fifth game. It is still good, but it could (and should) be better.
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Shantae and the Seven Sirens is a delight.
All in all, Shantae and the Seven Sirens is a well-made and enjoyable addition to the franchise. The gameplay is stronger than ever, and it retains pretty much everything the series was known for, both good and bad. The only thing that makes it difficult to recommend is the low difficulty level, but if you don't mind an easy time, then it will do the job nicely. Wayforward has shown increasing confidence and capabilities with each passing Shantae game, and Seven Sirens gives me a lot of hope for its next one.
Shantae and the Seven Sirens is a welcome return of a now-classic platforming series.
Shantae and the Seven Sirens is an acceptable entry in a series that is known for consistency. However, as the genre continues to evolve, it feels like the simple pleasures of the franchise are becoming less enjoyable. Whenever the titular heroine returns, hopefully she has some new tricks to unleash.
Apart from those complaints--which are minor in the grand scheme of things--Seven Sirens is a wonderful game and might well be the equal of Pirate's Curse, which is no small feat. The game does feature several ending screens for completing the game in various ways and a second game mode that's akin to Risky's Revenge: Director's Cut instead of Half-Genie Hero. There's also a nice movie viewer if you want to sample the Studio Trigger cutscenes. Like I said, if you're itching for a good Metroidvania or just like Shantae games generally, Seven Sirens is a lock.
Even though Shantae and the Pirate's Curse is still the gold standard for the franchise, I enjoyed my time with Shantae and the Seven Sirens a great deal. Here's hoping the next adventure captures more of that classic half-genie magic.
All these years after that first Game Boy Color game, the Shantae franchise continues to deliver one of the most delightful experiences in gaming. Shantae and the Seven Sirens is funny, wholesome, and just plain fun. It also offers a killer soundtrack. Some might find that the main quest is a little too easy, and the Monster Card system doesn't offer anything too significant, but these are minor quibbles. Shantae and the Seven Sirens is another great entry in an already strong series.
Shantae and the Seven Sirens successfully dances back onto consoles with a gorgeous performance marred by being a bit too light on story for its own good.
I had a lot of fun playing through Shantae’s latest journey. But I knew I was going to enjoy this, because I did 4 years before. Again, this is what terrifies me, Shantae is coming back again and again with the same basic concept, and I know this girl, I know this STUDIO has so much more potential.
Shantae and the Seven Sirens knew how to take advantage of all that the current platforms have to offer, providing beautiful graphics, simple and intuitive gameplay and great performance. However, the feeling I've got from playing is that WayForward preferred to rely more on the popularity and charisma of the character in order to sell his game, instead to dare a little more and deliver something really new. The game in general is not bad, but the impression left is that it has not evolved, something that should be natural for a franchise that reached the fifth title.
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Shantae and the Seven Sirens is presented as the culmination of the work that WayForward has learned in relation to the franchise over all these years, resulting in the best Shantae to date.
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Honestly, it’s hard to stay mad at my favorite genie. There’s just a lot to smile about in any of these games, and Shantae and the Seven Sirens is no different. Sure, I would have liked more to do, and a bit more challenge, but it was still a fun ride. It successfully cut out the irritating elements from past games while adopting elements I enjoyed from others. And for $29.99, it’s still a pretty good deal. I spent nearly eight hours to beat the game, and had about 70 percent item completion. Once you’re done, you can still tackle New Game Plus, as well as trying to unlock game clear screens. This might not have been the entry that took the crown from Pirate’s Curse for me, but it came damn close. I just hope that WayForward continues to improve on and iterate their formula for these games, and hopefully the next one will be the very best. If nothing else, the ending of Seven Sirens provides a good starting point for whatever comes next.
With gorgeous character illustrations and vibrant level designs, Shantae and the Seven Sirens makes another bold statement for why Shantae has been going strong for eighteen years. It’s a fun, hair-whipping romp that no one should pass up. May the next eighteen years be filled with more amazing half-genie action!
After a long absence, Shantae returns in this Shantae and the Seven Sirens, the new adventure of the most popular half-genius of all time created and developed by Wayforward. Shantae and the Seven Sirens is a game that will not make you have boring moments, on the contrary, it is very fun to play, both for the followers of all your adventures and those who want to start, since you will not feel argumentatively lost despite being the fifth one. Without a doubt a highly recommended title.
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