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BaD 2019 - Blog #10: BaD Shape

On 02/21/2019 at 10:05 AM by Nick DiMola

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Hey guys, so I'm finally, mostly, back in commission. I definitely got the flu and it's been super horrible. Just went to the doc this morning because I definitely have a follow-on sinus infection that's resulted in the most brutal of headaches that won't subside. Truthfully, it's been hard to do anything feeling this shitty, but I did manage to sneak a few games in during the moments where I felt ok enough. Just going to go through them all below with my thoughts:

Yoshi's Crafted World

After the Nintendo Direct, I downloaded this. It took me until a couple nights ago to finally play though. I really enjoyed Wooly World and you'd think that this would've already been on my must-have list, but I guess I just didn't really have any strong feelings for it. Needless to say, after the one level demo, I'm now super excited for this one and really want to pick it up when it comes out. I'll probably wait at least a little though because it drops a bit too close to Sekiro. The aesthetic is really cool, and even though I read that the resolution is pretty abysmal, it still looks pretty good and they hide it by blurring the background. It works with the art style and doesn't look as horrendous as you might expect by reading the resolution. The locked 60fps also helps that.

Gameplay-wise it's really cool to see the classic Yoshi's Island gameplay expanded into 2.5D and it's super fun to essentially explore the foreground and background by chucking eggs all over the place. Hopefully the gameplay holds up for an entire game and Crafted World turns out as great as the demo leads you to believe it will be.

Tetris 99

I also grabbed this after the direct and have played only three rounds of it and I managed to do better with each successive play. There's a whole neat battle royale aspect where you're one of 99 participants and clearing rows in different ways has different impacts on who you're targeting with your attacks. You also need to play defensively and clear rows to stave off attacks. The whole thing is really dynamic and it's a fun take on the classic gameplay. I look forward to playing some more and getting a better feel for it.

Daemon X Machina: Prototype Missions

I've been pretty excited for this one and I guess the demo was fun enough. I'm still hazy on what the heck is going on and how to really play, so I guess my excitement has been muted by this demo. There's clearly a pretty big investment to be made into building and customizing your mech and playing tactfully in the actual missions. I was struggling towards the end of the demo and I think I might've missed something important in my infirmed haze. Maybe I'll pass back through and try the demo over again from the beginning. For now though, I'm thinking I'll wait this one out when it releases later this year.

Crackdown 3

This is the game I've spent the most time with so far. It's been reasonably fun, but I feel like I'm playing a worse game than past entries in the series. Maybe it's Saints Row IV that has spoiled me, but this doesn't even begin to hold a candle to that. I enjoy the style of game, so I'm still enjoying my play time, but this one isn't near as good as I hoped for.

It doesn't cover any new ground and the controls feel kind of imprecise. Locking on to enemies is a bit frustrating. Unlike other games, it's not easy to move your lock-on to a different enemy and you need to retarget to do so. As you can imagine this is a bit touch-and-go when there's a lot of enemies on screen.

All that aside, it's basically Crackdown 1 with updated graphics, some different objectives, a new city, and what feels like less precise controls. I liked a lot of the stuff they added in Crackdown 2, like the flying, and wish that was in here. It's not a step forward for the series in any tangible way and that's definitely been impacting my tolerance to push through the less fun parts of the game. I'm very thankful I go this through GamePass because it's absolutely not worth full price. If you plan to pick it up in the future this is one of those 30 bucks at most purchases.



Joaquim Mira Media Manager

02/21/2019 at 10:53 AM

I want to try these 2 demos, but I'm just waiting for a usb wifi adapter that I got on Amazon to see if I can get better speeds because at the moment I'm using my phone as a hotspot. Definitely looking forward to the Daemon demo. I'm not a huge fan of Yoshi, but I will give it a try.

Super Step Contributing Writer

02/21/2019 at 12:08 PM

I want to try Tetris 99. I think I could win. More importantly, hope you feel better. 

Jamie Alston Staff Writer

02/21/2019 at 12:49 PM

I also played Yoshi's Crafted World and Tetris 99 after the Nintendo Direct. I never played Wooly World, so the demo to Crafted World was me seeing a Yoshi game with the grphical style for the first time. I think game gorgeous and the gameplay is quite fun.

I'm digging Tetris 99 as well. I don't recall any mention of this game prior to the Direct announcment. If that is so, good on Nintendo for keeping it under wraps and releasing as a surprise. I didn't think that was possible these days with a fairly high profile franchise. I had planned to write a review on the game, but I got sidetracked over the weekend. Still might get around to it soon anyway. 


02/21/2019 at 09:09 PM

I played the demo for the Yoshi game and I liked it a lot. I didn't bother with Tetris 99 because I'm not that great at Tetris or interested in competitive gaming of any kind.


02/22/2019 at 12:32 AM

I kept thinking of flying in Crackdown 2 when playing 3 too. Wish I had that wing suit and a helicopter with that ping device to find orbs with. I think the buildings are even taller and it would be cool to soar around over the city. 

Matt Snee Staff Writer

02/22/2019 at 09:14 AM

I hope u feel better. I've been battling an eye infection. 

You know, I'm not the biggest Dark Souls fan, though I deeply respect the series, but I am thinking of getting Sekiro. It looks awesome. 

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