But Ben you didn’t ask “why should an indie title deserve Game of the Year over these big name titles?” You silly fool, Hades is amazing despite being developed by a smaller studio. Here’s why.
An Accessible Rogue-like
Hades does Rogue-like games different than the other popular titles such as Dead Cells, Enter the Gungeon, or The Binding of Isaac. In Hades, you can collect Dark Crystals which can be spend on powering up your character: Zagreus. While good luck and skill are necessary to escape Hell, little opportunities help alleviate the pain. While I enjoy bashing my head at escape attempts, the opportunity to make it easier is nice. Despite the mirror, you can also increase the difficulty was well.
A Deep Story with Engaging Characters
Despite a smaller budget, Supergiant games created a great cast of characters and personalities. You play as Zagreus, son of Hades, and he is full of sass and personality. Despite dying constantly in front of his father and friends, he takes it in stride and continues to press forward. The Olympic Gods, his uncle and aunts, provide him power-ups and words of encouragement. Despite short dialogue with your godly family, they each have personalities suiting your familiarity of the Gods as well as adding more to them. Zeus is proud and boisterous, Poseidon is a fun uncle, Athena is wise and calm, Ares loves murder and more! There are so many characters in the game and their personalities shine. As you progress through the game, the characters will note on your accomplishments, drive, and skill which helps you feel as though you’re progressing.
It’s really fun
Last and not least, it’s a fun game. The combat feels fast, dungeons are quick but challenging, there are less cheap deaths, it just feels amazing to play. I literally had an addiction to the game at some points. I had to uninstall the game because I couldn’t stop playing. That’s how much I enjoyed it. There are a variety of different build paths, starting weapons, god power combinations, and sassy dialogue to make the game more amazing.
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This game makes me so happy. It’s fun to play and the characters are fantastic. I hope this game gets GOTY!
This episode we talk about games we are playing and comedies!
This episode was recorded before the Xbox Series X and the PlayStation 5 was released so Jairus and I mostly talked about older games and older comedies. Please make Jairus watch Parks and Recs! Did you get the new console?
In this episode of The Game Giants, Jairus and I talk about the PlayStation 5 Price, games and the Nintendo Mini Direct. I also review Dragon’s Dogma on Netflix and Mulan 2020! If you want more leave the comments on NewsforGamers.net!
After long awaited rumors, The Super Mario 3D All-Stars is coming for the Nintendo Switch. It will contain Super Mario 64, Mario Sunshine, and Galaxy 1... no Galaxy 2. The collection will be available September 18th, 2020 but is only purchasable until March 31st 2021.
The limited sale date is infuriating many people only. This is one of the first occurrences from a Major gaming company to clearly state a game launch is limited. Why would Nintendo do something like this?
The Nintendo Vault?
People are comparing it to the Disney Vault. The Disney Company would release their popular movies for a limited time on VHS. It would be sold for a premium price and it would be greatly marketed to kids so that they can beg their parents for the movies before it isn’t available. The Classic Movies wouldn’t be available for sale until several years later so the rush was significant.
March 31st, 2020 is the end of Nintendo’s fiscal year. Businesses start their business years starting on April 1st to March 31st rather than January 1st. Profits are broken up by quarters which is every 3 months. Despite Animal Crossing New Horizon being the biggest game of 2020 (so far), the game released in March so it counts for 2019 new game sales, not 2020.
2020 itself has been a poor fiscal year for Nintendo in terms of release. Despite Xenoblade Chronicle: Definitive Edition selling extremely well, it doesn’t have the wide appeal as a Mario, Legend of Zelda, or Smash Bros. Game. With a new generation console coming out, the Switch needs to do something to show off their profits before the holidays. My thinking is Super Mario 3D All- Stars is limited to boost sales number for the rest of the year. The game is limited physically and digitally until March 31st which would make fans feel like they need to buy the game now before it disappears for a long time similar to the Disney Vault.
Nintendo Fiscal Year Analysis
Super Mario 3D World+Bowser’s Fury isn’t available until February 21st, 2021 so Nintendo has no other big franchise release with a confirmed release date until then. There’s Pikmin 3 but for the 3rd quarter but Super Mario 3D All Stars definitely feels like a “break glass in case of emergency” game. This is just my opinion on why the game is coming for a limited release. It is a bold strategy from Nintendo. While many people are mad on the internet, it won’t matter if the sales numbers come through. Bad publicity is still good publicity.