Category «Game Analysis»

The Importance of Mario Odyssey’s Linear Primary Objectives

  While Mario Odyssey’s level design is open for players to choose what they want to do, the game wouldn’t be as impactful without its linear, primary objectives in each world. The moment you enter a world, the game gives the player a goal. The level is designed around guiding players towards the primary objectives …

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Evolution of 3D Mario Level Design – Part 2

In part 1, we discussed how 3D Marios were gradually becoming more player-friendly to grab a broader audience in 3D platformers. Mario Galaxy started the trend of more linear levels to prevent players from being confused with exploring 3D space. However, these levels were often a hodgepodge of random ideas with few challenges for players of …

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My Best Games of 2017

For me, this was an incredible year for games. As a 3D platformer and JRPG fan, this year was much-needed candy to my palette. Let’s do this by category: Adventure/Action RPGs Zelda: Breath of the Wild– Quite the experience. Probably the ultimate form of adventure we’ve seen in any video game to date. Buy this …

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Combat Strategy Analysis – Xenoblade 2

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is an outstanding JRPG and one of my favorite games of the year. with a strategic battle system that anyone interested in battle mechanics must examine. Battles focus on forcing the player to make quick decisions with risks and rewards keeping players captivated. Players feel accomplished and satisfied after achieving goals they …

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Mario Odyssey Summary Post

[Early Draft. This is just my notes while playing the game. Because I love this game, I will have real posts for this later. Follow me to get notified.] Super Mario Odyssey is outstanding! Notable things I thought at the end: The many different ways to complete objectives for low vs high skilled players. The …

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How Final Fantasy X uses layers of challenge to keep players immersed in gameplay

Final Fantasy X (FFX)  is a turn-based RPG originally released by Squaresoft in 2001 for Playstation 2 and remastered on PS3, PS4, and PC. While not a perfect game, FFX follows several good game design practices that keep players enjoying the game even 16 years later. One good practice is the use of challenge layering …

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