Category Archives: Comparison

A Short Hike – a Compact Yet Beautiful Adventure (Review)

In modern-day video games, open-world design has become synonymous with adventure on a grand scale. As the industry continues to add depth and breadth to these designs, the amount of content has increased exponentially. From open fields to endless side quests, the growing magnitude in games has left many players feeling overwhelmed and drained. After struggling through my own backlog

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7 Ways Skyward Sword Influenced Breath of the Wild

Improving upon an established framework is always a challenge. Organizations are more likely to fix problems than change a system that works; however, inaction also has consequences. From lost opportunity to irrelevancy, the status quo is often more dangerous than evolution. For the video game industry, static franchises quickly become stale if developers fail to innovate. The Legend of Zelda

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The 5 Best Wii U Games That Still Need a Switch Port

Few companies have experienced peaks and valleys quite like Nintendo. From the ground-breaking success of the Wii to the disaster of the Wii U, the iconic video game company was on the brink of financial ruin. But Nintendo quickly regained status among the industry’s titans with the release of the Nintendo Switch. As the hybrid console continues to sell at

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7 Principles Hollow Knight Adopts From Dark Souls

Over the past decade, the bar by which fans evaluate difficulty is tied directly to a singular franchise: Dark Souls. First released in 2011 by FromSoftware, Dark Souls is an action role-playing game that is as punishing as it is polarizing. As more players overcame the arduous kingdom of Lordran, the game spawned a fan base of “git-gud” gamers. Studios

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7 Major Gameplay Changes Xenoblade Chronicles DE

Back in 2010, Nintendo fans were blown away by Monolith Soft’s open-world JRPG Xenoblade Chronicles. While the game’s aesthetic featured a standard definition of 540p, critics praised Xenoblade for its intriguing story, expansive and cohesive world, and splendid soundtrack. Despite its reputation as a revolutionary Nintendo exclusive, the game is not without flaw. At times, the story pacing was mired

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Top 5 Metroidvania Games on the Nintendo Switch

Perhaps the oldest and most complicated genre in video game history is the action-adventure series. Renowned for its combination of exploration and combat, the earliest recorded title in the genre was Adventure for the Atari 2600. Fans were amazed to investigate multiple screens, search for new areas, and encounter dangerous enemies. Technology then began to progress, the industry transitioned into

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Top Five 2D Zelda Clones on the Nintendo Switch

Fans of 2D Zelda games were thrilled when Nintendo released the Link’s Awakening remaster in late 2019. In its launch weekend, the game sold over three million copies. The industry praised the upgraded aesthetics as well as Nintendo’s homage to the original game. While players continue to heap nostalgic admiration onto the 1992 remaster, Link’s Awakening is an abbreviated experience.

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7 Major Differences Between Link’s Awakening and a Link to the Past

The comparison of Link’s Awakening to Breath of the Wild continues to revolve around a $59.99 price tag. Although a handful of similarities exist between the two installments, Link’s Awakening has little in common with the 2017 Game-of-the-Year winner. Breath of the Wild is a 3D, open-world game that emphasizes curiosity and exploration. However, Link’s Awakening is a compact, 2D

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7 Things Link’s Awakening Does Better than Breath of the Wild

Link’s Awakening Remake is almost here, and debate rages on regarding the game’s $59.99 (USD) price tag. Originally released for the original Gameboy in 1993, Link’s Awakening is a bite-sized experience in comparison to Breath of the Wild’s vast open-world. Is Link’s Awakening truly worth the same price as BOTW? The answer to this question depends on what you value

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