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Super Mario Odyssey Review: Best Super Mario Game Ever Made

Nintendo is a true gaming company which has brought a lot of memorable and remarkable games for the players all over the world. I’ve played many games from Nintendo in my childhood few of which still remain my favorite like Super Mario. Well, if you have ever played video games, you know who Super Mario is. A smiling face with a huge mustache covering his lips and who jumps on birds and flying turtles, fights a dragon to save the princess, remember him? But at the end of October, Nintendo released a new installment to the Mario series, Super Mario Odyssey for Nintendo Switch and which is by far one of the greatest game of all time and the best Mario game till date.

​Super Mario Odyssey Plot

There is nothing much to expect from the story of the game. It is same like the other ones, neither very complex nor very simple. However, keeping the young players of Nintendo Switch in mind, the game is pretty simple to understand.

The game starts with a long introduction to the story before you actually start playing it. The developers knew that there is nothing kept in the story, but it is the gameplay which makes a game entertaining. This explains why the game does not possess an outstanding storyline.

The story starts with Mario boarding the Bowser’s airship. He is after Bowser, a giant overgrown turtle who has kidnapped Princess Peach once again. He again wishes to marry her and Mario takes it on himself to stop it from happening. I expected a new plot this time, but reviving the old plot with better and new gameplay is what we see in this game. They both fight with each other but soon Mario is sent under the clouds where he falls without control leaving his cap and the Princess behind.

Mario lands in the Cap Kingdom, a terrifying place where you meet the Cappy.  Cappy is a big ugly looking being who is also called a Boneneter. He also tells Mario that his sister has been kidnapped by Bowser as well and he left the Cap Kingdom in ruins.

We see different items coming from various kingdoms to realize that Bowser is actually in process of marrying Princess Peach. You also see the wedding planners, the Broodals, who are are huge rabbit henchman evil in nature. The come as the mid-bosses between you and Bowser.

But luckily, Cappy has the power to possess the objects as well as sentient beings around you. So he comes along with Mario to rescue Princess Peach from the Bowser by taking form on your Cap. Yeah, we did miss the cap while Mario didn’t wear it. Then they discover a working airship using which both, Mario and Cappy travel from one kingdom to another in pursuit of Bowser and facing his henchmen rabbits, but causing chaos and madness everywhere they go.

Features and Gameplay

Initially, the player is offered with different types of playing style. However, the company recommends you to play is at your home with each Joycon in each and so that you can easily enjoy the motion controlled actions as well. However, this does not stop you from playing it in handheld more or using a Pro controller or JoyCon.

For people who do not want to think too much about the game and rather focus on enjoying it, there is an Assist mode. Assist mode keeps the player from falling off the map as well as also tells the direction where you need to head from where are in the game. Obviously, they have this mode keeping in mind the small kids that will play the game. Some gamers might not like this inclusion, but after all, Mario is a game that will still target the current children. It would be bad if half of the young growing children don’t play this game just because they can find a way. After all, they are kids.

But on the other side, there is a co-op mode available as well on the menu by which any of your family or friends can join in controlling Cappy, but you will have to bear capless Mario for some time then.

You learn the basic controls as soon as you start the journey in the first kingdom, learn them well as you are going to use them in the entire game. These basic moves include running, jumping, somersaults, making triple jump etc.

To bring up the map, you just need to press the small button. Not only the map displays your location as well as also acts as a small handy guidebook that contains all the information that you might be looking for and also of the people living on each side of it. The players also have an option to warp to any of the flagged checkpoints that you have already discovered.

There is a Crazy Cap shop in each and every kingdom that the players can use in order to purchase any kind of souvenirs or items. The shop also gets you different outfits, extra health, and caps. You can use the coins as well as the local currency to purchase these items.

There are hint paintings scattered around the kingdoms as well that you can find in the way of your adventure. These paintings act as portals taking Mario to a whole new world. The best thing that we liked about this game was that the players can throw the Cappy or the Cap to interact with creatures, other beings, and objects. You can capture these objects as well as enemies just by tossing your cap.

Power Moons and the Captures

In the game, Marios also has the ability to possess the body of other beings. The very first character you will possess is a frog. All in all, there are 52 targets in total that you need to capture in the entire game. The best part is that each and every character has a different gameplay. Some of them might be even specific to particular kingdoms, which in turn makes the game even more unique.

As you possess a character, you get some unique abilities as well which include fishing, lightning sparks, high jump, the T. rex etc. The player needs to use these abilities along with swapping different forms in order to solve the puzzles in the game, discover new areas and mainly to defeat different kingdom bosses.

The player also needs to collect the Power Moons in the game. You can find many of them scattered around in the different kingdoms.  Power Moons are the main power source of the Odyssey. You need them in order to use them as fuel for your airship to travel from kingdom to kingdom.

There is a huge difference in the kingdoms as well. You will find a color food land, a tropical island full of dinosaurs, a modern city and what not. They also differ in size and it falls upon the player whether he wishes to stick to the missions or go for the Power Moons exploring kingdoms before accomplishing your goal. You will find different interesting characters in the kingdom as well, along with various collectibles, secrets and a huge area to explore.

There are other ways to earn Power Moons as well. You can get them as rewards for completing a challenge on time or in the objects or sometimes right under your feet. You get it as rewards as well for just walking in the perfect circle or for herding sheeps or from the slot machine, growing plants etc.

You are definitely going to need them a lot and that is why we are focusing more on the Power Moons. The main fun of the game lies in the exploration and for that, you need the Power Moons.

Different kingdoms have hidden doors which take you to different segments of the game with new challenges and puzzles.

​Graphics

Super Mario Odyssey has beautiful graphics. Definitely, Nintendo Switch is not a super powerful console like PS4 or Xbox One, but still, it offers great details in the game. The developers have tried their best to include realism in the game. You can see the shine off the body of Mario after he comes out of the water.

There is just a mini-map that is on one corner and along with that you also see your health, local currency count as well as coins on the screen while playing. On the performance side, the game runs flawlessly on both the handheld device as well as on the TV.  You are definitely going to miss the motion gestures in the handheld mode, but that is not much a loss.

The Verdict

All in all, Super Mario Odyssey is an amazing game that we have seen since long. They have taken the old super Mario and have re-created it with complete genius making it one of the most enjoyable, varied, adventure full and fun video game which is available for Nintendo Switch in the market right now. It won't be wrong to say that it is the best 3D platformer game that has been ever made.

The game is perfect and is a must play the game if you have Nintendo Switch. If you do not own a Nintendo Switch, Super Mario Odyssey is a good reason to get one for you this holiday season.

God of War III: Remastered PlayStation 4 Review

If you are really a gamer as well as an RPG game lover, you must have played the God of War game earlier. There have been six games released under the God of War franchise, each one of which is really great to play with superb storylines. However, if you have just started playing the third part, the God of War III starts with the Kratos which has been wronged again and again by the gods and are on a cusp of defeating Zeus, who is the king of gods residing on the Mount Olympus. The whole story has been developed from the depth of Greek Mythology. The Kratos is taking the help of behemoths so that they could help them to ascend the huge Mount Olympus and to the Zeus stronghold. In his journey, he comes face to face with many other gods and creatures which should be defeated before you can face Zeus himself.

On playing the God of War III: Remastered on PlayStation 4, it did not look like the game is 5 years old. However, the textures and graphics of the game are not as great as you see in the modern titles. Still, the PlayStation 4 power makes it to juice out some extra textures making it better as you might have played on the PlayStation 3. Various moments in the game are really great in these textures too, like the Titan siege on the top of the Mount Olympus and the Cronos battle, we were really astonished to play that on PlayStation 4. You will also find it addictive and entertaining to kill the enemies with a lot of animations and finishing moves. The variation and complexity of the weapons and magic are not very complex, but the simple ones possessed by Kratos are enough to tear, hack and slash the enemies cutting them into pieces.

In the first look at the game, we see the resurrections of Kratos and that too seeing kind of unnecessary. In addition to that, the level to which you can enjoy the God of War III depends upon whether you have played the previous versions of the game as well as your relationships with the current RPGs.

In case you are playing the game for the first time, GOW III offers you the best experience, features and it’s best elements that have been there in the entire series. If you really wish to try it out because of curiosity and gameplay, without comparing it to modern titles, it is a superb RPG. However, if you have already played previous God of War games, the GOW III will surprise you with the same exciting gameplay and experience. But people who have not played it before and have played most of the recent RPG games, you could find the different elements of the game a bit outdated. The fixed camera angle and the prompts being the most annoying of them all. There will be times when the player feels and wants to look around to understand the environment, but are not allowed at all. The camera angle of every sequence is fixed and changes based on your position on the stage.

We personally liked the story. Being a curious fan of the Greek mythology, I loved the way the story has been built where you progress by killing each and every god himself and that too in a very brutal manner. The mechanics of the game might look a bit aged as well. But swinging and whipping the blades carelessly around to kill the enemies feels great and really entertaining. It truly pumps you up and brings out the destroyer inside you with too much power. You can kill thousands of enemies in other games as well, but getting the feel and enthusiasm out on your face, is what this game is good at.

The whole plot of the game revolves around the Kratos’ vengeance. For vengeance, you travel from the pits of Hades to the world of scratched plains of Tartarus and so on. We especially liked the different environments that were offered at each level, completely different from the previous one as well as very dense. You will never feel any kind of repetition or relation of the new environment with the one you’ve already crossed.

The combat mechanics are good too. You will find yourself tapping the different buttons repeatedly again and again to kill the enemies. The combos are unique as well as better when compared to DMC or Bayonetta. One big problem with such games is that the combat starts feeling repetitive after a point of time. However, God of War III keeps you fresh by keeping you on your toes all the time. There are different kinds of enemies that you will face and which requires different techniques to be used to defeat them. So mixing all of them up helps in generating various different unique scenarios during combat.

There might be times where you will lose the sight of the item which you need to interact next, all because of the fixed camera angles that could leave you frustrating at times when you are not able to find what to do next. But these moments are very few in the game and also very far from each other. So, they do not occur every now and then hindering your fun.

All in all, God of War III Remastered is an epic end of the Kratos’ Vengeance story. The mechanics of the game and gameplay is great considering it was initially released 5 years ago. But bringing it to PS4 does improve the textures, frame rate and other graphical aspects of the game. If you are a God of War fan and haven’t played this game, we recommend you to buy it for the PS4 console but in case you just plan to try out a good RPG game, God of War III Remastered is old but definitely not a bad choice.

Razer Released Super Customisable Wolverine Ultimate Controller

Controllers are gaining popularity among the gamers nowadays. Believe us or not, but you can access the full potential of a game from the keyboard. And this is why most of the PC gamers are also switching to controllers when it comes to high-end passionate gaming. This is also one of the main reason why different gaming giants are coming up with custom controllers that could be used on both PC as well as on consoles.

Razer has recently announced one of the most customizable controllers that we have seen till date. The new Razer Wolverine Ultimate is compatible with both Xbox One and PC and features Razer’s Chroma lightning abilities. It is the first controller from the company which comes with a Razer Chroma SDK support. Using this SDK, developers can easily customize the lightening to integrate advanced capabilities in order to have personalized and amazing gaming experience.

If we go into much detail, you get two D-pads in the controller which are interchangeable, along with a range of interchangeable thumbsticks. There are in total 6 triggers which are remappable as well. The hair-trigger mode along with the tactile switch action buttons make sure that it offers next level gaming feel to users along with high-end performance.

Razer’s CEO and co-founder, Min-Liang Tan said, “We’ve taken our time with the development of Razer Wolverine Ultimate to really get it right,”. He also added, “Thanks to endless design iterations and pro-gamer feedback, we’re proud to be finally releasing a new controller for the crown.”

 

The company said that the controller will be available in the market next month in September 2017. The consumers will have to pay $159.99 USD for the Razer Wolverine Ultimate We will be back with more updates on the controller. Stay tuned with us and share your views in the comments below.