CategoryGaming / esports

Review: Celeste for the Nintendo Switch

After 21 hours, 1262 deaths and 3 attempts to delete the game from my switch I finally fished the game today. Now this might sound terrible to the average gamer, but I absolutely loved every minute of it. I just wish I wasn’t terrible at it.

Now before we start; yes, I used assist mode to help me get through it, but to be honest the game was just to hardcore and punishing for me without it. Another positive thing about assist mode for me is that it gave me the options to explore a bit more in the level, then what was normally possible for me without it. The levels itself are punishing and require pin point accuracy to get through, which makes for engaging and super rewarding gameplay. Every time I came out of a chapter it felt like I just won another world war. Only to be greeted by a bigger and harder chapter to plow through next.

The story itself is beautiful and actually made me cry through the last 2 chapters. It is such a compelling story and I honestly hope we get to see it evolve into a sequel. The side characters were hilarious and uplifted the story super well. Theo, is my absolute favorite and I even found out that you can find all the pictures taken in the story on his own instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theounderstars/, which is some nice interaction from the makers outside of the game!

All in all, I really enjoyed this game and can’t wait for a sequel. Matt Thorson and Noel Berry really hit it out of the park with this game. So all I could do is give it a 9/10.

Review: Super Mario Odyssey for the Nintendo Switch

When they first announced the new Mario game I made a really loud squeal as a girl that just got asked by her crush to marry him. Mario is not just a game for me. It is something I grew up with and enjoyed for countless of hours with my dad and friends. The trailers got me even more excited and the whole thing screamed Mario64 to me. This game was one of my favorites and go-to games out of my youth and made me go into a blind preorder, before any reviews came out.

Sadly even though I preordered it. I was forced to wait with playing the game till I was back from my event in Hamburg. Something that was extremely hard as all my friends were freaking out over it on social media, but holy moly the wait worth it. From the moment I clicked on start game. I got sucked into a world were I played the game with a huge smile on my face. The game feels and plays just as how I remembered it in my youth and the beautiful graphics and different worlds make me want to continue playing it even far after I told myself to go to bed. The worlds feel alive and make you want to explore every single centimeter of it to find hidden secrets. The gameplay itself is even better. I am not sure what it is, but the controls feel extremely smooth and responsive and the huge amount of different combinations and moves make you constantly learn and find new ways to get to places you couldn’t go before. That combined with the uniqueness of every world and boss keeps making you run into new problems and puzzles for you to solve.

I got a decent amount of hours in to the game and I am not even half way trough it. I keep on finding new things to do that distract me from finishing the world and every little part of it feels rewarding. Overall this game is amazing and I can only rate it a 9+ for it. I honestly hope Nintendo will keep this quality of games up in the future.

 

New York 2017

What a week and what a city. I don’t know what it is with America, but every time I am there I get so hyped up and excited. I really wish I took some more days off, but that one day off was already a bliss.

The event itself was pretty though. Brooklyn got hit with a huge internet outage and so we made some really long days as IT. The rest of the event went flawless and I have to give some really big credits to my colleagues for that as well. The stage itself looked beautiful and the crowd really made it one of those events I will never forget and hopefully I can come back there next year.

For the day off we decided to visit a few places. First of all we all wanted to go to the Nintendo store, which while visiting really felt like I was back in a childhood dream. The store was amazing and I honestly spent a lot of my money on buying stuff, but for me it was totally worth it. Next up we went to Rockefeller center and the Lego store, which was cool and all, but not comparable to the central park we visited next. Central park is such a strange place to visit after a week of hearing the constant noise you have in New York.  It is just silence with beautiful nature, animals and people taking a breather out of their daily routine. Honestly one of the best places to visit while you are there. Lastly we went to Time Square. We went by during the day, but decided to come back in the evening when the lights are far more impressive and damn what were we right. Honestly a really weird experience and while being there you just have to take 10 minutes and look around you. It might be a commercial overkill, but all the lights make it worth it and a good way to end the day.

On the last day before going back me and my colleagues decided to go for Ramen. We went for this really authentic little place and holy moly. I wish I knew this place on the first day. The food was amazing and we chowed down on it till the last bite. Just looking back at the picture, I really have to go back and eat there again, but it made for a really amazing meal before stepping into the plane and flying back to Europe 🙂