4 Games Rated and Reviewed

Baba Is You
Reviewed: May 31, 2022

For me, this was the most satisfying puzzle experience ever. 

Baba is You’s inventive premise of moveable rules makes you feel like a programmer. While the puzzles might start out very simple, those basic puzzles help you grasp the idea of each of their many varieties. What’s certain is that it will always surprise you with how clever it is.

You might get stuck along the way (as I have, many times). But, whenever I came back to it with fresh eyes, the solutions always make sense. 

As someone who isn’t always that great at figuring out puzzles, Baba is You does a great job at making you feel like you’re just on the precipice of success.

It will challenge you. You’ll get the hang of it. And then it’ll have hundreds more for you to scratch your head over. You=WIN

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Elden Ring
Reviewed: May 2, 2022

I had to play this game for one of the most grueling video shoots whatoplay has even put me through. 

Context: I do not play hard games. It is against my principles and my views on what games should be (easy, light, comfortably challenging). 

Less than five minutes in, there will be a boss who will show you who’s, er, boss. There will be many large, unconquerable monsters where large, unconquerable monsters shouldn’t be. Failing is inevitable and more frequent than comfortable. 

The first boss will be extremely hard. (It took *me* twenty tries in three hours). The game does give you some kind of help though, with summons and friendly, fighting NPCs. (I love you, Rogier!!)

I left that shoot swearing I’d never play it again.  But to be honest? Beating the bosses is kinda exhilarating. After a few days of recovery, I kinda wanted to give it another run. 

So, what the hell. If you’re a masochist who likes to scour weird worlds for lore, take this digital dominatrix out for a spin. 

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt — Complete Edition
Reviewed: Mar 29, 2022

We already know that the Witcher 3 is one of the greatest action RPGs out there. It’s been on every console and every time it shows off just how beautifully created its world is. 

This review is about the experience on the Switch, which by most accounts is a relatively weaker console. 

When it comes to graphics, this was definitely a downgrade. If you came into it from the PC experience, it can be extremely jarring. There’s no wispy Geralt and no foliage as far as the eyes can see. 

On the other hand, everything else goes so smoothly. The combat is as fluid as ever and you can gallop around the vast open world with only a few frame drops here and there.

What makes this Switch edition even more worth the investment is that it’s Cloud Save enabled. For those who already have the Witcher on the Steam of GOG accounts, you can easily import your save files onto the Switch. That means you can bring around the Witcher experience wherever you go. Plus, when you’re done going portable, you can save your progress to the Cloud for the next time you need adventuring on the PC.

I’ve had the PC copy for a while and I’ve had some progress, but it’s easy to forget when you have to get to a desk and turn things on every time. The fact that I can play it wherever I am, even in bed, has made exploring the Witcher universe even more accessible. 

Who knows, I might finally get to finishing it!

Ring Fit Adventure
Reviewed: Mar 9, 2022

TL;DR: if you’re a super beginner trying to get in the habit of exercising, Ring Fit is a great way to start!

After the pandemic, I’ve gained a loooot of weight from not being able to enjoy my favorite sport, football. While it doesn’t have the social aspect of the rough contact sport, Ring Fit provides such a great avenue for adventure, all while sweating it out in your PJs. 

The adventure mode gives you a quest to find and fight this evil, jacked monster. And the only way you can stop him is if you get stronger too. Your modes of attack come in the form of different exercises like squats, and knees to chests, and some yoga poses. You also go around the world using real-life movements like jogging, sprinting, and knee jumps (boy, do those work up a sweat.) I found some of them kind of repetitive at first, but you’ll get to earn new kinds of exercises as you go through the story.

If you’re a gamer, you’re gonna like (or hate) how their in-game trainer/narrator guides you through each set. There’s lots of helpful visual and audio feedback that make you feel rewarded for each rep you do.

But, even in idle moments, the game still challenges you by making you navigate the menus through the Ring attachment. It might look easy at first, but for impatient people like me who like to keep pushing to speed through the process, you’re gonna get some sore arms. This is especially true in the Adventure mode that doesn’t give you a mechanism to skip the cinematics. (I see what you’re trying to do, Ring Fit. I don’t like it. But I see it!!)

Aside from the story, it also has a few other modes that let you play mini-games, choose different sets of exercises, and also a “multitasking” mode that records your reps on the ring even while you’re tuned in on something else. 

You can set an alarm within the game too, to remind you to do exercises. But, I haven’t seen much use for it since it can only remind you while you’re active on the Switch. 

The exercises might get too easy eventually though. Especially if you’re already a pretty fit person at the onset. The only thing you can do is ramp up the reps, which is easy with the difficulty setting.

I don’t know if I’ve lost much weight yet, but I do feel a lot fulfilled by my newfound energy. It really makes me happy that there’s a game that can somehow translate my progress to real-life results. Watch out for flying rings!! But go get 'em gains!!