Death Stranding Sales and Critical Predictions

Kojima’s name carries so much weight in the video game industry. Whenever one of his games is announced, it gets a lot of attention. Death Stranding is no different. The hype has been mixed, but since the game has been released to reviewers, it is getting some positive buzz. I am gonna predict how this game will do sales and critically.

Critical reception

This is so hard to predict. I do think a lot of critics will appreciate the game, but I also think there are gonna be a lot of detractors as well. I am gonna give a wide birth. This game will go between 74-86. I think it comes down to how much fun the reviewer has with the game. Kojima has said the game takes awhile to get going. Will some critics be patient? Will the payoff be worth it? I think some critics will love the mystery and story, while others will hate how convoluted and boring it is.

Sales

So many people have this game doing great. I don’t know. I think it depends. If the review scores are great, yes, it will do great. However, if the scores are mixed. It will start out strong, but fall fast. If the reviews are over 86, the game will sell 2 million it’s first week and 5-6 million overall. If the scores are below 79, it will do 1.5 million it’s opening week and 2.7 million overall. I think the latter is what’s gonna happen.

This game is an acquired taste. It’s not a mainstream game and it will baffle a lot of players and critics. It will have a following, but it’s not gonna break out like HZD did.

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Legend of Zelda Link’s Awakening: Review

By Michelle Lynn Tackett

Few things bring a smile to my face like a top/down Zelda game. The art style, enemies and dungeons bring back memories. That’s why I was excited when I saw Link’s Awakening trailer. Is this a legendary remake? Let’s find out.

Graphics
They are gorgeous and adorable. You will hug your Switch the whole time! The textures, lighting, and colors are fantastic. Some people talk about the frame rate dropping, such as when the game changes from one screen to the next, but I didn’t experience that. Grizzo did a great job with the graphics. Just because it looks cute, doesn’t mean it’s not a powerhouse. The animations are fluid. This is the best looking game on the Switch until Luigi’s Mansion 3 comes out.

Gameplay
There is nothing groundbreaking here. It’s a typical top/down Zelda game. That’s fine with me. Link gets the master-sword, Hylian shield, bombs, arrows, and more. Because of the extra buttons on the Switch controller, you don’t have to keep removing items. You can use more than one at a time. This is a major upgrade over the original. There are no major changes to the game-play, so if you’ve played any top/down Zelda games before, you know what to expect. Lots of post-game content including a colored dungeon, and a dungeon maker.

Music
The updated music is a delight to the ears! The remastered orchestras and strings give more power to the music. Plus, Ballad of the Wind Fish has lyrics! They will send chills up your spine.

Story
Without giving away anything for those who haven’t played Link’s Awakening. All I will say is Link wakes up on an island inhabited by strange creatures and likable characters. He tries to find a way off the island. How does he do that? Play the game to find out.

Flaws
There are a few flaws in the game. It’s not BOTW in size, but not every game is. The game does end a little abruptly, so that’s one area I would change. The biggest flaw is the Dungeon creator. It’s not Mario Maker 2.

Verdict: It’s a top/down Zelda Game, that’s all there is to say. The dungeons are great graphics are adorable and the gameplay is top-notch. Is this worth sixty bucks? Absolutely!

Grade: 4 Stars, a must-own adventure that plays wonderfully on the Switch.

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Astral Chain Review

By Michelle Lynn Tackett

What a great year it’s been for the Nintendo Switch. Link’s Awakening, Fire Emblem and Mario Maker 2 highlight some incredible games, but what about new IPs? That’s where Astral Chain comes in. Like a blaze of fire burning through the sky, it delivers a streak of action and excitement.

Story
Humanity is being invaded by interdenominational creatures who threaten to wipe them out. Only an elite strike force called Neuron can stop them. You play as one of the twins who try to take down the demons. Your character has to stop Jana Anderson, who serves as the main villain in the game. The story has a Bladerunner flair to it. I won’t give away too much. This story needs to be experienced. It is a good story.

Graphics
This game is gorgeous. The blue hues and the art style are amazing. The reflections and lighting bring the world to life. It’s like watching a stylized anime on your Nintendo Switch. The details are amazing from the sparks from the fire to the facial animations of the characters. Everything is lovingly detailed, making the world feel alive. You’ll feel like you’re living in this world.

Combat
This is where Platinum Games shine. The combat sounds complicated on paper, but you’ll figure it out with some practice. You control your character and call your legion out when you need them. The legion attacks by itself, but you can do certain attacks by button presses, or moving the control stick. This gives the game a fresh feel. It does take a while to get the hang of but flows like butter when you get the hang of it. The combat never feels overwhelming. It follows the old easy to learn, but hard to master philosophy that works so well for games like Bayonetta.

Sci-Fi PI
One of my favorite aspects of Astral Chain is the detective work. The Iris helps you see things to help you solve cases. Some cases are simple, while others take a while to complete. There are so many cases to solve, so it will take some time to solve them. Some think they slow down the flow of the game, but I find them refreshing. Solving cases will help your character get new clothing and upgrades.

Music
One of the best soundtracks ever for a video game. The thumping techno, glaring punk rock and soaring rock will stick with you for a long time.

Challenge
This is a challenging game, especially when you turn up the difficulty. There is a casual mode for noobs, but you can take the wheels off for experienced players. The boss fights are epic. The final boss is one of the best boss fights I’ve ever experienced. It takes skill to beat this game, but when you do, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment.

Flaws
The camera is distracting at times. When you’re in a firefight, the camera will get too close or go behind a wall and get stuck. This can be annoying, but it isn’t a deal-breaker. Some of the plot twists were predictable, and some of the moves will take lots of practice to get down. That may turn some newer players off.

Verdict
Astral Chain is one of the best action games you’ll ever play. The gorgeous visuals, engaging plot, colorful character, and rich combat will keep you coming back long after the single-player campaign is over. If you own a Nintendo Switch, get it. If you don’t own a Switch, get one and get this masterwork of an action game from one of the best developers in the industry.

Grade: 4 Stars! Buckle up! You’re in for a wild ride!

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The Legend of Zelda Link’s Awakening Critic and Sales Predictions

It is that time again. I am gonna predict what kind of critical response and how much a certain game could sell. This time, it’s Link’s Awakening for the Nintendo Switch.

Critical Response

The early previews have been glowing, so that should equal to a 88-92 on Open and Meta critic. Reviewers love the look and the combat. That will help it score great with critics.

Sales

Remakes sell very well now, so I got this one between 4-6 million. A lot of people have never played Link’s Awakening, and for fans who missed dungeons in Breath of the Wild, Link’s Awakening has a dungeon creator and dungeons galore.

Final Thoughts

Link’s Awakening is a gem and since tons of new gamers have gotten into Zelda, a lot of them will check out this lost gem. Do not pass it up, this is going to be such a great game. The Legend of Zelda, Link’s Awakening comes out this Friday.

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Astral Chain Reviews Are In! Another GOTY Contender for Nintendo Switch!

Here we go. Astral Chain has an 88 on Opencritic. This is on par with Fire Emblem 3 Houses and better than Control. Astral Chain comes out this Friday, so get ready for the excitement. This is gonna be a GOTY contender along with Fire Emblem for the Switch. The Nintendo Switch is killing it this year. What an amazing year for games for the Switch. Nier got similar scores and Nier got a lot of GOTY nominations and won some. I think the same thing will happen with Astral Chain. Astral Chain’s sales on Amazon have shot up, so it seems like the reviews have done their job. Astral Chain comes out this Friday, be ready for one of the best games of the year.

Link: https://opencritic.com/game/7870/astral-chain

Link: https://www.amazon.com/best-sellers-video-games/zgbs/videogames

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Astrail Chain First Review: It’s A Hit!

Famitsu Magazine awarded Astral Chain a 37/40 in their magazine. This is exactly what Fire Emblem got. This is a great start to a lot more 9s and 10s I think will becoming it’s way. Any game where you can play with a kitty cat on your head is gotta be a GOTY contender! Good going Platinum Games!

Link: https://mynintendonews.com/2019/08/21/japan-famitsu-awards-astral-chain-37-40/

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Why I Love Zelda Link’s Awakening Remake So much

I am so happy Nintendo is remaking this game with all new graphics, new mini games and a dungeon creator. What I really love is a new generation will get to experience this classic.

So many people have gotten into Zelda because of Breath of the Wild. Wait until you play this adorable game with whimsical characters, a cute art style, clever dungeons, a glorious soundtrack, good story and solid game play. If you have never played this game, get the remake and experience this classic.

I have so many found memories of this game, and I can’t wait to experience for everyone to enjoy this game. The clever way Mario enemies were worked into this game, was so good. Just get it people. It comes out September 20th for the Nintendo Switch. It is one of the most anticipated games this year, with good reason. This is in my top 5 Zelda games, and this remake may push it up into the top 3. I am overly excited!

If you want to pre-order this classic, go to the links and pre-order.

Link: https://www.amazon.com/Legend-Zelda-Links-Awakening-Nintendo-Switch/dp/B07SG15148/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?keywords=the+legend+of+zelda+link%27s+awakening&qid=1561506356&s=gateway&sprefix=the+legend+of+&sr=8-1

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Some Sony Playstation Fans Are Loosing It

If you’ve seen a fake video claiming that Animal Crossing got delayed, well, it was made by a Sony Playstation fan who hates Nintendo so much, they decided to make a video to troll Animal Crossing fans. Why do this? Why troll fans of a popular game? This is the latest in the ongoing case of Playstation fans cracking up. Why? Here is why.

A lot of it has to do with Sony’s dominance coming to an end. Sony fans have been used to PS brand dominating games. However, the Nintendo Switch is becoming popular among hardcore gamers. Mortal Kombat 11 did great on the Switch! Sonic Racing, Skyrim, Dialbo 3, LA Noire, Doom, Tales of Vesperia, Dragon Quest Builders 2 and Dark Souls. Some of these games have sold as much, or better on the Switch. This scares some Sony fans. They want people to think their version always sells the most. Why does it matter? As long as the PS version sells and you get the game, does it matter?

Nintendo is doing better, especially with 3rd party game sales. Also, the Switch is going to be the best selling system this year. Again, who cares. The PS4 has done incredible, so who cares if the Switch wins this year. I don’t care if the Switch wins 2020 or not. Does it matter? I want the Switch to do well, I won’t lie, but if it doesn’t win, I can’t change that. Hating on the Playstaion won’t change that. Enjoy your system everyone, don’t lose your mind if your system isn’t number one.

This is sad, let me make this clear. This is not all Sony fans, or even the majority. But, there is a growing number who are flipping out. This is giving the PS community a bad name. Call them out, just like Nintendo fans need to call out their radicals and Microsoft as well. Look at some of the links below. Why would anyone get upset at a 9 score for Uncharted 4? No, seriously, why? Easy Sony fans, it’s ok. Not every game you like will get all perfect scores. Adam Sessler got ran off You Tube because he gave Gears of War 2 a 9.5 and Killzone 2 a 9.4. Yes, some people lost their minds because of 1/10 of a point. I wish I was kidding. Enjoy your games people and stop flipping out over anything. Video games are supposed to be fun.

Links: https://www.businessinsider.com/nintendo-switch-earnings-statistics-2018-2#6-super-mario-run-remains-very-popular-with-20-million-people-playing-every-month-6