Weekend Whammy: Being A Goose, Link’s Awakening & The Switch Lite

Hello my wonderful wolfy friends the weekend has come and gone yet again in a blur of drunken memories, knocked over bins and pitiful sobbing. This week I’m chatting a little about Borderland 3 again, the Nintendo Switch Lite and Link’s Awakening.

The Go Fund Me for my friend Jacqui Ritchie is going pretty well with over £400 donated so far which has gone toward catching up on her rent after the benefit system didn’t give her any money for 3 months. Yup, despite promising to fast track her through the system due to being a terminal cancer patient it took them three months to process everything, and in that time she wound up in arrears. So, if you can spare a few pennies please do consider donating. Every little bit helps. https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-a-terminal-cancer-patient

Right, so this week I shot stuff, I looted stuff and I didn’t laugh very much. Yup, I reviewed Borderlands 3 using far too many words. You can read the wordy, windy and wild review for my proper thoughts on the game but I did want to chat about something I didn’t mention in the article: what’s up with the cutscenes in Borderlands 3? There were a number of moments where it’s like your character just vanishes while events play out. It’s weird. It’s as though he or she steps out of the story briefly for a smoke break. There’s one cutscene where a character gets kidnapped and you aren’t there, even though you actually are. I’m not sure what’s going on or why Gearbox chose to do this.

Review code for The Surge 2 came through which should be interesting since I missed the first game. I’m looking forward to delving into it properly, but at the moment I’m struggling to keep up with the workload. Both Borderlands 3 and Greedfall are massive games, after all. Trying to get enough hours in the day is a battle I can’t win.

Untitled Goose Game launched this week and by all the hairs on Chris Hemsworth’s head it might just be one of the best games to come out in 2019. It’s a charming, simple came that casts you as an asshole goose wreaking havoc in an idyllic little town. It’s part puzzle game, part Metal Gear Goose and I loved every minute of its frustratingly short runtime. I’ll be reviewing it properly, but do yourself a favour and pick it up if you have the spare cash. It’s unique, endlessly charming and heaps of delightful fun.

Another game I’ve been playing this week is Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, which I’m able to do because I went out and picked up a Nintendo Switch Lite. I’ve not touched a Nintendo console in years, but the idea of a handheld machine capable of accessing the whole Switch library lured me in, so I snagged the Curry’s offer of a free copy of Link’s Awakening. Plus I grabbed Breath of the Wild which I’m super excited to fire up, although at the same time I’ve been putting it off because I’m not sure if I’m ready for another massive game that will suck up every spare minute of my life.

As for Link’s Awakening its one hell of a remaster/remake. Given that I played the original game years and years and years ago I can’t be completely certain, but I’m pretty sure this is a one-to-one remake. I’ll have to watch some Youtube footage to be 100% sure, though. It’s a perfect game for the Switch Lite, too. The graphics might be lovely, but they aren’t something I feel the need to see up on a big screen, whereas they’re perfect for a handheld. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Nintendo launched the remake at the same time they brought out the Switch Lite. I’m sure Link’s Awakening will help shift a few Lite’s off the shelves.

Speaking of the Switch Lite I’ll be putting out a review at some point from the perspective of someone who doesn’t own a regular Switch. I might also be adding reviews of Switch games to the site with games being reviewed solely on the Switch Lite. Not sure if that will work or interest people yet, but aside from reviewing the game I’m hoping that folk will find it helpful to know what the game is like as a handheld title.

I’d love to know what games you recommend I check out in the Switch back-catalogue. I’ve got a copy of Splatoon 2 and I’ll probably be picking up Mario Kart 8 at some point, but aside from that what should I think about getting? What are the must-play Nintendo Switch titles that I’ve been missing out on?

Finally, I watched the second season of Disenchantment this week, the animated show made by the same people who created Futurama, a personal favorite of mine. I enjoyed the first season but always felt like something was missing, and that opinion pretty much applies to the second season. I love the characters, I enjoy the world and some of the humour is terrific. Something feels like it’s missing from the show, though, and I can’t put my finger on it. It’s like they keep missing opportunities for solid storytelling or good jokes where Futurama wouldn’t have. Maybe that’s the issue: I’m just comparing it too much to Futurama. Anyway, if you haven’t caught the adventures of Bean, Elfo and Lucy yet I’d recommend checking out Disenchantment on Netflix.

Right, I’m going to sign off. Take care, friends!

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