Review: Plague Road (Switch)

Details

  • Platforms: PC, PS4, PSVita, Switch, XBox One
  • Platforms Played: Switch
  • Published: Dec 7, 2017
  • Publisher, Developer: Arcade Distillery

OVERALL

5/10 – Fun initially, but quickly devolves into a grind fest that does not reward the player nor value their time.

Plague Road

According to my Switch, I’ve played Plague Road for about 5 hours, which is longer than I’ve played many other games I’ve purchased. I probably only enjoyed the first 2 and continued out of curiosity until finally giving into boredom.

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Nintendo Switch eShop Sales 2018-07-29

I’ve sorted the titles by Metacritic score, if one is available. The score is a convenient metric, but it is by no means the whole picture.

Additionally, I’ve highlighted games I would be interested in, based on a variety of factors, including: Metacritic score, other sources of information, personal taste, amount discounted and final sale price.

To get more info on a game, you can take a look at reviews of the game on other platforms, and also look at the user reviews. Often, especially for Switch, the same game on another platform will have more reviews available. User reviews do not affect the Metacritic score, but can also provide additional insight. I recommend following the link to any game you’re interested in, and doing some additional research.

I grabbed Adventure Pals and first impressions are very positive: polished, responsive platformer with a sense of humour and animation similar to Adventure Time. I also picked up FRAMED Collection based on Destructoid’s Review, but haven’t tried it yet.

## MC Game Title Orig Sale Discount
1 87 Axiom Verge 26.79 24.11 10%
2 83 Worms W.M.D 37.41 22.44 40%
3 81 OXENFREE 19.99 4.99 75%
4 79 Detention 15.48 9.28 40%
5 79 GoNNER 12.99 7.79 40%
6 78 FRAMED Collection 12.50 7.50 40%
7 78 Resident Evil Revelations 24.99 17.49 30%
8 78 The Adventure Pals 19.34 11.60 40%
9 78 Shift Quantum 25.19 15.11 40%
10 77 Lode Runner Legacy 14.99 11.99 20%
11 76 Wizard of Legend 19.99 17.99 10%
12 76 Transcripted 8.99 5.99 33%
13 76 forma.8 12.49 6.24 50%
14 76 The Jackbox Party Pack 33.99 16.99 50%
15 75 Semblance 12.89 11.60 10%
16 74 Uurnog Uurnlimited 17.99 8.99 50%
17 74 NBA 2K18 79.99 26.39 67%
18 74 Kingdom: New Lands 19.99 9.99 50%
19 74 Quest of Dungeons 11.28 6.76 40%
20 74 Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs – Royal Edition 29.99 25.49 15%
21 73 Old Man’s Journey 11.99 9.59 20%
22 73 The Escapists 2 24.51 14.70 40%
23 73 Mom Hid My Game! 6.99 4.89 30%
24 73 Resident Evil Revelations 2 24.99 17.49 30%
25 73 Putty Pals 11.50 6.90 40%
26 72 Dandara 17.99 10.79 40%
27 72 Space Dave 11.61 5.80 50%
28 72 Shu 11.59 6.95 40%
29 71 Aces of the Luftwaffe – Squadron 17.99 11.99 33%
30 71 Lichtspeer: Double Speer Edition 12.99 7.79 40%
31 71 Swim Out 6.29 3.77 40%
32 70 Stikbold! A Dodgeball Adventure DELUXE 17.99 10.79 40%
33 70 BUTCHER 12.99 7.79 40%
34 70 INVERSUS Deluxe 19.99 14.99 25%
35 69 ChromaGun 24.99 12.49 50%
36 68 Typoman 14.99 10.49 30%
37 67 Urban Trial Playground 24.99 14.99 40%
38 66 Qbics Paint 4.99 3.49 30%
39 64 One More Dungeon 8.99 6.74 25%
41 62 The Way Remastered 18.99 13.29 30%
42 60 Brawlout 26.99 16.19 40%
43 60 Binaries 16.99 6.79 60%
44 59 Astro Duel Deluxe 21.19 10.59 50%
45 58 The Long Reach 17.99 6.11 66%
46 58 Iro Hero 15.99 11.19 30%
47 56 Plantera Deluxe 4.99 3.74 25%
48 55 Othello 6.99 5.49 21%
49 51 Super Ping Pong Trick Shot 6.49 3.89 40%
50 49 Dream Alone 12.59 4.15 67%
51 48 Fear Effect Sedna 26.99 16.19 40%
52 48 BOOST BEAST 12.69 8.99 29%

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Nintendo Switch eShop Sales 2018-06-30

This week has a lot of carry-over from last week, with the notable addition of Axiom Verge, a fantastic metroidvania solely developed by one man. And I do mean “solely,” not just code; he did the code, art, and the throbbing guttural electronic soundtrack (give it a listen)! I thoroughly enjoyed Axiom Verge on Wii U and highly recommend it if you enjoy (or are curious about) the genre.

Super Bomberman R is also on sale, this week. It wasn’t reviewed well at launch, but my understanding is that Konami has continued to support it over the last year with performance upgrades, additional characters and modes – significantly improving it since launch. It received a giant update just a week ago! There are many fans of the Bomberman series. I enjoyed the multiplayer mayhem with friends on Super Nintendo but haven’t played it much since.

I’ve sorted the titles by Metacritic score, if one is available. The score is a convenient metric, but it is by no means the whole picture. When looking at the score, it’s important to consider how many reviews the score is built from. For example, DEEMO with a Metacritic score of 88, is higher than Owlboy with 87, but DEEMO’s score is only based on the minimum of 4 reviews, whereas Owlboy’s score is based on 27 reviews. Take one review from DEEMO and it wouldn’t even have a score.

Where there is a score, I’ve listed the number of reviews the score is based on in parentheses, following the score.

To get more info on a game, you can take a look at reviews of the game on other platforms, and also look at the user reviews. Often, especially for Switch, the same game on another platform will have more reviews available. User reviews do not affect the Metacritic score, but can also provide additional insight. I recommend following the link to any game you’re interested in, and doing some additional research.

Games with a Metacritic score, highest to lowest:

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Nintendo Switch eShop Sales 2018-06-21

Top rated titles of this week’s sales are DEEMO, Owlboy, Neurovoider, Battle Chef Brigade, Danmaku Unlimited 3, and Slayaway Camp: Butcher’s Cut; quite the variety in genres! DEEMO is a rhythm game I haven’t really heard much about, but apparently has a big heart. Owlboy is a 2D adventure platformer with gorgeous pixel art. Battle Chef Brigade appears to be composed of a 2D brawler (hunting and getting food) and a match puzzler (cooking), all set in a fantasy world that’s voice acted. Thank you, Adult Swim. Neurovoider and Danmaku are shmup (2D bullet hell shoot-em-up) variants, and Slayaway Camp is a cutesy sliding puzzle horror game. (a …what?)

I have Owlboy on PC but have been waiting for a sale on Switch because I think it’s a perfect match for the system. Battle Chef Brigade looks fun too.

I’ve sorted the titles by Metacritic score, if one is available. The score is a convenient metric, but it is by no means the whole picture. When looking at the score, it’s important to consider how many reviews the score is built from. For example, DEEMO with a Metacritic score of 88, is higher than Owlboy with 87, but DEEMO’s score is only based on the minimum of 4 reviews, whereas Owlboy’s score is based on 27 reviews. Take one review from DEEMO and it wouldn’t even have a score.

To get more info on a game, you can take a look at reviews of the game on other platforms, and also look at the user reviews. Often, especially for Switch, the same game on another platform will have more reviews available. User reviews do not affect the Metacritic score, but can also provide additional insight. I recommend following the link to any game you’re interested in, and doing some additional research.

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Nintendo Switch eShop Sales 2018-06-17

There’s a bunch sales on the eShop, right now. Who doesn’t like a deal?!

I’m trying something new; I’ve sorted them by Metacritic score, listed the original price, sale price, and percent discounted. These prices are Canadian, but I think the discount percentage is probably the same in the United States. Most of these were advertised as “E3 sales” and only last until Thursday, June 21. The list is taken from the Canadian eShop webpage, and sometimes doesn’t list all sales that are shown when visiting the eShop on the Switch.

Seventy-two items. Remember a time when the eShop was scarce? 🙂 I’ll probably be picking up Pac-Man and Darkest Dungeon. Full list below.

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Humble Indie Bundle 19

Initial game list in Indie Bundle 19, available March 27th, 2018:

  • Halcyon 6: Lightspeed Edition [PC]
    Released: Aug 10, 2017 by Massive Damage, Inc.
    Metascore: 73
  • Mini Metro [PC]
    Released: Aug 11, 2014 by Dinosaur Polo Club
    Metascore: 77
  • Rakuen [PC]
    Released: May 10, 2017 by Laura Shigihara
    Metascore: 84
  • Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes [PC]
    Released: Oct 8, 2015 by Steel Crate Games
    Metascore: 67
  • SOMA [PC]
    Released: Sep 22, 2015 by Frictional Games
    Metascore: 84
  • Poly Bridge [PC] + soundtrack
    Released: Jul 12, 2016 by Dry Cactus
    Metascore: 73
  • SUPERHOT [PC]
    Released: Feb 25, 2016 by SUPERHOT
    Metascore: 82

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Humble Indie Bundle 18

Good looking bundle freshly dropped! Been very curious about Kentucky Route Zero… And I want Heist, but I want Heist on Switch…. And I don’t have time for all these!! …I’ll probably get it. I don’t make sense sometimes.

May 16th 2017

  • Ziggurat [PC]
    Released: Aug 14, 2014 by Milkstone Studios
    Metascore: 75
  • Windward [PC]
    Released: May 12, 2015 by Tasharen Entertainment
    Metascore: 61
  • SteamWorld Heist [PC]
    Released: Jun 7, 2016 by Image & Form
    Metascore: 81
  • Kentucky Route Zero – Act I [PC] (pay above average to unlock) +soundtrack
    Released: Jan 7, 2013 by Cardboard Computer
    Metascore: 81
  • Kentucky Route Zero – Act II [PC] (pay above average to unlock)
    Released: May 31, 2013 by Cardboard Computer
    Metascore: 82
  • Kentucky Route Zero – Act III [PC] (pay above average to unlock)
    Released: May 6, 2014 by Cardboard Computer
    Metascore: 91
  • Kentucky Route Zero – Act IV [PC] (pay above average to unlock)
    Released: Jul 20, 2016 by Cardboard Computer
    Metascore: 90
  • Kentucky Route Zero – Act V [PC] (pay above average to unlock)
    Released: TBA by Cardboard Computer
    Metascore: N/A
  • Beholder [PC] (pay above average to unlock)
    Released: Nov 9, 2016 by Warm Lamp Games
    Metascore: 75
  • Goat Simulator [PC] (pay above average to unlock) +all DLC
    Released: Apr 1, 2014 by Coffee Stain Studios
    Metascore: 62
  • More games to be added in a week (pay above average to unlock)
  • Owlboy [PC] (pay $13 US or more to unlock) +soundtrack
    Released: Nov 1, 2016 by D-Pad Studio
    Metascore: 88

The average at the time of writing was $7.49. Grab it at https://www.humblebundle.com/humble-indie-bundle-18.

I Pre-ordered a Nintendo Switch. Here’s why….

Nintendo couldn’t have asked for better momentum leading up to the Jan 12th reveal. The 3 minute reveal trailer (filmed here, in Vancouver) had very positive reception. The NES Classic seemed to sell out before release and is still waiting for re-stock. Super Mario Run was their first real entry into the mobile gaming market, heavily promoted by Apple and wildly successful. Most people have already put their Wii U’s away and are eagerly anticipating the next thing from Nintendo.

After eager anticipation and coming home late, I watched the awkwardly translated Nintendo presentation from Tokyo. I came away thinking, “Okay, cool. Some weird stuff and disappointing stuff, but definitely some interesting stuff too. I know I’ll eventually pick one up, but I don’t need to pre-order one. Zelda looks amazing, but I have it pre-ordered for Wii U already.” Even with the extra info online regarding Micro SD and online service details, I felt they didn’t convey enough information to warrant pre-ordering. Vague descriptions that chat is somehow handled through a phone app?? The graphics hardware looks like it’s probably based on the aging Nvidia Tegra X1, and not the upcoming Tegra X2, which is unfortunate if not surprising. Third party support feels apprehensive. And no unbiased impressions about the hardware yet… I figured I should at least wait for those: how comfortable and responsive are the controllers?

I waffled a bit, but obviously, I changed my mind. Here’s why:

Japan. Console gaming has long been on its way out, in Japan. Handheld gaming is where Japan does most of its gaming, and if the presentation from Tokyo is any indication (Square Enix and Atlus providing great initial support), I think Switch will be quite popular, and possibly the next bastion for Japanese games. On top of that, the Switch will not be region-locked, so we don’t even need those games to be published by a North American publisher. Bonus.

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Humble Capcom Playstation Bundle

Okay, this is pretty cool that it’s happening, (just like the Humble Nindi Bundle and the Humble Friends of Nintendo Bundle), but the content is unfortunately quite old or already common. Since most of the games are PS3 (many of which I already have), and my PS3 is currently unhooked, it’s not super intriguing to me. I will be passing on this one. But here is the extensive list of games!

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Humble Indie Bundle 17 (Update)

Update, Aug 23rd

Three rather obscure puzzle games were added: a collection of 3 Hexcells games, Expand, and Regency Solitaire. Can’t say these really interest me so they don’t add anything to the bundle, personally.

Bundle will be available until Aug 30th.

  • Hexcells [PC] (pay above average to unlock)
    Released: Feb 19, 2014 by Matthew Brown
    Metascore: N/A
  • Hexcells Infinite [PC] (pay above average to unlock)
    Released: Sep 1, 2014 by Matthew Brown
    Metascore: N/A
  • Hexcells Plus [PC] (pay above average to unlock)
    Released: Feb 19, 2014 by Matthew Brown
    Metascore: N/A
  • Expand [PC] +soundtrack (pay above average to unlock)
    Released: Sep 30, 2015 by Chris Johnson
    Metascore: N/A
  • Regency Solitaire [PC] (pay above average to unlock)
    Released: May 18, 2015 by Grey Alien Games
    Metascore: N/A

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