Review by unrealperson
The best Kirby game ever made
Kirbys Return to Dreamland Review
Kirbys Return to Dreamland is the first standard console Kirby game in a decade. After racing , being turned into a ball, being split into four, split into 10, and turned into yarn after a while, you just want to go back to the basics. And thats exactly what Kirbys Return to Dreamland does. And its expresses itself to be the best game in the Kirby series, and the best platformer this year. Why? Well youre about to find out.
Gameplay: Even though this is generally your average Kirby game; You suck up stuff, you copy abilities, you fight mini bosses etc. This biggest innovation is the multiplayer. Similar to New Super Mario Bros. Wii, you and up to three friends can all play on the same screen at the same time. The multiplayer is fun, but theres never a time where you feel left out when youre playing the single player. Theres also Super Abilities, which are powered up Kirby abilities which you can only get from certain enemies at certain times. Super Abilities are really fun to use and theyre creatively implemented. They add a whole new pop to the game that wouldnt have been there without them. They added new copy abilities, and theres lots of things you can do with them, which is a plus.
Graphics/Presentation: Let me just say that this is one freaking beautiful game. Its like they re-mastered Kirbys Adventure in HD on a non-HD system. There are really no problems with the visuals at all. The environments are colorful and vibrant, and the backgrounds are very detailed. Did I mention that this game is colorful? It really just shows off what that little white box is capable of. And I give huge props to HAL Laboratory for making Kirby look more beautiful than hes ever looked before.
Story: Some guy named Magolor from another dimension crashes his ship on Planet Popstar and his ship separates into 5 parts and fall all over the planet (yeah, this doesnt remind anyone of Pikmin at all). Kirby, King Dedede, Waddle Dee, and Meta Knight decide to help Magolor get his ship parts back so he can go back to his home planet.. Okay seriously the developers had to be at least THINKING of Pikmin when they made the story for this game, sheesh. The cool part of the story to this game is the throwback to Kirby 64. The cutscenes are expressed in a storybook manner with no dialogue. It works perfectly for the game and it probably has the best story telling seen in the series yet.
Music/Sound: What can I say? Its a Kirby game, the music and sound is always perfect.
Playtime/Replayablity: This game has A LOT of content. There are plenty of worlds and levels to explore. There are fun mini games to play. Theres 120 Energy Spheres to collect altogether in the levels. There are challenge levels, and theres even an extra mode to play after you complete the main story of the game. Oh yeah, and did I mention the arena mode for the people who want to conquer the bosses of the game? Youll be playing this game for a while, so dont be scared of the usual shortness that is usually prevalent in the Kirby series.
Kirbys Return to Dreamland is a fantastic game and its pretty much the pinnacle of Kirby and platformers in general. The level design is on point, the graphics are amazing, the music is catchy, multiplayer and Super Abilities are awesome. Actually, the only flaw I can really think of is that there are a few copy abilities from past Kirby games that are missing from this game (like bubble, UFO, and laser Kirby arent there for I dont know what reason). Yep, this game is just that good. If you were on the fence about buying this game, buy it now. If you have the game, then youre awesome. If you werent even considering buying the game, then you have serious problems.
Overall Score: 10/10
Rating: 5.0 - Flawless
Product Release: Kirby's Return to Dream Land (US, 10/24/11)
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