Kirby and the Forgotten Land are good, Ruby said so


In a week filled with Friday outings, Kirby and the Forgotten Land seemed to dominate the collective consciousness online over the weekend.

Kirby, the good boy, who has the form of a friend, has returned in his first real solo 3D outing. Most gamers who have commented on the game via social media have been surprised at how incredibly cute the game is. No one was more seduced, however, than australialeader Kirby correspondent Ruby Innes. I don’t know if you could tell, but she was very excited to play this game.

The Innes Report

In fact, here’s Ruby now to tell you more about why she loves Kirby and the Forgotten Land:

As someone who has never played a video game before and didn’t know what a video game was until I started Kotaku Australiai had a great time getting punched repeatedly in the head until i passed out while playing Ring Elden. However, sometimes, as people, we need a break from being brutally beaten to a bloody mush. It’s there that Kirby and the Forgotten Land Between. Most recent Kirby the game ticks all the platformer boxes for me. It’s beautiful, it’s a lot of fun, it’s very healthy, and the new additions to the usual Kirby format have made it a refreshing take on the franchise. Enhanced abilities make Kirby’s true god power all the more realized, Treasure Road challenges are sometimes a real pain in the ass (in a good way), and fucking Mouthful Rocks mode. Kirby is my best friend and I love him.

Thanks Ruby.

From the reviews posted on social media, it might have seemed like there was a split in the critical consensus. Looking at the game’s Metacritic reviews, however, this is not confirmed. The game currently sits at a critical score of 85, which is mostly positive. Of the 80 cataloged reviews (at the time of writing), 77 of them are positive. The other three are mixed, and the game currently has no negative reviews.

What did the critics think?

Unfortunately, Kotaku Australia does not receive early access to Nintendo titles, although we do receive review codes on launch day. This means that we always look to our friends and colleagues in the Australian games media sphere who did getting an early code for their catches as we dive into ourselves. Of the Australian outlets appearing on Metacritic, Player2’s Jess Zammit gave the game an A rating, which is considered a 10 on Metacritic’s scale. Zammit found the game to be pure comfort food and was very aware of its target audience. Local Nintendo Plug VOOKS gave it four and a half starswith critic Oliver Brandt calling it “the best Kirby game I’ve never played. Kieron Verbrugge at Good game gave it a 9 out of 10, wondering “What the hell would Kirby eat next now that he’s completely consumed my heart?”

Shannon Grixti of Australia’s Press Start gave it an 8.5, saying: “Although it’s not the full step forward I was hoping for, it’s still super enjoyable and it excites me. excited for what could be next in the Kirby series.” Checkpoint Gaming’s Charlie Kelly echoed this with a score of 8.5, saying “Enter Kirby and the Forgotten Lands with reasonable expectations and you’ll soon see one of the finest refinements of a long-running Nintendo formula yet.” At GamesHub, Leah Williams gave the game four starsstating “It’s not entirely new, but its smooth gameplay and sense of the weird make it a fascinating and engaging platformer that makes you wonder why it took Kirby so long to roam the 3D realm .” Ben Salter of Stevivor gave it an 8remarking “The rare blend of linear levels following 2D guidelines, played in 3D, suits Kirby as well, if not better, than Mario games which will draw comparisons.”

Australia’s only mixed review came from Steve Farrelly at AusGamerswho gave it a 6.5, saying “(W)what’s here is fun and it’s Nintendo and there’s co-op for families or friends, but it’s all just so incredibly light.”

What do the players think?

Players also seem to like it a lot! The game currently holds a User rating of 9.0 on Metacritic of (at the time of writing) 208 reviews. Again, positive reviews massively outnumber those with mixed or negative scores. The 188 positive reviews are overwhelmingly so, with the hardcore Kirby worshipers moving around their man. Almost all of the mixed and negative reviews complain bitterly about the game’s short duration and lack of challenge.

A Note on Difficulty

AusGamers’ review echoes a repeated criticism that the game is too easy. While everything Steve says is perfectly true and valuable to older gamers, the game East very simple – I also think what Charlie Kelly from Checkpoint says is also valuable: KirbyThe simplicity of should not necessarily come as a surprise. The series is and always has been for very young players. It only needs to reach a level of complexity high enough to challenge young children. Naturally, this means that adults will cross it easily. That means recalibrating your expectations if you’re going into it as an older player. If you expect a challenge comparable to Super Mario Odysseythen you are already setting the bar too high.

Your catch

But this is a community opinion, we want to know your opinion! Did you dive into Kirby and the Forgotten Land this weekend? Too easy? Just right? Have your kids gone crazy? Should Nintendo release a Kirby game every year just for Ruby? Give us your preview in the comments below!


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