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Flawed and Fantastic,
This review is from: Kirby's Return to Dream Land (Video Game)
I've read many reviews stating that this game is too simple, too easy, and almost pale in comparison to previous Kirby games. My guess it that these reviewers played through the first handful of levels simply so they could write their review and get their paycheck. I waited until I finished this game to give a full review. That was a good idea.
This game features traditional Kirby platforming, which includes jumping, sucking, floating, copying powers...all the stuff you'd expect. I must say that this has never been done better. Kirby is an extremely fun character to be, as he has endless ways of interacting with the environment and enemies around him. This versatile arsenal of moves and attacks comes at an odd game play sacrific; Kirby is too powerful for the enemies around him. Until you hit world 5, there will be times when you're ditching copy abilities because you're getting bored of being able to demolish everything in your path so easily. It takes away from the game play, and it's a bit of a shame, for the final few levels raise the difficulty quite a bit and show you how much fun the game can be when the bar is raised.
Don't dismiss this as a simple children's game; there's depth and detail found here that makes it a respectable title. You'll have to play the game quite a bit before things get interesting, but it is worth it. The game is a solid length and has a ton of extras to unlock and master. Beat it once and you unlock a more difficult version of the main adventure (which should have been the definitive form of the adventure in the first place).
The reason most Kirby fans will be disappointed with this game is a funny one. It's the most shined and polished representation of the Kirby formula to date, and in fact has been done SO well that its mild difficulty (something that all Kirby games have possessed) makes you wish the developers went the extra mile to put all those fantastic moves Kirby is equipped with to good use. By the end of the game it feels GREAT to be hacking away at bosses with Kirby's abilities. It's just a shame that this feeling isn't existent earlier on.
Overall, you're looking at a very good game that could have been a GREAT game with a little fine tuning. It's worth a rent for those who aren't avid fans of platforming or of this series, and a must buy for those who love the Kirby franchise. Overall I'm happy with buying this, but I can't pretend it's perfect.