Holy hell! This game is BRILLIANT! No point in burying the lead, I have not been able to put this game down since it arrived. Let’s get straight into the breakdown.
The story is surprisingly well crafted. Some world colliding chaos occurs within the opening moments of the game that help explain quite nicely how two seperate worlds like these can combine.
The characters are handled really well. The Rabbids 'Cosplaying' as various Mushroom Kingdom characters are a hilarious take on these Nintendo Fan favourites. Even the way Ubisoft has managed to handle the Mario series characters has been quite expertly handled. They have added the right amount of cheeky humour to the game that you wouldn't normally see in a Nintendo property.
Like I said at the start, I haven't been able to put it down. This game is incredible. It's cartoon XCOM meets the Mushroom Kingdom. The different enemies are fun and constantly challenging. The level designs add constant variety. Even the characters individual abilities add an extra layer to the fun and excitement of this game. Not to mention the humour. Even the Rabbids pick on Luigi. It's hilarious!
The graphics look amazing. Watching these characters so fluently bounce around the gorgeous scenery is great. Ubisoft should be very proud with what they have achieved with this game and hopefully this leads to more third party developers working with Nintendo properties in the future.
Mario + Rabbids seems like the strangest thing that has ever been suggested at a design meeting. On paper it sounds like it would never work. But from the moment I heard about it I have been excited to see it in action and it has lived up to the hype.
I am yet to come across any issues with the game. The gameplay itself is fluid and flawless. The menu systems are easy to navigate. My only gripe would be a lack of camera freedom at certain moments in the game. Once all your characters have moved you can no longer look around the map, but this is by no means game breaking.
With a property as old as Mario it is hard to genuinely feel original. Even the upcoming Mario Odyssey looks like something we have all played before. But this game manages to have a fresh take on these beloved characters. Like Paper Mario before it, the have managed to find a whole new genre for Mario and friends to work in. And the addition of the Rabbids make for hilarious interactions. Whoever came up with this one deserves a raise.
The game teaches you new techniques as you go through the first few levels which really helps to ease you in to the game play. The difficulty level ramps up to give you some incredibly challenging moments, but for anyone feeling too challenged there is an Easy mode you can activate at the start of any level.
Like I have said before. CAN'T. STOP. PLAYING. Just taking a break to write this review has been hard enough.
I love this game and would easily recommend it to any switch owners. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is available from August 29 on Nintendo Switch