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Super Meat Boy (PC)
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Super Meat Boy (PC)
Advantages: some really tough levels, price, level editor, longevity
Disadvantages: some really tough levels
Super Meat Boy breaks the above marketing attitude and approach in just about any way that you could think of. It doesn't claim to cater to those who want a complex, unheard of radical gaming formula. It's very description calls it a "tough as nails platformer where you play as an animated cube of meat who's trying to save his girlfriend (who happens to be made of bandages) from an evil fetus in a jar wearing a tux." And that's precisely what Super Meat Boy is. You, the player, are Super Meat Boy, and you'll chase after your girlfriend in more than 300 story levels which, although they may look simple, are truly anything but.
Super Meat Boy is a game that will make you yell, pull your hair out in frustration, and question your passion as a gamer. But at the end of the day, when you've beaten whatever challenge was filling you with rage, you're smiling like a little kid who's just played their first Mario game, because that's the only reasonable comparison you can make. Super Meat Boy doesn't rock out a bunch of sexy HD graphics or require a high-end gaming PC to play. Instead, it's a classic situation of a simple game that's truly anything but. And although achieving 100% on this game is likely to take you longer than it would to finish a few full retail games, Super Meat Boy stays true to its roots with its low price. If you're paying more than £15 for this game, Steam, Amazon, or otherwise, then you're getting ripped off. And honestly, can you really beat a deal on a game that's less then the price of dinner yet will undoubtedly take you a minimum of 30 or so hours to even finish, yet along complete everything there is to do?
Even though £15 for a story mode that will take hours upon hours to beat seems like a crazy good deal, Super Meat Boy's appeal doesn't stop there. Instead, it also offers all players a free world (level) editor to make their own custom levels, and share them with other friends or players in general. And unlike some built-in-game level editors which are very poor quality and restrict the player to the point where it seems like it's a challenging task to built something even remotely fun (I'm looking at you- Super Smash Bros. Brawl), this level editor is actually good. And with thousands of custom levels already out there just waiting for you to download and test out and have fun playing, the potential and lasting appeal of this game becomes all the greater.
So is Super Meat Boy for you? Well, at its price it's really a question that you can answer for cheap. However, if I had to take a guess, I would say it is. You don't need to be a hardcore gamer to feel the nostalgia of playing a truly GOOD platformer. Furthermore, if you are a hardcore gamer that has played a lot of platformers, then Super Meat Boy also brings a lot to the table when you consider that you've probably never played as a ball of meat before. And playing as a ball of meat has its advantages- sliding down a wall will rub your gooey meat substance on it, allowing you to later jump and stay attached to it to get around... it's really rather complex when you get to later levels. All in all, Super Meat Boy can only be described as a really fun game, and it's something that should really just be enjoyed as something to bring a smile to your face rather than feelings of disappointment that tend to plague newer retail games in the modern video game market.
Summary: It has an honest and challenging approach, which makes it both good and bad, but overall, fun.
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