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Author: Ben
Posted: July 16, 2014 (03:53 PM)
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Nice job. I'm in the middle of writing something about this game myself, actually (though who knows if I'll finish it).

The only quibble I had was the complaint that the title is too short. If we're going by number of hours and value, eight to ten hours isn't bad for the rather low price and is longer than the Mega Man titles I played on the NES. I think the point would work better if you argued that the quality of the overall game was negatively affected by its short length, but I didn't get the sense that that was what you were going for. Just my two pennies, though.

Otherwise, I enjoyed reading this. This is the first time I've actually checked out a review by you, and I look forward to reading more in the future.


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Author: Whelk
Posted: July 30, 2014 (11:00 AM)
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Thanks :)

Yeah, I probably could have been clearer with that part. The length is definitely good for the price and in comparison with older NES titles. But the game was just so...GOOD...that I wasn't satisfied with it ending yet.

And I generally expect newer games to be much longer than older ones just because our technology is vastly better and, in this case, they don't have to do complicated 3D rendering or anything like that. Rather, I would commend older NES titles for being anywhere near the length of Shovel Knight, a game released 20+ years later.

Maybe it seemed a little too obvious to do the standard Mega Man number of knights + "wily" stages? (Even though there were a several side areas and minibosses, which were all cool.) It also would have been nice to have more time to spend with one of the late-game, movement-oriented power-ups (you probably know which one I mean).

But yeah, if price is to be the main determiner of appropriate game length, Shovel Knight passes.

Good thing we have these comments sections for things I only realize through discussion :P


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