This blog will be discussing my experience with Donkey Kong Country Returns and my thoughts on the upcoming Tropical Freeze. I have yet to beat DKCR, as I've only ever played the display copy in store, I have made notes on what I think it needs for improvement. Don't get me wrong, it was one of the funnest games I've played recently.
One thing I like about this new DKC, is the lack of a certain "Donkey Kong Country Returns 2" and it is rather a new name... that sounds like a Popsicle... ANYWAYS, lets get to it..
They might not need to be drawn... but they need to look good. With Donkey Kong Country Returns came the 3D map... and while 3D isn't bad, it looks plain, blocky and boring
|"Now, this! Can you resist this?"|
I was really hoping they would use the WiiUs HD ability to have some intense visuals in the next DKC game, but it seems as though they are keeping it cartoony... My idea is that they should go the realistic approach. I would love to see a DKC game with graphics like Gears of War or MGS... something that can get you in the zone. I previously found these images, and they perfectly show what I think the route they should take is.
The Donkey Kong Country series has, since SNES, been a more realistic take on the side-scrolling platformers. Sonic the Hedgehog is Style, Mario is a fucking fantasy world and Donkey Kong is Life.
Let's compare the new and old DKC and Mario games:
Look at the detail in the leaves, and the dirt... downright amazing
and then whatever the fuck this is supposed to be, basically shows this contrast perfectly...
This is by far what has me excited the most. and exactly what I wanted after playing some DKCR... I thought that instead of rehashing music, as they were doing, they should make a new original soundtrack, and more specifically... a score by David Wise..
Think of nostalgia... now, you have to earn nostalgia... You can't use someone elses nostalgia. It's the same with soundtracks.. If they make a good enough one, people are going to enjoy the soundtrack. We already enjoy the DKC soundtracks... they didn't rehash them in the 90s, so why would we use them as if they're some sort of staple? I don't mind if they use a bit... but all the same, part of the brilliance of the DKC game music is that it was different and beautiful with each rendition. Not a repeat. The whole reason people get nostalgic over that music to begin with is because it's amazing, not because it was something else...
Here's hoping there's some slick tunes...
This is probably the main area that realistic graphics are needed.
This is a new addition, and one of the more visually appealing bits of DKC:TF
So I have high hopes... some guffs etc, but all in all it looks pretty decent...