Game review Miitopia: JRPG for the whole family
Nintendo has virtually any game genre can make something quite extraordinary. Get at least a popular worldwide Japanese role-playing games. That they can bring a new, if almost everything has already been tried by hundreds of other studios? The developers of the Nintendo decided that it would be good to move the player, and along with all his friends directly inside the game, thus reinforcing dive into it. No sooner said than done! That's what came to light on what not similar portable JRPG called Miitopia, which I would like to tell our readers today.
Platform Nintendo 3DS
Genre: of JRPG
Release Date: July 28, 2017
Developer: Nintendo EPD
Publisher: the Nintendo
Virtually all manufacturers of gaming platforms, sooner or later try to create a kind of virtual ecosystem where their users will be comfortable to make friends, socialize together held video games and engage in other joint activities. An important component of such an ecosystem virtual avatars are the players. In Microsoft - is a system of Avatar with cute little men, painted by artists Rare studio. The Sony Japanese company was an attempt to create a virtual world with lots of locations and entertainment called Home for its users. True attempt was unsuccessful and the project soon turned. Nintendo in 2006 together with its Wii game console, introduced the world to the avatar system under the straightforward title Mii - a hybrid name Wii console and the English word "Me".
Mii - it is created in a special editor men personifying players in different video games and social applications. They look very funny and sometimes even a little ridiculous, but, of course, have a peculiar charm. Tens of millions of players around the world today have their virtual incarnation in Nintendo ecosystem. Mii avatars are used not only on game consoles Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U and Switch, but also in the company's mobile applications. Over time, Nintendo's leadership came to the conclusion that on the basis of the Mii, you can try to develop the game in an entirely new genres, but always with a strong social component.
That is how in 2013, was born Tomodachi Life game in the genre "life simulator" for the portable console Nintendo 3DS. Player, or rather its the Mii, settles on the picturesque island with other avatars. Together, they had fun, did some shopping, settled in their housing, quarrel, fall in love, get married and even had children. Japanese and Western players, this uncomplicated at first glance, the idea came to mind, so the game sold an impressive circulation of approximately 6 million copies. In 2016 it published a free mobile application Miitomo by which holders of Mii avatars can communicate with your friends, participate in polls and hilarious mini-games, to win a variety of prizes and bonuses. But that Nintendo has decided not to stop.
The idea of a role-playing game featuring Mii was in the air for a long time. In 2011, when the handheld console went on sale, all users became available to the application StreetPass Mii Plaza for free, which includes several mini-games. Thanks to technology StreetPass Nintendo 3DS console instantly find each other and communicate. Thus, players like to go to each other's homes. After passing through the city with the console in a backpack, and in the evening you see that to you in a few guests looked the same players. So, one of the mini-games to become StreetPass "Save the Mii", in which the main character goes on a journey through fantasy world to free from captivity king captured the evil demon. Helped the protagonist in his travels Mii other players, whom he met in reality. It was the first attempt to cross the Nintendo Mii avatars, and the genre of role-playing games. Next logical step in the development of this idea was the game Miitopia.
Miitopia - fairy-tale world, which inhabit the Mii avatars created by the owners of Nintendo consoles. The most striking and original images get into the game by voting, and vote for their own players. The game does not just avatars ordinary people, but also various celebrities and characters from works of art. So, in the game you can easily meet Gabe Newell, Donald Trump, Batman, Peter Griffin, Lady Gaga, and even the key of Nintendo employees, including Shigeru Miyamoto and Reggie Fils-Aime. Of course, not without the characters of famous games: here you and Mario and Link, and Samus Aran, and Princess Peach, and many other familiar characters from childhood. But the most important thing in the game - it's you and your friends. That you have to assign a Mii on the role of various characters, including comrades and sworn enemies. You can create your own Mii image editor from scratch, select it from the plurality of workpieces, to load the application and Miitomo game Tomodachi Life, or simply choose a character from a list of your friends.
The plot tells the story of Miitopia prosperous world, which invaded the Dark Lord, who stole from the people most dear - their faces. Yes, that's right to be the case. Characters have lost their funny mordashek and now can not even communicate with each other in the absence of the mouth. Dark Lord uses human face to create an army of minions. Putting abductees in various monsters, he subjects them to its will and sends to has not yet been affected by the disaster settlements. For the protagonist, ie you need help contact some nameless deity and asks to save Miitopiyu from nagryanuvshaya trouble. This character can not stand by while the innocent suffer. He was not thinking goes a long journey whose goal is victory over the Dark Lord and the return of peace in Miitopiyu. Alone, the scourge of our protagonist would not cope, so god sends him to help a few faithful companions.
Initially, you will find yourself on the world map is divided into several large regions. Each set of levels, passing that you will get access to the next. the level of the passage is as follows: on the lower screen of Nintendo 3DS depicts a conditional route that moves the icon with the face of the hero, and on the upper screen, we see how the characters stomp through the fields, forests, mountains, talking to each other, enter into battle with monsters, find treasures and meet new friends. The characters can be made to run on the level, if you click on the lower touch screen console Nintendo 3DS. Level may contain several alternate pathways forks. Where to turn at the crossroads - the player chooses himself. Sometimes he even gives tips in the spirit: you will go to the left - on the head get, you will go to the right - a treasure find. And here already all depends on your courage and ambition. Personally, I was curious to explore every alternative path and search for all without exception, the treasures and secrets, so I pereprohodil some levels several times. But to do it is not necessary.
Each character in Miitopia not only has a unique appearance, the name, but also the nature of the warehouse. You can make it a good, energetic, lazy, tough, stubborn, careful or careless. And his character will directly influence its behavior in some situations. Good characters can sometimes feel sorry for some particularly charming monster in battle, and lazy - go to sleep at a time when the night guard sleeping by the fire mates. In addition to the character, you also assign each character to his "profession." And their Miitopia a lot: from the classical warrior, mage, cleric, thief, to highly unusual classes like a cat, or a flower chertonka. Is the game even profession tank when a character literally puts on a caterpillar and a tower with a gun. There are also some secret trades that you have to open yourself to the passing game. All professions have their pluses and minuses, so I recommend you to try out all the options and combinations to find the optimal composition of the team of heroes.
Fights Miitopia step by step, as in most classic Japanese role-playing games. During the battle with the monsters can only control the main character. Other characters make decisions on their own. However, you can fully automate the course of the battle, simply by putting the appropriate checkbox at the beginning of the battle. If you feel that your things are bad, feel free to use the magic powder in funny salt cellars, restoring life, mana, and even resurrect the dead characters in battle. We have a certain amount of salt shakers, which is fully compensated at the end of each level. If everything is even worse - you can always hide the wounded hero in a "safe place", temporarily removing it from the battlefield. There he will restore power and get rid of all negative status. Even if this does not work - you can always escape from the battlefield and allow their wards to lick wounds. You probably are thinking: this game is too simple. Yes. It really is. Miitopia but this does not cease to be fun. In its causality has its invisible charm that draws you to the long hours and days.
At the end of each level awaits weary travelers the inn, where they can relax and restore their health, mana reserve and just talk with each other. It should be noted that the game is very important social relationships between the characters. If you settle the two characters in the same room, they get to know each other, and as a result will increase the level of their relationship. This, in turn, will lead to the improvement of their cooperation in the fight. Each new level will unlock a new joint relations skill. For example, the character will be able to take the blow that was meant his friend. Or in the course of the battle, he will cover everything compliments his girlfriend, thereby temporarily increasing its combat characteristics. But the coin has another side. Sometimes heroes quarrel with each other for one reason or another. In this case, be prepared for the additional difficulties in fights with opponents. However, you can always reconcile quarreling, repopulating them in a hotel room or just giving them a little bit cool, and collect his thoughts.
characters do not just relax and socialize in the inn, but also trapeznichayut. For victory over the monster you get the gold and loot in the form of a variety of culinary dishes. These dishes by eating increases one or several basic parameters of the character's health, mana, attack, magic power, defense and speed. Obtained from food bonus is added on to the current characteristics of the hero and tangibly help in dangerous adventures. Dishes in the game a huge amount, so here the developers show the wonders of culinary ingenuity. But keep in mind that each character has a certain taste. And if one of your characters can not live without a juicy roast beef, the other one only kind of meat can be vomiting. Tastes influence the effectiveness of a particular dish. So you need to experiment and find the best menus for their wards.
Sometimes your characters will ask for a little pocket money for personal expenses. Someone needs to buy new armor and someone very fashionable sword or wand latest model. Nintendo artists have painted hundreds of various types of weapons and clothes for the characters of different professions. The player can choose the color of clothing or components, bringing into play the author touches. Money to buy things can be found in chests scattered Miitopii, knock out monsters or win in the arcade room inn. The truth in the latter case, you will need special game tickets, which can also be found in chests or get in several other ways. The choice of visitors arcade room offers two games. The first - a drum with prize sectors, just like the game show "Field of Dreams." For one ticket you can spin the drum and win money on holiday on an exotic island of the ticket (and that, too, the heroes need to calm nerves), a rare armor and other valuable prizes. The second game - a classic "Rock-paper-scissors", in which the prize is money. You win once - get 500 gold. You can pick up the money, or to take part in the second round, where your prize is doubled, and so on. If you lose - you lose all the money, so do not let gambling get the better of you.
The game manages to be both charming, funny, captivating, and even somewhat ridiculous. Watch relationships tiny little people, listen to their arguments, inner feelings and dreams - always interesting and unusual. They sing and dance and laugh and feel sad, make a wish when they see a shooting star, sacrifice themselves, if their friends are in trouble. In other words - they behave like a real live people. Virtual world Miitopia lives a very busy life and become a part of this amazing Nintendo ecosystem has enabled us - the players. The game, despite the lack of interactivity in some cases, does not cease to surprise the player with its variety, a lot of comical situations, unexpected turns of plot, vivid characters and witty dialogue. What can I say: even the monsters and bosses in the game look and behave in a way that could not help smiling. Take at least an evil turkey, which pulled the stolen Dark Lord face to his, sorry ass, and now it teases our heroes. Well then do not pricked? In some cases, the player is given a choice: to punish or to spare the defeated villain. The game teaches us to be kind, teaches to forgive and to love our neighbors. But not in a religious sense, but somehow in his own way, philosophically.
In order to minimize the fatigue of players from constantly recurring events (level - an inn - pumping - again level), the developers have tried to diversify the gameplay using the mini-games and a variety of bonuses. In the course of journeys you now and then will meet very colorful NPC. For example, a fan quiz, I suggest you play with him in an exciting game, a prize for winning which can be a very valuable items. You only need to be in silhouette to guess what kind of a character, or several very similar faces find their comrade. Sometimes you will meet a pretty lady who is interested in: whether you have at hand collectible figurines Amiibo? Putting a figure to the console, you get the rare costume for their character or additional tickets in the arcade room. A trifle, but nice. I deliberately will not tell you about the other surprises that carries a game. I think that all this will be especially pleased to discover on their own.
Visually Miitopia looks very nice. Of course, it should be understood that the iron Nintendo 3DS console is outdated. It is also in 2011 did not shine performance, and only 6 years later - even more so. But even despite this, Nintendo EPD artists have tried their best and created a vivid, memorable, and the most diverse world in which you want to come back as often as possible. Game locations are incredibly bright and beautiful, and our heroes happen to visit a huge number of all kinds of places, from arid deserts and tropical jungles to the volcanic subsoil and the city with neon signs. What struck me the most in this game, so it's her music. Especially for Miitopia four Japanese composers have written down hundreds (!!!) music tracks, including some with vocals. And this music - not some kind of "prohodnyak", but truly memorable works that you then casually humming and smiling.
Most likely, in our country the majority of players in this great game is not appreciated. And they do it perfectly in vain. Despite the children's naivety, Miitopia conceals an interesting combat system, based on the relationship of the characters, a huge amount of content, interesting mini-games, ridiculous situations and other pleasures. If you do not want to spend 2,500 rubles on the cartridge with the game, fearing that she would have you do not like, you can start to download the free demo Miitopia. The demo is large enough and it takes about a couple of hours, and the preservation of it can then be transferred to the full version of the game, if you still decide to purchase it. I did not expect anything special from Miitopia, since I was not totally impressed with the game Tomodachi Life, which is the ideological forerunner of this JRPG. But in the end from Nintendo it resulted in something truly amazing. And I would very much like to bring this important information to their readers.
- Nice graphics, animation and game world is very beautiful.
- The game is clear and accessible to all, without exception, the categories of players.
- For the first time you and your friends will be in the heart of the story RPG.
- A huge number of random events and a variety of mini-games.
- A wide selection of all kinds of professions for your heroes.
- The deep system of relationships between the characters.
- Great music, including the beautiful vocals.
- The game has a very comfortable level of complexity.
- In Miitopia can get stuck for 40-50 hours, if not more.
- The game is very good: the player learns to love and forgive.
- In the game you can find dozens of celebrities.
- Occupied environment of the game will scare away most gamers.
- No translation of the game into the Russian language, which is very sad.
- Repeated actions sometimes tiring.
- There is not enough full control over the characters in battle.
Miitopia was totally unexpected and pleasant summer release for 3DS handheld console. Developers of Nintendo managed to perfect a way to cross the Mii avatars and popular genre of JRPG. Never before has a player could not go on a journey through the fabulous world with your friends. Despite the simplicity of the gameplay and the story is not serious, Miitopia carries a player for him and takes him to dozens of hours. Nice graphics, beautiful music, good humor, interesting combat system and a huge number of comical situations - not all of the advantages of this wonderful game. Frankly, I still play it almost every day, and just do not know how to stop. Of course, Miitopia not re-invented the genre of JRPG, but breathed new life into it. And it's worth it. Put the game 8 out of 10.