The success of The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild from last year is absolute at this point. The game took home multiple game of the year awards and received high marks from most reviewers. Yet despite the accolades, I noticed that people didn’t talk about one major point: This is a mature game from Nintendo.
One of the most shocking surprises of E3 2017 was the collaboration by Ubisoft and Nintendo for Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. Taking the well loved mascot and pairing him with Ubi’s attempt at a mascot, and on top of that, having tactical battles like in XCOM. With the game out, we have a game that shouldn’t work, and yet may be one of the best games to introduce new players to the design of XCOM.
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For this week’s Dissecting Design, I took an extended look at Age of Empires 2 HD edition to talk about how the RTS has managed to remained popular by focusing on a different form of design compared to the other RTS during the decade.