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Old 01-28-21, 10:25 AM
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Re: Balan Wonderworld (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch) - 3/26/21

demo up... https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/ba...ot:overviewtab
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Re: Balan Wonderworld (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch) - 3/26/21

The near-universal response seems to range from "indifferent shrug" to "this is terrible". I haven't fired up the demo yet. Part of me is stupid enough to stick with my full price preorder just to support a game like this existing.
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Re: Balan Wonderworld (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch) - 3/26/21

It does seem like a game that would have come out during the peak Sega/Michael Jackson era.
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Re: Balan Wonderworld (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch) - 3/26/21

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The near-universal response seems to range from "indifferent shrug" to "this is terrible". I haven't fired up the demo yet. Part of me is stupid enough to stick with my full price preorder just to support a game like this existing.
I was about excited for this as one could be and yeah it's not great. The gameplay is uninteresting and the controls are sluggish. Also very poor level design. Disappointing.
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Re: Balan Wonderworld (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch) - 3/26/21

^ they still have 2 months. could get better, no?
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^ they still have 2 months. could get better, no?
These are fundamental problems with the game so no. It's not like the framerate is bad or needs polish.
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Re: Balan Wonderworld (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch) - 3/26/21

I finally got around to playing the demo, and...errrr, promptly cancelled my preorder. I didn't hate it the way most people seemed to, but I can't say that I liked it either. Movement is sluggish. Jumping doesn't feel right, which is more than a little bit critical for a platformer. Disliked the camera. Costume management seems kind of annoying; one hit and your current one is gone, and you can only have 3 at a time. Some of the things it seems to want me to do aren't explained very well. If it improves with updates, I'm still open to buying it at the right price, but...yeah. I wonder if Square Enix regrets releasing this demo. It's succeeding at getting the word out, but...
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Re: Balan Wonderworld (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch) - 3/26/21

Maybe they will postpone it a few months and make some needed changes. I'm interested in the game but not for full price and not in the current state. The one hit and losing the costume sounds dumb. A potentially cool platformer that will turn into frustration for kids that want to play it.
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Re: Balan Wonderworld (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch) - 3/26/21

Anyone wind up getting? I haven’t seen any reviews yet...
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Re: Balan Wonderworld (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch) - 3/26/21

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Anyone wind up getting? I havenít seen any reviews yet...
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However, this isnít the worst game of all time, as some social media accounts might have you believe: we donít expect to see Balan Wonderworld threatening to appear in anyoneís top 10 lists for the year, but as a package, itís mostly inoffensive and younger players or fans of retro games might even enjoy it a lot. We played through the entire game in a day, and as fans of the genre, it wasÖ fine.
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If you have a soft spot for classic 3D platformers and imaginative game worlds, you'll have a lovely time with Balan Wonderworld. With a heartfelt story, plenty of cuteness, a clever costume system, and oodles of stages to master; it's one incredible adventure.
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Oooh. That sounds good. I swear I put in Balan Wonderland reviews and got nothing. I’m itching to buy a new game, but anything actually. Ugh. I guess should play more of demo.
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Re: Balan Wonderworld (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch) - 3/26/21

They didnít send out review codes until yesterday, so write-ups are slow in coming. But it seems like the type of game that anyone whoís committed enough could turn around super-quickly, so weíll probably see more in the week to come.

Iím still open to getting it but only when thereís a severe lull and the price is right.
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Re: Balan Wonderworld (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch) - 3/26/21

Going to depend on stellar reviews for me. I got Fenyx Rising to begin the platformer genre if I so choose after or maybe together with Outriders and and see about Balan. I certainly love the aesthetic of Balan.
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They didnít send out review codes until yesterday, so write-ups are slow in coming. But it seems like the type of game that anyone whoís committed enough could turn around super-quickly, so weíll probably see more in the week to come.

Iím still open to getting it but only when thereís a severe lull and the price is right.
that could also be seen as bad sign...
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Re: Balan Wonderworld (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch) - 3/26/21

ouch...
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We’re not going to mince words here, Balan Wonderworld is a waste of your time. Monotonous level design, awful performance, and shallow gameplay combine to make for an experience that is simply not fun to play. It may look pretty (when it’s framerate isn’t chugging), but there simply isn’t enough good content here to justify your time or money, and this is doubly true when you take into account that this is a full-priced retail release. If you’re looking for a good 3D platformer for your Switch, this most definitely isn’t it.
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Re: Balan Wonderworld (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch) - 3/26/21

glad i purchased this. then, returned it promptly!
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Even after hating the demo I still bought this game because I'm a lunatic.
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I get the feeling this one will be "free" in multiple ways come late Summer. Be it Gamepass, Humble Bundle or giveaway.
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Re: Balan Wonderworld (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch) - 3/26/21

This reviewer did not enjoy the game very much.
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Re: Balan Wonderworld (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch) - 3/26/21

Wow. I had this pre-ordered since first day available at MS store. So glad I didnít go through. Even if it goes to GP or Gold down the road, doesnít seem worth it.




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Re: Balan Wonderworld (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch) - 3/26/21

So I'm up through world 4 and surprisingly it's a solid platformer. They tightened up the controls and camera from how it was in the demo and it looks great on a PS5. Most of the really bad reviews seem to be for the Switch version which runs like shit but it runs perfectly fine on a PS5.
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Re: Balan Wonderworld (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch) - 3/26/21

I'll get it when it hits 20 bucks.
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So I'm up through world 4 and surprisingly it's a solid platformer. They tightened up the controls and camera from how it was in the demo and it looks great on a PS5. Most of the really bad reviews seem to be for the Switch version which runs like shit but it runs perfectly fine on a PS5.
have you seen the post above yours? Those are all the platforms. Switch lowest, but 40’s, 50’s? That’s some terrible shit. This is as of today...



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I'll get it when it hits Gamepass.
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