Active XP: Ary and the Secret of Seasons Review

Chris reviews the disappointing Ary and the Secret of Seasons from Modus Games, eXiin, and Fishing Cactus. A review code was provided by the publisher.

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Music

Theme Song made by Novila. https://soundcloud.com/novila-edm

Ary and the Secret of Seasons Review Notes

  • Puzzles are a bit awkward. There was a lever that needed to be pulled but there isn’t a pulling animation until later on. So I had Ary walk into it to pull the lever. It was super strange and took me out of the game. The puzzles are terrible. I had to finagle my way through them rather than thinking of a proper solution. It doesn’t give you a clear thought process on what to do. I literally had Ary walk into a ball to make it roll. Then, I was given a tool to pull things across; that would have been nice earlier rather than awkwardly pushing Ary into a ball by running into it. 
  • Combat Isn’t that fun. Parrying, rolling, and striking. There aren’t any special moves. Combat is dull and there’s only so many times I can hear Ary say, “Son of a cow” before it gets old. 
  • It’s cool that the dialogue changes when you alter the season around characters. NPCs mention they’re cold when you make their area winter. You can also heat up their environment by using the summer ability. 
  • The characters and the animations are so adorable. 
  • The graphics are down right ugly at times. 
  • The art behind the bad graphics stands out. I loved seeing fireworks set in front of the castle. 
  • Frame rate is choppy, despite my laptop being able to run it easily. 
  • Repeating dialogue. “Son of a cow” was cute a few times, but when I hear it a dozen times over one play session…
  • Ary is so adorable. You could make plushies out of her and they’d sell. 
  • It carries such a light hearted tone 
  • The game is unfinished. Doors aren’t unlocking in the Winter Temple and it mocks me with an opening noise. I can tell something is on the other side by looking through the crack. 
  • After leaving the cathedral to upgrade Ary so I can fight the hyenas more effectively, I couldn’t go back in. Issues like this make me worry that I can’t continue the game. I’ve tried to progress but I’ve literally had a block that won’t let me through, hence reviewing this earlier than I’ve wanted to. 
  • Music is generic, repetitive, and mixed awkwardly from field to battle. I don’t know why they bothered marketing the album release as it’s painfully lifeless. 
  • Side quests failed at being interesting distractions to the main story. I would have loved to know more about the world around her rather than generic fetch quest missions. 

3/10

Active Quest Episode 84: Super Mario 3D All-Stars Is Real And Marvel’s Avengers Is Actually Good

Chris, Joseph, and Josh discuss the fantastic Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2, Marvel’s Avengers, and Super Mario 3D All-Stars!

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Quick Notes

Ubisoft Forward Returns for a New Digital Showcase Next Week

George Yang

https://www.escapistmagazine.com/v2/ubisoft-forward-returns-for-a-new-digital-showcase-next-week/

A Prince of Persia remake announcement is planned for Ubisoft Forward, journalist claims

Tom Ivan

https://www.videogameschronicle.com/news/a-prince-of-persia-remake-announcement-is-planned-for-ubisoft-forward-journalist-claims/

Gods & Monsters Officially Renamed Immortals Fenyx Rising

Joe Skrebels

https://www.ign.com/articles/gods-monsters-officially-renamed-immortals-fenyx-rising

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is coming to the next generation!

https://thewitcher.com/en/news/32792/the-witcher-3-wild-hunt-is-coming-to-the-next-generation

Capcom Promises to Unveil More Resident Evil Village Details During TGS 2020

Brianna Reeves

https://www.playstationlifestyle.net/2020/09/01/resident-evil-village-news-tgs-2020/

Quick Releases

Kate Bishop joins Marvel’s Avengers in October

Tom Phillips

https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2020-09-02-kate-bishop-joins-marvels-avengers-in-october

PlayStation Now Gets Four New Games, Includes Final Fantasy XV and Resident Evil 7

Chris Penwell

https://www.thegamer.com/playstation-now-four-new-games-final-fantasy-xv-resident-evil-7/

Coming Soon to Xbox Game Pass for PC & Console: Destiny 2, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, Tell Me Why, and More

Megan Spurr

https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2020/09/01/xbox-game-pass-coming-soon-september-2020/

News

PS5 won’t be backward-compatible with PS3, PS2, or PS1, Ubisoft says

 Michael McWhertor

https://www.polygon.com/2020/8/31/21408828/ps5-backwards-compatibility-ps3-ps2-ps1-rumor

Marvel’s Avengers Might Get More Black Heroes In The Future

Chris Penwell

https://www.thegamer.com/marvels-avengers-might-get-more-black-heroes-in-the-future/

Nintendo Announces Super Mario Remasters And Much More In Super Mario Bros. 35th Anniversary Direct

Gavin Lane

https://www.nintendolife.com/news/2020/09/nintendo_announces_super_mario_remasters_and_much_more_in_super_mario_bros_35th_anniversary_direct

Listener Questions

Josh from Indie Pod — Relevant question: Do you think the Mario game timed exclusives actually mean something bigger for Nintendo or are they just stirring up some unnecessary hype?

Not Relevant Question: What’s that one embarrassing story about yourself that your parents always want to tell others.

Even more not relevant question: If you were a type of cheese, what type would you be?

Jaymes Smith — Tiddies

#1 Turner and Hooch fan — Another hot ask comin your way gamers: do you think we will get a remastered Burger King games trilogy for next gen?

I would play a next gen game that plays like Dead Space that’s set in an abandoned burger king corporate office. Imagine it featuring you sneaking around trying to uncover where they went horribly wrong in their marketing that led to the king being axed from commercial spots.

What We’ve Been Playing

Joseph

  • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 
  • Marvel’s Avengers

Chris 

  • Ary and the Secret of Seasons (review code from Modus Games)
  • Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 + 2 (review code from Activision)
  • Marvel’s Avengers (review code from Square Enix)
  • Fortnite

Josh

  • Fortnite

Featured Image from Super Mario 3D All Stars by Nintendo and Marvel’s Avengers by Square Enix and Marvel