Late Summer Thoughts on Skylanders Imaginators (Nintendo Switch)
This year more than anything has been a year of discovery. The Nintendo Switch has really introduced me (or re-introduced me) to an entirely new avenue of gaming that is characterized by Nintendo's unique style offerings and the types of games that it offers. Such has been the case with Skylanders Imaginators. While Skylanders is not a Nintendo property and can be played on Playstation platforms, in my mind I associate it with Nintendo and the witch, because it is unlikely that I would have ever played it anywhere else. I have other things that I am interested in playing on other platforms. Like Destiny. Still, I have been enamored with the game for 70 - 80% of the time I have spent in this world, which says a lot as I have, for most of my life, not been a fan of this style of game.
While Skylanders is not a JRPG in its origin, it feels as much as a game an without being one. But one thing I really like the game for is that it skews away from the main factor that causes me to fail out when playing a JRPG: boredom. My main problem with JRPGs is that the dialog-based cut-scenes go on for entirely too long. I get bored; I fall asleep. Another boredom factor is time spent too long in a room or other level trying to figure out how to get out. You could say that's on me; not being smart enough or whatever. OK, fine. But there's still too much of these arbitrary path-blocking placements that do not add any entertainment to the game. Again, too much time spent on these areas will lead to me falling asleep. These happen infrequently in Imaginators, as they are spread out more.
Admittedly, Skylanders Imaginators is not too difficult. It is pretty much targeted at child for difficulty, which is fine with me. I do not want to spend a lot of time in a game like Imaginators being challenged. I want to get in, enjoy some wholesome childhood goodness, and get out. Not necessarily quickly, but without wasting a lot of time. Again, if I want challenge, I go play Destiny, or the Witcher, or Batman, or Project CARS. While I would not say that Skylanders Imaginators is my favorite Nintendo Switch launch title, I will say that it is up there with some of the games that I most enjoy playing on the platform. It's also been a big surprise; I feel like any ROI I achieve on it is cash muny, because honestly I was not expecting much from the title at all. Plus it gave me a decent excuse for buying my first Amiibo-like accessories. Choice.