The original Luigi's Mansion was definitely fun for me. But it was also very much a part of a place and time. Meaning, it was a great game to show off the launch of the Gamecube. It was different, and had great lighting and use of transparencies. In many ways, it sort of felt like a longish tech demo. And most, it was a fun but shortish game.
Nintendo has always been smart about this kind of stuff. The idea is so simple: Take a successful game and totally Nintendofy it. IE: Make it fun and family friendly and not overly challenging. So back when the Gamecube launched we got what was effectively the Nintendo Resident Evil game. And oh yeah, it also aped Ghostbusters pretty hard. But it was fine. It worked. It was a goofy and unique game that didn't overstay its welcome. I enjoyed it then, and I enjoyed it years later when my wife and I revisited it.
Now they've gone ahead and announced Luigi's Mansion 3, but I realize I skipped 2. Or what would have been 2. Instead it's called Dark Moon. And I found a fairly cheap copy so here we go.
Having played a couple of hours now, I'll say that I'm not really hooked. I don't know if Luigi's Mansion needed to be a series. It worked great as a one-off experiment. But this sequel feels like they just took the original game and made it way WAY bigger. Depending on your take, this is good or bad. For me it's like... eh, did they need to? Do I NEED to play another Luigi's Mansion game? I don't know.
The first two hours have been slow. There's very little challenge. Very little in the way of puzzle solving. And worse - it's so guided. I feel like every few steps I'm getting a call from the professor to tell me SOMETHING else about how to proceed. Given what I've seen in the first couple of hours, I'm nervous that this game will be nothing but a very long tutorial. Oh, and yeah it's super long apparently. Like six times longer than the original game. The original game was known for being very short, but y'know what? That's okay. I often like a nice compact experience.
So here we are. Dark Moon seems fine and all, but also kind of unnecessary to me. I'm not sure how much more I'll play. It's not BAD by any means, but it just has a very rehash feeling about it, at least so far. Maybe it's a slow burner? But even if it is, I have a lot of other games I'd probably want to get back to sooner. I still haven't finished Resident Evil Revelations that I started earlier this month.