Next up on my top 10 games of 2020 is Pokemon Mystery Dungeon DX! This beautiful remake of the original Rescue Team simplified the game while keeping the difficulty and charm intact.
My criteria for my top 10 games of 2020 is below.
In order for a game to make my top 10 games of 2020 it has to be released in 2020 and not a remaster. Remakes count before they’re rebuilt from the ground up and is basically a whole new game. I must have completed the game or sunk an incredible amount of time into them. Early access games do not count and will no make my top 10 games list no matter how much I like them. When they release they’ll count towards my top 10 list of that year.
A lot of critics hated on this game because of its “boring” dungeons and repetitive gameplay. What did you expect this remake to do exactly? They can’t change too much because if they did you would complain that it’s not enough like the original game. It’s a lose/lose situation. There’s nothing wrong with Pokemon Mystery Dungeon DX. It’s a faithful recreation of the original GBA game and it actually told a really good story.
I enjoyed entering the world of Pokemon from a different perspective and getting to know all of the characters again. I’ve always enjoyed Mystery Dungeon games and this one is no different. Pokemon Mystery Dungeon was actually my introduction to this style of game and I fell in love with it back in 15 years ago. This game took me back to 2005, but with better animations and gorgeous graphics. The gameplay is simplified, but in a good way.
Pressing the A button will use the most effective move that you know against the aggressive Pokemon that you’ll encounter in the various different dungeons. If you’re facing a grass type you’ll use a fire or flying-type move by simply pressing A. If you want full control you can easily choose the moves yourself.
I think I enjoyed this game more this time around than when I first played it because of the art style. This game is gorgeous. The hand-drawn storybook watercolors just pop. Especially in handheld mode. This game is one of the best looking games on the Switch and I wouldn’t be against a full-blown Pokemon game having a similar art style to this game.
I’ve always loved the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon games (outside of Gates to Infinity) and this one is easily one of my favorites in the series. I can’t wait to see where this series goes from here and I’m expecting some Pokemon from the highly successful Sword & Shield to make an appearance in the next game.
This Pokemon game is harder than the base games, but you can put this game in easy mode by over leveling your team which isn’t hard to do if you like doing rescue missions. Are they repetitive? Yes, but they’re fun and at the end of the day, that’s why I play video games. To have fun and adding this game to my top 10 games of 2020 was an easy choice to make and I highly recommend it if you’re a fan of Pokemon or mystery dungeon games in general.
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