I hate it. Aha no really. I despise this game so far BUT, I am part of the cult that has a grand fondness for the old DKC games on the SNES and I know a lot of people hate those games for the same face reasons I hate this game and it's crazy how it lines up that way. So I am here on this post looking for the answer; is it just my nostalgia? Here's why I don't like tropical freeze:
I genuinely don't like the music. I like the appeal to the nostalgia but not the new stuff it brings to the table. It feels like I'm at Disney land and an usher is within me 5 feet of me at all times asking me if I'm still having a good time, because I should be having a good time.
I don't like the look. I feel it's too cartoony and vibrant to the point, I feel some designs are just generic looking. Maybe it's just my nostalgia but I feel like the old DKC games were so ominous looking and obscure in vibe where as the visuals for this game are in complete fucking opposition. I feel like this is what appeals to others while actively repulsive to me.
As for the gameplay. I also cannot get a grip on it. I am playing it on the Nintendo switch in handheld mode and I feel like this game definitely has something it's going for with momentum and inertia where it feels really fucking good when you are rolling and plopping on those penguins while gaining elevation from timing that jump button on collapse. That feels good. All until you get to the point in the game where short-length-platforming, swimming, and automatically animating death traps make an entrance. I think the reasons are in parallel with Jeff's reasons why he doesn't like the sonic games. I feel like the game is suffering from some sort of input lag or something because every time I try to land precisely, I find myself having gone too far and dying from sliding off a platform. The water levels don't feel great at all because the swimming feels lingering... but that's no surprise since water and games never go well together. I do enjoy the crazy ass levelution and environmental- progression that can take place in just a single level though. I found that part super cool.
Again the reason I'm making this post is for someone to tell me if I should keep playing this game because I want to love it. I loved those old DKC games and their character but Tropical Freeze feels like a whole different vibe. Does this game get there? Is there anything deep in this game that might make me smile by another appeal to nostalgia because I'm trying to grab at strings here. Hope I didn't come off as a ravaging online forum type.