Rango’s Gaming Corner — May 2023

4 min readMay 10

It’s been a while since I’ve done this. Lately, I’ve been playing through my backlog titles and then some. This includes some new releases, older games, and remakes. Speaking of remakes…

Kirby’s Return to Dream Land Deluxe

I recently finished the remake of the 2011 Wii title, Kirby’s Return to Dream Land. While the visual fresh coat of paint, Magolor Epilogue, and Merry Magoland are welcome additions, I also found the game’s new challenges and powerups to be worth revisiting.

By increased challenge, I should specifically mention The True Arena. The final unlockable mode from the original Return to Dream Land returns in form along with new boss fights. These include those fought in Magolor Epilogue as well as a brand new form for the true final boss! Honestly, I found this to be the hardest mode in the series yet.

I do wish that Extra Mode was unlockable from the start, however. Normal mode’s story is still easy as cake. But I will say I enjoyed Magolor Epilogue for its new story content. Moreover, I’ve already had a blast in Merry Magoland!

This game is recommended for Kirby fans, players of all ages, and those of you who value the co-op and competitive experience. If you enjoy Mario Party Superstars and other fun mini-games, definitely explore this title!

Octopath Traveler II

The sequel to the hit 2019 JRPG came out a few months back. However, after beating both Live A Live and Lunar: Silver Star Harmony, I’m finally getting into it. I started with Hikari and recruited Agnea as my first party member.

I enjoy the new Limit Break mechanics. Also, from the first bosses I faced, I’m glad to see they’re not the HP sponges that they were before. I’ve asked on r/OctopathTraveler about the changes made to this game from the first. So far, I’m pleased to learn that a number of things I did not like about the first title were…


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