The honeymoon is over! I feel like my initial preview of Disney Dreamlight Valley was far too positive, even for a self-described Disney Adult. I was blinded by my desire for a cozy game with a Disney slant. And to be fair, I’ve had experiences with Early Access titles which started small and promising, and grew into great games, such as Dave the Diver or Stardew Valley. As the developers have inched closer to their one-year mark, and rumored free-to-play launch date, not much has improved. Sure, content has been added, but there’s still no enjoyable gameplay loop and what once seemed like it could be a worthy successor to Animal Crossing now feels like nothing more than a mobile game with console-level graphics: a mile wide, but an inch deep.
Someone get Stefon on the phone, because this teaser for Chip N’ Dale: Rescue Rangers has everything: Paula Abdul DJing with MC Skat Kat, CGI surgery, Seth Rogen’s laugh, the Cats from Cats, the many ponies of “My Little Pony”.