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Luigi’s Mansion 3: A Spooktacular Sequel That Takes Series To The Next Level

Nintendo’s most cowardly hero Luigi is back in what looks to be his most beautiful and hilarious adventure yet. Image Source: Bang Showbiz  Nintendo’s most cowardly hero is back in what looks to be his most beautiful and hilarious adventure yet, with the studio not so much reinventing the wheel as simply taking everything up […]

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Nintendo’s most cowardly hero Luigi is back in what looks to be his most beautiful and hilarious adventure yet.

Image Source: Bang Showbiz 

Nintendo’s most cowardly hero is back in what looks to be his most beautiful and hilarious adventure yet, with the studio not so much reinventing the wheel as simply taking everything up a notch.

It’s not an overstatement to say this game – a essentially a horror kids’ cartoon in the best possible way – makes me the most of what the Switch can do.

While Nintendo’s part-time handheld doesn’t have the capabilities of other consoles, this title makes you forget all that with a visually charming and stunning experience.

By the third game in the series, players know what to expect, but Luigi and the ghosts are given such character that it captures both sides of a horror coin aimed at children.

The Switch pushes the franchise’s style to the next level, with every hotel floor glimmering and bursting with detail, each one standing out as unique.

Although things start pretty ordinary, some of them go in a whole other direction with a pirate cavern – complete with a ship – somehow finding itself at home in the mansion.

The gameplay is easy to get to grips with while still presenting enough of a challenge for gamers, and for all its simplicity there is a lot of depth.

Whether it’s using the trusty old Poldergust – essentially a backpack with a vacuum cleaner attachment – with a suction cup to pull items or flip switches, or a boosted flashlight to stun spooky enemies, there is a lot of fun to be had as poor Luigi battles to find his friends after they once again get trapped in picture frames.

For a well-known premise, the execution manages to move further than even before while still feeling familiar, with so many options to interact with the game world just waiting to be discovered by more inquisitive players.

The contrast between boss battles and puzzles helps avoid repetition between floors, even with the actual process for capturing the ghosts remaining largely unchanged from the previous games.

Each level is short enough to not outstay its welcome, but they’re difficult enough that you won’t be breezing through – and each room’s hidden secrets will keep you busy.

This time round, there’s also the addition of companion Gooigi who – despite not being able to open doors or come into contact with water – provides another dimension to gameplay with its ability to squeeze down drains or other tight spaces.

There’s also a chance for players to take on the pair in co-op mode, although Gooigi is a little limited for this.

Although the main story mode will probably take you around 15 hours, there is a heap of post-game content with gems, hidden boos and rare ghosts to discover once you’re done.

There’s also an online multiplayer mode which support up to eight players, and a four-player mode – which can be played either on-or-offline – which is a lot of fun.

If there’s a criticism to be made here, it’s that the boss fights can be uneven, with some offering a nice twist on the usual battles while others can feel a bit easy and repetitive without giving the player much to grapple with.

However, ‘Luigi’s Mansion 3’ is a title returning the series to its utterly ridiculous and fun roots, with just enough silly jump scares to fit the atmospheric feel.

It’s not the most challenging game, but there’s more than enough to delve into and enjoy with the world Next Level games have created.

With its Halloween launch, Nintendo are giving us all a real treat without the trick, as it puts out the best game of the franchise.

Luigi might not like the scares, but it’s safe to say after another round we can’t get enough of this wacky experience.