Alright, up to Studiopolis so far, thought I’d give some thoughts. In all honesty, it’s no wonder Plus wasn’t getting heavy promotion before its release. I’m honestly a bit disappointed.
First off, I will say this, Mighty is an absolute joy to play. It’s fun being able to get through spikes and drop smash while keeping your momentum going. I haven’t tried much of Ray yet though. I like that they removed the life system instead having a party system that allows your characters to pop in and out.
But with that said...the first zone for something that was so cool and so asked for when Mania released originally, like it might not even be present. You run a little, go over a ramp, and done. That’s it. This could’ve been such a fun stage and a good selling point for Encore with a brand new zone and it amounts to nothing but playable exposition for why Mighty and Ray are here now.
The levels are the biggest disappointment of all, I wasn’t expecting much, but it feels like the levels are the exact same with maybe one or two more secret paths in them and a new palette and that’s about it. I also do not like that every special stage ring has been shifted entirely to a new location. It’s a mixed bag because on one hand, it could encourage new exploration of the levels. On the other hand, considering the ease of use brought with the life system, I honestly wish they would’ve just given us more chances for the Emeralds instead of simply shifting where the current locations of the rings were. I also don’t like how the partner system is pretty random on who you can have at whichever point. I honestly would’ve preferred simply being able to pick who I want at any given point to explore a path I haven’t taken before instead of hoping I have the right set up beforehand.
Maybe things will pick up but right now, meh.