Fidu wrote:You call it a huge improvement over Spectre's Call, yet you gave it a 5% lower score?
I knew someone would point this out! I would say in response that Matthew gave it a lower score if that makes sense. As you can probably tell from this review, he didn't like Spectre's Call as much as the person who reviewed it for us. Nor did I for that matter.
That's not to say that the original review is wrong - just that in that reviewer's opinion, it was another classic Layton game. He had a point - it had the same classic gameplay, more great puzzles etc. I suppose it depends on how much you engaged with the story and that's always going to be a matter of personal opinion. For me personally, the ending and the big reveal in Spectre's Call ruined it. I know Layton games are always far-fetched but, for me, this was a step too far and I couldn't go with it like I had with the others.
To prove the point that it's all about personal opinion, Matthew prefers Pandora's Box to Curious Village while I'm more of a fan of the first game.
Also, Matthew has only recently joined the team, Chandra's back and Joe has joined. It's a completely different team to the one that was in place when Spectre's Call was released and naturally different people are going to have different opinions on things. Matthew can only give this the score he thinks it deserves. This is a new game on a different console and it is judged on its merits. If he was to give it 95% because it's better than Spectre's Call, that would be even more ridiculous than a Layton adventure!
Hope that all makes sense.