You know when you see some sort of review score out of 40, it usually means Famitsu magazine has weighed in on a new game. That’s because traditionally Famitsu is the first publication anywhere in the world to release review scores for games. This time around they reviewed Luigi’s Mansion 3, giving it a 33/40. That’s not a terrible score, but it’s not also on the extremely impressive side.
What’s more important than the end number are the reasoning behind it, so here is the nitty gritty translation of the review thanks to GoNintendo:
1st reviewer: It takes place in a ghost hotel, and the construction of each floor is done greatly. With surprises like “Eh, this thing moves! Can I enter here!?” I unintentionally took lots of detour due to the fun of sucking every little things inside the room. I became enthusiastic in gathering money and finding gems, so I tend to end up postponing the rescue of Mario and the others… Because there are many hidden features, this has a perfect compatibility with Joy-Con sharing multiplayer as you can explore while conversing noisily. The enemy ghosts are also unique and good. 9
2nd reviewer: The series’ characteristics – such as the comical horror taste, unexpected brain testing in solving puzzles, and capturing ghosts – are still preserved well. The new Slam action is thrilling; it produces a liveliness in attacking & defending against ghosts, which is good. The gimmick solving features by switching controls to Gooigi is also nice. As for the methods to beat bosses, you have to observe them well and get an insight; that’s part of what makes it interesting, but perhaps there may be some people who might feel like it’s a bit difficult. 8
3rd reviewer: My heart throbs every time I open a door. The Halloween mood swells up in the comical horror house~. As you proceed with the exploration, the feature to capture ghosts will be eventually added, allowing a variety of actions to be unleashed and not making it boring. My frank impression is that this is a usual Luigi’s Mansion game, but the natural update to fit the hardware is just as expected. The series’ unique inherent flavor is kept as-is, and it’s being finished up to not let people feel that it’s outdated. 8
4th reviewer: The direction as an action game with an emphasis on “honest fun on stepping according to procedures” is the same as the series’ past titles. The quality and quantity of things sucked by the vacuum have both gone up, and so does the sense of exhilaration. The game tempo itself is comfortable, so people who enjoy it with a unique sense of humour should be able to spend some luxury time. The mini-games, which are built for multiplayer as a premise, can also be used as a fairly good amusement. 8
Having played the game for myself at E3 2019, I felt it could potentially be my game of the year. Of course, opinions are subjective and what is really good for someone, could be bad for someone else. Or, in my case, likely utterly amazing. Time will tell when the full game finally releases next week on Halloween.