My thoughts on the Nintendo Switch as a platform evolved from “Who is this for and why do I need this?” to “The Switch is a versatile tool for modern living.” I’m not huge on the first party games published by Nintendo, to date I’ve yet to purchase Super Mario Odyssey, Smash Bros. or Mario Kart. Instead, I’ve downloaded tons of ports and games from smaller publishers, opting to utilize the Switch as a (mostly) handheld system.
So it wasn’t much of a surprise when I saw the Switch Lite and considered adding it to my arsenal of video game systems. But the question exists, “Am I in a position in my life where I can flex hard enough to justify the purchase of a non-essential game system?” I hardly travelled at all during 2019 so buying a handheld system to supplement my OTHER handheld was largely out of the question.
However, I may get a Switch Lite because the one I own now may get chucked out the window.
I try to be cognizant of my limitations in life. I’ll never be a great dancer or any kind of dancer for that matter. I’ll never run a marathon or a half marathon. I’ll never like The Office. While playing 7th Sector I realized I’ll never be any good at puzzle games.
When the chance came up to review 7th Sector I jumped at it. The game description I read sounded interesting and the trailer I watched on YouTube looked cool. Both those things are incredibly true and I’m sad to say I didn’t make much headway in the game due to my inability to get beyond some of the puzzles the game presented me with. It was incredibly frustrating and I’m not the type of gamer to look up a walkthrough on YouTube to get around the puzzles that were causing my frustration. So pronounced was my frustration that I almost “yeeted” (as the kids would say) my Switch out the window at one point.
The game’s atmospheric dystopian/cyberpunk world looks great on the Switch and the gameplay was unique enough to keep me coming back to try and get beyond the various sticking points I had encountered. I’m sure that fans of the puzzle and stealth genres will go nuts for this game and if that sounds like something you’re interested in, then you should definitely check out 7th Sector.
At the end of this month, I have a fairly lengthy train trip scheduled and I plan on revisiting 7th Sector to test my personal limits for how many times I can fail a puzzle before descending into utter madness.
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Publisher: Something Not