Review: Go Vacation (Nintendo Switch)

Welcome to Kawawii Island, a paradise resort where friends and family can enjoy 50+ co-op and competitive activities. Here is our Go Vacation review:

Pros:

  • Nice bright graphics.
  • Pro controller support.
  • Four play modes- Single player, MP (dual controller), MP (solo Joycon) and Local play.
  • 12 slots for player registration. You can register an in-game avatar or Mii.
  • Four resorts: Marine, City, Snow, and mountain.
  • Daily login bonus.
  • Daily challenges.
  • Stamp dash: Do an activity and earn stamps which in turn unlock new events.
  • Two control methods- Stick and buttons or motion.
  • Tutorial for each activity.
  • Photo spots- Find them and get your photo taken, You can pose and make some great shots.
  • Hidden treasure chests.
  • Fast travel spots all over the map.
  • Scenic flights- get to look at the island as you fast travel the island. Can be skipped.
  • Open world.
  • Loading screens will show random treasure maps with location help.
  • Can recruit friends and pets from the island and go do activities with them.
  • Many modes of transport to travel the island from horses to buggies to boats. When finishing an event you always get a prompt as to what vehicle to jump in.
  • Massive game world.
  • Over 50 different activities to discover and take part in. From boat racing to skateboarding to water fights and bungee jumping, It really does have every type of activity you can think of.
  • Co-op support so shares the fun.
  • Play how you want.
  • Joycon wheel support.
  • Customisation- Unlock/earn new items of clothing.
  • Help/advice is always to hand.
  • Approachable and fun gameplay.
  • Can be a real time killer.
  • Camera- Can take your own photos or take part in the photo challenges.
  • Fishing minigame complete with over 30 fishes to catch and collect.
  • Random air drops.
  • Many secrets to be found.
  • Clear icons on the map and on screen.
  • Motion controls add another layer of interaction.

Cons:

  • No touchscreen support.
  • Cannot rebind controls.
  • A lot of loading screens.
  • Slowe paced.
  • Upon failing an activity you have to wait to go back to the activity screen then hit restart which triggers another loading screen.
  • No run button.
  • Some activities force motion controls on you.
  • The huge world brings a lot of open empty land.
  • Activities are very much quantity over quality.
  • Stop-start experience.
  • No online leaderboards.

The Numbers:
  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Accessability - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.8/10

Summary

Go vacation is a game that feels like it should be an online game but instead has just you or maybe a few offline friends exploring a world so vast it feels empty. Crazy to say with the crazy amount of world variation and activity events. Yes, you have a lot to do but whether you have the time or desire to seek it all out is the real question, Definitely, a case of quantity over quality as you do get a lot of very basic activities. Looking at loading screens really slows the whole thing down, Its a shame as when you are in the flow it is a lot of fun and if you dig walking/driving around landscapes then you have it here in spades. In short, Its a game full of activities and great fun in co-op but it feels like it should be an online game or a hub world location, Slow paced but full of variation. Go Vacation is a game you play every now and then.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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