I've played and beaten Pikmin 3 and I'll put my thoughts below, but this is Kotaku's communal review post where everyone can put forward their opinions. The only thing better than a review is a community review, because no matter what wild view you hold, it's valid and fits into the wider spectrum of criticism. So what did you think of Pikmin 3?
This is Nintendo's first-party RTS. It's simple in RTS terms... I suppose it's simple in any terms. But this latest version gives you a maximum of three squads that can roam around, plucking the planty pikmin from the ground and thus gaining control of them. Under your command, they'll take out the massive garden setting's largest predators in the search for fruit, and in the quest to get your spaceship working again so you can return home.
My first thoughts when playing this game revolved around hating how much my hand was being held. I felt like certain tutorial notices were coming up long after they were relevant, and got frustrated at the slow introductory pace.
Over the course of a few days, I had two people hanging out with me while the game was on. Both are not really gamers, and I assumed the heavy hand-holding was meant to cater to them. But oddly, they were the ones hating on the game. Not just bored, or uninterested - hating it. Comments were made about why anyone would buy something "so stupid".
So that surprised me, as, after the early basic periods, I started to really get into it. It's basic the whole way through, mostly just using the pikmin for the jobs they were intended for, with a puzzle here and there that does require you to think. Boss fights were very enjoyable, and some did take me a few in-game days to take down. Very nice of those bosses to not heal in the combat breaks.
Though I was never in danger of losing (fruit is easy to acquire), I did find pleasure in trying to maximise efficiency in every day. Splitting up into three squads and using the Wii U's gamepad to micromanage their movements all at once can be dangerous, as the automatic worker lines the pikmin form can come under attack. Some enemies deliberately lay traps for them, but as long as you're vigilant you can put together a fearsome logistical machine, as more and more garden items are hauled back to be digested into more pikmin.
The only time I had trouble was on the final boss, which was hard, but so unique I still found it enjoyable. What did you guys think?