I knew Luigi's Mansion 3 would be a ton of fun but I wasn't expecting it to be hilarious so get ready for one tasty Halloween treat.
After the highly underrated original and its very cool 3DS sequel and remake, Luigi's Mansion 3 is finally here and it's a ton of fun. The story begins with Luigi, his brother Mario, and his friend Peach as well as some Toads on their way to The Last Resort for a vacation. However, shortly into their first night there, it transforms into a ghoulish haunted mansion and Luigi's companions become trapped within paintings. Who would do such a thing? Well, the dastardly resort owner Hellen Gravely and her underlings, of course. Along the journey, you'll meet plenty of familiar faces such as Professor E. Gadd and the nefarious King Boo so long-time Luigi's Mansion fans like me will feel right at home here. Plus, the familiar gameplay is as enjoyable as ever but I'll discuss that more in-depth later on in this review.
Right off the bat, I found myself laughing at almost everything within the super-silly world of Luigi's Mansion 3. For example, when Toad drives everyone to the resort in a massive bus, he obviously can't see over the steering wheel which made me crack up and once Luigi settles into his room on the first night, he's scared of absolutely everything even before the resort becomes haunted and his overly fearful reactions are downright hilarious. On top of all that, the character dialogue is full of goofy lines and references and the short voice clips of Luigi saying things like "bye-bye" and "M-M-M-Mariooo!" put a smile on my face whenever they triggered. From the cutscenes to the gameplay and the game world as a whole, I don't think I've ever laughed this much while playing a game before.
I should mention that the graphics look fantastic and the music is pitch-perfect complete with familiar melodies and fanciful mood-setting pieces. Plus, the sound effects add a layer of authenticity to the experience whether it's through Luigi's frantic footsteps or his epic showdowns with hordes of ghosts. Overall, it looks and sounds so good that it's as fun to watch as it is to play.
Luigi's Mansion 3 plays almost exactly like its predecessors although there are plenty of new gadgets, gameplay mechanics, and tweaks in place. For the unfamiliar, you basically traverse areas while battling ghosts whenever they pop up and solving puzzles in order to progress. The main collectible in Luigi's Mansion 3 are elevator buttons which unlock additional floors in the resort so the gameplay loop mainly requires you to master floors while solving puzzles and beating bosses which may reward you with a new elevator button or 2. However, your main objective is to rescue your friends and who knows where they could possibly be scattered around the mansion?
Luigi is equipped with the Poltergust G-00 and it has some cool features. The basics include the ability to suck, blow, and shine a light which you'll have to utilize in order to stun, suck up, and bash around struggling ghosts as well as suck up and shoot objects. Additionally, you can perform a burst which propels you into the air a bit and removes surrounding trash, reveal hidden ghosts and secrets with a Dark-Light, and shoot suction cups that allow you to grip certain objects. The coolest feature is the ability to summon Gooigi who returns from the Luigi's Mansion 3DS remake and you get to control him while he fits through tight spaces and gives you a hand in solving puzzles. Finally, E. Gadd gives Luigi a Virtual Boo which resembles a Virtual Boy and replaces the Game Boy Horror.
All of these fun gadgets make exploring the massive and varied mansion super-enjoyable and one thing that adds to the fun is how many goodies there are to find. You can view your collected ghosts and Boos (of which there are 16) at the lab plus there are 102 hidden gems to acquire. There's a huge list of achievements to check off, too, so completionists will spend a long time in Luigi's Mansion 3.
On top of the single player content, there are a couple of multiplayer modes. The first is ScareScraper which tasks up to 8 players either locally or online with cooperating in order to master a selection of objective-driven floors. If you've played Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, it should be a familiar experience. Next, ScreamPark contains 3 multiplayer mini-games in the form of Coin Floating, Ghost Hunt, and Cannon Barrage. Although this sounds cool, these mini-games are very simple and aren't more enjoyable than the average Mario Party mini-game. Also, ScareScraper mode didn't really click with me as it just feels like the main game but with more players running around.
Last but not least, I found the controls in Luigi's Mansion 3 to be quite irritating even after playing it for hours upon hours. Namely, aiming the Poltergust G-00 can be troublesome. This is because pressing left and right on the right stick rotates Luigi in that direction so when you're facing down, pressing left will make him point right which is confusing and caused me to take way too much accidental damage in my playthrough. There is an option to remedy this but it locks you out of being able to aim up and down so I adjusted the setting to turn while Poltergusting and it's much better yet it's still not ideal as you can't walk backwards which is often helpful.
Games don't get much more enjoyable and funnier than Luigi's Mansion 3. Its charming game world and characters will crack you up as the gameplay remains a real hoot from start to finish. As a result, it's yet another well-deserved feather in Nintendo's cap.
- + Absolutely hilarious animations, cutscenes, voices, dialogue, and game world
- + Loads of variety and cool gadgets
- + Fun gameplay and tons of replay value
- - Multiplayer component is nothing special
- - Controls can be pretty irritating