Sometimes it can be great when games are released in other regions different from your own first. It’s rather easy to get the respective guidebooks then. Like in this case: the wonderfully illustrated and very detailed guidebook to Bravely Second: End Layer. The game itself will be released on 26/02/2016 in the EU, so it is just a matter of three weeks before I can play it.
On the other hand, I now have three more weeks to wait till I get the game and have to keep myself from browsing through the book before. Good for me that I don’t know any Japanese and can’t spoil the game at all.
Thursday’s update of the Nintendo eshop brought us the Legend of Legacy demo. Naturally, I had to get it to find out if a JRPG with the most uncreative and generic name possible could get my attention.
Here is the teaser trailer, btw:
After playing the demo for some time I can say that I really like it. The artwork is nice, albeit a bit like the one in Bravely Default. The story is, who would have thought, rather generic, but the gameplay is solid. Especially the battle system plays well. It’s turn-based, but offers some finesse by giving your party members different roles during combat. So, thumbs up.
The only problematic thing about Legend of Legacy is its release date: February 5. With Bravely Second scheduled for February 28 and Stella Glow for March 11, there is heavy competition.
I would never have believed this, but you can make a role-playing-game with two iconic humorous characters: Mario &Luigi!
OK, it is not completely a role-playing-game. There still is plenty of jumping and searching for stuff and even the fights (while being turn based) are full of action. Simply because you not only select your attack but also have to do it. The same goes for blocking your opponent’s attacks. Better keep your eyes open (so that you know which of the two brothers is going to be attacked) and your finger in check. When you are too slow or too quick to block, the block will fail.
But what really makes the cookies crumble are the items you can acquire along your journey through Luigi’s dreams. Whereas more standard games have different swords, staffs or wands ready for you, the Dream Team Bros. offers old boots, weak boots, so-so boots, etc. to give just one example. The designers have given their best and made sure that you have trouble concentrating because of the sheer amount of giggles and squees you emit while playing the title.
One really nice thing about the Nintendo 3DS is the activity log. It lets you find out how many hours you actually spend playing. (It also counts your steps, but really, who would be interested in that?) So, without further ado, here is my list of the top 10 most played games in 2014:
10. Luigi’s Mansion 2
This one is a no brainer. I have always liked this brother more and the game itself is simply adorable. The only downside is the use of automatic saves. I really hate it when you just can’t save when you want to and have to finish a level to save your progress.
It has a cool multiplayer part, too!
9. Mario Kart DS
Even if I have by now upgraded to Mario Kart 7, this one ended up quite often in my 3DS. Rightfully so, simply because of it’s multiplayer options (and because my daughter has a cartridge, too, and often asks me for a race.)
8. LEGO The Hobbit
Combine LEGO and J.R.R. Tolkien? Yes, of course!
7. LEGO Lord Of The Rings
6. LEGO Batman 2
LEGO and DC Comics? Batman? Count me in! I’m such a sucker for the LEGO games. They have a great innocent humour as well as great gameplay and design (Ok, all but one: LEGO Marvel totally sucks!).
5. Shin Megami Tensai IV
This one was only released as a download from the eShop. We also got it later than the rest of the world. Well, better late than never, because it is a fine role playing game and one of the hardest I’ve ever played as well. Definitely not for the casual gamer.
4. Fire Emblem: Awakening
I bought this one thinking it was a role playing game. Turned out that it was more of a strategy game set in a fantasy world. Still, it is a great game which is highly playable even for non-hardcore-strategists because of its two difficulty settings.
You probably can’t believe it, but this was my first ever Pokemon game. That said, I really enjoy playing it. The difficulty is about right, there is tons of stuff to do (Collecting Pokemon is slightly addictive, to say the least!) even if I have neither interest in breeding the critters or taking part in any tournaments. I’m definitely giving Pokemon X a try, too, in the not so near future!
1. Fantasy Life
Simply a great game with a maniac supporting community!
As you might wish to know what I’ve been doing all those months, a quick look on my 3DS will tell: playing Fantasy Life. With 70+ hours this is the longest time I’ve ever spent on a game. Also, while I’ve both managed to finish the main story as well as the story-line of the DLC, I’m still far from finished. There is just so much to do, considering you can play as 12 classes (or lives as they are called in the game).
In case you wondered why I haven’t been blogging (or reading comics and writing about them) lately, there are two very good reasons: Me wading through piles of work is the first one. (Naturally, bills really want to be paid. Yeah, who would have thought.)
The second reason is that a lot of my free time has been spent in front of a Nintendo 3DSxl, playing Bravely Default: Flying Fairy, a role playing game from Japan which became available in Europe in December 2014 and in the US in February 2014. I could never had thought that this game would be so addictive.
When I was young (read using a Commodore C64) I used to play Bard’s Tale II and Ultima V. Later, using a PC, I played the two parts of Ultima VII and then Ultima VIII. (Ultima VIII was, by the way, the only rpg I eventually managed to complete.) Then, for what seems like an eterity, I didn’t touch rpgs or even games at all. Now I’m back with a vengeance. I’ve been progressing quite nicely so far (my characters are at level 29 right now) and I’ve good intentions to beat this game.With my amount of free time it might last a while, but I’m prepared.