3DS Adventure

Luigi's Mansion (3DS) Review

The core story and gameplay haven’t changed much from the original GameCube title. The plot follows Luigi, who wins a mansion from a contest that he never entered. If that isn’t suspicious enough, Mario has gone missing, so it’s up to Luigi to investigate this mysterious mansion, a home to a gaggle of ghosts.

Luigi's Mansion (3DS) Review

The Starship Damrey

This all makes The Starship Damrey the kind of game that just seems a little too old fashioned. Game storytelling, even in adventure games, has come a long way, but this is too straight forward, not focusing on immersion as much as it seems to think it does. While I did like the act of slowly going from each area and unlocking the ship, the story payoff isn’t good enough to justify it. They can put in as many twists as they want, but withholding this information felt more like cheating than actually surprising me, making the multiple epilogues feel unearned. I certainly appreciate the game existing on the eShop, but unfortunately, The Starship Damrey needed to have better storytelling and a better payoff to make the download worth it.

The Starship Damrey

Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward

If I haven’t sold you on Virtue’s Last Reward yet, I don’t know what else to say. It’s a near flawless narrative experience wrapped in a bog-standard but necessary adventure game. It has more emotional depth than I’ve ever experienced on a handheld, and had 2012 not been such an outstanding year for emotive storytelling with titles like Spec Ops and The Walking Dead, I might have been inclined to extend this compliment to videogames in general. If you own a 3DS or Vita this is without a doubt, unequivocally a must-play.

Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward