Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology Review
The original Radiant Historia for the Nintendo DS was a hard-to-find game released near the end of the portable system’s life. The title has found a new home on the Nintendo 3DS as Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology, adding a new what-if timeline, dungeon, and quality of life improvements. As a “definitive edition,” the game is well-suited for new players, but my big question was whether this upgrade was enough to warrant a replay.
Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth Review
In an age when role-playing games continue to expand in size and scope, it’s a delight to see Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth hold on to its old-school, dungeon-crawling roots. As a first-person dungeon exploration RPG that asks players to draw their own maps, the game has a specific appeal. But for devoted fans and interested newcomers, this is one of the most refined sequels to date.
Steamworld Heist is a ton of fun, and developer Image and Form are doing a great job of trying new things following the surprise success of Steamworld Dig. Perhaps a little on the easier side, it makes up for it by being a great playing and superbly produced tactics game with a lot of character, and loads or replayability. It's going to be ported over to other systems soon, but the 3DS version is fantastic, and you owe it to yourself to pick it up for some on-the-go bot blasting.
Etrian Mystery Dungeon
Etrian Mystery Dungeon is a deep, engaging and fun game that fans of the series and RPG followers will love at first glance, even though not every player will enjoy it. Hardcore RPG fans will find this entry relatively easy compared to Etrian Odyssey games, while newcomers or casual RPG players will struggle with later dungeons. If you’re curious about what EMD has to offer, you can’t go wrong with this entry; it’s clever, charming and a blast to play.
Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby
These are both fantastic games. They look great in 3D and play very well. They're games anyone can pick up and lose track of time with. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never played a Pokémon game before or if you’ve played every one of them until now. If you have any interest at all in Pokémon this game will surpass your expectations. Hopefully Nintendo continues to allow us to explore the former regions because they are certainly worth revisiting.
Denpa Men 3: Rise of Digitoll
The game failed to suck me in. I never once put it down and thought to myself “I just NEED to play it for a little bit longer”. I adore games that feature some sense of realism, whether it be the world, characters, or story. Denpa Men had none of these. Where most games grab my attention very quickly this one failed to grab it at all. I was very disappointed. It requires an intense amount of patience to get a true feel for it, a level which I do not have. I have a tough time writing this game off completely. If you do have a high level of patience I can see how this game COULD become pleasant. However I see myself forgetting about this game entirely in a few months. It didn’t give me anything positive to hold on to. Maybe it is just the style of the game that gave me a bad taste, maybe it’s just not my cup of tea, maybe it is your cup, or maybe, the tea just isn’t very good to begin with.
There's a good game in Pokemon X, and fans looking for another game near-identical to the ones before it likely won't find issue with a lot of the dusty trimmings and transparent battle system. If you want to get into into the new stat rebuilding features and grind out tons of easy battles to prep for high-level online multiplayer, it's never been easier to do so. But for all else, the game's excellent visuals belie the frustratingly old-fashioned design. RPG folk can find better times on their 3DS.
There's a good game in Pokemon Y, and fans looking for another game near-identical to the ones before it likely won't find issue with a lot of the dusty trimmings and transparent battle system. If you want to get into into the new stat rebuilding features and grind out tons of easy battles to prep for high-level online multiplayer, it's never been easier to do so. But for all else, the game's excellent visuals belie the frustratingly old-fashioned design. RPG folk can find better times on their 3DS.
Mario & Luigi: Dream Team
Dream Team's bright and friendly world is an easy one to fall in love with, but by the time you reach the end, that love will have been tested repeatedly by uneven design and a lack of narrative follow-through. Many of its flaws could be reduced to its strict following of the series' formula without expanding on what makes it endearing. Much like Luigi's dreams, AlphaDream's latest is a little pre-occupied with expectations of Big Bro.
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers
More could have been done to clarify the game's myriad battle systems and spruce up the creaky visual engine behind it for less experienced players, most of whom would probably be immediately baffled and turned off by this dated work. Even when armed only with its age and a modern translation, though, Soul Hackers' great storytelling and infectious dark spirit make it a forty-hour-plus proposition that long-time JRPG fans should consider.
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
It is a shame that Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on 3DS is let down so badly by the lack of online capability. However, if you have friends with the title or have prior experience with the series and can deal with the challenge of fighting alone, then 3 Ultimate is worth picking up. Just make sure you play with the Circle Pad Pro.
Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan
There were times when I felt like I was enjoying the game nearly in spite of itself, but nevertheless, I enjoyed Etrian Odyssey IV enough to at least see its appeal past its deluge of menus. The approximation of dangerous, fantastical exploration is emulated here with a lot of thoughtful touches that managed to interest me in ways I was skeptical were possible before beginning. If you're new to the series, this is probably the best possible place to start. The presentational upgrades, while still squished under some heavy tedium, make getting in a little friendlier than before. Unless you're a chronic stat-cruncher and menu enthusiast, though, I can't imagine that this incremental and grind-heavy sequel will resonate with you.
Crimson Shroud is a very good RPG on the go. It’s not the longest game, but it tells a decent yarn and has a pretty good hook to the combat. Sure, there’s a chance that you, too, might spend five (FIVE!) hours searching for a stupid item, but aside from that and some niggly presentational bits, it’s definitely an enjoyable game.