Slick Anthology

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Category Archives: 3DS

Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward

Zero Escape Virtues Last Reward Cover

System: 3DS

Genre: RPG/Visual Novel

Release: 11/23/12

Completed: Yes

Deception, puzzles, backstabbing, sometimes real stabbings… Virtue’s Last Reward was a game that I was not expecting anything from and left me absolutely stunned. Some of the best storytelling I’ve experienced in any game, Virtue’s Last Reward isn’t about the gameplay, it’s about the story and how you get there. Forced to play a game where failure can result in death, you are confined with eight other interesting yet flawed characters in a strange warehouse with not a clue as to why you’re there. As the layers and layers of the puzzles unwrap, you discover just how bizarre and twisted the game and each person you’ve met have become. Though it’s nary on gameplay, Virtue’s Last Reward is one of the most compelling, entertaining, and addictive games on the 3DS system. If you fancy yourself an RPG fan or lover of story more than gameplay, you must play this game.

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Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Cover

System: 3DS

Genre: Music/Rhythm

Release: 7/3/12

Completed: Yes

It says a lot about a game series when you can create a spin-off title focusing solely on music from past games. That’s exactly what Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy does, and it does it well. Taking themes and memorable tunes from each of the previous 13 numbered titles in the venerable RPG series, Theatrhythm is complete fan service that I absolutely loved. The cutesy art style, conglomeration of series characters, and wonderful soundtrack all make the game enjoyable to fans of the series and gamers looking for a fun game to play. I highly recommend this game to those of you that have played and enjoyed a Final Fantasy game in the past.

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Skylanders: Giants

Skylanders Giants (3DS) Cover

System: 3DS

Genre: RPG/Platformer

Release: 11/21/12

Completed: No

A mobile version of the popular Skylanders series, Skylanders: Giants is sort of like the console version, but sort of not. While the console versions are all about swapping out toys and exploring zones, the 3DS version is more about using one or two characters and battling through each stage in the game. There are platforming sections in this version of the game to go along with its exclusive levels and story. While it’s not nearly as good or enjoyable as the multiplayer fun of the console versions, playing the 3DS version is rewarding in some degree: all of the progress you make in the game can be saved to the toy figured and used in any other version of the game.

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Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask

Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask Cover

System: 3DS

Genre: Puzzle

Release: 11/28/12

Completed: Yes

The first Layton game on the 3DS is one of the best. Miracle Mask is the second game in the prequel trilogy (following the events of The Last Specter) and has Professor Layton and Luke Triton exploring the mysterious town of Monte d’Or. Naturally, the town is not what it seems, as citizens begin disappearing, flying into the air, and being plagued by an ominous masked man. The puzzles are a joy, combining the standard Layton puzzles we’re used to and brand new style puzzles that take advantage of the 3DS’ unique and powerful settings. You don’t need to have played the previous games in the series to enjoy this one, but Miracle Mask will be enjoyed more if you’re played the previous games in the series. Which are all worthwhile as well.

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New Super Mario Bros. 2

New Super Mario Bros 2 Cover

System: 3DS

Genre: Platformer

Release: 9/19/12

Completed: No

The sequel to the original DS title, New Super Mario Bros. 2 and the whole New Super Mario Bros. series in general is a return to form for Mario and Luigi. The games in the series features traditional 2D platforming mixed with 3D character models and levels/backgrounds. NSMB2 in particular features a bazillion coins to grab. I haven’t played the game yet, but being a Mario game I’m almost certain it’ll be great.

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Mario Tennis Open

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System: 3DS

Genre: Tennis

Release: 5/20/12

Completed: Yes

Mario’s fifth tennis outing is one of his best. The tennis in Mario Tennis Open is the same tennis we’re used to, but presented in a much better format. No more do you run around the court and smack balls back willy nilly. Well I suppose you can still do all that, but there’s a greater emphasis placed on shot placement, type of shot used, and returning a shot with the proper type of shot. What it means is if you return a slice with a top spin, you’ll be a lot more effective than if you just hit the ball back flat. As a tennis fan, I thought this was a good addition, as it makes the game more strategic. In terms of actual gameplay, Mario Tennis Open is a good one, with plenty of options to keep you entertained for a long time, as well as a fantastic online mode. If you’re a tennis fan, I recommend this one as one of the best on-the-go games of tennis around.

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Adventure Time: Hey Ice King? Why’d You Steal Our Garbage?!!

Adventure Time Hey Ice King Cover

System: 3DS

Genre: RPG

Release: 11/20/12

Completed: Yes

Following the happenings of Jake the Dog and Finn the Human and based on the TV show of the same name, Adventure Time: Hey Ice King? Why’d You Steal Our Garbage?!! is a pretty good RPG for beginners. The game is a faithful adaptation of the series, and by that I mean it captures the crazy antics of the aforementioned duo and the rest of the loopy denizens of their world. If you’re a fan of the TV show or of zany humor in general, this one is definitely worth a shot. There is a DS version available as well. Note however, that the game strays towards the easy side, and won’t present much of a challenge. Also, it’s fairly short, wrapping up after only a handful of hours. But those hours are enjoyable ones.

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Rhythm Thief & The Emperor’s Treasure

System: 3DS

Genre: Rhythm/Puzzle

Release: 7/10/12

Completed: Yes

I initially thought Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights was the Professor Layton knockoff I’d been craving on the 3DS. Sadly, that was just not true, but my expectations for a game that could successfully meld story and puzzle elements so creatively as Layton still thrived. So it was with open and somewhat skeptical arms that I embraced Rhythm Thief. This time though, the game delivered. Rhythm Thief is one of the only games I can think of that combines music/rhythm minigames in a puzzle-like atmosphere. I enjoyed the games music, the range of fun minigames, and the loveable cast of characters. I hope Sega continues this franchise with more games and content in the years to come. Still though, Raphael/Phantom R and Fondue have nothing on Layton and Luke!

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Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance

System: 3DS

Genre: RPG

Release: 7/31/12

Completed: No

I’ve always been a fan of the Kingdom Hearts series. Since Sora’s first outing on the PlayStation 2, battling baddies with Disney and Final Fantasy characters has always been rather exciting. Forget that Kingdom Hearts II came out six years prior, this game is the real deal! The new additions to combat, like the Flowmotion system, the refined battling seen first in Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep, and the surprisingly fun addition of Dream Eaters made this game stand out as one of the best in the series. I’ve heard/read some saying this isn’t a game for newcomers to the series, and while I can see that (the story is batshit crazy if you haven’t played previous games (and maybe even if you have…)), I think the inclusion of story primers and backstory explanations helps out greatly in comprehending what the hell is going on. Stick with it though, and Dream Drop Distance will deliver one of the best RPG experiences on the 3DS.

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Tekken 3D: Prime Edition

System: 3DS

Genre: 3D Fighter

Release: 2/14/12

Completed: Yes

What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day in 2012 than with your favorite King of Iron Fist Tournament fighters beating the crap out of one another in 3D? I can actually think of several things better than that, but Tekken 3D: Prime Edition is there for anyone that may not be able to recollect anything better. The game is very bare bones: it’s really just about the fighting and that’s it. I know what you’re thinking: “Duh it’s about the fighting, it’s a fighting game!” But you’re missing everything I’m saying: That’s almost all there is. The customization options are gone, the story mode is replaced with a weird survival mode, you can collect pointless (and oftentimes underwhelming) artwork and character designs from the Tekken series, and there’s an online mode to battle via WiFi. Oh, and there’s a copy of the movie, “Tekken: Blood Vengeance.” The game looks good, and the 3D works out well, but that doesn’t help this game feeling like a stripped down version of Tekken 6.

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