A Slow Burn
The Layton games don’t really need to be played in any particular order. For the most part. Other than a new character introduced here and there, each installment is pretty much its own standalone adventure. Which is lucky for me. After playing through the original DS trilogy out of order, I’ve now started the next trilogy right where you might have guessed: smack in the middle! Having skipped The Last Specter on the DS – for now – I’ve jumped ahead right to the 3DS’s premiere Layton title, Miracle Mask.
My initial thoughts, until at least halfway through the game or further, were that this was by far the dullest Layton game I’d played so far. Continue reading
I haven’t played a ton of Japanese games. I mean, I have played a lot of games that were made in Japan, and I have played plenty of JRPGs. But I haven’t played that many Japanese games, if you catch my drift. I think one of the few was Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner, and I guess I’d probably put Catherine and the Phoenix Wright games in that camp too, simply because these are games that are based in Japanese culture, and – even translated into English – carry that vibe with them still. Having never known any viewpoint other than a Western perspective, there’s something decidedly mystifying and different about that Eastern feeling that some games exude. The World Ends With You is precisely one of those types of games. Continue reading
I Bet You Were Expecting a ‘Nevermore’ Tagline…
Meh. A hidden object puzzler on the DS. Not a particularly great fit, given the smaller screen size of the system, though I can understand that the budget of these titles might lend itself better to handheld systems than home consoles. And, to be honest, a HOG is pretty much what I was hoping for when I went digging in the value bin at my game store. They’re not my favorite genre – I’ve reviewed quite a number of them when writing for BNBGaming and continue to be involved with them at AdventureGamers – but I don’t hate them. In fact, they can be charming and intriguing, if done right. But this day I was looking for a game for my girlfriend, who is more into seek-n-finds than I am. Ironically, I am the one who ultimately picked it up and played it, and it wasn’t quite the diamond-in-the-rough experience I was hoping it would be. Continue reading