I’ve been investing most of my time lately into various games across the 3DS and Vita. I actually haven’t turned on any of my consoles in a while and haven’t done anything on my computer aside from some Minecraft once or twice a week. It’s interesting because I used to be mainly a PC gamer before shifting more towards consoles and now I’m focusing on handhelds mostly. I doubt that I’m making that kind of shift again but I think it’s interesting to note. Anyways, here is what I’ve been playing lately.
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3DS
Keen and I really enjoyed Donkey Kong Country Returns back when it was on the Wii and now several years later it’s available in a portable form. It still looks great and the new 3D is a nice touch, even if there are some instances of ghosting. The greatest thing about it would be the controls, or rather the lack of motion controls. In the Wii version I believe you were required to shake the remote in order to perform a roll and that was maddening. There’s also a new mode with some additional items and more health, essentially an easy mode, but I elected to go through the first time in the classic mode, which is just like the Wii version. For some reason it seems way more difficult than I remember but I’m enjoying it so far, aside from the time attack challenges which are rage-inducing. I’m looking forward to trying out the new world that they added into this version.
Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages/Seasons
I love the classic 2D Zelda games and I was thrilled when they released them onto the eShop this past Thursday. I actually still have both of my GBC carts and they are in pretty pristine condition. The only problem is my Gameboy Advance won’t charge up but now that they are available on the 3DS I suppose it really doesn’t matter. This actually reminds me that I’m really excited for the new LttP game coming up in the future. Hopefully that delivers a solid 2D Zelda experience.
Persona 4 Golden
I didn’t know what to think of this game and the only thing I knew was that it’s super popular. Having never played a game from the MegaTen series (Or off-shoot game) I really had no idea what to expect other than possibly a heavy dose of weeaboo material but I gave it a try anyway and I’m really glad I did. The game has a very fascinating mix of turned based RPG and some kind of social life-sim/time management system. I honestly never figured I would get so into this game but I’ve already sunk 60+ hours into it and now I’m VERY curious about past Persona games and other Shin Megami Tensei titles.
When listing future games that interest me I find that not much in my immediate future is found on anything but a handheld system. Currently I’ve looking forward to Project X Zone, Shin Megami Tensei IV, definitely Animal Crossing: New Leaf, the Jak & Daxter Collection, Muramasa Rebirth, and Rune Factory 4.
So yeah, pretty much all portable titles. Maybe the reason I’m only finding interesting stuff on my 3DS and Vita is due to the fact that we’re kinda in a transition period between console generations, but I don’t feel that bothered by it because I have plenty to do.