Friday, September 5, 2014

2014 Must-Plays

Want to know which games have been great on portables this year? Here's a quick rundown of my Vita and 3DS must-plays for 2014 so far. There will be additions as the year goes on.

Currently, Gold Level is the highest award given, meaning these games are fantastic and highly recommended. Silver Level titles are great games with a few caveats. The bottom of the list features games that are in progress, but seem highly likely to make the list soon.

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc (Vita) - Review

This game with a sill name is a crazy Phoenix Wright-esque mystery adventure where a group of high school students must solve a series of murders before they become the next victim. The psycho-bear Monokuma controls all and will not having you disobeying him, so you must work together to uncover his mysteries. It's dark, twisted, and fantastic. Upupupupupu!

Velocity 2X (Vita) - Review

This fast-paced shooter/2D side-scroller brings together the best of both of those worlds in a speedy action game. Velocity 2X keeps adding new features right up to the end. While simple in premise, it's a tough game to master. It's fast, fun, and best of all free for PS+ users during September.

The Walking Dead: Season Two (Vita) - Review

While it was going to be hard to live up to thrill of the first season of The Walking Dead, the second season took the experience in a different direction that worked out even better. The choices and narrative in this game are even more involved and exciting than before. Clementine's story is fantastic, and truly gives you a chance to make some painfully tough decisions.

Borderlands 2 (Vita) - Review on RPGamer

Tons of people have already played the first-person RPG Borderlands 2 on a console or PC, but if you haven't yet or just want more of it, the Vita version is fantastic. This is easily one the most ambitious handheld games, and it's has some technical issues, but it's worth getting past those minor problems to play this one on the go.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call (3DS)

The original Theatrhythm was fun for a few hours, but I quickly got bored of it and went back to listening to music instead. This one is miles ahead of the original, offering more content and at a better pace. Get this and keep it on your 3DS memory card forever.

Bravely Default (3DS)

Some may say old school RPGs are boring or dying off, but Bravely Default proves the opposite is true. While it hearkens back to RPGs of old with its random battles, job system, and fantasy setting, it does so while breathing new life into the genre. You can turn the encounter rate up, down, or off and can adjust the difficulty as you wish. More RPGs need this flexibility.

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD (Vita) - Impressions on RPGamer

This double pack of PS2 Final Fantasy goodness helps to show just what kind of power the Vita has to offer. Both FFX and FFX-2 look and play wonderfully on Sony's handheld, and these even offer new features from the International versions that have never before seen in North America. Little else has been changed, but that's OK for fans. If only FFXII would follow suit next.

The Swapper (Vita) - Review

This side-scrolling puzzle game offered a decent challenge within a spooky, sci-fi setting. While often reminding me of Portal minus the humor, the game might just cause you to want to smash your Vita at times, but the feeling of finally solving a hard puzzle is great.

In Progress (But Very Likely Must-Plays)

Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair (Vita)

The sequel to Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc offers even more twists and turns than before.

Azure Striker Gunvolt (3DS) - Preview

A retro-themed, side-scrolling action game with modern twists. Fun and challenging.

More games to be added throughout the rest of 2014.

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