Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Mikhail Madnani's #TeamHandheld Best of 2017

1) VA-11 HALL-A (Vita)

When I played VA-11 HALL-A on Steam, I was blown away. I did one ending and then decided to wait for the Vita port, and the wait was worth it. I put this as my overall GOTY for 2017. It plays amazing on Vita with a few loading hiccups, but has one of my favourite soundtracks ever. I love the characters and writing.

2) Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King (3DS)

This is the first mainline Dragon Quest game I played. I'd already finished Builders and Heroes, but this 3DS version of DQVIII blew me away. I love the cast and the music. It is easily one of the best JRPGs ever, and made me remember the good times of playing FFX portably on Vita. The British dub is ace as well.

3) Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana (Vita)

After playing Felghana, I didn't think an Ys game would come close in quality and gameplay. All of them felt lacking in some way. Origin was nice, but Lacrimosa of Dana is one of the best action RPGs I've played. The Vita version is superb, and I already began a replay of it last week.

4) The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch)

I loved the open world of Breath of the Wild and all of the time spent within it. The DLC was lacking, but I won't ever forget how great this experience was. The lack of a proper soundtrack and memorable music held this back from being higher up, but the gameplay and the shrines were fantastic.

5) Stardew Valley (Switch)

Stardew Valley is probably the game I've spent the most time with on the Switch in terms of non-Nintendo games. What a superb port and addictive game this is, as it gave me everything I wanted from a modern Story of Seasons game and more.

6) SteamWorld Dig 2 (Switch)

When I played SteamWorld Heist on 3DS and then replayed it on Vita and iOS, I didn't think Image & Form would be able to top it. SteamWorld Dig 2 delivered in spades with superb polish and a kickass soundtrack. Everyone should play this.

7) Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception/Mask of Truth (Vita)

Yes, I'm cheating and including both Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception and Mask of Truth. The games have a slower burn than even Steins;Gate, but manage to reach nearly the same high points across the board when the story properly begins. This set of VNs has stunning character art and music and are super long, but definitely worth it.

8) Nurse Love Addiction (Vita)

I didn't know I even wanted Nurse Love Addiction until a friend's avatar convinced me to bother. I'm glad this wasn't stuck to a non portable so I could play it and experience the excellent story with multiple endings, some of which are really dark.

9) Doom (Switch)

The best Doom since Doom II, and on a portable with arcade mode. The 2016 release of Doom is amazing, and I'm still blown away that Bethesda got this onto a Nintendo platform, let alone a portable.

10) Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth (3DS)

Atlus finally decided to give us the opportunity to play a game they should've localized much earlier than most other things they publish. Etrian Odyssey V is a true modern version of what made Etrian great originally. While it isn't my favourite in the franchise, EOV is a must play for anyone with a 3DS willing to put the effort into playing the best dungeon crawler franchise out there.

Honourable Mentions: Tokyo Xanadu, Chaos;Child, Undertale, ARMS, Binding of Isaac Afterbirth+, Collar X Malice.

Note: I'm not including Super Mario Odyssey, Splatoon 2, and Xenoblade 2 here because I played them 90+% docked and barely played them handheld, so they didn't count for me in that regard.

By Mikhail Madnani, Editor for GodisaGeek

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