Even though 2017 was dominated by blockbuster console games, Ever Oasis on the 3DS managed to be one of the most charming and fun games I played this year. Flaws aside, this little gem deserves your attention
This year the sleuthing legacy of Professor Layton passes on to Katrielle Layton in the first proper game in the series since 2013’s Azran Legacy. Here’s a trailer for Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaire’s Conspiracy. Bit of a mouthful that.
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia isn’t just an old game with a new coat of paint that brings everything from cinematics through to voice acting into a more modern age of gaming. It’s also a prime example of how the fundamentals of a classic game can still resonate today with newer audiences. Good game design stands the test of time, something that Shadows of Valentia has plenty of.
Yo-Kai Watch 2 is quite literally a case of more of the same, albeit with a minor sprinkling of new ideas and some brand new annoyances to go with the package. It’s still massively likable and perfect for kids, but it’s not to shy to hide its lack of originality this time around behind a curtain of fetch quests and endearing characters.
As it stands, Dragon Quest 8 on 3DS is the best version of this game right now with fantastic new content and improvements. If you’ve never played it before, and you like RPGs then you owe it to yourself to give this one a go.
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