Who says JRPGs are dead? Take a look at some of the best games of 2013: Fire Emblem: Awakening, Ni no Kuni, Shin Megami Tensei 4, Etrian Odyssey 4...
It's no secret I'm a fan of the Shin Megami Tensei (SMT) series. Nocturne, the Digital Devil Saga, Persona 3 and 4; I consider these games to be not only among the best JRPGs I've played, but among my favourite games of all time. That's not to say I wasn't disappointed/shocked when I heard numero quattro was for 3DS, and used 2D sprites. Really? 2D sprites, on a console that does 3D? I still trusted Atlus enough to overlook these "mistakes", and crossed my fingers as I pre-ordered my copy.
Desolate landscape? Check.
I grew up a Nintendo fanboy, but the 3DS just did not excite me. I thought the 3D was gimmicky, and the effect gave me a headache during my 5 minute test run at a store, I was unimpressed by its game catalogue and region locking, and of the two colours available, one was hideous.
Statistics show that 0% of the world's population likes Teal
Since installing Steam on my Linux TV computer, I've been spending lots of time playing indie games. If you remember my Bastion review, you know that I have high hopes for this area of the gaming industry. Bastion is still an endeavour beyond most indie developers' capabilities, a sort of A+ title of the indie world. More often, indie games are springboards for future projects, testing the waters for style and substance. My review will include the three following games: Lume, a puzzle-game; Eversion, a platformer; and Evoland, an RPG/Adventure hybrid. I got all three of them for less than 15$. Sounds good? Let's check it out.
For a good portion of my playthrough, Borderlands 2 felt to me like Borderlands 1.1. I didn't really see then differences at first, until I played the first one again to compare. And that's when it really hit me. Kind of like when you buy a new amplifier for your guitar or bass, and think, "Well, it's a bit better I suppose". Then you plug in the old one and say "Holy fishcakes, Batman! How did I ever play with this crap?"
Bigger for sure, but better?