Guess what came in the maaaaail?
Started it on Sunday. Man, is this game gorgeous. And gloriously complicated! I’ll write up a full review after I’ve played more and sorted out the many, many interlocking systems at play here.
But even at only five hours in, I can whole-heartedly recommend this game.
(This next bit is mostly spoiler-free, but if you haven’t beaten A Link Between Worlds yet, you might not want any of this information about my impressions of the endgame, fair warning.)
In other news, I finally beat A Link Between Worlds a couple of weeks ago. I actually kept putting off beating the game because I was enjoying it SO MUCH, kind of like a book that is so good, you simultaneously can’t put it down and dread the end. I finally ended up staying up until about 2 in the morning one night to beat the Treacherous Tower mini-game and find all the MaiMais. I would actually highly recommend beating the Treacherous Tower before going into the final boss fight, just an FYI.
The final confrontation was incredibly satisfying. I was actually not expecting the twist, though it should have been pretty obvious in retrospect. The thing with Ravio? BLEW MY MIND. I was SO HAPPY about that.
(End potential spoilers.)
I can’t actually remember a Zelda game that I enjoyed more than this one. A Link Between Worlds may have to go down as my favorite Zelda game of all time, and that is saying something. It just did its job so well, and everything clicked perfectly, everything from the music to the dungeon design to the characters, even the 3D ended up being a really excellent addition to the game. This game is THE reason to own a 3DS.
Not that there aren’t a bunch of other awesome reasons to own a 3DS, which is quickly becoming my favorite system right now (not sure if it will ever beat out my much-beloved PS2 and the golden age of JRPGs, but hey, it got Bravely Default and Dream Drop Distance, so who knows?). Another reason, one I recently acquired second-hand from a friend (Will, I still owe you money!), is Shin Megami Tensei IV.
If you’re not familiar with the numbered Shin Megami Tensei games (which are distinct from the Persona and the Devil Survivor games), think evil Pokemon meets Etrian Odyssey. I’m about ten hours into this game, and it’s a really solid dungeon crawler. I’ll have more to say about it once I’ve played more of it.
Check back later this week or early next week for my full review of Ni No Kuni, because that’s the other game I have been playing the shit out of. I think I’m a little over halfway through the game, and I absolutely love it, weird quirks aside.
Sorry, Eevees. Pokemon X just isn’t as interesting to me right now…
Yes, Eevee, I still love you.
…just not as much as Bravely Default or Zelda… ^^;