I ended up getting quite a few video games over the course of 2014. Hey, I like my 3DS! Unfortunately, no Mac games made it onto my list this year, mostly because the only game that appealed to me was Civilization: Beyond Earth, and it’s ridiculously expensive. However, I have four 3DS games that I really enjoyed this year. Games are in order of release date.
1. Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy (February 28)
I talked about this one way back when in this post. Azran Legacy was an excellent finale to the Professor Layton series, and my only regret is that it’s the last game in the series to feature Layton as the protagonist. We’ll miss you, Professor!
I still recommend this game for anyone who enjoys puzzles and mysteries. 9/10, recommended 9 and up.
2. Disney Magical World (April 11)
This is one of those games I picked up on a whim. Magical World is a mostly open-ended, almost sandbox type game that I still have not managed to finish. I say mostly and almost – there’s seasonal content to be had and quests to accomplish, but I see very little to do after you have all the outfits, recipes, furniture, and all 100 stickers. However, it may have replay value, and it can take quite awhile to finish. (Granted, this is coming from someone who takes years to reach max level in any MMO ever made, so…) I’m going to say 7/10, and recommended 6 and up.
3. Tomodachi Life (June 6)
Another game I talked about way back when, this is truly a sandbox game. A cross between Animal Crossing and The Sims, this is a rather cute game for people who like The Sims or Animal Crossing, but want something less realistic than the former and less time-consuming than the latter. Plus, if you have to put it down for several months, no weeding is required. Yay for that! However, this is less like Sims in that Miis have a mind of their own, so no matter how much you may push it, Iron Man may not fall in love with Batgirl. (Yeah, we tried that… I can’t even get Nightwing to be friends with her. On the upside, Joker and Batman seem to have put aside their differences. I saw them playing soccer together. Weird.) 8/10, recommended 7 and up.
4. Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (August 29)
A crossover between the Professor and the Ace Attorney, this quickly became one of my favorite games of all time. With the puzzles of Layton and the court cases of Wright, this game is definitely worth picking up. Plus, as I said when I originally talked about it shortly after its release, everybody likes a good old-fashioned witch trial! 9/10, recommended 12 and up.
There were a few other games/game combos released this year that I have plans to pick up in the next few weeks – Fantasy Life and LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham come to mind. Overall though, I was actually pretty impressed with my few selections from the myriad of released games this year, although none top A Link Between Worlds from last year. What can I say, despite the awesomeness of Batman and Professor Layton, nobody stands up to Link.