Animal Crossing: New Leaf
So, this game is really good. It’s so good, in fact, that I bought a 3DS six months ago just to buy this game. I have not been disappointed. In New Leaf, you step into the role of the Mayor of your own little town in the woods and help the village to grow in real time. Obviously this cannot be done for free, so as the Mayor, you’re tasked with generating income for the entire town’s benefit.
The real charm of Animal Crossing: New Leaf comes from the world you step into. The game is made to allow you to “stop and smell the roses” and take it at your own pace. Those who frequently run around and ignore the beauty of their surroundings eventually tear up the grass and leave dirt patches while those who take it slow will find more flowers and insects about.
This beautiful handheld simulator is further enhanced by its multiplayer options. You have the option to wirelessly travel to your friends’ towns to hang out and trade fruits, and you can even play the “stalk” market cross-borders if you’re feeling lucky on Sunday mornings. Animal Crossing: New Leaf exceeds expectations and is, in my opinion, the best title for the 3DS so far.
Flying Hamster HD
Flying Hamster HD is one of those “once in awhile come out of nowhere” video games that is nothing but pure joy when you play it. It’s a cheap and easy to get into game that harkens to the retro games of old where it keeps the modern 2D HD visuals but has the gameplay that is simple enough that a child can play. Flying Hamster has been available for mobile phones and the PSP before, but on the PS Vita it shines the most by having the best of both worlds, with touch and button controls. If you have a Vita, buy this game because it’s the best $4 you can spend.
The Last of Us
Naughty Dog has really impressed in the Playstation 3 generation, and The Last of Us is no exception to that. Honestly, it’s Naughty Dog’s best game, best story, and probably the best game on PS3.
A mature story of life or death with two characters you almost instantly care about, all weaved around awesome and interesting gameplay mechanics. The Last of Us takes crafting, shooting, sneaking, and zombies to a whole new level. I love the game, it is the PS3’s Swan Song as the PS4’s release is just months away. I implore all of you who are looking for a mature and heart-wrenching story, or just a great adventure on PS3, to pick this one up.
A previous Wii-exclusive now enhanced and remade for the Vita, Muramasa Rebirth brings all the style, visuals, and gameplay to the smaller screen. Controlling either of the 2 protagonist, you’ll be sucked into a the world of feudal Japan where war and folklore rule your surroundings. With it’s absolutely gorgeous art-style and satisfying, but simplistic combat system, it’s a game that no Vita owner should miss out on.