This is the time of year everyone tends to go on a spending spree, buying loads of games as gifts to others (or themselves). And while nothing beats the winter blues like curling up by the fire with a hot cup of handheld gaming, I’m frugal by nature.
So, in order to keep your consoles brimming with new adventures, here are some great strategies to get the most out of your gaming budget – that is, in addition to always checking this site for the Deals of the Week… [...]
RULES OF ENGAGEMENT
Yesterday, The Pokemon Company released the official rules for this season’s Video Game Championship, setting my mind to planning my first competitive team in half a decade.
Most of the rules were expected: We will still be using 2 on 2 battles; Pokemon will be level 50; and mega-evolutions are clear for takeoff. What came as a surprise was the ruling that only Pokemon from the Coastal, Central, or Mountain Kalos Pokédex will be allowed. [...]
This article deals directly with some major plot points in Pokémon X and Pokemon Y. Consider this your spoiler warning.
I spent this past week trying to catch up on playing some other games to review, but I did get back into Pokemon just long enough to witness one of the most profound scenes in any of the games to date: AZ’s tale. [...]
“Loneliness is having no one around to complain about feeling lonely.”
- Rune Factory 4
The Story Thus Far
I thought that after Pokémon Black and White (1 and 2) we had established a new precedent for Pokémon games. But here I am, seven badges into Pokémon X, and I still don’t feel the story has gone anywhere.
Sure, I have my friends, and we’re doing the whole “grow-up on your adventure” shtick. Team Flare caused a few problems, but we stopped each one and moved along. For a while, I thought Mega-Evolution was going to be the center of the plot, but then I unlocked it in a pretty anti-climactic scene that failed to make it feel rare or special. I mean, all I had to do was beat a mid-level Gym Leader, which is not a particularly high hurtle to overcome. [...]
Released for PlayStation 2 two years after the PlayStation 3 came out, Persona 4 should have, by all means, been a flop. But the latest installment of the acclaimed Persona franchise beat the odds and even spawned its own PS Vita port, Persona 4 Golden. And just like its console brother, despite being on an underdog console, it beat the odds and came out as one of the most successful JRPGs of 2012.
Set in the quaint little Japanese town of Inaba, you play as a high school student. There, you get involved in a serial murder case that pits you against a killer that transports his victims to an alternate dimension called the TV world. In this world, monstrous beings called Shadows hunt down anyone brought there. As you find yourself on the trail of the killer, you acquire a Persona: a benign being within one’s psyche that can combat these Shadows. [...]
I started up Rune Factory 4 on 3DS this week and decided to play through it as a female character. This is something I do quite often, but for the first time I actually got weirded out by it. In fact, after a few hours I had to restart the whole thing to play as a boy.
There are a couple of possible reasons for this: [...]