One of the most impressive things about my number nine game of the year is that it almost didn’t happen at all. One of my personal favorite visual novel series, the Zero Escape series to be exact, left at a bit of a cliffhanger at the end of its second entry. Frantically wondering when I would get to know the conclusion, I searched only to find that they may not have the funding to release the finale. Thankfully, with a combined effort from Aksys Games and Spike Chunsoft, Zero Time Dilemma was released this year and it was fantastic. Doubling down on the narrative hooks that made Virtue’s Last Reward so interesting, this game had me hooked from start to finish.
When Until Dawn debuted several years ago at E3, it was billed as a PS-Move controlled horror game set in a snowy cabin. Without many more details, it was hard to get very excited about the game. Since then, it has been moved to the PS4 and the motion controls have been downplayed. This year, I managed to get my hands on the game and as both a horror and Heavy Rain fan, I feel like this game has been tailor made for me to love.
When first pitched to me, Dangan Ronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc was described as a very odd mixture of several other games I had enjoyed. Truly, it was difficult to imagine a game where Persona 4, Ace Attorney and Virtue’s Last Reward could even be combined in any sort of meaningful way. When finally getting my hands on the game, I found that the assertions were true and that not only was it a combination of the aforementioned games, but a brilliant one at that.
Even with my move coming up this weekend, I’ve still managed to squeeze in some gaming over the few days. More specifically, let’s talk about what’s been going on for the last 24 hours or so. I’ve managed to be thoroughly bested to my highly skilled spouse in iPhone game Threes, snuck in a little of inFAMOUS: Second Son both on my PS4 and web browser and continue my quest for a platinum trophy in Dangan Ronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc on the Vita.
As the year draws to a close, I think back to this year in gaming. It’s been a pretty interesting year and there have been some great games and a few bummer titles. Stuff like indie Kickstarter funding and the release of the Wii U continue to drive the industry further and open up new possibilities for the future of the industry.
One thing I’ve noticed lately has been quite a bit of doubt being cast towards Sony’s handheld console. While the PlayStation Vita really could be doing quite a bit better in terms of sales for the device, it’s been treating me quite well. Right now, I’m in the midst of playing not one, but two games for the portable console that I have been very much enjoying. In this session, I’d like to ramble a bit about my impressions, so far, of the two Vita games that have me hooked.