As part of our Game of the Year 2013 Awards we're giving voice to some of our most prolific community members. That includes perhaps some of our hardest working community members, our Category Moderators. These are volunteers from within the community who have taken on the added responsibility of moderating sections of the forums in order to keep Neoseeker the place its. Giving them a "Top 10 Games of the Year" from their respective categories is the least we could do.
Please take note that this "Top 10" list is the personal opinion of the author and not necessarily representative of the opinions of Neoseeker.
Hey guys, I am Aurigae, the "Nintendo 3DS Games" category moderator here on Neoseeker! Since us category moderators get to pick out game of the year, I guess I better pick my top 10 of this year! ^_^
So number 10 brings us to a bravely made game. This is, of course, the lovely... Bravely Default: Flying Fairy. I know a lot of you guys were really hyped up for this game and yes, still no flying fairies for you North American 3DS gamers yet, but since I am a proud Brit and it was released in Europe early this month I thought I'd give it a mention here. :-)
Despite its hype, unfortunately I could just not get into the game like I have with some of the other games listed in my Top 10. Furthermore, I often thought to myself, "Square Enix, what u doin?" over the character designs of the game -- notably when they were in action. The battles? Yeah, they were pretty fun. It took a while for me to get my head around them, though.
So, I am really sorry, Square Enix, but your bravely attempts defaulted on me.
A step up from Bravely Default, this game still failed to impress me... Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of Titan. After downloading the demo, I could not understand the hype over the game, as I, new to the series, didn't have a clue what I was doing. o-o" Thumbs down from the Aurigae here!
With its busy online play, this game was quite impressive! This is Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon at number 8! Playing this from my cousin's 3DS, I thoroughly enjoyed the online play. Although my cousin was moaning at me that I was not good enough, it was still a good play! ^_^
This game truly rocked my world and was an amazing farewell to Prof. Hershel Layton! My number 7 is Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy. As a Layton lover, this game is one of my favourites in the series. But why is it not in the top 5? Well, I shall ponder into that.
I was not really a fan of the character designs. I have noticed that the designs have gotten lazier and lazier as the games have gone on. Another reason why it isn't as high is because the plot, as much as I liked it, was a tad sudden in my eyes. The plot for a Professor Layton game will never beat that of it's 3rd, Professor Layton and the Unwound Future.
This next game unleashed a side of me that I had never seen before and I have called it "Amsey Smash mode". For those who were terrified to speak in the group chats whilst I was playing this game, this is of course Project X Zone.
For a relatively calm individual, this game sure did bring out the wrong side in me. Thanks to a cocktail of the length of the game, the amount of "Must get to _____ stage by the end of tonight" moments and the nostalgic moments of seeing my favourite game characters once more; the game sure was a blast.
The game is your typical fighting game with characters from Devil May Cry, Megaman, Street Fighter and many more. I completed the game in a monstrous 94 hours, which is time I should have been more productive in rather than burning several pieces of toast and leaving something in a microwave.
This game probably would have been higher, if it hadn't sucked me in and did not turn me into a psychotic teen, who could not sleep without thinking what the next stage was going to be like.
Just swooping into number 5, is the long anticipated Animal Crossing: New Leaf, which captured so many hearts on Neoseeker's forum prior and post release.
Seeing people from NA get this game first, I did feel rather jealous. It was the night before EU's release and I was feeling rather lonely. Why? Well, many of my friends in Europe had ordered New Leaf online from Amazon and so got it a day early. They were all playing it and it pained me to see so many of my friends online playing it. :( However, with my alarm clock set to 6AM the following morning, I slouched up to my local mall for 8AM and waited a hour outside for the game store to open. Being the first customer, I got the bus and was playing AC:NL throughout my journey home... then a further 6 hours when home. ~_~
You could say I was a crossing addict for the first 5 weeks of the game's release. Visiting people's towns, hitting villagers with shovels, you name it, I done it. However, despite all the fun, it all fizzled out when I started university and I didn't have the time to play it. I haven't really gotten back into it post October, and for this reason alone, this is why it is my number 5.
This one, coming from a member of the R/S/E master race, is pretty obvious... yes, it's Pokemon X and Y!
Before the release, after hating Pearl/Diamond & Black/White, I was thinking of not getting the game. However, I gave in and preordered it early and vowed to myself that if this was a disappointment, I will never get another Pokemon game again. Unfortunately for my bank account, this was not the case and I was glued, hunched over, to my 3DS. Thankfully for my eyes, I played Pokemon X without 3D.
With new Pokemon coming into play such as Espurr, Fletchling and Skiddo, there simply isn't a reason why someone shouldn't buy this game.
Apart from the diabolical camera angles in Lumiose City, the amount of times I have got lost in Lumi -- you know, I will just cut it and say apart from Lumiose City -- the game was excellent. :P Even for some of you guys, who want to relive some of your Pokemon adventures, i would highly recommend this game to newcomers and oldies too!
Buy this game or else!
Due to the requests of all three of my section moderators, (the lovely @Eiche, @Sigma and @Dragoon), I have decided to put the game that they have been fangirl-ing over this month at number 3. This is Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds.
After being in a group chat with a few moderators, I often found the chat to be swamped with the word "sage" and I couldn't help but think, "Is this game really called A Link Between Worlds or is it A Link Between Thyme?" with the amount of herb talk. Coming from someone who hasn't played a Zelda game before, you can imagine how confusing this was for me. :hypno:
However, despite not owning the game, I have seen nothing but good reviews about this game from websites and people who have got the game.
I know I am going to get a hell of a lot of hate after putting this before A Link Between Worlds, sorry guys, but I can't just let this game slip below 2nd! You could say it is its destiny to be nearly dual winner with my Game of the Year! :salty: If you haven't guessed already, my number 2 is Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies.
Being a newbie to the series, I really didn't know what to expect of this game. Is it going to be something I absolute hate, or absolutely love? As you can tell from my placing of it on here, it is indeed the latter.
Having being slapped with a paper charm, blasted with perfume by an overly vain male and many more happenings, you could say the game is full of surprises around the corner! The game includes five brain-racking turnabouts for players to work through.
Dual Destinies recently added a DLC case, which was my favourite so far. If you can understand whales, this is the perfect killer case for you! :D
The only negative of the game I can think of is that before the battles of the courtroom, you have to have battled through the eShop for it, since it is download only. As a physical copy buyer, I was on the fence about buying it at first, but I don't have any regrets!
I certainly wouldn't object to anyone picking up this game!
Having being charmed into the Fire Emblem ways, you could say this is a quite strange choice for number 1 in some people's eyes after beating Dual Destinies, ALBW and Pokemon on my list. Finally, we come to the almighty Fire Emblem: Awakening.
This was my favourite title on my 3DS Friends list for ages and wasn't changed until I got my mitts on Project X Zone. However, it regained favourite title spot soon enough after I got over my "Amsey Smash Mode". A truly beautiful game, one of the best stories I have seen in a game as well as having dashing characters! If you love Strategy RPG's, this is a must. I usually do not go for popular games, but this was something else. So many people love it across the globe and I completely understand why.
Even though this was my first Fire Emblem game, it was easy to pick up and get into, which is something that is really hard to do, in my opinion. I loved every minute of this game and I would recommend it to anyone with a 3DS. :-)
If you have read this far, I commend you. :laugh: Thank you for reading my top 10 3DS games of the year! ^_^
Aurigae's Top 10 3DS Games of the Year:
- Fire Emblem: Awakening
- Phoenix Wrights: Ace Attorney -- Dual Destinies
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
- Pokemon X / Pokemon Y
- Animal Crossing: New Leaf
- Project X Zone
- Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy
- Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon
- Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan
- Bravely Default: Flying Fairy