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Offline NdIGiTy

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NWR's Game(s) of the Month: March
« on: April 06, 2013, 07:30:15 AM »

Busting ghosts, hunting monsters, and breaking bricks.

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/feature/33769

Starting with March, we're going to start concluding each month by voting on the best game released on a Nintendo system (and possibly on others as well) during that time span. We'll be running something similar in the forums, too (check out the poll for March), and we'll post your choices and arguments.

Our overall winner for March was Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, but since this is more of a trial run, we're including arguments for a few other frontrunners as well.

Neal Ronaghan - Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon

My excitement for Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon was based more on developer Next Level Games' pedigree than total affection for the original game. Fortunately, Next Level Games delivered totally and completely, taking everything that was great about the original and refining it to a fine, addictive adventure. While the level-based progression was a little worrying at first, it works because you can still explore the environments to your heart's content. It just works better for the portable format now.

What truly surprised me was the multiplayer, though, as the cooperative experience is a ton of fun. Whether it's local or online, I think I'll be coming back to Dark Moon's multiplayer experience quite often over the coming months. This was definitely my most-played game in March, and it's also my favorite of the month.

Tyler Ohlew - Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon

The reason behind my choice for Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon is simple enough, I simply had the most fun with it. Sucking up ghosts is just the start; it wasn't long before I craved every rug and strip of wallpaper. Despite its limited moveset, Dark Moon always manages to keep things fresh with its puzzles and hidden trinkets.

What makes it so interesting is how it compares to its predecessor. While aspects are missing, it creates new points of interest to call its own. While I certainly adore Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, nothing else entertained me as well as Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon.


Zack Kaplan - Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

Being my first Monster Hunter game, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (3DS) has convinced me that I have been missing out on a lot of fun all these years. I choose it as my game of the month, but I will definitely be playing it beyond March for its mix of engaging gameplay and addictive quests. 


Guillaume Veillette - Lego City: Undercover

Say what you want about developer Traveller's Tales and how tired Lego games based on popular licenses are at this point: they have acquired over the last decade an expertise for injecting personality and humor into their games' worlds. Given how important it is for an open game to have an interesting world, this expertise pays off in Lego City: Undercover. Every nook and cranny of Lego City has something cool to see, or some humorous easter egg to find. The player has to complete the main story missions to earn the abilities that will allow them to explore the game fully, but good writing and endearing characters ensure that they'll want to do so anyway. The family-friendly title is very easy for experienced players, but the platforming and driving both feel good enough to be enjoyable for their own sake.

Nate Andrews - Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon

If nothing else, Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon makes a nearly unassailable argument for Luigi as the more interesting brother. Secretly, the man in green has texture and personality for days, and Next Level Games' excellent translation of the series to the 3DS brings it out perfectly.

I'm enjoying the level-based progression (justified gripes about the lack of a convenient save system notwithstanding), the way the game captures the mischievous intimacy of each area, and the fairly slick control scheme. It's a game that creates interesting spaces to poke around in, and gives you all the tools you need to have fun doing just that.


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Re: NWR's Game(s) of the Month: March
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2013, 03:03:47 AM »
My game of the month would also have to be Dark Moon. I'm going through the game at leisurely pace (I'm still digging around in the 3rd Mansion), but I'm loving the attention to detail that Next Level have managed to pack in to each and every area. Luigi's move set does not change throughout the game, but rather it's the environments and the objects and characters in them that change. I'm many hours in to the game now, and I still get a little jolt of joy every time I discover how to use familiar mechanics to do something wholly new.
 
My honourable mention would definitely be Harmoknight. Last night I unlocked the secret Bird world, which is incredibly difficult but totally awesome. I fully admit that the music in Harmoknight is not particularly memorable, and I will also grant that the game doesn't do anything especially new within the rhythm game genre, but it's such a satisfying and polished game that I kind of don't care. It's also a perfect game to have portably. I can definitely see myself dipping back in to Harmoknight now and again to try and get all those gold medals.
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Re: NWR's Game(s) of the Month: March
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2013, 10:08:39 AM »
Are the ruslts of this poll because none of you have played NFSMWU?

or because I haven't played LM:DM?

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Re: NWR's Game(s) of the Month: March
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2013, 12:48:15 PM »
I would have to go with LEGO City Undercover. Completely surpassed my expectations and gave me over 50 hours of playtime to get 100%.
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