3DS / Free / Indie / PC

Games of the Month – September 2016

So uhh, kind of a drought, huh?

As I kept waiting for some surprise to pop up, at some point I realized September was just going to be a dud. But when anything’s compared to last September, (Mario Maker, Metal Gear Solid V, Undertale) it really just isn’t fair. At least we got Gunvolt 2 out of this one.

Azure Striker Gunvolt 2

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I’m gonna shoot straight with you on this one – Gunvolt 2 is winning by default. I’ve had a busy month, and I was able to play it for about 45 minutes when it came out. So far it’s about as good as I expected it to be. The original Gunvolt was a huge surprise, as it brought a lot of what I love about Mega Man into a modern game that doesn’t wholly crib from its inspiration. Gunvolt’s unique mechanics (floating jumps, using bullets to ping enemies before you actually damage them) set it apart from other Mega Man clones. I’ve been waiting all year to give this one a shot, and hopefully I’ll find more time to spend with it very, very soon.

Duck Duck on the Loose

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This is a weird open world game about being a duck and tracking down baby ducks. As you explore the varied environments, you’ll stumble across quite a few locales who all have something to say to Duck Duck. Some are friends, some are strangers, and others are openly hostile and would like you to absolutely not be around them anymore. Like I said, it’s a weird one.

Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past

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I played this game for over and hour and was never even given a hint of what the battle system would be like. The dialogue is charming and cute, and rummaging through everyone’s cabinets for spare change is as fun as it has been for the last 20 some-odd years. But if you’re not into a slooooowww start, this may not be for you.

Honorable Mentions –

The Cremation of Sam McGee – A short first-person adventure game based on a short story narrated by Johnny Cash.

The Danganronpa 3 Anime – Hey, it came out in July but I just found out about it. It’s Super Duper High School Level Good. It’s also a DIRECT sequel to Danganronpa 2, and assumes that you have finished the first and second games, AS WELL AS the spin-off Ultra Despair Girls. So…don’t make this one your introduction to the series. The next game planned for 2017 is New Danganronpa V3, and is its own totally new thing. Make sure you watch this first.

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