Review: Shovel Knight

Developer: Yacht Club Games | Year: 2014 | List Price: $14.99 | Buy from Steam

Shovel KnightI first heard about this game earlier this year and thought nothing of it. But Shovel Knight has received so much hype since its release that despite the fact that I reject platformers by principle, I simply had to buy it. Touted by some as the best modern retro style game, and by others more as the best 2D platformer, I wondered what the kerfuffle was all about. Now, having completed the entire adventure front to back, I have to say that I was not in the least bit disappointed.
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Review: Attack of the Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale

Developer: Millennium Kitchen Co., Ltd. | Year: 2013 | List Price: $7.99
Buy from Nintendo eShop

Attack of the Friday MonstersFresh off my first ever paycheck, I added $40 to my 3DS’ eShop account and proceeded to buy many things. I got this game along with Shovel Knight, SteamWorld Dig, Super Mario Bros. 3, and, with the awkward $5.02 remaining that can’t quite afford a proper NES game, I got Dragon Crystal (sorry Defenders of Oasis, I’ll get you another time!). Because I read that Attack of the Friday Monsters was the shortest game, I decided to play it last night after dinner, and I finished it before bedtime. It’s that short.
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Review: Bravely Default

Developer: Silicon Studio | Year: 2014 | List Price: $39.99 | Buy from Amazon

Bravely DefaultExactly four months ago, a Japan-only game for the 3DS was released for the first time in North America and on launch day. I took a leap of faith and bought it on that day (one of the only times I’ve ever bought a game at launch) and wrote a couple of my first impressions down here. Well, it’s exactly four months to that day and many countless hours trying to defeat diabolical bosses later I’ve just beaten the game (just realised it’s a significant date, actually!). What’s the verdict? I’m going to sort of follow the same format as my impressions post, except now I’ve beaten the game, so here goes!
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Impressions: Bravely Default

Bravely DefaultHey everyone! Back at the start of this year, I decided to download the Bravely Default demo, because I’m a sucker for free stuff! But I just got hooked by the gameplay and the world, so on launch day, I decided to trade in some old games (most nearer the bottom of this list) and bought it, making it only the second game I’ve ever gotten on launch day, after The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (8th here). An impulse decision, but this time, not one I regret. This game is absolutely stellar. Here are some of my impressions. I’m only partway through, after the Ancheim story. Perhaps I’ll write a full review later.
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