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« on: December 19, 2016, 02:18:34 PM »

I'm expecting to have a 3DS in my hands come Christmas morning with Pokemon Sun... or Moon... I forget which. Whichever one my son didn't want. Anyway, what are the other must play games?

Caveats:
I don't like any Mario games.
I don't like platformers.
I don't like modern Zelda games.
I don't like visual novels.

I already have Fire Emblem Fates stashed away. I also bought Ocarina of Time to give my son, but I may steal from him at some point.
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« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2016, 04:10:35 PM »

With those caveats…why did you ask for a 3DS exactly?  icon_razz  Seriously though, the majority of games I enjoyed on the system fit into those categories.

I personally think Fire Emblem: Awakening is waaaaaay better than FE: Fates.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is a top down Zelda in the style of the SNES game.
SteamWorld Heist is a must play.  It’s basically XCom from a sidescroller perspective…but if you don’t like platformers…
Pushmo is a good puzzle game.
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon doesn’t play like any Mario game but is in the series… It’s basically a really good Ghostbusters game.
Shin Megami Tensei IV is pretty good.
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« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2016, 04:12:19 PM »

Fire Emblem games are good.  The last two Monster Hunter games are good, even if they're not really my thing.  On the JRPG front, there's Shin Megami Tensei, Bravely Default & Bravely Second, 7th Dragon III Code VFD (weird name, good game), Xenoblade Chronicles (port of the Wii game), Etrian Odyssey (fun but super hard), Stella Glow (similar to FF Tactics).

If you have any nostalgia for the old Final Fantasy games, I'd highly recommend Theatrhythm Final Fantasy.  It's a music/rhythm game with a ton of tunes from the old games and a fun RPG system.  I've probably put more hours into that one than anything else on 3DS.
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« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2016, 04:23:20 PM »

Well, let’s see…
If you like rhythm games, I’d suggest Rhythm Thief, Theathrythm Final Fantasy (I probably botched that title XD), and Rhythm Heaven Megamix. They’re all pretty wacky, and the second one has a bunch of Final Fantasy music as well.
For RPGs, I’d suggest Persona Q, Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance (though don’t play this unless you’ve experienced previous games in the KH series), and Gurumin 3D. The second and third games veer towards platformer territory, but they’re still pretty good RPGs in their own respect.
Liberation Maiden and Professor Layton are great Level-5 titles (a shooter, and some puzzle games).
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« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2016, 04:33:51 PM »

Steamworld Heist

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth

Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies

Super Mario 3D Land

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« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2016, 04:43:06 PM »

Quote from: Lordnine on December 19, 2016, 04:10:35 PM

With those caveats…why did you ask for a 3DS exactly?  icon_razz

It *is* a great question. The main reason is that over the few weeks where I was obsessed with Pokemon Go, my 10yo son and I had fun together talking about Pokemon so we decided we are going to ask for Sun/Moon to play together. He got a 2DS for Christmas last year that he has gotten good mileage out of. I needed something to play on as well.

Additionally it's the one platform where I play JRPGs for some reason and I've had a love/hate relationship with Fire Emblem. I'm not even sure I can name any of the DS games I have really liked, but I am pretty sure there were some.

Thanks all for the recommendations. I was looking at the Bravely games on amazon because they were recommended with Fire Emblem and I've heard good things, though SkinyGratch's comments in the Second thread are a bit off-putting.

I am not sure I can do Rhythm games anymore. I think Elite Beat Agents is the only one I ever played and I wasn't bad when it came out, but I tried again recently and I apparently have no rhythm.

I'll look at all the games, I was going to list out the ones that piqued my interest, but it's too many. Hopefully gamestop/amazon have some used.
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« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2016, 04:50:16 PM »

Everything I listed is old enough to have used versions fairly cheaply.  At this stage in my gaming life I am 99% older/used games. 
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« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2016, 05:30:06 PM »

I would recommend Ace Attorney Trilogy despite writing that you don't want to play visual novels. These games are different enough from the formula, and so damn good in the first place, that you really should play them anyway. They're the primary reason why I have a 3DS to begin with.
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« Reply #8 on: December 19, 2016, 06:52:26 PM »

Quote from: TiLT on December 19, 2016, 05:30:06 PM

I would recommend Ace Attorney Trilogy despite writing that you don't want to play visual novels. These games are different enough from the formula, and so damn good in the first place, that you really should play them anyway. They're the primary reason why I have a 3DS to begin with.

I assume that is Phoenix Wright? I think that was half of how I learned I don't really enjoy Visual Novels, the other half was Hotel Dusk.  Wright was better than Dusk, but just not my thing. What I played was a DS game if there are newer games that do more mechanically speaking I might be interested, otherwise I would rather read a book.
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« Reply #9 on: December 19, 2016, 08:48:05 PM »

Quote from: coopasonic on December 19, 2016, 04:43:06 PM


Thanks all for the recommendations. I was looking at the Bravely games on amazon because they were recommended with Fire Emblem and I've heard good things, though SkinyGratch's comments in the Second thread are a bit off-putting.

Yeah, I was going to put a big caveat on a recommendation of the Bravely series, but figured that was just my personal bias and not reflective of a broader audience.  FWIW, while I had MAJOR issues with both games, they were still compelling enough for me to sink 40+ hours into, even if I didn't finish them. 

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I am not sure I can do Rhythm games anymore. I think Elite Beat Agents is the only one I ever played and I wasn't bad when it came out, but I tried again recently and I apparently have no rhythm.

FF Theatrhythm has multiple difficulty levels, including ones that are simple enough for my 6 year old to play without issues.  Don't let that deter you, as it really is a fantastic game.   It also not nearly as complicated as EBA.  I'm pretty damn good at rhythm games, and even I found EBA to be far too complex.  YMMV.
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« Reply #10 on: December 23, 2016, 12:13:39 AM »

Bravely Default is $50 and Bravely Second is $30 used. Should I play Default first?
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« Reply #11 on: December 23, 2016, 12:26:37 AM »

Not necessary, they're basically the same game.
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« Reply #12 on: January 09, 2017, 08:08:58 PM »

I dug out my Final Fantasy Tactics A2 cart over the weekend, and immediately 12 hours disappeared.  I've never had a game that simply sucks away the hours without me noticing like this one does.
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« Reply #13 on: January 11, 2017, 12:46:42 AM »

I ended up with:
Pokemon Moon
Bravely Second
Fire Emblem Awakening
Fire Emblem Birthright (or the other one I forget)
Monster Hunter Generations

I finished the story and about half the Pokedex in Pokemon Moon in 5 days. I was good to keep going but my son stopped playing Sun and switched to Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

I made it through the tutorial missions on Monster Hunter Generations... I was tired of all that so I never got to the meat. I'll get back to it... eventually.
I played the first three chapters of Fire Emblem Awakening. It did not grab me. I remember the Fire Emblem games being more interesting than this.

Bravely Second is my only hope!
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« Reply #14 on: January 11, 2017, 02:39:33 AM »

Quote from: coopasonic on January 11, 2017, 12:46:42 AM

I ended up with:
Pokemon Moon
Bravely Second
Fire Emblem Awakening
Fire Emblem Birthright (or the other one I forget)
Monster Hunter Generations

I finished the story and about half the Pokedex in Pokemon Moon in 5 days. I was good to keep going but my son stopped playing Sun and switched to Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

I made it through the tutorial missions on Monster Hunter Generations... I was tired of all that so I never got to the meat. I'll get back to it... eventually.
I played the first three chapters of Fire Emblem Awakening. It did not grab me. I remember the Fire Emblem games being more interesting than this.

Bravely Second is my only hope!

Whelp, you're screwed.  slywink

I have this weird relationship with both the Monster Hunter and the Fire Emblem series.  Every time a new one comes out,  I think "THIS is the one that will finally 'click' with me".  And they just never do...no matter how hard I try to get into them.
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