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Monster Hunter Stories

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Monster Hunter Stories - Title Screen
Hardware: 3DS
10/08/2016 (Japan)
モンスターハンター ストーリーズ

The Monster Hunter franchise was no stranger to spin-off games by 2016. Not counting any of the handful of mobile games available (very few of which were in the style of a traditional Monster Hunter game), there were already three different MonHan Nikki: Poka Poka Airu Mura games (two on the PSP and one on the 3DS) and Airu de Puzzle (PSP). They were all very different experiences from the mainline Monster Hunter games in both visuals and game-play, and were all developed by studios other than Capcom (The Poka Poka Airu Mura games by From Software, and Airu de Puzzle by Natsume). But it was a little surprising that there hadn't yet been an attempt to make a JRPG that took place in the Monster Hunter universe. Capcom clearly took notice of this, and a JRPG is just what we would get from developer Marvelous in Monster Hunter Stories.

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BioHazard: Revelations

Hardware: 3DS
01/26/2012 (Japan), 02/07/2012 (US), 01/27/2012 (PAL)
バイオハザード リベレーションズ
Resident Evil: Revelations
Biohazard Revelations - Title Screen

*Please forgive the lack of screenshots in this review, but I do not currently have a 3DS with capture capabilities and this game does not support the ability to post screenshots to Miiverse.

Revelations was released at a very interesting time in the history of the Resident Evil series. Resident Evil 5 was released back in 2009, and while it was extremely competent as a third person shooter it fell under a lot of criticism for leaving the horror elements typically associated with the series by the wayside. Though those criticisms were answered with the Lost in Nightmares DLC, it seems most had already made up their minds about the game at that point. Not long after the launch of the 3DS in 2011, we saw the release of the first original portable Resident Evil game in quite some time: Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D. While this game clearly showed that the 3DS was capable of powering some very nice looking games, it was ultimately just an extended Mercenaries mode made into its own packaged game. Finally later in the year we were treated to a bit of Resident Evil nostalgia with HD versions of two classics in the series: Resident Evil: Code Veronica X and Resident Evil 4. This was also a mere couple of months before the abortion that was Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, and the critically panned Resident Evil 6 would not hit until the later part of the year.

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Time Travelers

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Hardware: Vita/PSP/3DS
3DS and Vita - 07/12/2012, PSP - 07/19/2012 (Japan)
タイムトラベラーズ

The Visual Novel genre had seen a renaissance unlike any it had experienced in a long time by 2012. Japan had seen Visual Novels with incredibly high quality writing and sometimes interesting new game play mechanics such as "428 ~fuusa sareta Shibuya de~" (The "428" is actually pronounced as "Shibuya"), "Danganronpa", "Stein's Gate" and "Kyokugen Dasshutsu Ku Jikan Ku Nin Kyuu no Tobira" ("999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors") in recent years, so it's only natural that the newest Visual Novel from Level-5, "Time Travelers", could potentially be the next title to continue the cycle. But its success was not necessarily probable due to it being published and developed by Level-5 (who by this point had certainly had their share of successes, but also plenty of failures), but instead because of the staff involved in its creation.

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MonHan-scoveries

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I have been playing Monster Hunter 4 since the Japanese release date. If this were a past iteration of Monster Hunter (let's say, for example, Portable 3rd) my game clock would easily be over the 100 hour mark by now. My game clock in Monster Hunter 4 is just over 50 hours. As I'd mentioned in a previous article about my history with the Monster Hunter series, I'd gone through a bout of decreased interest with the series as of 3G/3 Ultimate on the 3DS/Wii U. However, I was really hoping that the changes brought about in 4 would spark my long held interest again. Well have they? I guess I can't answer "yes" completely given what I just said, so the answer is more like "Sort of". But I've begun to realize that it's because of an aspect of Monster Hunter that I somehow managed to forget about over time and a changing life situation.

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