Finished Trails of Cold Steel a couple of days ago. Based on my experience with Trails in the Sky and the fact that Trails of Cold Steel II is coming, I figured that the game would end on a major cliffhanger. I was not prepared for how big that cliffhanger would be! It propelled the sequel to being one my most anticipated games of the year. Also, I just finished Roundabout. It plays a lot like Kuru Kuru Kururin but less polished. Due to the graphical style and camera angles, there were times when it was hard for me tell if there was an obstacle in the way, a problem I do not recall having in Kuru Kuru Kururin. Decided to pick up Chibi-Robo Zip Lash and I am enjoying the game more than I thought I would. I was put off by the level selection wheel at first but getting 1s is actually not that hard. (so far)
My list is the best list. Yoshi's IslandSin & Punishment: Star SuccessorWe Love KatamariGradius VRhythm Heaven FeverMother 3Shin Megami Tensei: NocturneCastlevania: Rondo of BloodChrono TriggerPikmin 3
Limiting the list to five makes things easy for me, since I made my choices a while ago. 1. Splatoon 2. Yoshi's Woolly World 3. Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky Second Chapter 4. Xenoblade Chronicles X 5. Yakuza 5
The second game pretty much assumes that you know everything that happens in the first game. That includes all the major plot twists, how the characters develop, and even what happens in the side quests (depending on if you did them or not). You could jump into the second game if you want to but you will be completely lost on what is going on.
I just got the game a few days ago and took some time to make a level. It is a simple level design-wise that involves a lot of Goombas and Pirahna Plants. (C2F6-0000-00DB-1F6B) (The embed function of the Miiverse post does not seem to be working for me)
I just beat the final boss and I have to say that I LOVE the game! It came really close to matching the quality of the original game. I have read about people complaining about the recycling of bosses. What actually happens is that while the game does recycle boss characters, the fights themselves are different enough. I actually appreciate that. The game starts out simple enough but as the game progresses, the levels have their own gimmicks that do not deviate from the formula but offer cool new ideas that the original game did not have. Some of my favorites come from the haunted house levels, especially later in the game when it presented a new utility for the Boos which I was pleasantly surprised by. The one downside I noticed is that checkpoints in boss levels are not always placed next to the boss door, something that the original always had. Overall, I would say that of the games that have come out this year, Yoshi's Woolly World is a close contender for my Game of the Year. (doubt it will beat Splatoon though)