Last time to pick a game of the Month in 2015. I’m a bit early in December, but with all festivities coming up it’s best to get this blog out now. This will complete the list of 12 games of the month and give me a nice overview of my year in video-games. My last game of the Month December is ….(drumroll)…..Atelier Ayesha Plus, Alchemist of Dusk on the PS Vita! This remake of the PlayStation 3 game (2012) for the Vita is spot on once again, as Atelier Rorona Plus was earlier this year. I guess I’m quickly turning into a fan of the Atelier series made by Gust together with Koei Tecmno, and Ayesha Altugle does a particularly good job of charming me to bits. She is so naïve and sweet, without it being irritating, and you just want to cheer her on, on her journey to unravel the mysteries of her disappeared little sister Nio. All the fun of the series is incorporated, the synthesizing, exploring, good story line and interactions with other characters, each with their own background story. There’s less of a time crunch then in Rorona, which feels nice, but does sometimes leave me wondering where to go next. And the graphics are really breathtaking. A very worthy game of the Month December, a review will follow in January.
That wasn’t all I played though this month. I played some more New Style Boutique 2, Fashion Forward on My European 3DS to make the review (see here). I had fun playing Moco Moco Friends on my American 3DS to be able to bring you a proper review (here). The biggest surprise I had on the 3DS though was playing the demo for Stella Glow, which is available in the American eShop. I had had a taste of the game’s demo in Japan months ago, but I wasn’t prepared for the length and depth the American demo offered. Due to having too many games on my hands already these past months I skipped buying the game, but I can assure you I will keep my eye on it. It played like a mix of Fire Emblem and Lord of Magna, with strategic battles on a grid. An good story line, good game play and good graphics, this one goes to my wish list. Maybe it’s not in the same league as Fire Emblem, but it will be a good game while you wait.
I downloaded several games to my Vita during the sales leading up to Christmas, games I haven’t even looked at yet. Persona 4, Atelier Mereru Plus ánd Atelier Totori Plus are all waiting for me, alongside Norn9: Var Commons. What bliss! What riches of choices! But I’ve been too hooked on Atelier Ayesha to play another one at the moment. I didn’t play any Mobile games this month, enough to keep me busy on the other devices.