Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate (3DS)
Action 25 October 2013
A spin-off installment to the Warner Bros.í Batman: Arkham series, initially developed for handheld consoles. The story follows the plot of Batman: Arkham Origins, giving us the opportunity to experience more of Batmanís adventures from before when he became the Dark Knight. The action is set in the eponymous Blackgate prison, where Batman has to quell an inmate riot. Arkham Origins Blackgate is a classical beat Ďem up fighting game. We observe the events from a side view and have a limited ability to move in third dimension. The gameplay focuses on exploration, fighting regular opponents and bosses, as well as interactions with characters and environment. As usual, Batman has a wide variety of characteristic gadgets at his disposal. The game also offers detective and predator modes, known from the previous installments in the series.
Pokemon Y (3DS)
RPG 12 October 2013
Another installment in the iconic game series developed by Game Freak and published by Nintendo. It was released in the form of twin role-playing games: Pokemon X and Pokemon Y. The story in both games is set in Kalos, a region resembling France. In the game, the players assume the roles of trainers who traverse the world in search of the monsters they can catch, train and send to fight battles in the Pokemon league. In order to succeed, the player has to obtain eight special badges by defeating the gym leaders and proving their worth to the so-called Elite Four - the best trainers in Kalos. The twin games do not bring any significant changes to the gameplay mechanics introduced by the previous installments - the gameplay consists mainly of exploration. Apart from that, the player can talk to other characters and battle opponents in turn-based duels using Pokemon that differ in skills and combat techniques. Both games are the series's first attempt at utilizing fully three-dimensional graphics.
Super Smash Bros. (3DS)
Action 13 September 2014
Another entry in the fighting game series that began in 1999 and is an exclusive franchise of Nintendoís consoles. The most characteristic feature of Super Smash Bros. is the appearance of characters known from other top-selling series of the Japanese developer. It isnít different this time, with over 50 characters available, known from such franchises as Super Mario, Donkey Kong, Pokemon, or Legend of Zelda. The roster also includes completely new and previously unavailable fighters from Mega-man, Pac-man, Street Fighter, Final Fantasy, Animal Crossing, and Bayonetta. In terms of gameplay, the title remains true to the tradition of previous games in the series, giving us a unique mix, which requires more than simply pummeling your opponents. Each skirmish takes place on a special, multilevel arena, and the gameplay may change during the battle, in a more platform game manner.
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (3DS)
Action 22 October 2013
An action-adventure game featuring the superheroes from Marvel comic books. The title was created by Travellerís Tales Studio, experts at LEGO video games (e.g. LEGO The Lord of the Rings, LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean, LEGO Harry Potter). Players can become Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America, and other superheroes, who are asked by Nick Fury from the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization to save the world from villains and other dangers. The developers stayed true to the well-proven gameplay mechanics that combines elements of action, brawler, and adventure game. As always, the game is filled with unlockable extras, and features a cooperation mode in split screen.
LEGO Marvel's Avengers (3DS)
Adventure 26 January 2016
Another installment in a bestselling action-adventure game series based on the license of the LEGO bricks. This title is a result of cooperation between the developers from Travellerís Tales and the Marvel company. Once again, players visit the amazing world of comic superheroes. The story is based on the Avengers film (2012) and its sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). Therefore, you can play as one of the numerous Marvel characters known from both the graphic novels and films, including Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Black Widow, Thor, Loki, and Hawkeye. In terms of gameplay, Lego Marvelís Avengers is not much different from other games in the series, such as LEGO Marvel Super Heroes. Gameplay is presented in third-person perspective and it boils down to exploration, solving puzzles, gathering collectibles, and fighting with opponents.
Arcade 10 December 2015
A sandbox platform game by indie studio Re-Logic, sometimes called the 2D version of the popular Minecraft. There is no set goal; your task is basically to shape the randomly-generated world around you. At first you only have a few basic tools, which allow you to dig and find resources, chop wood, and create simple structures. As the game progresses, due to the extensive crafting system, you discover better tools, allowing you to create advanced materials and to fight monsters. There are many possibilities in the game, and the only restriction is your own imagination. Terraria features a single player mode, but you can join forces with other players, thus gaining precious allies, who can help you with the more challenging tasks.
Rayman Origins (3DS)
Arcade 05 June 2012
A two-dimensional platform game, the gameplay of which references classic installments of the series. The story of the game takes place before the events told in the first installment of the series. The action of the game takes place in a fairytale realm called the Crossroads of Dream. When the world is threatened by an invasion of dark creatures called Hoodlums, the titular protagonist and his friends decide to save it. During the game the player will visit various fantasy realms, jump between numerous platforms (the action is shown from side perspective and the player can move in four directions), get past various traps, obtain new abilities and fight enemies encountered on the path. There is more than a dozen types of enemies, as well as much more powerful bosses. What's more, the game contains levels in which the protagonist mounts other creatures (for example a giant mosquito) and rides it through large areas. Cooperation mode is a novelty in the series Ė it allows the player to complete all levels while accompanied by up to three friends. The colorful, beautiful graphics generated by UbiArt Framework are a valuable asset to the game. Colorful locations are accompanied by neatly-animated characters and a catchy soundtrack.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (3DS)
Adventure 30 April 2014
An action adventure sequel to a 2012ís The Amazing Spider-Man. Developed by Beenox Inc, a Canadian studio also responsible for such games featuring the Marvelís superhorse as Spider-Man 3: The Game, Spider-Man: Edge of Time and Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions. The story in this game loosely translates the adventures from the movie directed by Marc Webb into a video game setting. Players, who assume the role of the titular Spider-Man, have to find the assassin who murdered Peter Parkerís uncle - Ben. During the game, one has to face numerous comic-book villains, including Electro, Kingpin, Black Cat, Green Goblin, and more. The sandbox gameplay mechanics give players the freedom to explore the virtual version of Manhattan while completing assigned tasks.
Hey! Pikmin (3DS)
Action 28 July 2017
A 2D platform game with logic puzzle elements developed by Arzest and Nintendo. The game's protagonist is Captain Olimar, whose ship crashed on an unknown planet inhabited by the eponymous creatures. He has to explore the newfound world and find a way to escape. Hey! Pikmin utilizes a side-view perspective and the gameplay focuses on exploring varied locations, jumping on platforms, avoiding traps, and fighting enemies. You also need to rely on the help offered by the Pikmin ó for example the Blue Pikmin can swim, while the Winged Pikmin allows you to travel short distances in the air. Moreover, you can also throw the critters at your enemies or the elements of your surroundings. The game features colorful cartoonish visuals.
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King (3DS)
RPG 27 August 2015
Another installment in the bestselling jRPG series which has been in development since the mid-80s. It is the first game in the franchise to be available for PlayStation 2. Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King is set in a well-known fantasy universe. The player controls a party of adventurers who have to stop the evil Dhoulmagus and remove the curse he placed on the king and his daughter. As we progress, the protagonists gain new abilities and items and become stronger. In combat, played in a turn-based system, they use not only typical medieval weaponry but also magic. They also encounter friendly NPCs with whom they can trade and talk. Visually, Dragon Quest VIII resembles Dark Cloud 2: it has three-dimensional graphics combined with cel shading rendering which gives them cartoonish looks. The characters' were designed by a famous mangaka, Akira Toriyama, known primarily for his work on the Dragon Ball franchise.
FIFA 15 (3DS)
Sports 23 September 2014
Another edition of a popular soccer game series, whose consecutive installments have been appearing yearly for over two decades, developed a Canadian giant and its subsidiary EA Sports. Traditionally, the game offers a full spectrum of single and multiplayer modes, including Be a Pro and the Tournaments returning after an absence in previous iterations. The new edition is more dynamic than its predecessor and brings about a wide array of changes, such as improved AI, new tactical options, and more freedom in the set pieces. Since FIFA 15 is the first game in the series released on the eight generation consoles and powered by the advanced Ignite engine, the most visible changes are related to the graphics. The ones standing out are remodeled players, accurately imitating profiles and faces of their real-life counterparts. Players react properly to the situation on the pitch, argue with the referee, or scuffle with opponents.
Culdcept Revolt (3DS)
RPG 29 August 2017
Culdcept Revolt is a turn-based RPG developed by Omiya Soft that uses elements of card and board games and was released as a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Culdcept series. The game takes us to a fantasy world where we play as a boy named Allen. He's a recruit in the Rebel Army that fights to finish the tyrannical rule of Count Kraniss. As we play, we take part in turn-based battles that take place on grid-covered maps. Our goal in each fight is to get as much points as possible. They are given to us for taking control over new sectors of the map. A throw of a dice decides how far we can move during our turn. If we encounter an enemy while making our move, a battle begins during which we use monster and spell cards. We learn the game's story through visual novel-like cut-scenes. Culdcept Revolt offers a local and online multiplayer for up to four players.
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions (3DS)
RPG 06 October 2017
A remake of the 2003ís Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga developed by AlphaDream on Game Boy Advance. It is an unusual arcade RPG with a turn-based combat. During the game, the titular Mario brothers have to join forces with their arch-enemy Ė Bowser, and together they set out to the Beanbean Kingdom to retrieve the stolen Princess Peachís voice. The 3DS release of the gameís remake features improved visuals with more polished character models and lighting effects that are much more pleasing to oneís eye. Apart from all this, the developers decided to introduce two more attractions Ė a new game mode called Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser, showing the events from the main campaign as they are seen by Captain Goomba, ShyGuy, Boo, and others, as well as the support of amiiboô figures. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowserís Minions is compatible with Super Mario toys, and along with the gameís release, the developers introduced two new figures - Goomba and Koopa Troopa.
The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes (3DS)
Arcade 22 October 2015
One of the numerous installments of the popular The Legend of Zelda series that dates back to the end of the 80s. The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes was developed solely with Nintendo 3DS in mind. The characteristic feature of the game is the three-player cooperation mode where we can join forces with our friends to defeat bosses, solve complicated puzzles, and complete subsequent levels. Totems, which are towers that consist of three characters standing on one another, are interesting result of cooperation. Thanks to this, heroes can reach places that are otherwise inaccessible or hit a strong opponent in his weak point. Naturally, The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes lets us play solo, as well. In such case, we control each of the three characters interchangeably. Clothes and weapons we find give us special abilities: they can help us dodge enemy attacks, enlarge bombs, or let us perform attacks unavailable to other characters. The game features simple and not very detailed graphics which are, on the other hand, very colorful.
FIFA 14 (3DS)
Sports 24 September 2013
A soccer simulation game, and the 21st installment in the FIFA series. The game was created by EA Canada development studio. As always, you can control players from your favorite teams in matches against living opponents or computer AI. FIFA 14's data base contains 15 thousand footballers from several dozen leagues from all over the world. As compared with the previous FIFA games, FIFA 14 brings about some crucial changes to gameplay mechanics, including improved ball physics. Furthermore, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions employ a new game engine, called Ignite (used also in Madden NFL 25), that ensures high quality graphics.
The Amazing Spider-Man (3DS)
Action 26 June 2012
A third person action game starring Marvel's most popular super hero released in about the same time as Mark Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man movie. The game was developed by Beenox studio that, with a slightly different line-up, created Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions and Spider-Man: The Edge of Time. The events presented in the game take place after the ending of the movie and tell a completely separate story. The plot focuses on biomedical experiments that creates hybrids of humans and animals. Peter Parker, disguised as Spider-Man, releases Dr. Connors so he can create a vaccine for the virus that causes mutation. The mechanics are a little bit similar to the last few Batman games and focus on fighting against groups of enemies and bosses. Unlike the previous Spider-Man games, this one departs from a comic book style and uses more realistic looking graphics.
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (3DS)
Action 11 November 2014
Another installment in the popular arcade game series from the LEGO brand. It is also the third game depicting the adventures of the legendary hero from the DC universe. It was developed by Travellerís Tales, known for many other productions in the LEGO series. The story focuses on the struggle between the Justice League, led by Batman and other comic superheroes ó and a villain called Brainiac who wants to shrink our planet and include into his disgraceful collection. The game will take us from the streets of Gotham City into space and other, not yet visited, regions of the DC universe. The gameplay mechanics are based on proven solutions, although some novelties were introduced as well. Among the latter, we can find the simultaneous use of various abilities, hacking mini-games, as well as levels where we operate a space fighter or in zero gravity.