I’ve always wanted to do a Best of list but I’ve never been qualified for it – I don’t watch enough movies, play enough games, read enough books, etc., to come up with a list that’s valid enough. However, I’ve had my 2DS for more than a year now and I got this idea of talking about the games/apps that I’ve played/used the most during my first year of owning my 2DS, so here I am.
This is it, the last installment of this series of entries! I’m finally going to reveal the game that I spent the most amount of time on, but before that let’s take a look at the other nineteen games on this list first:
Number 20 – Super Smash Bros. Special Demo Version (21 hours, 1 minute)
Number 19 – Star Fox 64 3D (24 hours, 24 minutes)
Number 18 – Dead or Alive: Dimensions (24 hours, 48 minutes)
Number 17 – Download Play (27 hours, 31 minutes)
Number 16 – Kirby: Triple Deluxe (28 hours, 52 minutes)
Number 15 – WWE All Stars (30 hours, 4 minutes)
Number 14 – The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (30 hours, 49 minutes)
Number 13 – Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D (31 hours, 22 minutes)
Number 12 – YouTube (35 hours, 7 minutes)
Number 11 – Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (45 hours, 6 minutes)
Number 10 – StreetPass Mii Plaza (46 hours, 24 minutes)
Number 9 – Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition (56 hours, 46 minutes)
Number 8 – Tales of the Abyss (70 hours, 36 minutes)
Number 7 – Mario Kart 7 (79 hours, 58 minutes)
Number 6 – Resident Evil: Revelations (104 hours, 43 minutes)
Number 5 –Tomodachi Life (105 hours, 40 minutes)
Number 4 – Fantasy Life (117 hours, 27 minutes)
Number 3 – Bravely Default (122 hours, 37 minutes)
Number 2 – Super Smash Bros. (161 hours, 45 minutes)
Doing this series of articles was quite fun and served as a year-in-review for me, reminding me of the type of games that I enjoyed the most as well as of the games that I didn’t play enough of.
Number 1 – Fire Emblem Awakening (173 hours, 28 minutes)
Fire Emblem Awakening is an amazing game that offers a lot of replay value for fans of the tactical RPG genre. It kept the elements of the Fire Emblem franchise that made it popular and improved on a lot of the flaws of previous games.
Fire Emblem Awakening has several game features that make me want to keep playing it, first of which is an improved Support system. In battles, you can pair up characters as they attack or defend either by placing them in adjacent squares or actually combining them as one paired unit. As you keep doing this, the Support Rank between two characters can move up a level, granting them more combat bonuses and giving you a highly entertaining Support Conversation that provides a perspective of the personalities of each of these characters. If the Support Rank between a male and a female character is high enough, they’ll get married and you can eventually recruit their offspring into your army. This second generation of characters also have their own Support Ranks and Support Conversations so there’s a lot of these to get.
Fire Emblem Awakening‘s Class system also encourages a lot of play – each character has a class, and each class will allow your character to gain certain skills. You can change your characters Class and they’ll be able to keep any skills that they’ve obtained in their previous classes. So you can end up with characters that have powerful skill combinations, like a high defense Knight that has movement bonuses from learning a specific Thief-only skill.
Of course, having multi-skilled characters will help you advance in the single player campaign, but you’ll also have an easier time winning against the armies of other players. Fire Emblem Awakening‘s StreetPass feature allows players to send/receive StreetPass team data, so not only can other players test their characters against yours but you can also fight any StreetPass teams that you can get.
Fire Emblem Awakening is also one of the first Nintendo games with DLC support. Right off the bat, you can download free DLC missions with recruitable characters upon going online, but there are a lot of paid DLC mission packs that you can also purchase. These paid DLC missions vary in their purpose – some may provide in-game advantages like easier ways to obtain money or experience. Others can provide additional characters, weapons, and even character classes for you to get. There’s a DLC mission pack that provides additional storyline details that I’m personally looking forward to playing as soon as I’m done with all the things that I want to do in my first playthrough. You can even get a DLC mission pack that gives fanservice in the form of additional conversations between characters and neat artwork depicting the most popular (at least in Japan) Fire Emblem Awakening characters.
Despite not having a New Game Plus option, Fire Emblem Awakening also rewards multiple playthroughs. You can try out different marriage combinations which will give you second generation characters with different sets of skills. You can even recruit your Avatar character from your previous playthroughs. Fire Emblem Awakening has an extensive amount of content and anyone who enjoys strategy RPGs should give this a try.
So that’s it for this series of articles. Like I said earlier, writing these articles was fun. I can’t wait for the end of this year so I can revisit another year’s worth of gaming, especially with games like The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D and Codename S.T.E.A.M. coming out soon.