I think I might take a slightly different approach with my Game of the Month posts for this year. Instead of getting too in-depth about a game’s mechanics and all that, I’ll probably just write a two or three quick paragraphs about why I chose it. I shall still be including honourable mentions, though.
Shorter posts mean I can spend more time playing said games.
With that said and done, my game of the month was one that was released on January 11th 2019, and the third game I have played in its particular franchise.
Before I get to that, though, I shall kick off with the aforementioned honourable mentions. First is New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, which is a Switch port of the Wii U title that also includes the New Super Luigi U DLC. It’s a 2D Mario platformer, and that’s a combination you can’t really go wrong with.
My second honourable mention for this month is Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes. It is a spin-off of No More Heroes, featuring otaku assassin Travis Touchdown transported into a variety of game worlds. That will be released on January 18th, and I’ve opted for the physical version with the Season Pass. The Season Pass includes Shinobu Jacobs and Bad Girl as playable characters, amongst other things.With the honourable mentions out of the way, my game of the month is Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition. Celebrating its tenth anniversary, Tales of Vesperia was remastered for Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Steam. Of course, I went for the Switch version.
Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition will actually be the third Tales game I have played, after Tales of Symphonia and Tales of the Abyss. At the time of writing, I have arrived at Nordopolica and done the story stuff at the coliseum there. It has been a lot of fun so far, and I suspect that will continue to be the case as I continue on.
The playable characters are all pretty great, but the pair who stand out most for me are undoubtedly Estelle and Rita. I knew nothing about Vesperia before playing out, so those two have been a particularly nice treat for me. I’ve also taken to playing as Judith during battle. Talking of characters, this Definitive Edition adds Flynn Scifo and Patty Fleur as playable characters. I’ve had both join my team at different points, and I’m assuming they will become more permanent party members a little later on.
From what I have played thus far, Vesperia is definitely making a very solid effort to become my favourite Tales game. Hopefully it does well enough that a few of the others make their way to the Switch as well…