Well, it’s the end of the month (and what a tough month it’s been), and since it’s payday, I thought I’d treat myself to a couple of new games. I thought I’d share my opinions of them with you (partially because I lack anything actually meaningful to say, having had my brain frazzled from work over the past month)

Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Let me get one thing straight: REAL MEN PLAY ANIMAL CROSSING. Ahem. Yes, I do enjoy playing Animal Crossing, and I’m pleased to say that New Leaf takes the classic Animal Crossing gameplay and gives it a little leg-up. You have mayoral duties now, which gives you a little more control over the course that the town takes, but also some goals to aim for beyond ‘save up for larger house’. Many of the same characters have been carried over from the last DS outing, Wild World, so there’s a soothing sense of familiarity. It’s a game of no real consequence, but that’s what I love so much about it. There’s no pressure, there’s always something fun to do, and the overall feeling from the game is peaceable and calming (if a touch saccharine). Perfect for de-stressing!

Code of Princess

A download title on the 3DS store, Code of Princess is first and foremost a fairly competent brawler, with a reasonably simple fighting engine that smacks somewhat of Guilty Gear Isuka. The character designs are beautiful (if a little fanservicey, even for me), and the sets are exquisitely designed. The script, on the other hand… Dear God. Now, I personally don’t think it detracts at all from the game, but it must be said that the English translation sounds like a thirteen-year-old girl’s fanfic. Like, My Immortal style. The hilarious thing is, though, that the voice actors seem to REALISE that the dialogue sounds quite terrible, and are quite happy to play their characters as, essentially, a dramatic reading. The VAs themselves are actually incredibly good, and I must admit to chuckling more than a few times at their exaggerated inflections and clear decision to choose fun over disdain.

To sum, I’d recommend both games, with caveats: Animal Crossing is incredibly easygoing, which is not everyone’s cup of tea, and Code of Princess is… Incredibly unique, but not without its charms. Go check ’em out!

M.