Pokémon Sun & Moon
2016 was the year of Pokémon. Real world Pocket Monster trainers left their homes and went hunting for their own virtual creatures in Pokémon Go. And the traditional RPG double entries came back in the form of a new adventure set in the Alola region. Pokémon Sun and Moon pitted you against a new evil regime (Team Skull), more powerful trainers and unique ways to unlock badges/new areas. 81 new Pokémon types come along for the ride, plus there’s even cooler Alolan forms of familiar creatures. Sun and Moon improves upon the winning formula by leaps and bounds. There’s an abundance of new content available in one of the best Pokémon games ever made.
Pocket Card Jockey
Horse racing and…solitaire? This combination works surprisingly well in the Nintendo eShop gem Pocket Card Jockey. This addictive mashup of two very different forms of gambling makes everything work surprisingly well. As you successfully stack your cards, your winning efforts help improve your horse’s chances of winning the current race at hand. Besides this main aspect of the game, there’s horse upgrading mechanics, prizes to collect and mini puzzles to solve. Plus you have the chance to retire your prize horse in order to breed new ones. Pocket Card Jockey deserves the accolades that its fresh gameplay elements warrants.
7th Dragon III Code: VFD
Time traveling. Dragon hunting. Tokyo, Atlantis and Eden. Those two activities and three locations should have enticed you enough to give this JRPG a chance if you haven’t already. If all those elements haven’t done so, then we’re going to give you even more reasons to hop into 7th Dragon III Code: VFD. You’ll get the opportunity to create you own character and adjust their voice along with their skills/abilities. The turn-based battle system is fun thanks to its implementation of rear team assists that can save your main party’s hide. Taking on the game’s savage dragon population provides the most exciting battles offered up in Sega’s little known JRPG.
Taken from Best PlayStation Vita Games of 2016 Description: Sasha’s a warrior with one arm. Doesn’t sound like much of a threat, does she? Well that’s where you’re wrong. The loss of her family and her unyielding mission to find them puts her on a warpath with her powerful living sword in hand. The touchscreen-based battle system lets you hack all manner of baddies and sever their body parts off completely. Severed’s interesting art design brings Sasha’s torn world to life beautifully. It features light RPG mechanics, a fun equipment system, an incredible soundtrack and battles/puzzles that will truly challenge you.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice
OBJECTION! Capcom’s resident expert lawyer came back to the digital courtroom in a new Ace Attorney adventure – Spirit of Justice. This time, you’ll handle a bunch of new cases in the mystical kingdom of Khura’in. This new location brings along with it a strange technique that impacts every defendants ultimate fate. This new wrinkle in the plot/gameplay offers a new spin on the Ace Attorney formula, but it still manages to bring back beloved franchise characters to team up with or compete in court against. Spirit of Justice’s cases are always chock full of thought-provoking, hilarious moments that the series is regarded so highly for.
Azure Striker Gunvolt 2
Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 feels just as good as its predecessor and makes it feel like some long lost SNES classic. This slick 2D, side-scrolling shooter tests your reflexes at all times thanks to big firefights and tricky platforming sections. What’s new here is the chance to finally play as Gunvolt’s rival Copen from the 1st game. Both characters freshen up the well-paced, action-packed formula due to their use of separate powers. Figuring out how to utilize their skills in battle lends itself well to the game’s strong replay value and fun factor. Azure Strike Gunvolt 2 is a throwback to the 16-bit era that’s just as good as the games it’s inspired by.
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