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S.Peelman said:
Mnementh said:
#4 Pandora's Tower
guessed by The_Liquid_Laser
platform Wii
release year 2011
developer/publisher Ganbarion
genre action adventure
links Wikipedia
past years 2018: #3
2017: #3

I wanted to get this game shorty after it was released in Europe, I thought it looked cool. At one point I had the big box version in my hand but decided I didn’t want to risk paying full price for a game I wasn’t absolutely sure I would like. I was a student at the time so my money already went to Skyward Sword and I had to ration it.

I kind of regret it, I still think it could be a cool game. It’s an uncommon game now, also in Europe, if there’s a port on Switch I’ll likely give it a chance this time.

EDIT: No idea on your #2 though.

It's available on the Wii U E-shop, if that's something you would consider.



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Mnementh said:
#5 Octopath Traveler
guessed by The_Liquid_Laser
platform Switch
release year 2018
developer/publisher Square Enix
genre turn based RPG
links Wikipedia
past years 2018: #2

For a quite time Square gave us trailers and early trailer for a project codenamed Octopath Traveler, without a decision on the final name. And each time it looked sweeter and sweeter. Finally they decided to take the codename as final name and released a great turn based RPG, with many things taken from the experiences in the past and what worked so great in these games, but also with lessons learned and modernized things. This both for the gameplay mechanics and the graphic.

I think the most discussion was about the artstyle and graphics of these games. Detractors said it is old graphics. But don't be fooled: Although pixel-art is used as texture, it still is a modern 3D-engine with a lot of effects in lighting, particles, water, god-rays and many other stuff, that was simply impossible on past hardware and software. And the designers at Square combined it into something so unique, so awesome, the art-style alone makes Octopath Traveler an unforgettable game.

But that isn't it alone. The fighting system is very advanced too. With the break system and weaknesses it makes fights pretty tactical and you have to make good use of it for many bosses in the game. The game also incorporated modified elements of the Bravely Default series, with the ability to boost your attack if you had saved up the points for multiple rounds. Combined you could use it to hit foes hard after you had broken their defenses, before they could regain their stance.

Outside of battle you had many interactions with the big amount of NPCs, including character specific actions. As the name suggests you have eight different main characters with different stories that progress, as they travel together through Orsterra. And it would be an error not to mention the soundtrack, this soundtrack is awesome and I often listen to it while working.

This game is a unique and awesome experience and I am sure it will be remembered as one of the defining games of the Switch. I would really like to see remakes of the early Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest games in this style. Please Square, hear me out, this is a great idea. Anyways, I think everyone with a Switch and a love for RPGs should give this game a try. I think it is also released on PC, for the folks without a Switch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fmi8KrntszI

I long hoped for a PS4 port but finally caved and bought this on Switch in a sale this month. Been looking forward to it for a long time as it seemed like a mix of Bravely Default and SaGa games. This might be part of my top 50 next year!



More hints:

#6
Hint 1: Snow. A lot of it. Occasionally ice as well.
Hint 2: The game is set in Vancouver.
Hint 3: Two mascots and their friends.

#5
Hint 1: Le jeu est en 3D pour la première fois.
Hint 2: You meet a 3000 year old king.
Hint 3: Same franchise as #3.

#3
Hint 1: My signature.



Landale_Star said:
S.Peelman said:

I wanted to get this game shorty after it was released in Europe, I thought it looked cool. At one point I had the big box version in my hand but decided I didn’t want to risk paying full price for a game I wasn’t absolutely sure I would like. I was a student at the time so my money already went to Skyward Sword and I had to ration it.

I kind of regret it, I still think it could be a cool game. It’s an uncommon game now, also in Europe, if there’s a port on Switch I’ll likely give it a chance this time.

EDIT: No idea on your #2 though.

It's available on the Wii U E-shop, if that's something you would consider.

A word of warning though: this is run with the Wii-compatibility, so you still need a Wiimote and Nunchuk to play. In any case, if you have one of these ill-fated devices with a gamepad, you have this option to get this great game.



3DS-FC: 4511-1768-7903 (Mii-Name: Mnementh), Nintendo-Network-ID: Mnementh, Switch: SW-7706-3819-9381 (Mnementh)

my greatest games: 2017, 2018, 2019

Predictions: Switch / Switch vs. XB1 in the US / Three Houses first quarter

Flilix said:
More hints:

#6
Hint 1: Snow. A lot of it. Occasionally ice as well.
Hint 2: The game is set in Vancouver.
Hint 3: Two mascots and their friends.

#5
Hint 1: Le jeu est en 3D pour la première fois.
Hint 2: You meet a 3000 year old king.
Hint 3: Same franchise as #3.

#3
Hint 1: My signature.

#6: Mario&Sonic at the Olympic Winter games in Vancouver 2010

#5: Pokemon X/Y



3DS-FC: 4511-1768-7903 (Mii-Name: Mnementh), Nintendo-Network-ID: Mnementh, Switch: SW-7706-3819-9381 (Mnementh)

my greatest games: 2017, 2018, 2019

Predictions: Switch / Switch vs. XB1 in the US / Three Houses first quarter

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Mnementh said:
Landale_Star said:

It's available on the Wii U E-shop, if that's something you would consider.

A word of warning though: this is run with the Wii-compatibility, so you still need a Wiimote and Nunchuk to play. In any case, if you have one of these ill-fated devices with a gamepad, you have this option to get this great game.

I think, like with Xenoblade Chronicles, this game can be played with just the Wii U gamepad. But I'm pretty sure the best way to play is still with the Wiimote and Nunchuck.



Landale_Star said:
Mnementh said:

A word of warning though: this is run with the Wii-compatibility, so you still need a Wiimote and Nunchuk to play. In any case, if you have one of these ill-fated devices with a gamepad, you have this option to get this great game.

I think, like with Xenoblade Chronicles, this game can be played with just the Wii U gamepad. But I'm pretty sure the best way to play is still with the Wiimote and Nunchuck.

Maybe. There is this feature, to map buttons on the Wiimote to the Gamepad. But I don't know if that is enough for Pandora's Tower. In difference to Xenoblade Chronicles it uses the Wiimote, namely the pointing feature of the Remote. It might be possible to map that to a pointer that can be moved with a stick, but I don't know if that happened. And the chain is a central gameplay element, this should work fine.



3DS-FC: 4511-1768-7903 (Mii-Name: Mnementh), Nintendo-Network-ID: Mnementh, Switch: SW-7706-3819-9381 (Mnementh)

my greatest games: 2017, 2018, 2019

Predictions: Switch / Switch vs. XB1 in the US / Three Houses first quarter

Mnementh said:
Landale_Star said:

I think, like with Xenoblade Chronicles, this game can be played with just the Wii U gamepad. But I'm pretty sure the best way to play is still with the Wiimote and Nunchuck.

Maybe. There is this feature, to map buttons on the Wiimote to the Gamepad. But I don't know if that is enough for Pandora's Tower. In difference to Xenoblade Chronicles it uses the Wiimote, namely the pointing feature of the Remote. It might be possible to map that to a pointer that can be moved with a stick, but I don't know if that happened. And the chain is a central gameplay element, this should work fine.

I think it's based on the original Classic Controller set up for Pandora's Tower. As far as I know, all Wii games (from the E-shop) that supported the Classic Controller, can now be played entirely with the Gamepad, but like you mention the Wiimote is the way it was primarily designed so I think many prefer that over a stick.



@Mnementh @Landale_Star
Thanks for the tip. I in fact have one of those mythical WiiU’s. Could be an option. I’ll have to hook it up somewhere though.



Mnementh said:
Flilix said:
More hints:

#6
Hint 1: Snow. A lot of it. Occasionally ice as well.
Hint 2: The game is set in Vancouver.
Hint 3: Two mascots and their friends.

#5
Hint 1: Le jeu est en 3D pour la première fois.
Hint 2: You meet a 3000 year old king.
Hint 3: Same franchise as #3.

#3
Hint 1: My signature.

#6: Mario&Sonic at the Olympic Winter games in Vancouver 2010

#5: Pokemon X/Y

Both correct!