Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Most Anticipated Handheld Games for 2014

While this is more hype than an actual award, the group wanted to start off this feature with a look toward the future. These games are the official "Team Handheld" Most Anticipated Handheld Games for 2014.

Most Anticipated
Handheld Game

Winner: Bravely Default
Dev: Silicon Studio | Pub: Nintendo/Square Enix | Release: 2/7/2014 (NA)

A Final Fantasy game in everything but name, Bravely Default is Silicon Studio's throwback to classic RPGs of an older era, but with modern touches. This title's attempt to recapture feelings of older days appears to be successful, at least from early impressions. Taking a note from Final Fantasy V, the job system returns in force to this story-focused RPG. The best part about the English release is that Square Enix made a number of updates from the original Japanese version, making this the best possible Bravely Default available.

When polled about our most wanted handheld games for the upcoming year, this panel offered up games from all across the board. Despite the diverse listing, Square Enix's latest IP stood out above the rest. The blending of the traditional Final Fantasy job system, loads of fixes from the initial release, and great social features help Bravely Default stand out as our most anticipated handheld game of 2014.

Runner-Up: Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
Dev: Spike Chunsoft | Pub: NIS America | Release: 2/11/2014 (NA)/2/14/2014 (EU)

The race for runner-up was much closer than it was for first place. While Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster was close, it was nudged out slightly by a handheld exclusive: Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc from NIS America. This dark game blends the setting of Spike Chunsoft's 999 and Virtue's Last Reward with Ace Attorney's investigation and trial system. The combination is a wonderful experience that will leave players wondering who to trust and if they will ever be safe. Clearly handheld gamers are suckers for dark murder mysteries, and Danganronpa offers that and more.

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