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Jimmy Stephenson — Feature Writer

After finishing the first 8 worlds in Super Mario 3D World last week, I decided to try my hand at the bonus worlds. To say that there is a jump in difficulty would be an understatement. Pretty much every type of level and challenge that you find in the main game is brought back, with the intensity turned up to 11. The green stars are much more deviously hidden, there are more enemies and smaller platforms, and oftentimes there are strict time limits, as if there weren’t enough pressure already. So far, I’ve only been playing solo, but I can just imagine how ridiculous and chaotic co-op must be on those. Staying with my Wii U, I also picked up Child of Light, a side-scrolling RPG from Ubisoft. The game is absolutely gorgeous, with backdrops so pretty it makes you want to just stop and look at them for a while. I also like that the supporting firefly character is controllable, which allows you to interact with the environment and disrupt enemies in battle. The script is a little bizarre, which attempts at rhyming that switch between feeling clever and feeling awkward. I haven’t gotten to far yet, but I’m looking forward to seeing whats next.

Jennifer Griffith — Managing Editor

This week, I finally finished Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy. It’s a great one, and devoted fans are going to love it, but I’m actually hoping this really is the last Layton game that follows the same old formula. Of course, the universe Level 5 has created is still fantastic, so if they ever make more entries a la Mystery Room, I’ll be pretty psyched. I’ve also been dabbling in a bit of Dark Souls II on the PS3 myself, after hearing other writers and friends rave about how great it is, and I’m having a lot of fun so far–deaths and all. I’m not usually great with stressful games, but it helps that once you know what’s going to happen, all you have to do is be prepared for it next time. Now to try to put together an Emerald Herald cosplay…

Dan Furnas — Editor-in-Chief

First and foremost, my review of World End Economica episode one has gone live. You can read it for the full scoop, but suffice it to say that it wasn’t what I was expecting. It is more of a digital comic, as it lacks the narrative choices of other visual novel styles, and it starts off pretty slow, but despite that, it does culminate in an intriguing climax that makes me want to read part two. I’ve also put a good amount of time into Mario Golf: World Tour, which has been mostly fun. While I was left doubting Camelot’s ability after Mario Tennis Open, they’ve managed to redeem themselves with this one. There are some weird UI quirks (e.g., “Quick Play” actually houses most of the game challenges, despite sounding like it would throw you into a random foursome), but the gameplay itself is solid, and you can play a number of variants both solo and via online tournaments. I managed to beat the first two championships right out of the gate, but thanks to some poor decisions on my part, the third took a few attempts. Also, thanks to Playstation Plus, I picked up a free copy of XCOM: Enemy Unknown, and you should, too, if you have access to it. I’ve only ever heard Jimmy talk about the XCOM series, but I enjoy tactical RPGs, so I thought I would give it a whirl. The military setting makes it feel like the old Front Mission games, only with aliens. I’m only a few missions in thus far, but it’s definitely something I’ll be coming back to.

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  • I haven’t played Child of Light yet, but I’ve watched some gameplay on YouTube, and I have to agree that the whole rhyming thing is a cute idea, but it does go awry at times.

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