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Review: Inazuma Eleven 3: Team Ogre Attacks by Aisha Anime

Inazuma Eleven was originally an anime released in 2013 using a combination of football (we're British we call it football not soccer)with magic. Sturving to get into the champtionships. Overall not a favourite anime. Hoever shortly after the first IE game came to DS. After a friend urged me to give this 3DS version a try after saying the magic world JRPG, this clearly is not an averge sports game.

I half expected the game to be a mini Fifa but with anime cutscenes and japanese VO. Being the first IE game on the 3DS I expected some sort of summary of the game or the story thus far, that doesn't happen you meet the man character and loads more across the world. 

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Storywise your in the future, your the main character's grandson you bump into Team Ogre it’s here that we are suddenly thrown back to the present where the main character Mark Evens is training for the world cup after “his most recent victory” that is never elaborated upon.

The general jist is we follow him and his group of friends as they try to become the best players in the world, while also trying to save football against the antagonists. They are a team from 80 years in the future called 'Team Ogre' and come with the mission of destroying the Raimon Soccer Club. The game assumes that we the player are aware of the complex story and all of the character connections hates and friendships. Nope, so from what little details i remmebered fro the anime I played cluelessely to all the references. It's a shame since it's a JRPG and the crux of the game is storyline and talking.

I really enjoyed the gameplay there is none other like this it's comprised of playing football and solving tasks, talking to people, finging items similar to Pokemon just no monsters! Also it's a 2D game and it's suprising easy on the eye and I liked that quality and I'm glad it wasn't 3D. Enjoying their over the top hair in chibi form! It was also cute that we could customise the equipment like we could in battles for other games, instead this is for stars to help football. 

Customising your team!

Customising your team!

The mai n bulk of the game is the football matches play out with the typical rules of footie with a mix of 4v4 and 11v11 games, the player starts with the ball and uses the touch screen to control the players by dragging and tapping the screen. If the carrier comes into contact with a member of the opposite team, the game pauses and allows the player to choose their next action from a menu, they can try to dodge / charge, or they can perform a super move that will drain their SP. Every time a move is selected the game shows a short cinematic of the characters performing the action with a little number by each player showing their stats. I think it's a combination of stats and skill on the stylus.

Pick your formation

Pick your formation

Looking at the previous titles, not alot has changed in the game play mechanics. It's a an RPG but with spurts of football rather than fighting so it would be  an excellent game for the pre-teens to get some non violent gaming ingrained into their brains. The controls aren't easy well they are, the 3DS doesn't always interpret them the right way. So I'd say layer up your screen with a few protectors you don't want to rage scratch your precious 3DS.

I can see that Level-5 RPG had incorporated all the anime sequences well like the Professor Layton games but sadly IE did lack in other departments. The failure to integrate previous storylines did leave me disorientated but I got the jist f what i needed to do and looked past story references and looked more towards graphics and strategy. Mixing sport with an RPG - who would of thought the unlike two could pair up to make something so fluid and enjoyable. 
 

Review: Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney by Aisha Anime

proff layton title

Publisher: Level-5 and Nintendo

Developer: Capcom

Platform: 3DS

Genre: JRPG/puzzle

Price: currently £29.86

Rating: 4/5

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Nintendo bring us the best of both worlds in pocket gaming. This is a crossover of RPG with tons of joint-developed by Level-5 and Capcom and published by Level-5 for the Nintendo 3DS bringing us our favourite characters in a new environment. You can see from the intro that Level-5's Professor Layton puzzle series has the foundation with  Capcom's Ace Attorney characters adding some spice to the story.

The strangest thing for me was to see two different characters designs living in the same world, simplistic art of Professor Layton characters interacting full anime style characters from Pheonix Wright. However the story is completely independent of both games, the characters are drawn into the world of Labyrinthia.

After a strangers appears at the Professor’s door with a letter from one of his students Carmine, he is compelled to help the damsel Espella in her quest to prove she is not a witch. Enter Phoenix Wright and Maya Fey flying over to London for a Law exchange where he randomly asked to represent the same girl but in different attire and acting very peculiar.

The game has two main styles of gameplay, adventure rpg and Witch Trial, which feature elements from the Professor Layton and Ace Attorney however both groups of characters get involved.

This reminds me of a puzzle!

During the adventure segments you can explore areas, converse with characters and unlock new areas. Through searching areas is how you can find the useful ‘hint coins’ which can be used in puzzles and in court too. Similar gameplay control as in Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask or PC point and and click.

Witch Trials

We take control of good ole Phoenix Wright as he cross-examines witnesses in order to defend his client and begins to sweat when he is questioned. The main task is to look for contradictions in the witness statements, you listen to it once then you can pick on certain parts when they repeat and present evidence to contradict their statement. If the player presents the wrong evidence at the wrong time, the player will lose a strik which can prematurely end the game, at the same time win the case with all your strikes this goes towards bonus Picorats. Whilst cross-examining a witness, the option will soon be available to watch other witness reactions to the person speaking so you can use one witness to refute another.

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The game features original voice acting from the Professor Layton and Pheonix Write games and animated cutscenes, which we’re used to from the Professor Layton games but is a new addition for Pheonix Wright and flows well.

Level-5 announced that they would release downloadable content for the game, including a new storyline, written by Shu Takumi, which will be split up in 12 episodes. It is playable when the game has been cleared once. The content will be offered every week till September 2014. You can also use your picorats to unlock bonus material.

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Back to the plot once Professor Layton and Luke are transported to the medieval looking city Labyrinthia shortly after the trial of Espella in London, Pheonix and May get transported too but they both in different time frames and Pheonix and Maya have assumed roles of Bakers. The town is controlled by by the Story Teller, whatever he scribes into his book becomes the towns reality, while the town are happy, the storyteller has recently written up the rising of the great witch Bezella. The towns folk are distraught trying every female they can as witches to prevent Bezella from burning the town to ashes. Espella is charged with being a witch, Bezella no less but as you play the game you begin unravel a bizarre story twist. She is in fact the daughter of the story teller…say whaaat?? Why would he write such a terrible fate for his daughter?

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The heroes split into groups every so often to solve puzzles, see the story teller and also defend Espella in court with great cut scenes and adorable puzzles.  As obvious as it seems someone in high authority looks pretty suspicious with her cat ears but no one cares to question. As much as the story can get predictable and puzzles crop up and high tension moments, you are certainly not going to fathom the ending. This game is a must buy as far as I’m concerning, I would normally get frustrated with theis games as a whole, but the mix made things easier for me to deal with – no now is not the puzzle for a puzzle – fuuuuuu! With at least 25 hours of game play without doing the bonus puzzles and dlc.

puzzle time

Lastly Cosplay future, I will be adding this to my future game articles, mentioning a character I’d like to Cosplay or see cosplayed, it’s gotta be:

High Inquisitor Darklaw, meow !

Feel free to look through my personal favourite moments from the game, photos taken by myself.

Feel free to look through my personal favourite moments from the game, photos taken by myself.

Feel free to tell me your favourite one liners too XD

Aisha Anime