At the end of each month, NU.nl discusses the biggest games that have appeared.

This month features

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD

,

NEO: The World Ends With You

,

Monster Hunter Stories 2,

and

The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles

.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD

  • Platform: Nintendo Switch

  • Score: 3 out of 5 stars

A revised version of what is arguably one of the most controversial Zelda games.

When

Skyward Sword

appeared on the Nintendo Wii in 2011, it was mainly about the obligatory motion controls.

The protagonist Link could only make you strike with a sword or throw bombs by demonstrating those moves with your own hands.

With this new edition, the motion controls are optional and you can also control the sword by moving the right stick back and forth.

A smart solution, but it still worked quite annoying during our playing sessions.

Because the game distinguishes between fast and slow movements, the wrong action was often registered.

After playing the successor

Breath of the Wild

,

Skyward Sword

also

felt

a bit old-fashioned for us.

It is a very formulaic game, with linear puzzles that you have to solve in a fixed order.

And while the game has been refined on a number of points, there were also design choices that made us less happy.

For example, the purchase of an Amiibo figure of about 20 euros is required to travel well between locations.

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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD

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NEO The World Ends With You

  • Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, later PC

  • Score: 3 out of 5 stars

The sequel to the

2007

Nintendo DS game

The World Ends With You

. You take part in a mysterious afterlife game where the winner can be brought back to life.

This takes place in the middle of the cultural center of Japanese Tokyo, with characters dressed in the latest fashion from that city.

You fight using special buttons that let you and your teammates perform special attacks.

Because each button is put together slightly differently, your character plays completely different every time, which keeps the game fresh.

In an attempt to make the main characters feel like real teenagers, the game script is filled with internet culture terms such as 'sus' and 'galaxy brain'.

That can feel a bit exasperating at times, like a mature writer pretending to be very hip and young.

In addition, the story jumps in all kinds of directions, so that there is little structure.

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NEO: The World Ends with You

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Monster Hunter Stories 2

  • Platforms: PC, Nintendo Switch

  • Score: 5 out of 5 stars

Game studio Capcom has great success in Japan with its

Monster Hunter

games, in which players have to defeat big bosses together.

The

Stories

games deviate from that formula: in fact, they are

Pokémon

games, in which you collect monsters to fight with.

The second part can be played without prior knowledge of the predecessor and is extraordinarily comprehensive.

Just completing the story takes about fifty hours, after which there are dozens of extra missions to bite your teeth into.

The game world looks good, which does cause some hiccups on the Nintendo Switch.

However, we were not bothered by this when testing the PC version.

Where in

Pokémon

only the monsters fight, your own character also fights in

Monster Hunter Stories 2

.

It provides an extra layer of depth, with a huge number of systems on top that keep the game fascinating for hundreds of hours.

A better

Pokémon

than the recent

Pokémon

games.

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Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin

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The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles

  • Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch

  • Score: 4 out of 5 stars

A kind of interactive book.

You play as a Japanese student who travels to London in the time of Sherlock Holmes, where he is forced to work as a lawyer for several criminal cases.

While defending your clients, you gradually discover what really happened, which actually makes this a traditional detective story.

By presenting the correct evidence in court, you reveal on the spot who the killer is, for example, making it feel like you've figured this all out yourself.

Something that makes you feel very smart as a player.

The game is sometimes a bit long, with whole paragraphs of text that could also be captured in one sentence.

But once the story gets going, it's especially nice that you can stay in the game world for a long time.

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