*Originally written elsewhere.
Nintendo has brought many gems in the world of videogames, one of it's most recent was the Professor Layton
Franchise. Beginning in 2007 (2008 for the west) the franchise has had
some of the most fun and engaging games to ever grace the handheld
market, it's been a fun ride but all good things must come to an end,
thankfully, Layton provides a great send off for us.
Much like it's predecessors, Azran Legacy's main gameplay is handled
through touching various objects, locations and people, resulting in
puzzles that are sure to make you think harder then you will in most
video games, creating a fun adventure that will make you feel smarter
for having gone through it. Some puzzles may get trickier to solve, but the game
helps you in those cases, providing useful hints to any puzzle. It may
seem a bit weird, but once you get the idea, the gameplay keeps you just
as interested as one would be while waiting for the next piece of
animated cutscenes to come by. The main story will take up to ten to
thirteen hours to complete, but don't fret, the game provides plenty
more puzzles and content to find even after you've beaten it's main
story, resulting in a great package worthy of your time and much more.
If there is one major weakness to the game is it's story, more
specifically, the search for each of the Azran eggs. Nothing really bad goes on here, but it's a weakness because it's
here where the game becomes more episodic, unlike it's predecessors,
this one features five mini mysteries that feel more like concepts of
episodes for a Layton show then they do as part of the main story. None
are bad, in fact they all keep the interest up, but it does distract
from the main plot which makes it feel a bit disjointed at the games
final stretch which hasn't been seen before in this franchise. Otherwise, the story here is magnificent, and you know it
works when even the minor subplots are good in their own right.
From a visual aspect, everything here works, but if you were
expecting to see great 3D effects, this may not be the game for you.
Also great is the voice work, more games should look at games like this
to see how to do it right. Professor Layton & The Azran Legacy is a good swan song for the series.
Written By Octaviano Macias
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