The Rule of 3 – Vidjagame Apocalypse 325

Some game series run out of ideas and/or steam by their third installment; others hit their stride and shine like never before. With help from GameXplain/IGN alum Micah Seff, we’ll explore that latter group, after which we’ll dig into Dragon Quest Builders 2, Blazing Chrome, and your strongest arcade memories.

Question of the Week: What do you see as the game where your favorite series hit its stride, and why?


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3 thoughts on “The Rule of 3 – Vidjagame Apocalypse 325

  1. QotW: One of my favorite series of all time, Ace Attorney hit its stride (thankfully) with the first game (albeit it being a remake of its GBA version). Because it hit its stride with part 1, it was able to set the foundation for future games and the pay off in the third game…just EPIC! Part 1 did a good job of establishing Phoenix, Edgeworth, Mya and future games fleshed them out.

    1. agreed w/ Matt about Mario 2/USA. It disappoints me Nintendo doesn’t really acknowledge it outside of a few mechanics and enemies adopted into the larger Mario universe. For basically a reskinned game, it’s very good and the whole subcon world is something I wish they’d revisit. Really hoped Mario 2 was going to be part of Mario Maker 2…but alas, it’s not.

  2. QotW: I would have to say Pokemon Gold/Silver, as they not only fixed a bunch of problems the first gen had (such as Psychic types being super OP, money being pretty difficult to get once you beat all the trainers, and ugly as hell Pokemon sprites), but they also introduced a bunch of mechanics that are core to the series such as breeding, post Pokemon League content, trainers that you can rematch (that aren’t the Elite Four), held items, and so forth.

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