Disney Magical World 2 offers the best sort of fanservice

I know, I know. My pointing out Disney Magical World 2 is a fanservice extravaganza isn’t exactly news. A peek at the box makes it all rather obvious. When you pop this cartridge into your Nintendo 3DS, you’re going to be living alongside characters from Winnie the Pooh, Frozen, Lilo and Stitch, The Little Mermaid, Alice in Wonderland and other iconic Disney movies and series. But, the important thing is how this is handled. Disney Magical World 2 of course lets you explore worlds tied to certain series, as well as inhabit a hub world with daily character cameos. What really matters is the degree of control players have over how much and what sorts of fanservice they see.

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Preview: Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns offers multiple fast travel options

When it comes to map sizes, Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns gives us quite a bit of space to work with. Each of the three towns is made up of two areas. There’s a crossroads section to traverse. Your farm is even quite substantial. Getting from point A to point B takes quite a bit of time. Especially if you’re trying to make it to certain stores on time. Fortunately, there are means of quickly getting around beyond just using your feet or eventually hopping on a horse.

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Review: Disney Magical World 2 is still the happiest (virtual) place on Earth

There are times when we need a distraction. Safe spaces are essential for everyone. We want somewhere to go where we can enjoy ourselves, relax and forget about anything else troubling us. Games like Disney Magical World 2 fill this niche. It is a virtual respite. While such a thing is welcome, it would be even better if it offered more variation than the original game.

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Review: Goodbye! BoxBoy! squares everything away

Qbby, we hardly knew ye. Two years after his exceptionally entertaining debut, our favorite cube is cutting out. Goodbye! BoxBoy! is forcing us to bid you adieu; what a send-off it is! This puzzle game tasks us with traversing levels using all sorts of new mechanics. Far from a pointless endeavor, this game squares everything away quite tidily, giving us a wonderful adventure that never leaves us feeling boxed in.

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Preview: Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns fosters a sense of community

The Story of Seasons and Bokujo Monogatari series have always placed a very strong emphasis on ensuring the player feels like he or she is part of the community. As a farmer, your actions matter. From participation in festivals to befriending people to see special events, the goal has been to make sure there’s no “us” and “them.” It attempts to create the illusion that you are all in this together. With Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns, this has never been more evident.

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