F-Zero Maximum Velocity (GBA/3DS)
My history with F-Zero is a complicated one. I've owned the physical versions of this game along with GP Legend (GBA sequel). I didn't know how to control vehicles or how F-Zero games are meant to be played. I've sold them quickly for finding them too difficult. F-Zero Maximum Velocity being one of the 10 free GBA games 3DS Ambassadors received, I gave it another chance on the 3DS. The result was the same in 2011. 6 years later I felt like giving F-Zero Maximum Velocity a third and final chance. Third time is a charm because I finally get it. I'm actually enjoying myself a lot this time.
I've never played a racing game with its own unique way of handling the genre. Perhaps it's because I'm inexperienced when it comes to racing games. I always thought there was one way of playing arcade racing games, the objective always being taking the top spot. F-Zero Maximum Velocity changed the way I think about racing games.
The game is still very challenging. The focus doesn't lie on being ahead of your opponents and keeping the top spot, it lies on surviving long enough to make it at least in the top 3. Vehicles have HP that affect your speed and performance. If you're low on health, your speed decreases and if you reach 0, you lose a life. Other vehicles, obstacles (such as bombs) or roads can all decrease your HP. Vehicles are often way faster and more aggressive on Master class. You can only reach the top 3 with boosts where you receive 1 with every lap that you finish. Selecting vehicles each with different stats related to turn, speed, balance etc. make them control differently and crucial to picking the right one for the job.
All that has been mentioned makes F-Zero races very exciting. The soundtrack being catchy and tracks being interesting also add to this being a great game, one that I have underestimated in the past. There are 4 series (Pawn, Knight, Bishop, Queen) with 4 difficulty levels (Beginner, Standard, Expert, Master). It's not a long game. I'm currently in Bishop doing the Expert class. I've avoided Master Class but I will give it a shot after doing up to Expert Class on all series.
I'm considering buying F-Zero GP Legend again :x
Bravely Second Demo
Having spent at least 8 hours with the demo, it might be worth mentioning this again. I've not really completed the demo when it comes to receiving all the bonus for the full game, but I did defeat the last boss and cleared the story. The requirements for the rest of the bonus is too grindy. Time that can be spent on the full game. As mentioned before, the quality of life options in this game are wonderful. I really want to start with Bravely games. Once World of Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy V are done, I will start with Bravely Default.