The Community Spotlight highlights some of the best articles that didn't quite make the front page. This week, we've got memories of the Final Fantasy series, a look at the fate of the Big N, a hands-on preview of Super Mario 3D Land, a defense of Battlefield 3 reviews, and more. Read on!
Why do you play Final Fantasy?
By Pat O'Malley
You can say what you like about the long-running RPG series, but at least it isn't afraid to reinvent itself mechanically. That's what stands out to Pat, anyway: "I appreciate the series' constantly changing nature," he writes. "I love the fact that one entry can be radically different from the last."
Where is Nintendo headed?
By Chandler Tate
Since the runaway success of the Wii, Nintendo's fortunes have taken a turn for the worse. Chandler examines the struggles of the 3DS and the future of the Wii U…and he's not too optimistic about things. What do you think?
Preview: Super Mario 3D Land is a blast from the past
By Patrick O'Rourke
Patrick hit up a Nintendo event in Toronto and got his mitts on a demo of Super Mario 3D Land, the plumber's new platformer on 3DS. He spells out the way the game capitalizes on Mario's history while using the 3D feature to great effect. Good stuff if you're curious about this title.
Forgiving half a game: Why Battlefield 3's campaign shouldn't impact review scores
By Alex Martin
Many reviewers have criticized the single-player mode in Battlefield 3 while still giving the game a good score due to its excellent multiplayer. Alex says that's as it should be. "(Gamers will) spend the most time with what they enjoy the most," he writes, "and they'll only feel ripped off if that section of the game doesn’t justify their purchase."
By Trevor Bartholomew
Trevor's noticed an interesting trend. Sometimes he'll try to play a game badly…and end up succeeding anyway, whether through muscle memory or blind luck. Have you ever deliberately tried (and failed) to screw up in a virtual world?