Goozex's Most Wanted is a new series dedicated to finding the big-ticket items on Goozex and determining why they're so sought after. Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon released this past March, and it already finds itself near the top of the Goozex Point Algorithm at 2100 points with 40 requests in line. If you've already finished playing this game, now is a great time to trade it and earn the points.
I never got to play the original game on GameCube, but it wasn't for lack of trying. GC Luigi's Mansion is unfortunately a rare game. Used stores were either out or charging far too much for my blood. I was excited to hear my favorite plumber would be getting a second outing on the 3DS, as our family recently picked up one for my son for Christmas.
For most 3DS games, I tend to play with the 3D effect off, I just can't get into it. Luigi's Mansion, however, proves to me that the developer makes a big difference on how well the 3D works. The "sweet spot" is a bit more forgiving, and the light flares seem to pop out of the screen more than any other graphics I've seen on the 3DS. It is quite an enjoyable game to look at.
Ever since Mario went 3D, I've been frustrated with the re-use of levels: having to go through the same environment 4 to 6 times for different objectives. It felt lazy to me. Luigi's Mansion offers a MetroidVania approach, though, only allowing you access to parts of a mansion before you acquire the ability or item to get further. It truly feels like a progression. As you dig deeper into a mansion, the game will often allow you to start a level further in, eliminating the frustrating backtracking.
Another recent frustration for me is the extensive amount of blood/gore/general horror in video games. Simply, I'm not a fan, and the new improved Zombie Mode in everything tires me. I am pleased to say that the "scary" stuff in this title is played more as humor than fear. Luigi's reactions to scares are priceless, and I look forward to the jumps for that reason rather than dread the surprise.
As I introduce my 7 year old son to gaming, it is neat to see him progress. You can check out my Evolution of a Gamer articles to see him go from "hit a button to make him jump" to teaming up with the family to beat Mario Wii. Luigi's a new progression for him as well: storyline. It's fun to see him actually care about what's going to happen next, and Nintendo has put in just enough story for you to want to see it through to the end. This is also tempting me to introduce another 3DS to the household, as we have had the neighbor's family over and borrowed their 3DS for the unique multiplayer experience. Sure, you can do that online, but there's something magical about local play, and the fun extra multiplayer Scarescraper is well worth your time.
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon is a beautifully crafted game, deserving of Nintendo's Seal of Quality. It's got a silly scare factor that you wouldn't be afraid to share with your kids. Action is kept fresh with new wings, floors, and mansions to explore as the game progresses, and gameplay doesn't get stale, as the basic mechanics of ghostbusting offer plenty of replay value as do the puzzles you have to solve to get the ghosts out of hiding. With a high Goozex value and near-capped point value, you can be sure to get a good deal sending it out to a fellow Goozex member. Want to know more about Goozex? Here's the main page, and here's the FAQ for how it works. But first, click below to head to Amazon to pick up your copy to play through and trade out!