Read It! – The Last Policeman

Post-apocalyptia has become almost the default setting for fiction lately.  Nuclear bombs come, wipe out all life, and then every story is about a guy, or gal, trying to knit jaw bones together to murder their way back to civilization.  Or something about teens being subjected to weird murderous trials to make serums.  I don’t know, it doesn’t always make sense.  Maybe a story about life after the apocalypse could not be about giant bombs or viruses gone crazy?  What about a world that just doesn’t care because they all know it’s going to be over anyway?  A sort of, pre-pacolypse maybe?  I bet there’s a great series of detective stories set in that sort of setting!

Spoiler warning: there totes is.

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You Probably Missed: Secret of Evermore

There’s tons of classic games.  Games that stand the test of time, that are well known and regarded.  Generally considered to be games that anyone, at any time, could pick up and enjoy almost the same as someone getting the game when it first came out.  Final Fantasy, Mario Brothers, Tetris, you know the sort.

But what about the less known games?  The Soulblazers, Tiny Toons: Buster Busts Loose, or…Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine I suppose.  The less known games that were really solid, but just had bad timing, or were overshadowed by better known games, what about them?  Where’s their time in the limelight?  Well, I did just buy some limes, and don’t understand the origin of the phrase, so let’s talk about an old game! Continue reading

Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

Doesn’t start with a Z?  And it’s two days late?

Shhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei is an anime about a wildly over reactionary high school teacher who has to teach a classroom full of anime cliches.

Come back!  It’s better than it sounds! Continue reading

Yakuza (3/4)

Gangster games kind of blur together to me.  Escape prison/have dreams of money, then a guy says “do an illegal thing” and you shrug and do that illegal thing.  Plus more illegal things because mreeehhhh.  They’re always open world, feature someone who will betray you because the plot says they have to, there are drugs, mafiosos and everything just goes through the motions.

Yakuza though stands out for me though.  Why?  Because every fight ends with people spitting their broken teeth fragments out while sobbing for forgiveness into your leather shoes.  Plus it’s intensely Japanese, which is refreshing in that not once does someone reference The Godfather. Continue reading

Xenogears

For those who recognize my title, congrats!  I can hear your mixture of euphoria and dread from here.  But nevertheless, I’m here to tell you about one of my favorite games, warts and all.  So join me on my little trip back to 90s jRPGs!

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Man, I can hear the music now.

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Metal Gear Rising

I’m keeping this one really short and sweet.  Do you like robots?  What about ninjas?  What about ninja robots?  What if they were fighting other robots?  Some of them also ninjas?

Then you better get Metal Gear Rising.  Everything from here on is going to be a bit spoilery and gushy. Continue reading

B is For Bayonetta

B is for Bayonetta.  Continuing on our quest through the alphabet, and our search for things that don’t really fit in with the norm, is the game Bayonetta.  Which is about a witch who uses magical powers to slow time and shoot/kick increasingly weird looking angel monsters.  Also her hair serves as a catsuit and giant murder tools.  I know how to pick em. Continue reading