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

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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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Unrelenting Praise

When you read the title to this post, what do you think of?  Lots of praise, heaped in great, wondrous piles upon a worthy item/person?  Each piece lovingly given by those who were personally touched the greatness of the recipient?  Something so wonderful that it enriches the lives of everyone who comes into contact with it?

Or are you like me, and see something that people praise because…people praise it?

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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

Katamari Damacy

We didn’t stay away from games for long, I know, but here’s a game that’s very near and dear to my heart.  Katamari Damacy.  You know what it’s about?  You’re the Prince of the Universe, tasked with rolling up everything you can find into a giant ball and then throwing it into space to make stars out of it.  The reason?  Your dad got drunk one night and broke all the stars.  Or in the sequel, because people liked the first game so much.

Yes, the story to the sequel is that people liked the first game so they made another.  Genius. Continue reading