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!
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 →
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 →
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!
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?