When Rare Replay comes out next week, it will join heralded company alongside the likes of Activision Anthology, Namco Museum, Capcom Classics, along with many others. That of the video game compilation.
Game compilations are nothing new, and, classically speaking, they’ve been a primary way that publishers have pushed out or re-introduced old content to new generations. But collections of older games by single (or a conglomeration of merged) publishers, like Rare Replay, aren’t the only types of compilations out there. Some are simply collections of games that are available for certain media (maybe, like me, you spent your early childhood years riffling through “101 Great PC Games!” instead of doing your homework), while others are collections of specific game series, such as Super Mario All-Stars or the Mega Man Anniversary Collection.
I have recently been in a big Rayman mood. I’ve been replaying Rayman 3, and I have also been reading a pretty great fan fic for the series called When the Tables Have Turned which I’ve been following for a good year or two now. Seriously, it’s awesome. Ahem, well, a time came when her story made mention of the Cave of Bad Dreams from Rayman 2, and I was thrilled and excited at this reminder of a level I enjoyed just as much as it chilled me. Continue reading Resonance: Cave of Bad Dreams→
You may recall the post I wrote for the Isle of Skye theme from Quest 64, a game which manages to occupy a special place in my heart despite all its many flaws, probably thanks to a combination of nostalgia and the many, many hours I spent playing the game because I had little else to play back then. But, what I think really helped to give me warm feelings for a game I’m not even particularly fond of were two songs that really, well, resonated with me. It’s time for the second of those songs and my favorite of the two, Highland.
Highland plays in Brannoch, the final town in the game. Brannoch was always a depressing place, I thought, with the night sky and the kingdom’s war-hungry king, not to mention the fact that this place is set within a wasteland the player only reaches after a long and trying trek through the Boil Hole. The setting does a fine job of giving this place an ominous feel, while its theme plays an integral part in setting the mood and letting you know as soon as you escape from the horrors of the Boil Hole that you’ve nearly reached the end of the game, and things are only getting to get worse. (It might be interesting to note that this is also the location of some of the only plot in the game. At least, I think this game had a plot.) Continue reading Resonance: Highland→
After Jacob’s Resonance post on the Dark Jungle from Jurassic Park 2 (the game, not the movie, silly people), he got me thinking about songs I have enjoyed from games that aren’t super great, and the first game that sprang to mind was Quest 64. I believe I had written posts on the game before, as it has a special place in my heart because of how long I’ve owned it and all the memories I’ve gathered while playing through it. But, if I’m being completely honest here, the game is just…so boring.
Nevertheless, there are two songs I have always loved, enough that I actually created save files in their respective locations just so I could go and hear them whenever I wished. (That was back before I knew about Youtube. Though, actually visiting the location in the game is always better than merely finding a video of it online anyway.) These songs somehow managed to make the endless hours of trekking and leveling up worth it and are probably the best examples of songs that resonate with me that I can possibly think of, and that is why they must be shared with the rest of you. Continue reading Resonance: Isle of Skye→
This month’s community challenge is a most fitting one for the month that is home to April Fools, revolving around the many secrets found in video games, from the ridiculous to the outright fake. I have encountered a good number of these secrets and have managed to unlock many of them, to feelings of great glee all around, while on the other end of the spectrum, I have experienced frustration and befuddlement as I attempted to unlock a secret I later found was all false. I’m sure we’ve all had this happen to us, so I decided to create a little quiz to see how good you are at distinguishing between hoaxes and the real thing. Whether or not you’ve heard of the game or the secret involved, try and guess which ones sound legitimate and which are merely pranks designed to trick the gullible gamer (myself included). Continue reading Gaming Secrets and Hoaxes: Can You Tell the Difference?→
In this particular series of posts, I like to write about strange things that can often be, well, overlooked by most gamers. Most of the things I write about are useful or, at the very least, mildly interesting.
Seeing as my fellow admins wrote their own Thanksgiving-themed posts (a long time ago…) on games they were thankful for, I thought I better get my tail into gear and write one of my own. I intended on publishing this quite some time ago, but Listmas came up, and I wasn’t able to get to it until now. Well, I better not put it off any longer.