I have mentioned it from time to time, but over the last few years, I’ve been trying to catch up on a whole bunch of retro games I had missed. And at this point, I’m largely done. Sure, there are definitely more retro games out there that I should play one day, but as for the games I really wanted to check off my list, this goal has been met. Final Fantasy 4-9, Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross, EarthBound, Super Metroid, Super Mario RPG, all present and accounted for. The last one on my list to play was Final Fantasy V, which, like Final Fantasy IV, is probably pretty obscure for anyone who hasn’t been playing Final Fantasy since the beginning. (Thank you, Kingdom Hearts. You introduced even non-Final Fantasy fans to characters like Cloud and Squall, but not once do you mention FF6 and prior. With the exception of Setzer, of all people. Setzer.)
Final Fantasy 4 and 5 were the only games not explicitly on my list, but they came with Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy 6, respectively, and who am I to pass up on an essentially free pair of games? While FF4 was merely to pass the time and to say with confidence that, yes, I’ve played Final Fantasy 4, I must say that I enjoyed Final Fantasy 5 far more than I expected to. Let me summarize the game a bit for anyone who might not be familiar with it. Continue reading FFV and the Joy of Feeling Competent
With Listmas taking place in the chilly grip of wintertime, it’s only natural that some of our lists reflect this icy time of year. We’ve already covered snowy levels and chilly characters in past years, so it’s high time we discussed eight chilly songs that will surely have you buttoning up your coats and seeking out a hot mug of cocoa. Continue reading Listmas 2016: Eight of the Chilliest Songs in Gaming
In this season of giving and good will towards all, it would only be fair for at least one Listmas list to give some attention to the oft under-appreciated sidekicks of gaming. It can be easy for said sidekicks to get lost within the shadow of the more famed hero of the game, but that doesn’t mean they are any less important, for they are so often there to provide the hero with advice and support or, at the very least, give voice to those silent protagonists out there. This is for you, sidekicks. Continue reading Listmas 2016: An Ode to Sidekicks
Ah, back to the 30-day video game topics. Despite the obvious implication that this is only supposed to span the course of roughly a month, these posts have been taking me years to get through. Well, better get back to it. Right now, we’re only on day 13. The topic: a game I’ve played more than five times. There are a lot of games I could name right now that I’ve played far more times than is sane, but the one I’ve chosen to discuss is Donkey Kong Country 2. By now, many of you are probably more than familiar with the fact that I love this game. Even more of you are probably just familiar with this game due to your own experiences with it and don’t need any explanation for why it’s such a great game. So I’m not getting into that. The game was released in 1995, for crying out loud! That was 21 years ago! Wow, has it really been that long…?
All right, so, instead of telling you guys what this game is all about, why don’t I tell you about five of my most memorable experiences with this amazing game? The first time I really got into playing Super Nintendo games was when my parents had the SNES connected to a TV in the basement. Being out of the way, it made it so much easier to play these games to my heart’s content, unlike the poor Nintendo 64, which was in the living room. (You see, the coaxial cable part of the basement TV was okay, so the SNES worked just fine on it. But the composite…thingies on that TV stopped working, so our N64 only got sound and no picture. That’s why we got a new TV to connect the N64 to, along with all our other newer devices at the time, while the other TV, along with the SNES, got moved into the basement.) We already had about 20 SNES games, and some of my best memories from my ducklinghood involved me spending hours in the basement trying out a whole bunch of games I had never played before. Continue reading Day 13: A Game I’ve Played More Than Five Times
Ah, here we are, already in the final week of Zelda-Ween. Anytime I get to recount my experiences with this wonderful series is a good time indeed, even if it involves the many things that have scared me down the years. This week’s topic, however, forced me to put some extra thought into what I would write about, as there are a lot of spooky things in the Zelda series that are fully intended to be scary. But what scared me that wasn’t actually meant to, I pondered aloud to myself. And then it hit me, with all the force of an enraged chicken. Or a cucco, if you’re so inclined.
Yes, chickens, that fluffy medium-sized bird many of us enjoy eating. But in the Zelda universe, the chickens are vicious creatures that can snap a person’s neck without so much as blinking…. Okay, that’s not entirely true. As scary as Hyrule’s poultry can be once angered, the chickens in the series do not attack you unless you antagonize them first. So if Link suffers a chicken-related death, the player is to blame, not the chicken who killed him. Nevertheless, once these chickens are incited into a rampage, they prove to be an unstoppable force that will immediately make you regret what you had done. While I’m not typically the kind of person who picks on things in video games, there have been occasions when I have bothered the chickens in Zelda, if only out of sheer curiosity to see for myself what a wild force of nature they can be. Here are a few of my experiences with them. Continue reading Zelda-Ween: Unintentionally Spooky…Chickens?
Last week, we discussed the many spooky enemies that reside in the land of Hyrule (or Termina, as the case may be). Well, oftentimes, creepy creatures live in creepy places, and when you think of scary locations in the Zelda series, more often than not you think of the dungeons these games are known for. Not only are these dungeons filled with trials meant to challenge Link’s mind, but our green-clad hero is often forced to put his own courage to the test, as well. Yep, as the title suggests, we’re covering creepy dungeons, and today we’ll be discussing which dungeons in particular leave the Duck quaking in her boots. Continue reading Zelda-Ween: Top 3 Creepy Dungeons
Even though The Legend of Zelda series doesn’t typically come to mind when you think of horror, I’m sure all fans of the series have noticed that these games have more than their fair share of creepy creatures. In fact, whenever I think about scary enemies in video games, more often than not, my thoughts wander to the Zelda series and the many unearthly creatures Link must face. But rather than simply list the creepiest enemies, why don’t I list five spooky denizens of Hyrule that stand out to me the most. So let’s get started, in no particular order. Continue reading Zelda-Ween: Top 5 Most Notable Scary Enemies