E3 2014: Earthbound’s Legacy is Alive and Well in Citizens of Earth

With great Vice Presidential power comes great responsibility.

No matter how bad we want it, the chances of another Earthbound coming stateside are slim. However, the influence of this cult classic can still be felt in the gaming industry today. Citizens of Earth is a great example. This Japanese-style role-playing game drops you in the shoes of Earth’s hapless Vice President, and sets you on an absurd adventure to recruit the many unique citizens of Earth to fight for you. You are a politician, after all. It’s not like you’re going to do all the fighting yourself.

Anytown, U.S.A.

In combat, Citizens of Earth will look instantly familiar to Earthbound fans, right down to the psychedelic backgrounds. But dig a little deeper and you will quickly spot the differences. Each citizen has a variety attacks that either add to or subtract from his or her power. For example, your brother has a weak attack that adds one point of power, and a significantly stronger attack that drains two power. Managing your power--while also factoring in which citizens to battle with and the weaknesses of individual enemies--is a fun challenge born out of some very simple designs.

Outside of combat, your citizens each have something to contribute to the team. Your mother can offer helpful advice on how to play the game, while your brother can order items and add them to your inventory. Not long into the game, you will recruit more citizens than your party size can accomodate. Thankfully, the Vice President can use his powers of delegation to swap out any part other party member at any time. You can even swap citizens during combat, however doing so requires you to start the fight over from the beginning.

Topping off this game’s Pokemon-esque citizen management is an ever-present sense of humor--typically in the form of a wonderfully bad pun. Citizens of Earth is a charming homage to one of the genre’s best, while still feeling like a distinct game in its own right. You can look forward to it come this October for the Nintendo Wii U, 3DS, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and PC through Steam.

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18 comments
dfernand
dfernand

I bought Earthbound for the WiiU and I am glad I did, this is only EarthBound 'inspired', nevertheless it looks like a cracking RPG/JRPG.

bandit7319
bandit7319

Ahhh Earthbound... *sigh* I miss you so. I think I'm gonna have to start another game of it now.

thefyeman
thefyeman

How does this have anything to do with Earthbound...I've played all 3 way too many times and this doesn't remind me of it.  Gamespot just trying to get views by mentioning a classic game.

atopp399
atopp399

Hopefully the music is good.

Blk_Mage_Ctype
Blk_Mage_Ctype

At first I wanted to play this, but the fact that the main character is a politician makes me worry that it's going to have some forced political satire throughout the game that's just going to be distracting and annoying.

nandosmc
nandosmc

The fan-made Mother 4 (Earthbound) looks promising and stays true to Earthbound's style. It's been in development for a long time now and is releasing q4 this year.


Looking forward to it!

jharring
jharring

Earthbound is a legendary experience.  It may not be the most polished or balanced game out there, but it transcends its weaknesses to become something more.


Which reminds me I really need to sit down and play through Mother 3.

Foppe
Foppe

Telefawn made my heart melt.

Cellpwn
Cellpwn

Love Earthbound with a firey passion, I will take any tribute game I can get. I don't find the art style particularly pleasant to the eye, but if this game retains the personality and quirkiness of the former, I will play the dickens out of it.

BrunoBRS
BrunoBRS

"bubblebee" and "telefawn"... i lost it :P