It's not really me to exclude a sort of intro in my blogs, but I really don't know how to start this. ... I just really want to play these games again, you know?
Fable II + III
I was chatting with a really good friend some time back, and mentioned wanting to replay the Fable series (aside from Lost Chapters, since I never did play it). I honestly enjoyed playing them despite the PR hype and subsequent disappointment from the general gaming public. What Molyneux promised, I chucked a whole sack of salt at. But the weird thing about this is that even though I know I thoroughly enjoyed what I played, I can't for the life of me remember what the heck happened in the games. The things that I do remember are:
- Fable II had an extraordinary amount of condoms buried all over
- The dog in Fable II was exceptionally good at pointing them out
- He wasn't good at anything else
- The dog in Fable III, on the other hand, was too good and kept stealing my kills
- I really hated both dogs
Alice: Madness Returns
Of course I want to replay Alice: Madness Returns! I'm so in love with this game I don't even! I never once thought the platforming was repetitive, was totally fascinated with the different worlds, had too much fun swapping dresses for Alice and settled on the prettiest one (though not the most useful), and I want to bear-hug the devs for adding in little details like flower petals while she twirls. For a game that's supposed to have a dreary setting, it's amazingly girly.
(No, guys! Play it! It's not THAT girly!)
Parkour has always been fascinating, which was what got me interested in Mirror's Edge in the first place. I have to admit, I was worried that I was going to be hopelessly nauseous while playing because of the first-person perspective. The demo came out, and I was perfectly fine. It was probably the first and only demo I replayed multiple times because like I said, parkour is fascinating. I was impressed at how smoothly you can link one move to the other, the environment and minimal sty.le is gorgeous, and while I wasn't too aware of the in-game soundtrack then, the title song was in my brain for a long time after the demo.
Of course I bought the full game when it hits retail back then, and loved it even more.
I should mention that when I first played the game, it was on an SDTV. I have yet to play it on my current HDTV, so another reason to replay it, yes?
Final Fantasy IX
Yeh, finally a game people can relate to wanting to replay, right? FFIX will always have a soft spot in my heart because it's the first FF title I ever played, beaten, and loved. I remember this being the first game that had me in awe while watching an FMV - heck, I didn't even know they were called FMVs then. I know I was wondering how the heck they made something so pretty in a game, considering that my first PS1 game was...
Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone
Dude, I am not kidding. I was a kid, have read all available Harry Potter books then (even forced my English teacher to read it), and while I know I wanted Final Fantasy VII and IX when I got my PS1, I so badly wanted a Harry Potter game as well. I got it and I loved every second of playing it because I was very much an unashamed Harry Potter fan. Right now, I don't really know if I'll enjoy it as much but if I get the chance to replay it, why not? I know game adaptations weren't very well-received back then, and we scoff at them now as adults, but it made the kid me so very happy. Then I think the game served its purpose to entertain, didn't it?
Streets of Rage + Sunset Riders
Psh don't worry, I wasn't that hopeless as a kid. For someone whose parents disliked children playing video games, I still had a Sega Genesis which my dad bought randomly. For most people, they'd say "Ohhhh this was when I got into games!" or whatever. Uh not in my case. They were fun distractions when I was a kid and gave me a few hours of bonding time with my 2nd sister, which was what I really miss. They were easy to grasp - just frickin' punch or shoot, but games nowadays are a bit too complex. According to my sister anyway. Ugh seriously? She's only 3 years older than me.
Jazz Jackrabbit + Duke Nukem II
And hey, I played DOS games too! They were somehow preloaded into the family computer, and like the Sega Genesis games, they were fun distractions for us. My sister and I took turns controlling either the movement, or the gun. I don't know how, but we made that work. Although we never got to beat Duke Nukem II, and we could only beat Jazz Jackrabbit on the easiest difficulty. I barely read anything that were happening on screen and was simply just moving around or shooting, and my sister was useless at gaming in general.
I could download an emulator I suppose, and finally understand what the heck was happening, but you know how I'm always lazy.