Aug/01/2012 at 7:37 pm #1110
I am classic RPG fan from many years now.
Recently Earthbound caught my attention and 16 bit gems video reviews were one of the factors behind this fact. Being a big fan of he series i have to turn to you for an advise.
As you probably know it is harder this days to find the time to truly experience classic game, especially lengthy genre as RPG.
Now i am closing to my 30′ and despite the fact that Roo have recommended this game for every classic RPG fan i have doubts that this game might be appealing to me, simply with the fact that i have not heard of this game sooner. I was always fan of games that targeted more serious or mature setting and topics, i put Final Fantasy series over Dragon Quest to the point that i have finished all the Fantasies and even meet Hironobu Sakaguchi, on the other hand i have finished only one Dragon Quest game (The Journey of the Cursed King) and aside of all of them Valkyrie Profile seems to be my favorite game of the genre. I am afraid that even that i realize that Earthbound have to be a great game even againsts the fact that it is so underrated, however i can not stop myself from thinking that this game is… somewhat childish. Do not take me wrong there but i know that Nintendo have based its commercial campaign for the EB to be suitable for “Kids, Grownups, and even young women” in Japan, and we both know how it was done in US. The thing is that i do not want to start something that might simply not only waste my time but make wrong impression on me.
Seems like the final question is if i might be out of target audience and will not enjoy it at all.
Cheers.Aug/02/2012 at 10:07 pm #8376
I think you’re within the age group of the people who feel nostalgia and find value in playing this game. Anyone agree or disagree?Aug/03/2012 at 12:02 am #8378
It seems like generally it was meant as an all-ages affair, even in Japan as Mother 2. In that sense, I’d say you’re in about the right target audience. Also, being a fan of the original Mother can help, although that wasn’t really too likely when Earthbound was first released here.Aug/05/2012 at 1:27 pm #8380
Thank you for your response,
Earthbound has moved to 2nd position on my “To Play” list now (I am playing Xenosaga now).
However i might have other question, what do you think about the battle system.
I am used to more dynamic and graphical view of the battle, sadly EB uses only enemy sprites, spell effects and your character statistics ( Similar to early Dragon Quest games)
My last concern is that it might get to bland and to monotonous.
What is your opinion on the battle system ?Aug/06/2012 at 1:27 pm #8383
Eh, I like it. I don’t think it ever really got too bland. You don’t need to do a lot of mindless leveling in this game, fortunately, so you probably won’t get too tired of it. That’s not to say there won’t necessarily be a lot of enemies you may get tired of fighting….The interface and layout do their jobs, and I find it all perfectly acceptible.Aug/24/2012 at 2:10 am #8401
Your age shouldn’t affect your opportunity to enjoy this one. as Gnashvar said quite well earlier. I can relate, I’m pushing 30 at my next birthday too . Look at it this way: The game was targeted to us when it was released. But it is a game for any age group to enjoy. Yes, the main characters are children. But the player doesnt have to be. Even an adult can play this and get an “inner child” touch from the game (Japan knew most North American RPG consumers were “young adult” and not children, after all.) I say if you can still watch movies from our childhood like “E.T.” or something similar and enjoy it with some nostalgia: you’ll get pretty much the same here.
As for the combat, to me that is what makes this game so great. I loved it. It’s got enough to keep you interested – plenty of useful items and abilities, etc. while managing to keep it simple enough to control with one hand. (and I’m serious – you can actually play the entire game with one hand; the controls are designed with that option) Not to metnion the auto-battles. It totally kills all those annoying repeat battles while still letting you feel like you have achieved something. Not to mention it makes level-grinding MUCH more fair to the player when needed.
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