"You like the classic games."
- staff at 2 different GameStop stores in one day
Classic, as in PS2.
I'll give you a moment.
So I was trying to find something I'd enjoy playing because while Jak II is kind of fun in a Crash Bandicoot/Ratchet & Clanky way, all the hoverboarding and driving about in city traffic is no good for me. I don't battle actual
traffic on my long daily commute so I can sit in virtual
traffic in a video game, thanks very much. So out it goes.
I just finished Klonoa 2: Lunatea's Veil
, and runpunkrun
, you have to play this. It's a side-scroller, but it's a 3-D side scroller with as much cute quotient as Katamari Damacy (it's made by the same company), but as much fun in the game play as Ratchet & Clank. And unlike most other games except Katamari, you never power up or gain new abilities or additional lives, so the goal is to just keep getting better at the established moves in increasingly complex environments. It is utterly precious, with an adorable soundtrack. Buy it online if you can find it, because it is an absolute keeper, and I understand it's getting really hard to find. I will be playing this again, soon.
I picked up Okami
yesterday, mostly because of the trailer our wenlet posted many moons ago, but it still intimidates me. I'll be putting that aside (along with Dragon Quest VIII, Shadow of the Colossus, and Shadow Hearts II) for the time being.
Right now, I'm completely head-over-ears in love with Psychonauts
, which is another one of those platformer/RPG hybrids, and it's also absolutely darling. It combines mind-bending visuals with cute dialogue and characterization. The game environment is split between a kid's camp and a crazy internal cerebral universe in which the junior brain warriors train to become psi-soldiers, and it's starting off easy, but I'm guessing it's going to get harder. The juxtaposition of militaristic film footage alongside ghostly "figments" inside the drill sargeant's brain is really quite amazing. I am loving it, and PUNK
, you might like it too. It has just the right amount of Totally Mental. Like Klonoa, it's hard to find, but call around or look on the web and you should be able to find a cheap used copy.