Diamonds in the Rough
The year is 2020, micro transactions and loot boxes are invading our games, battle passes and seasonal content are becoming the norm. As a trophy hunting community comes together to celebrate gaming and to fight back against the evil EA and other xompanies, they turn to their favorite games for hope and inspiration. Each gamer has a gem, a small beacon of light to cling to as the shadow of greed draws closer.........
Hows that for a mock Star wars opening crawl? Lol lets dial the drama back a bit and talk about some shinning gems in gaming that have come out over the years before modern business practices with loot boxes and battle passes became the norm. Now to clarify I'm not saying games with these practices are bad games, just that I dont consider a lot of them "diamonds in the rough" or special as you will. I'm talking about games that stand on their own with either fantastic game mechanics, story characters or multiplayer. Games that dont have to rely on too many updates or patchs to reach their pinnacle. Some people may consider older games like KOTOR or Banjo-Kazooie to be these examples but those games are talked about to death. Lets try to start the conversation with some games that may not get as much love but we do love them all the same. I have two I want to champion here today and I love them very much.
Lets start with the one that probably more people have heard of but maybe never got a chance to play or really sink their teeth into Murasama Rebirth for the Vita. Originally a Wii game it was then ported to the and the Vita system and was one of the first games I ever played on my Vita. With a gorgeous art style and two compelling main characters not to mention a very satisfying combat system, Murasama has depth that I dont think very many people expected from a Wii game let alone a port of one. Its creators where from the studio Vanillaware a spin off from Atlus and the creators where very dedicated to making a game that was authentic to the stories they were inspired by, namely kabuki stories like Kanadehon Chūshingura which is based on the story of the 47 ronin. In addition there is some really great DLC for this game that expands the story of several characters int the main game and has bonus content and challenges for replay ability. This is a game I am always happy to go back and play but I hold off on completing all the trophies becasue I always want to start over and experience it fresh every time. Pick this up if you have the chance and I believe at some point long ago it was free on PSplus so check your library you may have it!
The second game....man you ever have one of those things you lovet o do so much that your afraid if you let people knwo they amy think your weird or something? Or that if people know they may look at you funny? No? Just me? Cool. Then buckle up the second game is....Infinite Space for the nintendo DS.......yeah I am not joking. While not a game with trophies to earn or anything I believe its a game worth talking about and literally the only reason I still have my original DS, The game is a Sci-fi RPG with real time battle elements, ship customization and a plot right out of 90's space opera anime. Yall ever watch Martian Successor Nadesico? Yeah tone that down a bit and add some more plot twists and you get this game...also its kinda like old school 80's scifi anime as well....its just a walking cliche and I freaking love it. The spaceship combat is real time and slow, but you have this grid system to customize spaceship parts and it is so good! Finding this game now is actually not that easy in the wild and it retaisl like 60 bucks on amazon. But I will fight anyone who says this is a bad game and seriously encourage any geek or anime nerd with a passion for gmaes give this a shot...if you still have a DS that is.
How bout you guys? Any games that dont get enough love or shine brighter in this time of gaming? Let me know int he comments. Either way keep shinning bright!