Fang Talks

13 03 11

Gaming top five!

(Going on series, not actual games themselves!)

I’m doing this from mind, and in no particular order.

Almost everyone grew up with Pokemon when they were younger. If you haven’t, shame on you. The franchise has been running for, what is it, seventeen years by now, and it’s still growing and growing.
Call it childish or whatever you want (the anime is kind of childish, though), but I still occasionally play Pokemon. Also doing PvP at times, for the more strategic side of the gameplay.
Why I love the series so much? I honestly have no idea. I got to like quite a few of those critters, and the games themselves are pretty entertaining, too. The strategic side of gameplay is by far my favorite, and a major plus, in my opinion.
The spin-offs are also very good, though some are a bit disappointing, depending on what you’re looking for.
Not much more to say here, since I think most of you are at least slightly familiar with the games.

Crash Bandicoot
If you don’t know it, shame on you, great series.
It started with my Playstation. This was one of the first games I played on it. The Crash Bandicoot series. I never really played 1 a lot, but played 2 and 3 for hours and hours and hours.
Since not everyone knows these games, I’ll do a little bit of explaining. You’re this genetically mutated Eastern Barred Bandicoot. In the games, the main goal is to collect the crystals your creator and enemy Doctor N. Cortex wants to get his hands on, and stop/defeat him. The levels are mostly platformers, but in three dimensions.
Naughty Dog did the first three games in the series and a spin-off, Crash Team Racing. Those first three games rocked, and Team Racing was okay, too.
After that, Traveler’s Tales picked it up, and made the fourth and fifth installments to the series. They weren’t bad at all, I really enjoyed them, but they had lost a little bit of their original idea.
Then shit happened Radical Entertainment picked up the series. They released Crash Tag Team racing, which Vicarious Visions had been working on before them. I can’t remember playing it, but I suppose it was all right. Nothing special, though. Then they came with Crash of the Titans and Mind over Mutant. In my eyes; BLASPHEMY. The games were nothing like they were used to be. Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t played them, but just looking at them makes me want to slit someone’s throat.
This is a rather big example of how switching developer teams can kill a franchise. I was a pretty hardcore fan, but the new installments are shit.
I haven’t talked about the games for the handhelds yet. Why? Because I don’t want to. Ugh. Just ugh.

It began with Spyro the Dragon for my Playstation. Yes, another classical Playstation game full of youth-memories. You play as a little purple dragon, named Spyro. Your goal differs per game, but it’s basically defeating the bad-guys, like all awesome heroes do.
I played a lot of the games from the series. All the ones for the Playstation, and a few of the ones for the Playstation 2. I can’t remember which ones, though. I do, however, know the following: First games: great! Games after that: Okay, good! And then came a downfall to “screw this shit”. The thing I remember disliking most are the elemental breaths. Normally he breathes fire, but now he can breathe water and whatnot, even electricity (what the fuck?).
Again, it had changed a lot since the original, and I didn’t like it anymore. Maybe that’s because I’m a huge nostalgiafag? Or maybe because the game has had five different developers since the original?

Minecraft (Survival)
I didn’t want to do this, but I’m doing it anyway. I’m putting Minecraft up here.
The game is still in development at the time of writing, but it’s sold over a million copies already, and the counter is still going up quick.
Minecraft is a first-person sandbox-like game. You get spawned into this randomly generated world, and you have to make a shelter to protect yourself from the evil that comes out at night. You don’t have to, but it’s advised. You can go exploring, mining, battling bad-guys, whatever you want. It’s a sandbox game after all, and that’s what makes it so great!

I don’t have a major talk about other games, and I can’t really pick a fifth game, so I’ll name a few.
The Mario franchise is the biggest in the world. He’s all over the place nowadays. I enjoyed the classics, and still play Mario Kart DS. Good fun, really! I think it lost some of its magic with all the spin-offs and new-style gameplay (NEW Super Mario Bros).
Didn’t play Sonic too much, but I love the fast-pacedness of the game. This can also be a negative at times, though, but it’s still worth a mention here.
I love Kirby, that little pink puffball. Huge amount of possibilities, fun games, definetly a great franchise. I would recommend it to anyone, anyday.
I played the Zelda games for the DS, and love them, so I guess Zelda goes in this list, too.

And with that, I’ll end it. It’s quite a large post already, so no more babbling.

See you next time!
~ Fang

Rome update:
Nothing here, because I didn’t have the time and/or WiFi to write and edit something in.


  • 15/03/2011 (10:12 AM)

    i played both Spyro and Crash Bandicoot for hours on my old playstation. i remember playing Pokemon a couple of times, though i didn’t really become a big fan of it. haha.

  • Rob
    14/03/2011 (6:36 PM)

    That was quite the gaming list!

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