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It took me so long…

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

but i finally discovered  Earthbound.

i know. i remember seeing it everywhere video games were sold when i was a kid. i didn’t know what it was, and i wasn’t into RPGs then so i never tried it out.

Time goes by and tastes change. Now, i love RPGs. i love grinding. i love going into a battle. I had played ‘Dragon Warrior’ when i was younger, and never quite got into and continued to ignore RPGs until Final Fantasy 7 came out.

Final Fantasy 7 got alot of people into RPGs. I saw friends who were only into Tony Hawk and fighting games get totally engrossed in playing it. Hell, at the time i was only into fighting/racing games and i got into Final Fantasy.

I was out of town for a few days and spending alot of time in the car. Perfect RPG playing conditions. The perfect time to start this game i keep hearing about ALL the time when subjects such as ‘best RPGs ever’ come up. I was glued.

From the get go i could tell it was going to be a little different from your average RPG. Earthbound tended to be a little more whimsical and light hearted. The enemies had funny names: rowdy mouse, ramblin evil mushroom, and my favorite – new age retro hippy. Yes, you get attacked by hippies in the game. You called you dad to save the game, and you even called your mom when you started getting homesick, and yes being homesick actually affected  your character ability to fight.

You carry weapons such as baseball bats, fry pans, yo-yos, and slingshots. You use items such as pizzas, sandwiches and protein drinks. You help bands, rid towns of zombies, and fight UFOs.

Need i say more?

Also, when it comes down to RPGs, this is rather challenging, you NEED to grind in this game. You can’t just go fight the boss, go to the next area, and rinse/repeat. There was a point where i couldn’t even survive the little fights you get into on your way to the boss.

So, yea, i wanna wrap up this game so i can go on to some of the other RPGs i’ve missed. My Chrono Trigger save was stolen along with my wii, so i will have to start it up again, and then tackle some of the Final Fantasies i missed… in particular the with the ‘espers’.