Have you ever just not got round to playing the latest big release? Maybe the game is sat right in front of you in the dreaded backlog and everyone is talking about it except you. I know that feeling all too well, and it stops now!
I'm going back through it; not every game just the ones that I know are well loved, and I want you to join me. Not just to join me but to help; the power is in your hands! I'm taking on all my consoles, from N64 to PS3, and going back to finally beat some of the classics.
I'm thinking 3 for each console each in it's own category. One ridiculously popular (so probably pretty good), one that I really really want to play and one that's so hard that I'll cry tears of blood...and that's just on stage one. I'm gonna give you a choice of 2 in each category and play the one with the most votes. Right explanation time is over, it's game on...with DS games!
A popular choice
Option 1: Rune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest Moon
I'm a bit worried I just don't "get" Harvest Moon games. Farming doesn't really grab my attention in game form. I'm hoping the mix up of the series into RPG territory will finally get me ploughing the fields like there's no tomorrow.
I've had this game ages but have never played it for very long, always getting distracted by other games that I just had to play. I know I'm a little late to the party with loads of sequels out already so maybe I'd better get a move on.
Option 2: Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia
The third Castlevania game for the DS had a lot to live up to after the fantastic Dawn of Sorrow and Portrait of Ruin. It delivered, snatching up numerous awards and positive reviews. 2d platforming and exploring at its finest. You know what to expect from the franchise by now: big hard bosses, lots of level ups and cool new powers.
For some reason I never managed to get very far into this Castlevania and am yet to progress any further than the giant crab. Dawn of Sorrow is my favourite DS game of all time so I don't know what's stopping me from enjoying Order of Ecclesia. Maybe I just need a push in the right direction.
Your the one that I want
Option 1: Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure
I have an obligation to play this being an upstanding British gentleman much like Henry Hatsworth himself. It's a puzzle platformer in the simplest sense of the term, meaning that the top screen is platforming action and the bottom is tile sliding. An enemy killed on the top becomes a tile on the bottom and must be matched quickly to avoid them coming back to life.
I got this really cheap recently but just haven't been sucked into it's world of tea and crumpets just yet. I love a good bit of platforming and this could scratch the itch perfectly.
Option 2: Knights in the Nightmare
How can I hope to explain a game I really don't understand...lets see. It's sort of an SRPG with bullet hell segments for dodging attacks. Well known for having a ridiculously steep learning curve and huge tutorials. You play the soul of a king trying to reclaim his kingdom and body in what promises to be an epic adventure.
I really want to start playing this one! I just need the motivation to begin the learning experience. I've heard great things about Knights in the Nightmare and reckon I could really get stuck into this mash-up of genres.
WHY AM I PLAYING THIS?! I CAN'T DO IT!
Option 1: Contra 4
The prospect of having to try and beat this game terrifies me. I have never beaten a Contra game (although I'm hardly the only one!) and don't know if I'll actually manage it. In 2007 Konami decided it was finally time to bring back the series that strikes fear into the hearts of gamers. The classic run and gun gameplay was back, as was the extreme difficulty. Fans lapped it up and Contra was reborn.
I imported Contra 4 a few years back, as it never made it to Europe, but have never made it further than the third stage. I feel I owe it to myself to try and truly experience Contra all the way through...but do I have the skill?
Option 2: The Dark Spire
This is hardly the easy way out from having to play Contra 4. The Dark Spire is balls to the wall hard, at least for someone who never played Wizardry. The Dark Spire is a throwback to the dungeon crawlers of yesteryear with reliance on a little luck and a lot of patience. Probably the least well received game on this list, but those who got into the game really loved it back in 2008.
Another imported game (does Europe just not get the hard DS games?) that I have spent woefully little time playing and most of that was spent dying. I find it hard to imagine me seeing the end credits for this game but maybe I will surprise myself.
So what will it be? Will I be slaying vampires or planting turnips? Will I be drinking tea in my English manor house or reclaiming my kingdom without a body? Will I be crying on stage 2 of Contra 4 or sobbing on floor 2 of the Dark Spire? Comment below if there's a game you'd prefer to hear my musings on, or even if you just want to tell me you don't like the idea! read