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Hello, lovely Destructoid people. You might have noticed that Swery made an article for this site where he named some games that he played and liked this year, but didn't finish. While reading that, I thought: "Golly, I could write a thing like that on the C-Blogs!" And that's what I'm doing right now. But I didn't play that many new games I liked a lot last year, so instead of doing a blog about games of last year that I didn't finish but were still quite good, I'm gonna go with my favorite games of ALL TIME that I never finished even though I loved them. Yes. Let's go.
First up on my list is actually three games, all in the same series: Crash Bandicoot 2, Crash Bandicoot 3, and Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex. These were my favorite games at one point in my childhood. And yet I never finished a single one of them, because my parents wouldn't buy me a memory card to save my games on, and of course I wasn't allowed enough gaming time to play through any of them in one sitting. But I still loved that goofy idiot Crash and the games he starred in.
In fact, I was convinced that Crash was especially made for me, because our names are kinda similar, and that's unusual for a games protagonist. My name is Bendik. Crash Bendikoot! That's similar! Yes? No? Let's move on.
Heroes of Might & Magic IV was another game I loved as a child. Magical armies full of mythical creatures and heroes at my command! Vast worlds to explore! Castles to conquer! Heroes IV was a wondrous thing indeed. And it was long! I only finished one of the game's six campaigns, and that effort felt like an adventure that had lasted forever. Even if I played other, non-campaign maps for hours on end, I can't claim to have truly completed this game.
I would many years later find that Heroes IV was considered the worst game in the series, the point where everything went wrong, and that Heroes III was far superior in every way. But hey, IV was all I had back then, and I enjoyed it. I doubt I'll ever go back to it though, now that gog.com has granted me Heroes III.
Chrono Trigger. Ah, Chrono Trigger! It was a game I had heard of only in internet legends. The greatest JRPG of all time! The greatest GAME of all time! So they said, and when the game was released on the Wii Virtual Console, I just had to see it for myself. And my, was it magnificent! A great time travel story, perfectly paced, with excellent characters (Frog!).
And then I got to a point where I couldn't quite figure where to go next. Fearful of spoilers, I did not seek out a walkthrough on the internet, but instead decided to simply leave the game for a time and return to it later. "Maybe I'll figure it out next time I play", I thought. But there would be no next time, 'cause I got distracted by other games, and then time went on until I kinda forgot where I was in the story. Some day, though. Some day I'll return to it. Probably.
There's a lot of things to like about Valkyria Chronicles. The beautiful stylized graphics. The wonderful soundrack, which might just be my all time favorite. But best of all was the gameplay, that mix of shooting and tactics that I loved from minute I first played the demo. I was enthralled by this game. Until...
Until the rage. I got to a mission I couldn't beat. I died. And then I died again. And again. Maybe SRPGs are not for me? I ended up ragequitting, and didn't return to finish it. Then my PS3 died too, and it took my saves with it.
Still, the game made a big impression on me. I loved Valkyria Chronicles. I just don't think it loved me back.
There's probably some more games I could write about, but my skinny-ass cat wants food, so I should probably feed her. Also I'm tired of writing this stuff. I'll probably write to you again some other time, Destructoid. Laters.
Here's a picture to remind you of what a cat looks like. This lardass does not however, look anything like my cat.