I have a feeling I'm going to be losing a lot of time in the near future.
Rogue Legacy is amazing. A stock of old school nostalgia, Castlevania level design, suped up Wonder Boy In Monsterland sprite art. A meaty serving of roguelike features, lots of Binding of Isaac and Spelunky in there. A twist and extension of Don't Starve's persistent levelling and sense of progress. And of course, the bittersweet taste of the individual expendability of each hero, a la XCOM. Sounds delicious.
Rogue Legacy puts a unique spin on the perma-death mechanic core to the roguelike experience. While the hero you control may die in the service of his quest to explore the mysterious shifting castle, his/her heir will take up their mantel and carry on in their stead – with the gold and lessons learned by their deceased fore-bearer.
Sounds a lot like Infinity Blade when I put it like that, but here's the twist; Each newly sired hero has a chance at a random quirk. A birth defect, a medical abnormality, a special talent, ect. The random dice of fate determine if your new hero suffers from nearsightedness, or gigantism. Maybe you'll find that drawfism isn't all that bad, being tiny makes it easier to avoid fireballs and spiked ceilings after all.
And as the quest falls from one hero to the next, so does the family keep. You can upgrade the old homestead over the generations to upgrade your stats and open new random classes.
I've only bit into a bit so far and already I'm loving it. Really scratching the same itch that Binding of Isaac did, but in a slightly nicer way. While the sadist in me kind of got off on the purity of Isaac – one chance, random items, start again from scratch – there is something to be said for Rouge Legacy's way of doing things. While there are certainly runs that are doomed from the start (say, being stuck with a spindly mag who swapped his HP/MP stats due to a genetic defect), you never feel like you "wasted" time. Almost every run unlocks a new item or bumps up a stat, however small or insignificant. Even when you die almost immediately it still feels like you were pushing towards a goal.
If you spent a good chunk of 2012 playing Isaac, Spelunky, or FTL, guess what you're going to be playing this year? You'll love it.
Last week, in the quick posts of Destructoid's community, we saw the rise and fall of community manager Wesley J. Russow. He rose to prominence with his immutable power, only to see it come crashing down as the working class clambered beneath him and tore him down. Truly, the life and times of Westopher G. Raggamuffins was a lesson in live fast, burn hot, crash spectacularly.
Wes went from community darling to lovable despot over the course of a few days. It was a thing of beauty to behold. Truly, nothing is better to witness than a real-life heel turn. Wrestling is nothing without these terms after all. A "Face" is a good guy wrestler who fights the man, stands up for the little guy, and fights fairly while still winning. A "Heel", on the other hand, is a despicable, dastardly villain or even anti-hero. I loved Kurt Angle's antics as this gold medal Olympic winner turned wrestler who wasn't necessarily as likable as his gold medals imply. I loved hating that guy! A good heel is fun to hate, and there's nothing quite like the gasp of shock when watching the turn, when a face uses dirty tricks and turns into a heel.
Let me ask you this: is Kratos a hero? Before we see Kratos return in what I'd call Dad of War, let's not forget Kratosâ€™ sordid past as a hero. In the first game, it was a revenge tale. It was a story of a mythical Spartan warrior who wanted revenge on the God of War who betrayed him. But as the series went on, it became a story about the lengths Kratos would go to justify his vendetta against people who wronged him. He would literally destroy the world just to destroy his enemies. Sure, we played as him, and we were taken on a ride, but would you really put your bet behind him and say, "Yeah, look at that hero!"
This month's Bloggers Wanted is about your favorite heel-turns or anti-heroes (in case a heel turn is too specific). Do you like it when Ryu turns into Evil Ryu? Or maybe you like Injustice, with its built in heel-turn Superman? I won't claim to understand the time line of Revolver Ocelot between Snake Eater and Guns of the Patriots, but I love that knucklehead.
To participate, just start a blog in our community section and title it "Heel-turn: [your blog title here]." Write to your heart's content, and if its up to snuff, you'll see your stuff published on the front page! Just remember, you're telling us about your favorite heel-turns and anti-heroes, not becoming one yourself, like Wes. Rest in spaghetti, never forghetti.
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