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.
Villains in all media, not just video games, can end up being a dime a dozen. Far too often, a villain's motives boil down to "I am a bad, and so I do bad things. Fear me." While this format has worked for countless stories, at this point in my life (the ripe old age of 20) Iâ€™ve become jaded and grumpy, finding myself rolling my eyes when I see yet another antagonist wreaking havoc with no background or reasoning presented as to why theyâ€™re being such a butthole.
Whatâ€™s far more interesting to me is when a villainâ€™s motives or actions come across as justified, perhaps leaving you rooting for them to defeat the protagonist [insert Elder God Tier villain meme here].
My favorite example of this would be Meruem from the Chimera Ant arc of Hunter x Hunter. While he doesnâ€™t necessarily fit the exact mold I laid out above, heâ€™s easily one of the most dynamic and curious villains Iâ€™ve ever come across. For the sake of not spoiling what is perhaps one of the most exciting, action-packed, and tear-inducing arcs in anime history, I wonâ€™t delve into the details of what makes Meruem so great. Instead I encourage anyone who hasnâ€™t seen Hunter x Hunter to set aside some time and plow through the series. Really, itâ€™s that good.
But hey, thatâ€™s just how I feel. Iâ€™m sure there are folks out there who prefer their villains to be simple. If I ever met one of these theoretical people I might have a panic attack, but Iâ€™ll deal with that should the time come. Iâ€™m sure after some deep breaths we would get along. Maybe we could even snuggle, should my husband allow such an event to transpire.
All said and done, we arrive at the topic of this monthâ€™s Bloggers Wanted: Villains that did nothing wrong. Due to communication errors, this entry in the hallowed halls of Bloggers Wanted is a tad late. Regardless, all you have to do is head over to the Community Blog section of the site, and whip up a Cblog about a villain who you feel was secretly the good guy all along.
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