I dunno about you but I'm fucking ready for some TRUMPETS!
Let's not mince words: I'm excited to hell for the Ruby/Sapphire remakes. Sapphire was my favorite generation despite the horrifying map padding by forcing you to surf and dive through 60% of the game, not to mention this puts you in constant exposure with wild encounters. But we have Gen III to thank for the introduction of abilities, natures, weather metagame, and the best terrorist organization ever, Team Magma/Aqua. Yeah, split the dimensions asunder Team Galactic? What a cliche supervillain plot. Team Magma and Aqua had more relatable evil aspirations by being discriminatory against an entire class of organisms, whether they were land based creatures or water based creatures. They then decide to either raise the continental land masses or flood the world in favor of their chose bias. Hardcore.
If you've missed it, there's definitely something... off, about Groudon and Kygore in their covers. Obviously, though, when you think about it, it can only be one thing: mega evolutions. And this snowballs into more possibilities. After all, as remakes, they won't expand the national dex. But mega evolutions don't count towards the dex number. For the purposes of organization and classification, mega evos are just powered up forms of their base forms. Finally, Mega Sceptile and Mega Swampert will join Mega Blaziken. They'll need serious advantages to even come close to how Mega Blaziken crushes brick walls and steel bars with its arms and legs.
The fun on the 3DS doesn't stop there (my god, how on Earth is the 3DS just doing ok with everything going on it?). I finished Kirby Triple Deluxe this part weekend and I have to say, this may be my favorite Kirby game yet (besides Superstar. Nothing surpassed Superstar). Dare I say it, this game actually got challenging at time later on in the levels. It was never crushingly difficult. It never even came close to Mario levels of challenge. They even brought back the Superstar amount of depth in each power with different directional combination attacks and moves. Fighter is a classic power and example with staple moves like machine gun punch, rising break (shoryuken!), and the divekick (now on Steam). Ninja is probably my favorite but Archer is so damn flexible. I'm still working on a blog draft but I wish Suplex came back from Superstar. Instead, we get Beetle, which has the spirit of Suplex but not the mechanics. Dammit, I don't want to get in close and do some grappling! I want to send myself hurtling towards my hapless foes so that I can grab them with some sticky fingers, ready for the most bone crunching pile driver ever!
And I'm still in the process of 100%'ing it too. With the secret modes you can unlock that I probably shouldn't spoil, there's still a lot of kick left in the damn game. It just won't die! Those lucky European's get Dreamland 2 for free, complete with animal friends. Makes me wish Dreamland 3 was available on eShop for 3DS so I can just get back together with my old buddy Nago and crack some skulls with some random ass powers like stone or spark.
No matter what the experience was or which game or genre left that strong first impression, such experiences have the potential to open our eyes to the rich history of a series or genre. With any luck, we might find even more to love or something better. A great first experience with RPGs could lead to an undying love affair.
Sometimes a first kiss can be so impactful that the game gets placed on a pedestal and enshrined as a gold standard, which has its own pros and cons. I mean, it is nice to have a basis for comparison, but some folks take it too far. There are people who loved Half-Life, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, or Final Fantasy VII so much that nothing after them really got a fair shake.
So first impressions matter -- they can shape and inform our gaming habits. I grew up on arcades, Nintendo, handhelds, and eventually into RPGs, so much of what I play will be influenced by how I acquired my tastes. I probably like Overwatch a ton because it has a passion for RPG roles, but contextualizes them closer to older shooters focused on objectives more than gear builds and grinding out perks for better killstreaks.
So for this month's Bloggers Wanted, we'd like you head over to the community blogs write about your first kiss, the games that positively influenced you or maybe biased you a little too much for a time. What turned you on to a series or genre? Was it love at first sight? Did it set any expectations in stone or possibly lead you to something better?
Whatever the case might be, remember to use the title "First kiss" and place "Bloggers Wanted" in the tags!
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