Man that’s tough
With the new CEO of Konami focusing on the mobile arena, many people out there have called this a death knell for the publisher as we know it. Although it comes as a surprise for some, Konami has been experimenting with mobile for longer than most, dating all the way back to 2007 and 2009 respectively with Silent Hill: The Escape and Metal Gear Solid Touch, among many other attempts to tie-in its existing IP with smartphones. Now it’s just doing it in earnest.
A lot of you out there have poured one out for Silent Hills, but if Konami really is going to change that drastically over the coming months, it’s time we remember some of its best years.
The company crafted retro masterpieces like Gradius, TwinBee, Blades of Steel and Rush’n Attack. Its old beat-’em-ups, some based on the Turtles series, could hang with the best of them. Konami created DDR, which became a worldwide phenomenon, and helped bring both the Metal Gear and Metal Gear Solid franchises to life, as well as Castlevania, Suikoden, and Contra. Konami was a powerhouse in its day, capable of almost anything, even a pretty badass Animaniacs game.
So what’s my favorite all-time game from them? At the risk of sounding cliche, I think I’m going to have to go with Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. Although a few Metal Gear games like Snake Eater and Metal Gear Solid 4 come close, Symphony provided some of the most positive gaming memories of my life. It came at a perfect time, and it was one of those experiences that I don’t think I could ever tire of, even playing it today.
What’s your pick?