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Mon, 29 Oct 2018 23:40:56

#37. The Saboteur

The Saboteur may very well be the greatest "this is the only game I can afford" kind of game I've ever bought. I had a couple dollars in cash and a few more in Gamestop store credit, and there just wasn't much else to chose from, but the cover art seemed interesting enough even if the reviews had generally been so-so. Well I'm happy to say everyone who gave it a poor review can fuck right off. The Saboteur was an amazing game with a fun story and one of the great leading characters of all time. I suppose I should also thank you them because otherwise I wouldn't have been able to afford it.

You play as Sean Devlin, foul-mouth Irishman and members of the French Resistance. You travel an occupied France blowing up stuff the Nazi's would rather you leave alone. It was a unique take on open-world games, and while the gameplay might not have been quite as varied as a Grand Theft Auto the setting and atmosphere trumped anything Rockstar had made at the time. Whether you were setting up a bomb to take out a fuel depot in Paris or you were running through the French countryside (probably becase you got caught setting up a bomb to take out a fuel depot in Paris), the game enchanted me. I eventually got so caught up in the game that I'd break out a bottle of red wine and a baquette when I played it. Seriously, The Saboteur actually nutured my love of pinot noir. Before then I more or less stayed away from most wine. It made me the fancy pants that I am today.

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Tue, 30 Oct 2018 00:11:13

You like Nights more than Mario Galaxy?!

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Tue, 30 Oct 2018 00:21:48
NiGHTS is awesome. I bought it day one. Easily favorite Saturn game.Happy

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Tue, 30 Oct 2018 00:33:38
No I like NiGHTS better than Mario Galaxy. The capitalization is important. Show some respect.
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Tue, 30 Oct 2018 03:03:03

I very fondly remember getting NiGHTS when it came out and playing it on that big ass controller. Had a lot of fun with that game.

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Wed, 31 Oct 2018 04:01:33
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No I like NiGHTS better than Mario Galaxy. The capitalization is important. Show some respect.

NiGHTS Into Dreams is barely in my top 100. It's great but it's no Mario game.

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Wed, 31 Oct 2018 13:05:40

Super Mario Bros. in real life : gifs

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Wed, 31 Oct 2018 13:10:25

Seems like Super Mario got hit and reverted to Mario.  He lost his cap after the first fireball.

Not sure what this has to do with NiGHTS though?

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Wed, 31 Oct 2018 13:35:20
Over the years I find myself going back to NiGHTS more often than the later Mario games. It's a lot more pick up and play friendly I think. Plus I still say there's nothing else like it. Galaxy is a much more ploished experience than any other 3-D platformer, but at the end of the day it just isn't quite as unique of an experience.
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Sun, 04 Nov 2018 13:43:33

#36. Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past

Zelda games and I kind of have a funny relationship. They never really pull me in, and I tend to give up on them pretty quickly and move onto something else. But once it has its claws in me it doesn't let go. That's exactly how it was with Link to the Past. I was playing it and while it wasn't bad it wasn't grabbing me and eventually I put it away after a few hours. A few weeks later I was on vacation visiting relatives eating a bowl of Apple Jacks. The prize in that box was a Link to the Past sticker, and when it came out of the box I decided to give the game a second shot. Thank god I did. Turned out I just needed a little extra push and suddenly everything clicked.

There was so much to like in this game. The music and graphics were great. The Lost Forrest was the perfect example. The music there was great and the way the shadows, light spots, and fog changed up the environement was mindblowing for a 16-bit game. The way the dark world was a copy and yet not of the light world made for some amazing puzzles. But the secrets were the best things of all, and LttP was packed to them. I think I've told the story before, but when I swam up the river and found the guy chilling out under the bridge who gave you a bottle, I thought I was the smartest guy in the world. Who else could find this? Surely this was the best hidden secret in all of video games. And ME!!! I was the one who found him. No one else. Yes, there were definitely times I might have thought too highly of myself, but if Link to the Past entertained me and boosted my ego, then I say I'm all the better for it.

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Sun, 04 Nov 2018 13:59:56

#35. Diablo II

No question, this is the very best of the Diablo trilogy. The first was great fun, though ultimately a very simple and basic hack-and-slash. The third did an excellent job in refining the combat, but got bogged down with its story at times, and might have been a little too long. Diablo 2 had that perfect balance. The combat is a big step-forward from the original and still holds up just fine today even 18 years later. The story was good especially how they were expanding the history of the characters of the first game. Add in the whole new character roster, a variety of settings, post-game content and you've pretty much got the greatest hack-and-slash of all time.

My only regret is that it took me about 10 years to beat. I blame my wife for that. Shortly after I got the game, she and I hooked up and let's face it new partner sex tends to trump video games. Since I was distracted with her I ended up giving my original copy to a co-worker who wanted some games to give to his son in Isreal. Why he couldn't have bought the damn game himself apparently didn't occur to me, and I happily offered up Diablo 2. Ooops... Anyway, I would go on to rebuy the game years later and ended up beating the game solo a couple times over. Really wish I spent more time with it online during its prime run, but we live and learn.

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Sun, 04 Nov 2018 14:33:15

Lol, I thought the same thing when I found the guy under the bridge.  I remember eagerly anticipating ALTTP and I was too young to work back then. I remember my dad had it for me one afternoon when he picked me up for school.  I think I locked myself in my room for hours after that.



Edit:  Then I played some ALTTP. Nyaa
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Sun, 04 Nov 2018 14:55:19
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Lol, I thought the same thing when I found the guy under the bridge.  I remember eagerly anticipating ALTTP and I was too young to work back then. I remember my dad had it for me one afternoon when he picked me up for school.  I think I locked myself in my room for hours after that.



Edit:  Then I played some ALTTP. Nyaa


Liar!!! You never found him. Only I did. Nobody else did.
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Sun, 04 Nov 2018 22:41:16

Two of the best.

I still think Blizzard missed the boat not porting Diablo 2 to the Dreamcast. My body was ready.

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Mon, 05 Nov 2018 15:46:21

Yup felt like a total genius for finding the guy under the bridge. Nintendo knows what they are doing.

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Mon, 05 Nov 2018 17:52:33

Wait, what? You mean other people besides me found that guy under the bridge? Ha, ha. Good joke guys. You almost had me there for a moment. LOL

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Mon, 05 Nov 2018 18:47:51
You're all full of shit or you used a strategy guide.
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Mon, 05 Nov 2018 19:10:35
robio said:
You're all full of shit or you used a strategy guide.

I like beer.

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Mon, 05 Nov 2018 19:57:06
Yeah me too.
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Mon, 05 Nov 2018 21:53:43

I'm not ashamed to admit I didn't find him.

Then again, I haven't actually play the game.

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere  
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst  
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