Squirk's Overseas Experience

The tales of one Kiwi returning to Mother Britain and exploring the Big Wide World... without being eaten by a shark.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

More video gamery

After completing the Flash game Grow I posted about earlier, I decided that I should play through a few Japanese-style console RPGs. I thought about the game series that I'd already played: Final Fantasy, Phatasy Star, The Ys, Breath of Fire — but couldn't find one of those quickly enough, so I started playing Dragon Warrior through the handy (and legitimate!) online emulation service, ConsoleClassix.

Frankly, I'm quite disappointed.

After reading through The Grand List of Console Role Playing Game Clichés, I was all geared up for some thick syrupy fantascifi story with timeless morals like science is evil or everybody needs friends. Instead, what do I get? An early Ultima (complete with faux—Old English utterances like Thy hit point is decreased by 1!) where the only thing that's Japanese is the monster design.

I know it's meant to be the first Japanese entry to the market, and I'm sure the next one will be better, but I'm still disappointed. (That won't stop me from playing it through to the end, though.)


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