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The votes are in - Retro RPG – Earthbound – A First-Time Players Encounter!


Since the votes were so close, just a single vote off, I have decided to try and play both RPGs. This will work to my benefit, If I get tired of playing one I could jump on the other.

I’ve actually beat Super Mario RPG when it first came out, I remember playing a rental all weekend, with Sentai Ranger bosses being a memorable standout. I also remember playing Earthbound but not anything passed the first bully boss you face in Onett. I’ve completely spaced out the details of these games, so that’s a good thing.

The play write-ups will be formatted with how long the game session was and a rating of that particular session, one through ten. I’ll comment on how it went, what I’ve learned and other details, much like a mini-review.

Hopefully, I can provide an entertaining article that these classics deserve. Off to the playing!

Earthbound is an RPG loved by many people, it uses a modern day setting mixed with fantasy story elements to bring us an RPG not quite seen back in the day, and that still holds up today. I’ve always wanted to get in to the series and after much time, I’m doing it now.

From the start, you can tell this is going to be a strange/unique adventure. Some people say the graphics are bad and look like something the original Nintendo could pull off but I disagree. They are almost minimalistic and don’t look outdated at all.

I awaken to a meteor landing in the hills to the north of my house and decide to go check it out, police officers are all over the place, I make sure to talk to everyone I see, and come across a man called Lier X. Agerate. That shit gave me a laugh out loud chuckle something games rarely do, we are off to a good start already.

I get to the meteor site and find that it’s road blocked by the police. Along the way I meet up with my next door neighbor that is worried about his brother, he went to go check out the meteor but never came back. After searching for a while I decide to go back home and sleep it off.

In a night of deep sleep, I am soon awakened by hard-hitting knocks on my door, it’s my next door neighbor and he woke up the whole house. His brother still isn’t home and he’s asked me to go back to the meteor site. At the site, we find him along with an intergalactic space creature in the form of a fly. Let’s not let that fool you this fly is from ten years in the future and warns us of the impending doom and says I am the one to do it along with 3 other friends.

The fly joins me, Picky and Pocky, soon we are interrupted by an enemy known as Star Man. With the fly (Buzz Buzz) we make quick work of him. Buzz Buzz says I must go around and collect eight sound stone melodies in order to face and defeat the main evil being Giygas. We arrive at the brother’s house and I decide to talk to the parents. Just when I’m about to leave I talk to their Mom, and Buzz Buzz flies to close to her and she wacks him. Buzz Buzz is dead.

I return home, get some sleep and talk to everyone. My mom knows that I’m about to embark on a journey and sees me off. In Earthbound the telephone is used to see how much xp you have left before the next level, see how much money you have in the ATM, and to save it. You can also use it to get in touch with your family. Off I go into the wonderful town of Onett.

After a little while of surveying the land, I know that the Mayor has a major problem on his hands, there are animals attacking people and the local gang is going wild. I decide to take care of the gang for him and go see the Mayor. He thanks me and gives me the key to the next area, the giant step where one of the eight melodies is located. That’s where I stopped playing.

Right from the start, Earthbound hit a right chord with me. I love customization in games and having to name all of your friends, pet, favorite food and thing from the get-go was great. I love how they utilize them as well. Although I’m still not at classic status, I am enjoying my time with the game. Here’s to the next session!-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Session: About 2 Hours

Session Score: 85%

- Morphinominal!

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About Sapato64one of us since 9:21 AM on 05.20.2016

Hey everyone, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Sapato and I’ve been gaming since as long as I can remember.

My first console I started on was the Atari 2600, and it was my brothers. Years later, we received the Nintendo Entertainment System from our mom. I still remember the day and giving her a great big hug. The NES changed everything, no longer were we controlling squares and hearing blips and bloops. ( I was too young to understand it anyways) Instead characters came to life and all kinds of catchy melodies came out from our television.

Our Nintendo came with R.O.B. the robot which was kind of useless, since he was so slow to move, It was supposed to function with the included Gyromite. It was probably the first form of Co-op gaming we had. Thankfully Super Mario Bros and Duck Hunt also came with the system.

So we had an NES, followed by a Master System, Genesis, SNES, 32x, Sega CD, and so on and so on. Shout out to J&J Video Games for making trading-in Video Games possible. It was a store at the local flea market plaza. If it wasn’t for them I would not have played as many games as I did.

Mega Man 2 to this day still stands as my favorite game. The variety of bosses, the music and power ups, and the level design were all top notch. I played it so much that I was able to beat it with just one life. Not really a hard achievement considering the USA’s normal mode was actually Japan’s easy mode, and difficult was Japan’s normal.

So there you have it, I hope to post often on the current games I’m playing and making this a gaming journal even if no one else reads it.

Thank You for your time, and I hope you enjoy the site.