Day 3 – A game that is underrated.
yikes, i got caught up in finals stress and forgot about this for a bit! sorry about that.
anyway, anytime someone asks for game recs i cannot only say one thing, SOOOOO
1. Little King’s Story - i feel slightly silly reccing this when i haven’t even beaten it! however, when i started playing this game, i was totally shocked by just how much i enjoyed it, especially since i went in not knowing what to expect. the graphics are adorable and the cutscenes are done in a cute painterly style, and the writing is TOTALLY HILARIOUS. it makes a lot of jokes that i really didn’t expect from such a cute game. the only thing that’s really bugged me so far is that the music can get very repetitive, and it’s also pretty easy to get lost or not know what to do (at least for me…). but, that’s what walkthroughs are for, right?
2. Mirror’s Edge - a lot of people complained that this game had crappy controls, but… well, to be honest, i kind of suspect they’re just bad at it! i breezed through this game with very minimal problems, and the only thing that gave me a lot of trouble is combat (which was, admittedly, the worst thing ever). i LOVE mirror’s edge. the parkour puzzles were so much fun and faith was such a rewarding character to play as. the writing isn’t the best, but i’m not the sort of person who takes that very seriously! i just think it’s funny.
3. Hotel Dusk: Room 215 - anytime someone asks for an underrated game, this is my go-to game. the art and animation is done in the style of sketchy, black and white rotoscoping, inspired by a-ha’s music video for “take on me.” the writing, characters, and atmosphere are STELLAR, realistic, and totally spot-on; i find myself “recognizing” them, not as tropes, but as the sort of people and places i’ve seen in real life. the story is a noir-type mystery that was inspired by the movies “paris, texas” and “bagdad cafe” (which also happen to be a couple of my favorite movies and you should WATCH THEM) and the jazzy soundtrack goes along with the game perfectly. this game is super important to me and i really cannot rave about it enough, i’m trying to avoid going on too much because i don’t want this post to be more super long than it already is just GET IT GET IT GET IT. it also has a sequel out called “last window: the secret of cape west,” which as far as i know, you can only get an english version by importing it out of europe. i didn’t like last window as much, but it was still pretty solid. SO WHEN YOU PLAY HOTEL DUSK AND ARE WONDERING WHERE THE SEQUEL IS THEN THAT IS IT
4. Deadly Premonition - this clip is all i need to show you
5. Beyond Good and Evil - platformers are one of my least favorite genres. and yet, when i played beyond good and evil, i pretty much could not put it down until i was done. i loved beyond good and evil, i loved it i loved it, it is an amazing and beautiful and truly unique game that you’re not going to experience anywhere else. it has great music, an amazing world (reminds me slightly of treasure planet?), a clever plot, funny characters (with some genuinely creepy and/or sad-as-fuck moments), and jade is one of the best female characters i’ve seen in anything and getting to play as her was totally inspirational. i cannot say enough good things about this game!
6. Yume Nikki - this game is terrifying, and not in a “things jumping out” sort of way; yume nikki relies entirely on atmosphere and the beauty of not knowing. there’s no dialogue, nothing you really do apart from roam through these messed up dream worlds, and throughout the whole game you’re never entirely sure what’s going on. a lot of the things you come across are really random, which makes this game very much like a real dream. be warned, this game is a slow-burner; you DO have to prepare yourself to spend a LOT of time walking across ridiculously huge maps and potentially not really finding anything, and getting lost isn’t really an uncommon occurrence. yet, when you play the game, you really can’t imagine it working any other way; if you were able to just skate through on these tiny maps, the game would not have near the psychological impact that it does. also, the creator of this game took a lot of inspiration from the earthbound/mother series (and even throws a reference to it in there), which should tell you something about the level of THIS IS SCREWED UP you’re in store for. this game is available to download for free!
OKAY THAT’S IT BYE
(honorable mentions: MadWorld, Trace Memory)