Posted by FlyAtTheThigh | 11/24/2008 08:27:00 PM | EarthBound, Super Nintendo, Video Games
It's sad, really. You look at the incredible hardware that's available now and you'd think that publishers would be producing some of the most amazing games of our time: amazing stories, amazing game play, and "all over your pants" graphics. And then you get things like this.
Have studios gotten lazy? Relying more on style than substance. I have no idea. But I do know this: in the pantheon of bad ass games, EarthBound remains a classic.
You are Ness, a boy from Eagletown. You're awakened by a noise one night...well damn, it's a meteor. Believe it or not, it's a bad idea to go examine the thing (has it ever been a good idea to examine a meteor? I think not. Unless you're me. I can't be harmed).
A bug from the future says that you must save the world. When a bug speaks, you listen man...you listen. Ness will go from town to town, running into some of the strangest characters on the SNES console. The Happy Happyist Group? Frank and his robot? An angry tent? Salvador Dali clocks? They're all here.
Mr Saturn! Boing!
It's nothing amazing graphically, even for a SNES game. It's not shoddy either, by any means. What will catch the gamer is the story and the humor therein. This is a game that's not meant to be taken too seriously, but also not meant to be a complete and total joke. EarthBound achieves the perfect balance.
I have beaten maybe 7 video games in my life. I've beaten EarthBound twice. That should say enough about the game (or my attention span, you be the judge). If I still owned a SNES, I'd own EarthBound. If emulators were legal, I'd recommend you download one and the EarthBound ROM.
Oh, and if you can get Poo's (yes, Poo) Sword of Kings, kudos to you. I've never had the patience to search for something that pops up 1/128th of the time.