RPG Cast – Episode 638: “F for Josh’s Inventory”
Kelley runs to Benny Hill theme music. Chris is imprisoned in the dimension of PS Plus madness. And Josh gets a new harness.
Question of the Week
What game would you like to see preserved for all time and what game should be thrown into a fire.
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Eh, it’s kind of hard to talk about which games I want to be preserved forever, since the already worthy ones have already received that treatment. If I’ve to pick some… The Nintendo DS and 3DS’s library? There are a lot of good game from series like Rune Factory, Kirby, Fire Emblem, Professor Layton, etc. released on those platforms that need more attention from preservationists.
As for games that deserved to be thrown in the trashcan, you’ve already talked about Lunar: DS, so I will choose all those terrible fighting games released in the 90s. You know, Kasumi Ninja, Criticom, SW: Masters of Teras Kasi, etc.
Oh, I forget to add Nintendogs/Nintencats. It’s weird that Nintendo hasn’t released a smartphone port of those game when they can make banks with it.
But other than Tamagochi, is there any game that demonstrate the physical and emotional labours of being a pet owner? I want something that allow you to do things like taming a feral dog, or choosing whether to put down your old dog with anesthesia. Anyone remember last year The Slate published article named “When Bonnie Came Home” about a lady adopting a beagle, then chose to kill it when the dog was too “problematic” to her?
QOTW: The game I’d see preserved for all time is Xenogears. The game is amazing, and when you stop to remember it’s unfinished and already as awesome as it is, it almost hurts to think of what we could’ve had. Still, what we got was amazing and deserves to be remembered for all time!
On the opposite end of the spectrum, seeing as Kelley already stole my answer of Lunar: Dragon Song, I’ll nominate Star Ocean 4: The Lost– er, I mean, Last Hope. The sooner we can drop that dumpster fire into and even bigger fire, the better. It truly is the blight on the series that when everyone asks, “Wait! Isn’t the Star Ocean series bad?” It’s because they’re thinking of this waste of everything.
QOTW: I would love to see Xenoblade Chronicles X preserved for all time, since it deserves a far better fate than being stuck on the Wii U for all eternity. For the one that can die in a fire, I’ll say Langrisser Reincarnation, which is probably the worst game I’ve played in the last decade and has put me off the entire series.
Regarding “The Gauntlet”, for me it goes Live a Live, then Xenoblade 3, then Soul Hackers 2, then Trails from Zero, then Persona 5 Royal, and finishes with Pokemon Scarlet/Violet.
I’m going to be a little selfish and say I’d like to see Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World. This is under the assumption that the original Tales of Symphonia would be preserved anyway, being the more popular of the two. This game is something of an oddity in the Tales of series and being a spin-off sequel, it often gets overlooked.
There are a few other Wii RPGs that haven’t seen a re-release, and I think they should be preserved for all time: Arc Rise Fantasia, Fragile Dreams, Super Paper Mario, The Last Story, and Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, to name a few.
I don’t really have any ideas for a game I think should be trashed. I’m sure there are ones deserving, but I haven’t played anything that I thought was that terrible.
The game I want preserved forever is Xenogears. It is one of my favorite games of all time.
The game I would love to see die in a fire is Unlimited Saga. I really like Saga Frontier 2 and thought that Unlimited Saga would successfully build on it. I was very very wrong.