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    dkirschner's Earthbound (PC)

    [November 19, 2020 07:29:02 PM]
    Bam! Old school classic complete! I thought I had retired this forever after being bored with it on an emulator, but I found it on the Nintendo shop on my Wii U. That platform significantly improved the experience. Now after completing it, I totally understand why people love it. It'll have a special place for me too. It's so wonderfully weird and quirky, it breaks the fourth wall, and feels way ahead of its time. Like, with some updated mechanics, I would buy it today as a weird JRPG. It reminded me of Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden and I hear that Undertale is basically spiritual kin, so now I look forward even more to playing that because I understand its influences.

    Given the breadth and depth I feel I could go into given the introduction above, I don't really know what to say about the game! Gameplay-wise, it is a totally standard JRPG from the SNES era. Its quirks lie in some narrative (although the overarching story is honestly pretty stupid), items, enemy naming and art (possibly my favorite thing), and some of the settings and other characters. For example, I think my favorite enemies are the "third strongest moles." My girlfriend (whose favorite game is Earthbound) was watching me play this part. You go in some caves and have to fight five moles. I found the first mole, who said it was the third strongest mole. I beat it pretty easily, so I was like, sweet! I am doing pretty good in this dungeon. Then I found the second mole who...also said it was the third strongest mole. I didn't quite realize what was happening until the third mole said the same thing. This is how Earthbound occasionally messes with you and makes fun of itself. I thought it was really funny. My girlfriend's favorite character is Mr. Belch (who I think is a pile of vomit) because of his burp attack.

    Also, riding a bike early in the game made me so full of joy. This was a game about some kid being a hero that didn't seem like a "kiddie" game. I thoroughly enjoyed it as an adult. I'm very glad I found this on the Nintendo store. Now, my girlfriend says I have to play Mother 3 and Chrono Trigger.
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    [March 22, 2020 12:11:50 PM]
    Just gonna close this...I had been playing this on an emulator at my girlfriend's house on her brother's old PC on and off for over a year. I go way too long between sessions and always forget what I'm doing. Plus, the emulator controls are not as good as an SNES. I enjoy the game. It's silly and quirky. Combat and stuff is really basic old-school JRPG stuff. I get why people love the game and why it's a classic. I made it to Threeve (the ghost/zombie infested town), poked around there today, died a lot. I got frustrated because there are so many random items and I don't know what they do. At this point, I'm only playing it because I feel like I should, anyway. I fear I will give the same treatment to Chrono Trigger...
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    dkirschner's Earthbound (PC)

    Current Status: Finished playing

    GameLog started on: Wednesday 7 November, 2018

    GameLog closed on: Thursday 19 November, 2020

    dkirschner's opinion and rating for this game

    First impressions: funny, unconventional for old RPG ----------- Really enjoyed this. Nothing exciting about the combat or most mechanics, but it's so quirky that I fell in love with it.

    Rating (out of 5):starstarstarstarstar

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