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Super Mario RPG

Nostalgia’s a hell of a drug. This is seldom more apparent than when talking to someone about old Nintendo games. The first time I mentioned that Super Mario RPG was the next game in my queue, the friend I was talking to immediately responded, “That game is SO good.” Is it really?

Abandoned: Might and Magic Book One

As soon as the Might and Magic series came up in the RPG project, I was anxious about where to start. Book One, after all, was released in 1986 - still in the very early stages of the video game industry. It didn’t really pioneer anything new - the 1st person graphics had been done before in The Bard’s Tale, there was a pile of prior RPGs like Ultima and Wizardry, and it was pretty inferior compared to its contemporaries like the Legend of Zelda, and Dragon Quest.

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell

This episode of Roosky Plays Games brings us 2002’s Splinter Cell. The random selection was actually Splinter Cell: Double Agent, the fourth installation of the Splinter Cell series, but the “sequel rule” means that we go to the first unplayed game in the series. I like to play things in story order. The first unplayed one in this case happens to be the first one in the series.

Completed: Dracula Origin

Some games stand on exciting or interesting gameplay. Some games stand on cutting edge graphics and sound. Some stand on beautiful artwork. Some stand on writing and an intriguing plot. Dracula Origin stands on none of these, which is a shame because I really wanted to like it.

Completed: DiRT 3

The amount I enjoy a game usually corresponds to how good the game actually is. Every so often that’s not the case, and DiRT 3 is a perfect example. So let’s get this out of the way: DiRT 3 is a decent off-road arcade racer with pretty graphics and fun crash physics, and I enjoyed playing it. Now, let’s enumerate the reasons I hate it.