Game You Think Had the Best Art Style
I’d like to say something unique for this, but… gotta go with Okami. Everyone always goes on about the art in Okami, but it’s actually for good reason, okay? I don’t think I can say much on this that hasn’t been said a hundred times elsewhere, so I’ll just say that it’s gorgeous, and leave it at that.
Or you know what? I’ll at least add a screenshot. There.
Honorable mention to a few games, though. The World Ends with You, as I’ve said, made amazing use of the two screens, not just for gameplay, but also the art. I still get so disappointed that no other game has managed to make the screens work together as well as WEWY did.
Epic Mickey’s almost as gorgeous as Okami, but loses for a couple of reasons. First, it’s not as “groundbreaking,” there’d already been Okami before it. Plus, the game is so f$*%^$ng DARK. I set my TV to the brightest it goes, and I still can’t play that game during daylight, because I just can’t see what the heck is going on on the screen.
I… I feel pretty terrible that I keep harping on about Final Fantasy IX like I do, but it’s my favorite game for a reason, okay? And I do love Kuja. His ridiculous
flamboyance theatricality, his childishness, his inferiority complex, his smoothness, and his batshit hysterics when he finds out he’s going to die. He’s a much better character than a lot of people give him credit for, I think, because like I was talking about with Freya, a lot of IX’s character development is very understated. Some people just remember the theatricality and that he tried to destroy everything.
The childishness, I think, is a big part of what makes him so great. Dropping Zidane on Gaia, his whole rebellion against Garland, and not to mention that the whole “I won’t let this world exist without me!” thing? He’s throwing a big hissy-fit at not getting his way, that the world doesn’t revolve around him. But I love it, because he acts so grand about everything, hiding it so well, that it just adds depth to his character, and it gives the situation such a dire atmosphere.
Second place, I must mention, though, and that goes to one Sho Minamimoto, from The World Ends with You. All the math… I just love it. Call me crazy, but I like math, and I love that he’s like this total thug who loves math. He’s pretty crazy too, actually. I like crazy villains. I once met a Sho cosplayer, I think it was at Otakon last year, who made me answer a math question before he let me take a photo. :P Then I asked him to derive something, or integrate something, or something, to see if he could. XD And he did! It kind of made my day.
And an honorable mention to Lloyd from Legend of Dragoon. I really can’t give him the top spot not because he’s not an awesome character, but because I don’t think the game does a good enough job of showing it off. In the Hero Competition? Badass. When he kills Lavitz? Badass. But later on, he just gets pushed off to the side so much. It’s not like he wasn’t an important character in the end; he was, but somehow, it just doesn’t come through. Plus, one terrible shame in that game was it’s horrible script. Hopefully it was just the translation, really, but a character just can’t seem as cool as they should when so many lines seem stilted and unnatural.
This has got to go to The World Ends with You. There is something to be said for a game that I bought three years ago that I not only beat not long after having gotten it, but still play fairly regularly. And haven’t done everything yet.
Maaaaan, I am getting close, though.
Anyway, this game has the most amazing battle system ever. It’s got a big learning curve, but that works for it. You can let the AI take over half the work, and it still feels like a full game, but once you get used to it and can play both screens at once? I swear, multitasking has never been so gratifying. And I also give it credit for actually getting me to use both screens, rather than relying on the AI forever, as I feel like I would do in a lot of action games. Thing is, I’m still not perfect at it! And I probably won’t ever be, but I’m getting better still! And it’s keeping me playing! Gosh! I’m in Mingle mode right now! I should probably check that.
Gosh, you’d think around a college campus, I’d at least find some civvies. v_v
But um, yeah, so that’s great.The actually use of the touchscreen, too, is great, all the different psyches. WEWY was my first DS game, and I was actually pretty disappointed that no other game I got utilized the touchscreen as well as it did. My favorite pins, by the way? Darklit planets and all are great, but I like Wolf, and Lightning Rage. :) The others are malleable, maybe Black Mars and Venus… Man, I love Wolf, though. And pins are a pretty awesome concept, besides.
Yeah, so anyway, The World Ends with You: Great gameplay.
Game Character You Feel You Are Most Like
This is by far the most difficult question so far, and probably one of the toughest there’re be. I never relate stuff to real life; I just relate it to other fiction stuff! >_> Plus, I’m not like any game characters; they’re all brave and stuff. If I identified with anyone, it would be a total NPC, someone upstairs in a random building in Pokemon, and I don’t even give you an item or anything.
But, um, if I had to say… Neku, from The World Ends with You. l’m going to refrain from getting into any detail, or it’ll sound like a horrible emo LJ entry
that I would have really written in fifth grade, but suffice to say, I used to feel a lot like how he is in the beginning of the game, and happily, I think now I’m a lot more like him near the end. :) Minus a Joshua drooling over me, but that a lament for another day.