Summer Gaming Challenge, 2017 edition

It’s that time of the year again… the time where I try and play 10 ‘classic’ games over the summer!  I won’t go over the rules again, I posted them here and am too lazy to retype the thing.  My start date will be somewhere around June 1st, but I may start a little earlier or later depending on how efficiently I can clear out the current backlog skeletons in the closet.

My ten games for this year are:

Cave Story+ (Switch)
The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D (3DS)
Monkey Island 2 Special Edition (Steam)
Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga (PS2 via PS2 Classics)
Suikoden II (PS1 via PS1 Classics)
Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii)
Kirby’s Return to Dreamland (Wii)
Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past (3DS)
Deadly Premonition: Director’s Cut (PS3)
Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii)

I’m also doing something a little different this year.  If I flat out end up hating a game, or if console availability is kind of bad for me for whichever reason, I have a few backup games just in case.  This is mainly because a lot of my list originally were PS3 titles, which is an issue because it’s in a busy living room and working through four or five RPGs down there probably wouldn’t work.

The tentative backups are:

The Last of Us Remastered (PS4)
Breath of Fire IV (PS1 via PS1 Classics)

As per every year before, once I finish a game I will write a piece on it, so look forward to more posts!  I wonder which game I’ll finish first…

Zelda Challenge – Day 11

Day 11: If you could own any of the masks from Majora’s Mask which one would you pick, why?

It depends on if I have to wear it too or not.  I really like how Majora’s Mask itself looks, and would love to mount it on a wall.  It just looks so good!

In terms of actual use, I honestly don’t know the use of most of them.  Breathing underwater with the Zora Mask is pretty neat, ut it also creeps me out that it’s the spirit of a dead Zora, so I probably don’t actually want that.  I think the Rabbit Mask (don’t know the real name offhand, unfortunately), since I think it make me go faster.  Or is it jump higher?

I really need to play Majora’s Mask… make Majora’s Mask 3D a reality, Nintendo!

Zelda Challenge – Day 3

Day 3: Which game do you think has the best plot-line, why?

This is a bit more of a difficult question for me to answer… mainly because most of the ones with supposedly the ‘best’ plotlines I haven’t played yet.  I’ve heard Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword have great plots, but I haven’t even touched them.  I think Wind Waker’s plot is decent, as well as Link’s Awakening, but I wouldn’t go so far as to say they’re the best.

Being a little hard pressed, I’ll say that the Zelda that has the best plot that I know about is Majora’s Mask.  To be honest, I haven’t played Majora’s Mask either (the time limit and a huge moon looming over me scares me), but I do know enough about the story to say that it’s pretty great.  The land of Termina, seen through the eyes of Link during its (possibly) final three days is nothing short of amazing.  Because of the moon threatening to destroy everything in three days, you get to see how the land’s denizens react… how they cope, and how they come to terms with the end.  It’s amazing how Nintendo portrays these characters, and treads into a much darker and more emotional tale than the other Zeldas do.

I mean, what other Zelda (or Nintendo game, for that matter) boils a monkey to death?  Gruesome.

Anyway… the fact that you can make everyone’s life okay again, and still make it in time to save Termina itself, is the icing on the cake.  It might be almost impossible to do in one cycle, but to be able to make the people of Termina happy and full of life again is more than enough motivation.