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Games I Remember Dearly

in archdruidcontest •  27 days ago

This is my entry for the Emotional Video game Moments contest hosted by @enjar that you can find here!


If you take a large step back in time to when I was 6 years old, my sister and I had gotten our first Nintendo DS. We were absolutely enthralled by it and spent nearly every waking moment that we could just to play on it. Slowly we moved from the DS to an actual computer but since so much of my gaming experience had come from the Nintendo I feel it best to start there. There are so many different DS games that I just loved, and I found it impossible to choose between them, so picked a couple to go in depth about them.

Solatorobo

Now, this was a game that took me into its world and blew my mind, it was also the first game I had ever played that had a two-part ending. The animations were great and unique, and all of the characters were humanoid versions of animals. The music is breathtaking and very nostalgic for me, just listening to it makes me want to play it again. Looking back it's a fairly easy game to play, the battling is alike to a real-time combat system and it has multiple quick side quests, the game likes to throw new ideas at you and takes them away just as quickly. In that way, you can never truly be bored since it's such a fast-paced game, and you're given the main storyline through a series of chapters you're able to go through at your own pace. It's relatively easy to get used to, but as a kiddo, I found it hard to get past a few of the major battles.

The game takes place in the Shepard Republic, a series of floating islands that's filled with airships and small personal mechas. You play a fox-like bounty hunter named Red and start out with a quest in retrieving an important stolen file that now resides in a huge airship called the Hindenburg. Battling his way inside, he finds a mysterious medallion. A massive creature, that you later find out is named Lares, breaches through the plasma sea and damages the Hindenburg. In his escape, Red finds a child named Elh and they escape before the Hindenburg crashes and explodes. (Ironic, right?)

Through the game you learn more about the backstory of Red and how he and his kind came to be, it's such an interesting story that had left my 7-year old self shocked and very, very confused. I'm frustrated because in the process of buying and selling different DS games this game got lost. Now selling on Amazon, ranging from $50 to $100 it was decided that it wasn't worth the money even for all the nostalgic moments that I would have loved to go through again.

The music, oh gosh, the music. In most video games I don't pay attention to the music as much as I probably should, and especially not as much as other gamers may. But this game has such a unique soundtrack that's sung in French, a language you don't often hear in video games. My favorite song would have to be "And Then, To Coda," the woman that sings this has such a soothing voice and truly adds to the atmosphere of the world. The voice acting was also well done, adding to the story that the game tells, mostly voiced in French there are a few bits of German.

If you want to learn more about the game you can check out this guys review here

Ghost Trick

With its funky art style and interesting characters, I was given a world with unique characters who possess supernatural abilities, and how do you start off your new adventure?

Dead.

When you 'wake up' you're a blue spirit, not yet knowing who you are or how your past self looked like. Noticing a body on the ground you automatically assume the appearance, and you later name yourself Sissel. Despite just waking up dead, Sissel is very cool-headed about it all, and has an easy-going personality. Already throwing you into the game, you see a young red-head, who's been hunted down by a member of the mafia, and is cornered into a wall at gun-point. Hearing a voice that calls itself "Ray of Light" he pushes you to help her, and teaches you that you have the ability to move across certain objects and 'manipulate' them to do an action. You have the ability to go back in time four minutes before someones death and change the whole scenario of it. You saved the girl, Lynne, and you've just changed her future.

Throughout the whole game you're continuously thrust into new story, each one like a puzzle, and you have to solve the current problem to get through to the next story. Although there aren't many chapters, each one is action pact and full of excitement and wonder. I can also say that to complete each challenge definitely wasn't easy, even the first was relatively hard. A few of them got so frustrating for me that I needed to take breaks between them and go onto another game then start again the next day. I would have to say the most frustrating chapter was when there was a certain time limit of how quickly I needed Sissel to move across each object.

What I loved most about this game was the puzzles and the concept of how to complete said puzzles. You had a time limit, no goofing around or else you just let someone's life go by. You had to be very creative in each puzzle, although many puzzles give you all of the pieces and you have to put them all together, this game wants you to test each piece, find what works and what doesn't, and put them together in a certain order. Most of all, you need to be patient with this game. Some moments need to happen at certain times because when you un-pause the scene, there is movement that is crucial for you to take advantage of at that opportune moment.

Why I loved them

Both of these games took me into their world from the beginning, there wasn't ever a point in either game where I stepped back and asked, wait does this actually make sense? They were so immersive in their story-telling that I hardly had the time to wonder. Both games were so fast-paced that you could get absorbed in the gameplay easily and there was never a grind to get to the final challenge like many of the games nowadays. Overall, both of these games hold a dear place in my gaming heart, and I enjoyed the time I played them dearly. I would definitely recommend both of them, although one may be more inside your price range than the other. These truly are hidden gems.


Sources:
Solatorobo
Ghost Trick
Avalon Code


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Wow. To be honest, i haven't heard of those games at all. Maybe it's because am not really a game freak. But what makes you smile is worth loving.

Both of these games took me into their world from the beginning, there wasn't ever a point in either game where I stepped back and asked, wait does this actually make sense?

If you ever for ones ask that question den your feelings for the game will surely disappear. Enjoy your game and enjoy life

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I enjoy games that can take me into their world entirely and I can easily get lost in the universe they've created. I know these games aren't exactly well known but they're good games that I appreciate. I'm hoping to grab the attention of any of those who still play DS games nowadays, not many people do. Thanks for commenting! :)

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lol, woke up dead, I love it. it's pretty genius though, you start the game dead and play the game to slowly get closer to being alive....

solatorobo, I felt was a bit of a stab at sega's sonic.... (games are nothing alike but the characters) even the say the names sonic the hedgehog and sola-to-robo. lol I think my kids had this on their DS and seemed to enjoy it.

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I had never really gotten into Sonic the Hedgehog, it was just the same thing over and over for me and my little kid brain. I also couldn’t get past the first level haha. Personally I don’t think it’s anything alike to Sonic even with the characters. The only similarity would have to be that they’re both humanoid animals but other than that the style is quite different. Of course I have more of an appreciation towards Solatorobo since it’s dear to my childhood, so I may have a bit of a bias x)

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lol, Maybe, I grew up on sonic and mario....

The games you mentioned all seem really amazing (in their own different ways). Ghost trick looks like one I would love to play, playing it will feel like you are on a heroic adventure and I definitely wouldn't mind getting lost in that world for a while.

It amazing how much one can learn by playing games. It sure has the ability to sharpen one's mind, to be able to think fast and creatively!

You sure did have great and emotional moments with games, it made your childhood more fun! Gaming definitely has a special place in your heart.

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I agree, I think as much as parents may disagree, some videgames have the ability to sharpen your wits and learn new things. Of course you should always remember to go outside a bit haha. I think if you’d be interested in Ghost Trick then the Professor Layton or Ace Attorney series would interest you. Both are different puzzle games but instead of the standard puzzles they put it in a mystery adventure that you need to solve.

Professor Layton is one of my favorites, the animations are great and I love the characters. He’s an amazingly genius professor that you’re able to control and you’re given one mystery to solve each game and as short as it may seem it takes you into a long, winding, mysterious adventure. Also, don’t think it doesn’t seem challenging just because it’s a kids game! Honestly a few of the puzzles were so hard that I’m still stuck on them from four years ago and had to give up until an older and wiser me could play it. It’s unlike any other puzzle game I’ve played before and I think you should definitely check it out.

As for Ace Attorney, it’s a fun game that focuses on your character, an attorney, who deals with investigative crimes, mostly murders. You get to investigate the crime scene and talk to witnesses. The first one may be a bit boring, and if it weren’t for the likable characters I think it could be for some. But it’s where the series starts and the next three are definitely the kings of the crop. They take you on an intellectual adventure with the characters that are all unique and funny. I would say the crimes get harder to solve as you advance through each game. They also upgrade how you investigate as you advance. In one of the games, Apollo Justice, you’re able to pick up the objects, turn them around, and search for clues. I’ve also heard that it’s frustratingly harder than the rest so be ready!

I hope you have the time to check out these different games because they truly are great fun when you have the time to sit and play a few. Thanks for checkin our my post too! :)

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Oh yeah! Going out shouldn't be overlooked as well. There should be a balance between the two.

Wow, the games you mentioned seem really fun and interesting! I love mysteries and solving puzzles, I will definitely end up loving these. About it being a bit harder, well, I love challenges so I am definitely up for it!

There will always be time to share for a little bit of fun! I will definitely work on exploring more of the gaming world...

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I'd say it's a great game when I don't have to pay attention to smaller details that aren't rooted from our reality. I figured the less time I'm concerned about the real world physics and let myself be immersed with the game's world, the more fun I get to have. It's difficult to be skeptic and find a "fantasy" game that you will enjoy. In this case, you chose a puzzle solving game that deals with logic and some storyline. I'm guessing that story line was engaging enough and the puzzles where intense to let you be distracted that you were spending a lot of your time for a game. That's a good thing actually. It means it's worthwhile enough to keep you to progress the story.

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Yes, I would say that it was engaging enough to take my mind off other things, although it truly didn't take much to grab the interest of my younger self. I always found that I enjoy fantasy games that have a whimsical touch to it, but what truly grabs the interest is when it isn't all puppies and rainbows. I think a fun game that you could play if you truly want to get immersed would be Avalon Code.

Of course, it's another DS game but it's the best of its kind. It'll take you into a world that takes place in a medieval background of sorts, and you're given a book that falls from the heavens and it chose you to create the new world. Focusing on a fire djinn named Rempo for the first chapter, it helps guide you and tells you that it came from the book. You learn that there are 3 more djinns out there waiting who will help you in your path to creating your new world. The djinn tells you to slam your book onto any other interactive object, and of course, my thoughts were very confused. What you learn is that the book itself can collect data that from your book slamming, so slam away! You can change the attributes of a character inside of the book, and I've actually cured a girls sickness using the book. Encountering a horrid beast full of evil you must defeat it and find its maker who wants to steal the Avalon Code.

The game developers had an eye for detail and you can see that when you first enter the game, especially for where the art was at the time of its release. The story itself is terribly long but satisfying, I haven't even finished the game but the adventure I was given so far has been enjoyable. You'll meet many different and unique characters. You can check it out if you'd like, but be warned that it may take a lot of time to actually complete the game. Thanks for commenting! :)

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Hmmm searched the Avalon Code and it does seem like a game I'd spend a lot of time trying to complete. I'm more into games like Fran Bow or a look like Don't Starve in terms of look. It's a plus if the story has some disturbing content because that would me think of all sorts of possibilities when coming up with my own stories.

If only I could encounter a game like Final Fantasy cute version plus a load of creepy disturbing macabre in it, that'd be great. ._.

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Haha, I remember Fran Bow, I've never personally played it but I thought it had a very intriguing story behind it. I would recommend a few games but the ones you listed make it seem as though you prefer games with 2D animation. I'll be sure to keep my eye on games alike to Fran Bow or Don't Starve so if I ever do find one I'll be sure to tell you :)

Actually, I do remember a game, it's called The Cat Lady and I saw a Let's Play of it. The game seems up your alley a bit more than Avalon Code, it resembles the creepiness of Fran Bow but I can't say the art is on point. I think it's something you can always check out though!