Sunday Classics: Tombi!

Title: Tombi! (Tomba! – North American Title)

Developer: Whoopee Camp

Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment

Genre: Platform

Platform: Playstation/PSN

 

Several years ago, back when gaming magazines still came with demo discs, I came across a game about a wild, pink-haired boy who must battle evil pigs in order to retrieve his Grandpa’s bracelet. It sounds a bit strange, but this was the nineties.

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            For a reason I cannot fathom, Tombi was not a huge marketing success despite receiving almost all positive reviews. As a result, hard copies of the game are both rare and expensive, though it was released on PSN a few years ago for any still wishing to enjoy this delightful game.

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Borderlands

Title: Borderlands

Developer: Gearbox Software

Publisher: 2K Games

Genre: Action RPG, First-Person Shooter

Platform: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

 Claptrap

Greetings traveller! “So… You want to hear a story, eh? One about treasure hunters? Haha, have I got a story for you.” We begin in the quiet town of Fyrestone. Population: 5? Choose your character from Mordecai (Hunter), Lilith (Siren), Roland (Commando), and Brick (Beserker) and kill bad guys, help the locals, and seek out the mysterious Vault.

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Sunday Classics: Spyro the Dragon

Title: Spyro the Dragon

Developer: Insomniac Games

Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America

Genre: Platform

Platform: Playstation/PSN

 

One of my earliest childhood gaming memories is of charging around Stone Hill, head butting goats. In this gaming age there is no modern equivalent to the original Spyro series, and though Krome Studios tried to reboot the little purple dragon, the new games lacked the charm and fun of the originals.

Nowadays we’re used to top notch graphics, everything looks beautiful and smooth, but Spyro was released in 1998, before developers had managed to smooth out all those polygons. Regardless, Spyro is still visually appealing despite its angular shapes and lack of smooth circles. The environments are bright and colourful, each level is designed to reflect the overworld, from deserts, to plains, to spooky castles and dream worlds. The enemy design may have amounted to little more than re-skinning the same few enemies but at the time that didn’t matter, besides plenty of modern games are guilty of doing the same and it’s not necessarily a bad thing. The point is, they’re colourful and recognisable, which is important for a kid’s game.

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Pokémon X and Y

Title: Pokémon X /Y

Developer: Game Freak

Publisher: Nintendo

Genre: Adventure RPG

Platform: Nintendo 3DS

 

This is the game we’ve all been waiting for. Ever since I first travelled the land of Kanto, my trusty Squirtle at my side, I have longed for a 3D Pokémon game. It has finally been delivered.

First of all, the game looks amazing. I spent the first few hours of my adventure marvelling at the sheer beauty of the character models and environments, and by marvelling I of course mean fangirling. This particular instalment is based on France and it’s very obvious from the architecture and French dialogue scattered around. It even sounds French. Eiffel Tower anyone?

Eiffel Tower Shaped Gym

 

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Dragon’s Dogma

Dragon's Dogma Logo

Picture, if you will, a peaceful fishing village. There you are, minding your own business, when suddenly an enormous dragon swoops out of the sky and rips your heart out of your chest! Welcome to Dragon’s Dogma. For the next 100 hours (give or take) you’re going to head out on a massive adventure to reclaim your heart. Good luck with that.

One of my favourite additions to an RPG is the ability to create your own characters. Dragon’s Dogma not only lets you create your own arisen, but also asks you to create a companion for yourself known as a pawn. It’s a very customisable feature, allowing for all kinds of body shapes, hairstyles, scars and ages. It’s up there with Skyrim and Oblivion’s customisation screens.

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