Post by Chainsaw Bilqis on Oct 19, 2018 18:48:31 GMT -5
There are a lot of great GBA games, but the main reason it is my favorite is because I really like most Osamu Tezuka stories (besides games, one thing I have collected for many years is English releases of Tezuka manga, so far I have every volume of everything released except for some Tezuka Kickstarter "vaporware" I backed that never sent out the books) and the way Treasure incorporated all the different Tezuka characters and themes was wonderful. Treasure does awesome gameplay, but it was the extra effort they went to that put them over the top for me as my favorite developer growing up. Instead of basing it solely on the 2003 Astro Boy anime, they went all out with a tribute to the Tezuka Star System.
I should probably check that out. I haven't read all of Tezuka's English-language manga (especially not Phoenix, which has been out-of-print forever), but I like a lot of it, particularly Buddah and Dororo (which has its own PS2 game, Blood Will Tell), and I own a number of the Vertical releases. Actually, Mitsume Ga Tooru, which I remember Sarge being a fan of, is also based on a manga of his that I don't think has been translated into English, though there's a French edition. It's a NES action-platformer by Natsume that I'm thinking of playing in November (since Natsume will be the month's theme).
Post by Chainsaw Bilqis on Oct 19, 2018 20:49:34 GMT -5
Ah, it is great to meet another Tezuka reader. It would be nice if some company would reprint Phoenix, because I definitely recommend it if you enjoyed Buddha. I think Viz does have digital versions of it (but I prefer physical versions and I am sure some others feel the same). I will have to check out the Mitsume Ga Tooru game in November for sure! The sprites look quite nice.
Post by Chainsaw Bilqis on Oct 22, 2018 1:03:51 GMT -5
Wow, I had no idea Blood Will Tell is so expensive now. So now PS2 games are going the way of the previous consoles with inflated ebay pricing. I have taken for granted so long that PS2 games were pretty cheap, but I guess time is passing me by once again. "Time Will Tell" haha.
I was never into Gunstar Heroes before, but I decided to give it a shot the other day. Even tried the Game Gear port; it's impressive for an 8-bit game, but since it's just a scaled-down of the same thing, there's no real point anymore, unless you feel the original is too fast or too busy:
The only run-n-gun I've ever really liked and put time into before was Sunset Riders, but I'd like to see if I can finish Gunstar Heroes, Contra: Hard Corps, and maybe some other Contra games (I'm mostly interested in the first NES game, which seems to be acknowledged as a classic, and the SNES entry) and Alien Soldier, though I hear that game is incredibly hard and I'm mostly new to the genre.
Definitely similar, though notably slower. Although this is the PAL version, which slows it down further (I'd heard about this game, but only under the J title of Gunner's Heaven). I know for a lot of people, Gunstar Heroes is just too much; that's part of what I didn't like about it previously, but now I see the appeal. This game seems to turn it down a notch, while remaining very busy by normal game standards. Also the cover reminds me of Wild ARMs a lot: