I’m not going to deny that I have a little bit of a soft spot for Luigi. The ‘other brother’ has been the constant underdog, living in the shadows of his far more popular brother, rarely getting the time he deserved in the limelight. Luigi was designated to only being the play-thing of ‘Player Two’. This over-shadowing was to the point that for a while, in the UK and US at least, Luigi was simply an alternate colour palette version of Mario.
With the upcoming (and sadly, for me, unaffordable) release of the fourth instalment in the Sly Cooper franchise, Thieves In Time, I found myself recently returning to play the title where the story started for Sly, his friends, and their wonderful anthropomorphic world. What I have found (in the HD Sly Trilogy that is), is an incredible game that has lost none of the charm, or enjoyability that it had the very first time I played it.
During my last article on the rise of the humble demo in the gaming world, I happened across a memory of a game that not many have played, and even less have heard of. A game that is so rare, and has such a cult following, that original copies of it sell for around £60 or more on eBay. This title is of course, the incredible Tombi!, which is known as Tomba! in the US and Me! Tomba in Japan (in possibly one of the most unnecessary renaming during localisation I have seen).
Demos of upcoming titles are very easy to get hold of now, I actually downloaded three new demos on Wednesday (one for each gaming platform I play) and couldn’t help but think about how things have changed since I was younger. Now, we can check whatever online store we happen to have access to, and browse through demos of upcoming (or already released) games to try out. However, back when I started gaming, at the birth of modern gaming (Gen One – NES and Master System), we didn’t have such a luxury.
Just to clear up one little thing, I am a huge fan of the Resident Evil series. I fell in love with the series back in 1996 when I played the very first title back on the good old Playstation and, with only a few exceptions (like the dire ‘Survivor’ game), I have enjoyed every game so far. This peaked, for me personally, with Resident Evil 2, which still stands as one of my favourite games of all time. As we all know, the series dramatically changed at Resident Evil 4, and it has evolved from there into a horror-action-shooter series from it’s original roots that were firmly lodged in survival horror.
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