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Rambling - [Jan. 21st, 2004|09:44 am]
I've got this weird fascination with ancient Genesis rpgs.

Then again, it could just be a weird fondness for the clunkiness of certain games. I played Techmo's Secret of the Stars for the dialouge and the characters.

For a while there, I was hunting all games by Renovation. They're the ones that published Valis in America. I was reminded a few days ago about Exile. Exile's one of those bizarre games that isn't particularly good but is also just interesting enough that you keep poking at it.

For example, the title screen is still mostly in Japanese. The items to heal your main character include awkward sounding things like 'convalescents' and 'heart poison' - I vaugely remember something like a 'iko do' or something like that for curing magic points. It feels a lot like the game is just barely translated.

The dialouge is awkward, but surprisingly wordy. You regularly get six line dialouge (in a small blocky text) from people in towns. The plot, as I remember, has tons of references to various Buddhist things such as mandalas and the like. I remember thinking that the game was something rather shadily imported just due to all the blood in the game and the bare minimum of English.

The ending, as I remember, was incoherent. I'm half tempted to replay it just to see the ending again.

[User Picture]From: tsuki_no_bara
2004-01-21 11:33 am (UTC)
"it's wordy and awkward and weirdly translated and overall kind of bad, and i wanna play it again!" hee. you are so weird. (i mean that in a good way, you know. :> )
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[User Picture]From: corvid
2004-01-22 06:59 am (UTC)
^_^ But of course.

The sad thing is that the ending isn't particularly happy either - your main character (named Sadler of all things) goes and fights the evil leader of the troops, and then he stands on a hill and babbles about how war isn't nice to ghostly images of your party members. Said party members being a bubbly female acrobat, a monumental man who says MU, and a priest who seems fairly sane.

There's some interesting censoring in the game since the troops in most of the outside documentation are called Crusaders, but in the game (and the game manual) they aren't. You'd think they'd leave that fact in since the rest of the game was pretty explicit.
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[User Picture]From: satsu
2004-01-24 03:25 am (UTC)
wow, this sounds neat. it's on the genesis, right?

actually, i think one of my housemates mentioned it to me once, i think. does it have a guy who says "mu mu mu, i will go with you"? :P
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[User Picture]From: corvid
2004-01-24 10:17 pm (UTC)
Yup - one of them goes MU all the time. He also has itty bitty John Lennon ish glasses as I remember. I was terrified that he was going to go crazier then a fruitcake during the game just because he was so - out of it.

There's a Turbo Duo version of the game that's supposedly better (I think Working Designs translated it?) There's pics of the Genesis version linked below.


The ending battle is also pretty odd - you end up fighting a *spoiler* who acts rather like Iori in a garden with a tree covered with heads.
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[User Picture]From: corneredangel
2004-03-23 11:20 am (UTC)
I've got this weird fascination with ancient Genesis rpgs.

How ancient? I've only really ever poked at Phantasy Star IV, which is great but...well...I poked at it on emulator, and it's just not the same, and Shadowrun. Which is a) a bitch and b) probably far more appealing if you were actually into the cyberpunk scene. Which, at fourteen, I not only wasn't, but had no idea there *was* such a thing as cyberpunk...
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[User Picture]From: corvid
2004-03-23 02:12 pm (UTC)

Well - as ancient as 1991

Exile came out in 1991 according to the ever helpful GameFaqs. Then again, they say that it came out exactly one day _before_ the Japanese version of the game. Weird.

As for Genesis stuff, I've played Phantasy Star IV, III, and II. I've *cough* played some of them via emulator. I've also played - oh heck, I don't remember the name of it but I think it was Sword of Vermillion. And the Shining Force games. And Light Crusader and Labyrinth.

The only other really bizarre game I've played is Idea no Hi for SNES. Sadly my Japanese knowledge is just about nil, so I'm utterly stuck in the game.
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