Saturday, August 9, 2014

30 Day Video Game Challenge! Day 3 - A Game that is Underrated [08-09-14]

Hey, Bunnies! Here's another topic challenge for ya!

30 Day Video Game Challenge~
A Game that is Underrated

I love writing these because the ones I've been doing really do have challenging questions. As I said in the last video game post, I grew up playing a lot of these obscure games that very few people have played or even heard of. So you can guess it was pretty tough for me to just pick one. But I'll definitely have to go with...

The original Wild ARMs 

The first of the series was originally released for the Sony Playsation in 1997. It was remade for the Playsation 2 and released in 2005 under the name Wild ARMs: Alter Code F. There was no voice cast so it was all reading with a beautiful soundtrack. All of the cut scenes are in the anime-style. I also have to add that it is the only game I had seen with a Western theme to it.

This was an RPG (Role-Playing Game) story about three very different people. The first is a farmhand named Rudy who had the ability to use a forbidden power. Next was a princess named Cecilia who could use magic. And finally, a treasure hunter named Jack who went on all of his travels with his trusty sidekick, a wind mouse named Hanpan. He had the skill of "Fast Draw".

(From the American manual)

The Legend of Filgaia

The world of Filgaia is now only a shell of what existed long before. Ages ago, under the protection of the Guardians, the world of Filgaia was a prosperous land filled with ancient and magical beings. It was a rich, green and fertile realm. All was well with the inhabitants of Filgaia... until a surprise invasion by a race of Metal Demons with bodies of steel robbed them of peace.

In order to survive, the three races of this world banded together. The Guardians and humans fought together with the Elws, a clever race that used technology laced with magic, to rid their planet of the alien demons. Working together, they forced the Metal Demons to the arctic edge of Filgaia where they have not been seen since. Having helped win the war to save Filgaia, the Elw became disenchanted by the greed and ruthlessness of the human race. They became alienated and abandoned Filgaia after seeing the rapid decline of the planet.

Even though the war to save Filgaia was won, the planet suffered terribly during the battle. Shortly after the war, plants began to disappear one by one until most of the grasslands were nothing more than desert wastelands.

As for the Guardians, the battle to save Filgaia drained them of their power, and they were lost to the myths of time. Although some still hold faith in the Guardians, they are now considered by most to be just one of the many legends that surround the old world.

Now, 1000 years later, the war is but a memory, and slowly a new civilization is rising from the ashes. But once again an ominous cloud hangs over the horizon. The Metal Demons, who witnessed the collapse of their own planet, Hiades, are preparing for the moment when they can once again descend upon Filgaia and claim it as their new home.

Three brave warriors will hear the call of the mythic Guardians. As they ready themselves to embark upon a journey to save their world, each is unaware of the others' existence as they are of their own fates. In a world brought to ruin under the merciless attack of an alien race, the wheels of fortune are about to turn.

As you can see, the graphics improved greatly from the first PS1 version. But I still love them both!

Wild ARMs was a story that taught you about the preservation of life because it is so precious. To look past race, gender and age because we can all help each other. And that no matter who you are, we are all part of this planet and there's only one of it. So we need to take care of it.

Left to Right on the bottom: 
Macdullen, Jane (otherwise known as Calamity Jane   ), Hanpan, Jack, Rudy, Cecilia and Mariel

If there is a way to pick up a copy or to download a ROM of either edition on your phone or computer, I highly suggest to do so. Both versions are really great and I am certain you won't be disappointed!

What is a game that you think is really underrated?

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