Was not able to play this until DS. The hype did not lie. I bought the CD ost after playing it. If this is not the best game Square ever made. It's in the top 3. Uniqe story telling. Innovative combat for the time. Stellar OST. Not very long at 10 hours. Hey, what do you know some of the talents from this game went to work on Xenoblade.
Yeah this is a really great game that I feel has aged very well too. But that's from my perspective. I can't really imagine what it's like playing it for someone that grew up with more modern games.
Still one of the best game OST's ever though.
And to think that was Mitsuda's first time as composer.
Zone of the Enders 2
I did not have a PS2 during that gen. I had (and still do) a Dreamcast/Xbox and Gamecube. I got a PS2 many years later. I knew of ZOE. I even knew Zone of the Enders 1 started off in development as a Dreamcast game called Enders Zone. I will also admit I am not the biggest Kojima fan. I love Policenauts/Snatcher but not big on MGS aside from Rising. So I was a little weary of trying it as I wanted more gameplay than cutscenes. Picked up the HD collection on PS3 for $20 a few years ago. First game,eh it's ok I guess. Then I played 2. Holy shit! The music the action the animated cutscenes all stellar. The mech designs. The presentation. It was like playing if DMC was a mech game in some regards. It was everything I could have hoped for. Even now the game looks amazing visually. I am also a sucker when anime music does a specific vocal singing in their themes. ZOE2. Ghost in the Shell 1995. 13 Sentinels and Nier. I bought the game again on PS4 even tho I had no need to. Now my signature is the ZOE logo.
Beyond the Bounds, right?
I used to listen to that song a lot.
I wanted to see a ZOE game on Wii because of the motion controls.
999/Virtues Last Rewards Zero Escape
The first games that convinced me in the greatness of the VN sub-genre after only thinking it was only good for romance sim,lol. Delivered on every point imaginable and now I remain standing and stan Uchikoshi.
I played 999 four years after it's western release, so I don't think that counts for this thread, but it did live up to the hype for me as well, and I'm now always interested in Uchikoshi's games.
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Just wait until you play Suikoden 2. That's the big one.
But Symphony of the Night is another great classic that I think has aged well.
I recently tried Yakuza 0 as my first Yakuza game and it is the biggest positive surprise I've had with a game. It completely sold me on the whole franchise. There is a thread coming about this soon.
Yeah, Yakuza is a very unique experience, or... many different unique experiences. So I think it likely has something that people would enjoy.
if you've never played one, I'd recommend it. And 0 is the best introduction, imo.