Lost in Time and Space – Super Nintendo – Secret of Evermore – 1995

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Secret of Evermore
1995
Squaresoft
Genre: Action Role-Playing

Some games run into an issue that comes down to an association of success. Sometimes, this comes down to association by a company’s prior success. It can be chalked up to similar games coming out at the same time, as well. Even similarities in name can bring about comparisons that can help or hinder a game’s impressions.

Secret of Evermore pretty much succumbs to a triumvirate of these things.

Coming out in Squaresoft’s prime years, Secret of Evermore had a lot to live up to. With game’s surrounding its release like Final Fantasy III and Secret of Mana, the game already had a reputation to upkeep for the flourishing developer. Given its proximity to Mana‘s release, as well, many players believed this game to be a sequel or somehow related. Since the Super Nintendo had some great action RPGs coming out already, the competition was even more fierce. Thankfully, it seems that the game received some stellar reviews in most areas at the time- but how has that held up alongside the other games that have become classics over time?

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No Game Is an Island – Nintendo Gameboy/Gameboy Color – The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX – 1998

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The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX
Nintendo Gameboy/Gameboy Color
Nintendo
1998
Genre: Action RPG

It has been a while since I visited the Legend of Zelda franchise, and when the holidays brought the Triforce Heroes cartridge to my 3DS, I started to wax nostalgic. Growing up, my mother and I played through A Link to the Past a few times, along with the original game, and while we were recalling memories of this over the holidays, we downloaded Link’s Awakening for her onto her 3DS so that she could play through it.

With that, of course, I needed to get the game myself to reminisce. The game has been an outlier of the Zelda series, though it has been popping up through references in recent games such as Hyrule Warriors and being available on the Virtual Console. More people have had the opportunity to experience this game.

In all honesty, this is a great thing for fans of the series.
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Not Quite Dead Yet – Playstation 2 – Resident Evil: Outbreak – 2003

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Resident Evil: Outbreak
Playstation 2
Capcom
2003
Genre: Survival/Action Horror

There are a few horror series in the video game world that have stood the test of time, even though most have had fluctuation reviews and success. Among the most well known is the Resident Evil series, which even now is revving up to head into its seventh installment in the main series. Like most series, Resident Evil has had its own spin-offs. Among those stands Resident Evil: Outbreak. Personally, I have fond memories of playing this game in college, though plenty of newer fans to the series did not have the opportunity to play the game in its heyday.

Outbreak had a clear distinction from its predecessors. In an effort to bring a new level to the survival horror landscape, Capcom opened online servers to bring their latest installment to online play. Allowing a number of players to play together was meant to expand the series in a new direction and bring fans of the series together in a way that games like Left 4 Dead and Dead by Daylight do in the current industry. With the official servers having been shut down years ago, though, how does the game hold up today? In a series as established as Resident Evil, where does this oft overlooked entry land?

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Where Did That Come From? – Exploring the Influences in Zombies Ate My Neighbors – Part 4

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Here we are, game and pop culture fans.  This is the final entry in the “Where Did That Come From?” series for Zombies Ate My Neighbors.  It’s been a long ride, and hopefully it’s been an entertaining one.

There have been a lot of different origins to dig through and thankfully, mostly through the magic of Wikipedia and the Internet Movie Database, I’ve made a sizable dent at reaching my goal of chronicling the many nods and pokes at multimedia sources and gotten them together in one series of articles.

Let’s embark, now, on the final stretch of research that I managed to eke out of the corners of entertainment history to detail Zombies Ate My Neighbors!

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Where Did That Come From? – Exploring the Influences in Zombies Ate My Neighbors – Part 3

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Welcome back to the cavalcade of pop culture references in this series of editorials!  After a short break, I’m more than pleased to present the next (and almost final) set of influences from this amazing game.

This week’s series is a bit more varied and odd, considering the past two.  Everything from the usual horror and comedy fare to the dramatic and even food pops up in the pieces following this.  It really feels like there is no limit to the resources this game used to charm its audience.

So without further explanation- buckle in for the third set!

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