A Delightful Though Dated Diversion – Sony Playstation – D – 1995

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Sony Playstation
Warp / Panasonic / Acclaim
Genre: Horror Adventure
1995

Gaming in the 1990s was living in an age of wonder and innovation. In no way is this meant to nullify the decades before that sealed the foundation of gaming technology, but in retrospect, the 90s feel like they were a turning point in the medium’s popularity. The majority of the people I talk about games with can remember systems like the Atari and Colecovision consoles, but their fondest memories always come back to systems like the Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, and later on, Sony’s Playstation console.

When I first got my Playstation, I rented two games. One of them was Final Fantasy VII which showed off just how much the new system could do graphically as well as content-wise. The other was a little game that I couldn’t remember much about after a few years called D. What I did remember was the protagonist and some scene involving a mirror… maybe? It was very fuzzy but I remember not spending much time with it for one reason or another.

Shocking, I’m sure, that when I had the chance to go back and play the game again recently, I took the chance gladly. D and its sequels have gained a solid cult following over the years. I’ve read up a bit on how bizarre and interesting the games are on a variety of levels for the sake of research but managed to avoid any major spoilers. Being able to head back into D semi-blind after nearly 20 years seemed like a task I’d be willing to take on, especially heading into the Halloween season. 
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Tedium and Trials – Swords and Serpents – Nintendo Entertainment System – 1990

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Swords and Serpents
Nintendo Entertainment System
Acclaim
1990
Genre: Dungeon Crawl RPG

Video games are a lot like every other form of media. There are different tastes and a wide variety of games to sate those tastes. Not everyone is going to like the same thing, and when people expand outside of their usual fare, it can sometimes go sideways. Looking at Swords and Serpents, a game I used to have when I was younger, felt a lot like trying pistachio ice cream when I’ve been eating strawberry for a long time. In trying to look at it objectively, I can definitely pick out some good parts, but overall, I don’t think I see the game the same way fans of the genre do so it may be worthwhile to start with the disclaimer to take this review with a grain of salt.
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