So I think without a doubt to me, that Secret of Evermore is my favorite SNES rpg.
The Game used the same engine as Secret of Mana, so it had solid gameplay which I will get into later.
SoE's story and general look feel were different from the other SNES rpgs at the time. The story is about a young man and his dog that have gotten caught up in a crazy adventure in a very strange world.The adventure starts off with the main guy's dog running off after a cat, and ends up in an old mansion, and after going into a secret room with a very strange machine he find's the dog, and the dog shews on some wires, and the machine starts up, and then zaps them both off to a strange facility. and ends up getting booted out by some butler.Now for your first weapon in most rpgs is typically a sword, but not in SoE, your first weapon is a friggin bazooka(not kidding) which you get t fight off 2 robots, and after fending them off the hero enters a ship with his dog in it, and manages to break the ships controls.and crash lands in the strange world.
in SoE the different zones, which I like to refer to as "realms", are based typically on the Earth's history.The first realm is prehistoric, then you manage to get to a place that is like the era of history where the Greek and Roman civilizations existed, and then you arrive at realm that is like the medieval era, and finally the crazy futuristic realm. And in every realm your dog's shape changes and each one fits in with the realm your currently in, but my favorite is the toaster dog(those who have played the game know what I am talking bout).
The story I thought was just great, the hero and his dog are just trying to find a way back home, and gets caught up in all the nutty situations where they have to either help key people to the story and fight off dragons, rock monsters, lizard people and various other creatures or the dog manages to get the hero roped into the dumbest and worst of situations.And most of the conversations you can easily get a laugh out of, mostly from the hero, He will make goofy movie references(made up movies for the game) or has a kinda smart ass remark to many things.Now I personally really like the hero of SoE he is literally just a average guy who got caught up in the whole thing by complete accident which makes it all the more funny and interesting to me, and his dog makes for one of the best game sidekicks as well.I mean what is not to like about a story of some average guy and his dog on a crazy adventure.
Now if you have played Secret of Mana, then you have the controls for this game mastered(same controls), but one of the key differences in SoE to SoM is the hero doesn't learn or know magic when he comes to the strange world, the magic of this game is alchemy formulas to produce the "magic", which I think was a neat idea. Instead of MP you actually have to have to the right amount certain ingredients to use one of the alchemy formulas, which you can either buy from people who teach you formulas or you can find them out in the world and they don't sparkle or anything to show you where they are either.That is where to dog comes in, while holding down the "R" button the dog will sniff out where ingredients are so you can collect them.Also the I know that having the dog stand in place) making him sniff when no ingredients are around, the dog will stay put and some puzzles in the game require you to do that.
I think that people really should give this game a try, I will not ruin the ending but the ending of SoE is actually a hell of a plot twist, that makes you think "You know what that makes a lot of sense".
I highly recommend people to play Secret of Evermore, and not just for the story or game play. People should play this game for the over all experience of it, this game is fun once you get into it.
And as I have said before this is my favorite SNES rpg out there, most people will argue that Secret of Mana, Final Fantasy 6 (3 in the US), Illusion of Gaia, Super Mario RPG, or Chrono Trigger are the best ones.Now I am not arguing that, those are all very good games and worth playing, I mean hell I own them still, and play them on the occasion on my SNES.But Secret of Evermore has a place in my heart not just because of the nostalgia factor(which does play a part of it, I admit) but this game just clicked with me for some reason and I just fell in love with the game.
So I ask this of anyone who has read this. Give this game a try you may like or hate it or think it is an okay game it depends on if the game is something your into.And to you youngsters out there who are just now discovering what I like to think of as the golden age of gaming, play SoE and those mentioned above(all their counter parts and their prequels and sequels included) You will learn what the best rpgs(I think so anyways) made have to give, most were all original and not clones of each other.
Well thanks for taking the time to read this and hope you all enjoy the classic games like I do.
(next review will be of another SNES rpg most I bet have never even heard of or played *drum rolls*, the next game review will be on RoboTrek!)
Okay so my first game review is going to be on Champions Online.
I came across this game randomly, where I been in a weird super hero/villain thing here lately and decided to give this MMO a try, and I have to say I really enjoy this game. I do play DC Universe Online but it just seems to be lacking and the community isn't the best in DCU as with most MMOs.
My time in Champions Online so far has been fun and I figure I'll start with the class system and the class my hero is.
The Archetypes(classes) are based on types such as melee or ranged damage, tank, support(heal, buf etc.), or hybrid.Now the class type are played as they sound except for hybrid which is a jack of all trades type.
Also there are 3 types of roles you play in a party and you can have skills/powers/abilities set for your hotkeys depending on your role.The roles are damage, support, and hybrid(just as described above).
All of the class types fun in there own ways from what I have tried, but I couldn't decide on one to choose then I learned about the "Freeform" archetype and you can select any of the powers you want as long as you meet the requirements for them. In order to get the Freeform archetype you do have to spend money in the in game store sadly, but I splurged a lil and got it, while it was on sale for half off.
With my hero as a freeform type I decided to make it a hybrid type and role mage/sorcerer hero, focusing all the powers he learns from the mystical and supernatural powers.
My Hero is currently level 30 and the powers I chose so far had taken me a long time to decide on what to learn, but so far I am happy with the powers I went with. I alaways have my 2 permanent animal summons, 2 flaming sword that float around that last up to 40 seconds, and a sidekick I had bought from the in game store as well during the sale that is is permanent and doesn't disappear after using the item to call in the sidekick.My sidekick when summoned stays out for 15 minutes and goes on a cool down for 3 minutes in between summons, which is still very useful I think.
When creating your hero I am sure most of you can come up with some interesting looks, there area large amount of costume parts to work with without buying the costume expansions from the in game store. I have seen a lot of amazing costume styles in the game compared to my hero, who looks rather bland, but I like his hero costume I think it fits for what he does.(image to the right)
On to the actual game play,graphics and the other stuff.
Okay as far as the game play goes, it is pretty simple, left click to select, right click to interact, 1-0 for skill usage etc. . It isn't one of those games you need to have a 100 different skills hotkeyed to be remotely effective all I can say about controls wise it's fine with me how it is, and the game also has controller support so that can be a plus, I personally haven't tried it with a controller yet, which I need to to see if I prefer to play it that way.
The game's graphic style is cartoony with a comic book look to it which fits the game, but that is just me.
Doing quest/missions in the game is pretty much straight forward but good, a lot of the quest have there own little story behind them as well as ties in the main story line.
I really like doing what are basically dungeons called Comics and they have their own story and can be a bit challenging which makes it fun. And you can not out level quest in this game, when you go into a instance for a quest the enemies levels will scale with you.
My final opinion of Champions Online is..*drum rolls*.. I recommend this game to people to try out if your looking for a free to play MMO that can be play casually or hardcore. Also if you are into the whole superhero/villain theme, then this game may just be right up your alley.
If I have to give it a numbered score say like so and so out of 10 the I will give it an 8.5/10
while it is not the most top of the line MMO out there it is still very enjoyable to play. So go and give this game a chance and I hope you do like at least something about it.
Thank to you all who has taken the time to read this....