Hmmm… Well it’s not much of a plural because, for the most part I am playing Etrian Odyssey. Man is that an addicting game. It’s a dungeon crawler where you roll up a party of 5 adventurers and set out. (Picture to the left is a “cave” my daughter made under the tree in my parent’s front yard. I had to take a picture because it looks exactly like a stairway leading down in the game.) What makes this unique is that you have to map your progress. The top screen is where all the action takes place but the bottom screen is a grid where you draw in the map, place doors, traps and such. It’s really fun, especially if you are an old D&D player like me. I have a Dark Hunter (has cool attacks using a whip), A landscheckt (or something which uses axes and swords – like a barbarian), a knight (I may be off on this name, but basically she protects), a alchemist (the wizard) and a medic (always needed). I just picked up the ability to roll up a Ronin a few levels back and soon will get a hexer. I suspect eventually I will have to create another party to play these characters. Who knows. It’s a blast.
Etrian Odyssey was only sold through online outlets, which was a bit of a shame because it is one of the best games I have ever played. You can only pick it up used these days and most likely on ebay for a bit more than it originally sold for (unless you are lucky enough to bid solo on it).
The second game I just started playing is Super Smash Brothers Brawl. Wow, what a game. We have the game cube version and it is a blast with multi-player, that is where it shined. Having the ability to take on some of Nintendos most famous franchise characters and battle it out is awesome. Brawl takes it one step further with more characters, online play and an awesome single player mode. I’ve been playing the latter. The story is really cool; REALLY COOL.
You start in an arena where Zelda and Peach are overseeing Mario in a bout against Kriby. Next thing you know a space ship breaks through the clouds and drops a ton of enemies. You battle it out when an alien zaps Peach and Zelda turning them into trophies and carrying them off. Kirby and Mario team up and set to the chase.
Meanwhile, Pit is watching from the skies and is given permission to assist. He makes his way to stop the aliens. As this is going on Lucas and his buddy are making there way through their area when they are assaulted. Lucas’s buddy get caught by wario.
Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong face off against (I think King DeDe where Donkey Kong get’s captured). Right before Diddy get’s swiped Fox McCloud to the rescue. They fight Dieoga I think.
Well, you the picture. It’s really cool. Link is walking through the forest and passes yoshi sleeping on a stump when they are both attacked. Samus is fighting her way through a metroid like area shen she comes upon Pikachu caught in a trap. This is such a cool game. I wish they made more like it.
I look forward to getting better at battle and playing the family and online.