It has a handful of great puzzles between its dramatic, dialogue-driven scenes and tense action sequences.
Something about the two-way joystick and that big red fire button, and the unique tinny music and chipsounds bleeping through old the cabinet speakers, and the softening effect of the CRT on the colorful, pixelated graphics, and the slightly rough feel of the control-panel under your hands..all come together to define the experience I’m not sure vertical shooters ever really got better after Galaga.
Early games like Space Invaders and Galaxian were inventive but uniformly clunky. The fluid, pixel-perfect control precision and exquisite balance it pioneered is ground deep into the DNA of all the other great shmups that arcade and console fans have since been privileged to enjoy.
It creates such a powerful rush of pure bliss - the music blaring, the enemy troops exploding…
and most important of all, the knowledge that you’d finally broken through an entrenched enemy position.
It gave us a laptop that’s also a gun, and a floating computer with giant glowing eyes that guides you through a crashed megaweapon.
The story is silly, but Perfect Dark knows it, embraces it, and is all the better for it.He’d finished it the day before, and I desperately needed to talk about the feelings I had after it was all said and done. It wasn’t a question, and it must have been obvious.When we discussed Metal Gear Solid, Persona, or other games we loved, Greg and I got loud, animated, and excited.It can cut you deep enough to hug a coworker in a strange, surreal sense of grief before you dissect your uniquely unforgettable experiences.Don’t let its cheerful aesthetic fool you - Advance Wars is one of the greatest turn-based tactics games ever created.We felt connected to Telltale’s characters more than we felt toward anybody in Robert Kirkman’s comic book series.