Some of you might remember that I wanted to start writing retrospective articles last year. That didn't take off, but I came up with an idea that's a bit more freeform and should be more fun to create. Isaac and I have decided to start a new "Game Club" feature, where each month, we are going to go back and play through a game from the past and dissect it, for you to enjoy!
We like going back and talking about older games but we never really had a good reason to do so. Now we do, and we want to have a discussion about the game that is not only entertaining, I want it to be vaguely educational too. A lot of the games we have planned at the moment are slightly obscure games that many of you probably have forgotten about and I think it's fun to shed some light on those. We are open to play anything from before 2012 (this is when the site got fully underway and I don't want to talk stuff that we've probably already covered) but at the moment, we are focusing on games mostly from 2007-2010, a great period for solid "B-Tier" games that are so hard to come by these days but might have some unique aspects that can resonate with the modern gamer.
When talking about each game, there's a couple of points we will hit up to set the stage. Stuff like:
- When was this game originally released and what platforms was it for?
- Did you play this game when it was new?
- Have you played this game at all when it first came out?
- Did you even finish this game?
If the answers to the last three questions are yes, then that gives us the opportunity to talk about what we thought about it back then. An important part of this exercise is highlighting whether or not a particular title is worth playing in 2015 and beyond. A lot of games don't age very well so it will be interesting to see a game that we used to like but it's just pure dump now.
After this setup, we will just talk through the game, similar to how we talk about games already on the site. It is strongly encouraged that we both finish the game in question, but that isn't exactly necessary to gleam the important aspects of the game in question, This will be a fun experiment for us but I hope you guys enjoy it too. I hope to hear some feedback, to help guide us through this venture and perhaps even to suggest some future Game Club entries in the future.
Oh and in case you were wondering, the first game we are looking at is Afro Samurai, the gory, stylish, action game from Namco Bandai. See you all soon!