Everyone around here should know that I am a big time Steambot Chronicles fan, I bought it at launch way back in the middle school days, I spent a whole weekend playing it, and it ended up being one of my favorite games of all time. The game may not be perfect, but in my opinion, it’s one of its kind.
The graphics in Steambot Chronicles are actually not too shabby for a PS2 game. The game is presented in a cel-shaded manner, as the game is supposed to look like a living anime (which it does succeed in). The game does lag sometimes, as the graphics are pretty demanding for the PS2, but the game does still hold up visually.
The gameplay consists of two different parts; you either control Vanilla (the protagonist) directly or you control Vanilla through a trotmobile (for those who don’t know what a trotmobile is, it’s a steampunk mecha thingy). The parts where you control Vanilla directly aren’t too complicated, you get most of the missions from these segments and you’re able to walk into shops, talk to various people walking on the streets, and play instruments. The major point of controlling Vanilla is playing with your band, Garland Globetrotters, which performs some pretty decent songs and some horrible ones (we will talk about the songs in the sound section). The trotmobile parts are what take up the majority of the game, as you are always in your trotmobile performing various tasks. The controls for the trotmobile are very clunky and tank-ish and it may take someone a while to get used to the controls, but once you figure out everything, you will get used to it, though you’ll still wish that Irem would had taken the time to actually playtest the controls a little bit more.
I’m going to say it right now, if you have watched any sort of anime in the past two decades or played any if you have ever played a JRPG before, you already should know what this story is about. You wake up on a beach and guess what?!?!? YOU HAVE NO MEMORY OF YOURSELF AND HOW YOU GOT THERE! Well anyways, there’s a girl at the beach named Connie and you guys find a trotmobile (the steampunk machines you control in the game) and your adventure begins! The story does follow a linear path, but you are presented with numerous choices throughout the game that change up the story, which provides players with multiple playthroughs.
Now, the sound is something I’m really mixed about. The in-game soundtrack is really good, it provides for really nice and calm music, but at the same time, the songs that you perform with your band, the Garland Globetrotters, are horrible. The Garland Globetrotters’ songs would be really good if they were only instrumentals, but Irem decided to include Connie singing in most of the songs and her English voice actor isn’t the prettiest singer (there is a secret song that you unlock from doing a side mission that has to be the WORST song I’ve heard in a game). I would say that you could ignore the songs that the Garland Globetrotters perform, but they are required to be played and listen to multiple times throughout the story, so I would suggest having an iPod or something close by.
1st February, Saturday — Reblog
This game does have a few flaws (mainly with the controls and the sound), but there is a certain charm to Steambot Chronicles you won’t find anywhere else. I still find myself playing the game once a year just to experience the game again and honestly, it never gets old. It may not be as good as Final Fantasy X or Persona 4, but this is a JRPG that I believe every JRPG fan with a PS2 should check out. Steambot Chronicles is worthy of any JRPG’s collection and it’s a game that is worth tracking down. I’m sure that after you play through Steambot Chronicles, you will be upset that we will never get a sequel to this charming adventure.
Sorry that I haven’t been updating this blog as much lately, I haven’t really had the time to play games (due to school and a job I recently got). Whenever I finally complete something or have the time to play games, I’ll update this blog again
23rd January, Thursday — Reblog
Finally completed Tearaway! It was a cute and creative game, though I wish the developers would had left out the “fighting” segments
19th January, Sunday — Reblog
Well, I got a Wii U yesterday and I have to say, I’ve really been enjoying it! I ended up going with the Wind Waker HD Deluxe Set, as I enjoy Zelda games and I haven’t played one in a long time (last one I played was Majora’s Mask) and I’m really digging Wind Waker HD (the only game I’ve played so far for it). I alos picked up The Wonderful 101, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, and I have a Wii Remote Plus attachment coming, so I can finally play some Wii games that I own!
I gotta say, I’m really enjoying my Wii U so far
3rd January, Friday — Reblog
I recently picked up Gone Home for five bucks (it isn’t that cheap anymore) and I have to say, I really enjoyed the game. Going into the game, I already knew that I was going to expect a “good story” (which has been universally praised) and a game that really isn’t a game, but more of an interactive novel. While I have nothing against interactive novels, when I play a game, I want to play a game and have a fun time with it and not give a single damn about the story….well this is one of those rare occasions where I actually gave a damn about the story.
Gone Home as you play as Kaitlin Greenbriar as she returns home after spending a year in Europe and when she arrives at her house on a stormy night, she realizes that nobody is home and that her sister (Sam) has left a note on the door saying that she is “sorry” that she couldn’t be there. Once you gain access to the house, you explore the house as you discover why the house is unoccupied and you discover what your family has been up to while you were across the world. Now I’ll admit, this really isn’t that much of a “game”, as you’re just walking around the house, picking up items to observe them, and read various letters scattered throughout the house, but for some odd reason, I really enjoy the “game” for what it is. I know that Gone Home mainly gets the praise it gets because of the main plot involving Kaitlin’s sister (which I’m not going to go into detail about), but I honestly think my favorite aspect of the game is the fact that it is literally a 1990’s museum and if you actually explore the house, you’ll recognize many things (that is, if you grew up in the 1990’s or have an understanding of the 1990’s). My favorite moment(s) in the game were when you pick up random cassettes around the house and they started playing girl punk songs, as I’m actually really into girl punk music, so it brought a smile to my face everytime I would pop a cassette in!
Is Gone Home a game I really recommend that you check out right now? No, it is not; as the MSRP for the game is $20 and I don’t think that you’ll get $20 out of the game. Do I think you should check out the game when it is cheaper and you enjoy games that aren’t really games? Sure, go ahead and check it out! It is a neat game that experiments with the way storytelling is presented in games and I appreciate that the developers tried something new with the plot and the 90’s references throughout the game are neat as well.
2nd January, Thursday — Reblog
My dad got me Tearaway and my Wii U should be here today or Thursday!31st December, Tuesday — Reblog
Arctic Abyss / Clapper’s Cavern / Black Ice Battle
19th December, Thursday — Reblog
Imagine if someone made a Star Fox game, expect you don’t shoot and the main goal is to stay in areas where the sun shines, avoid objects to get the best score you can achieve, and complete daily achievements that make you want to play the game for hours each day . That is Race The Sun in a nutshell and this game is a blast to play!
18th December, Wednesday — Reblog