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The other day I was going through a friend's game
collection, and came across Rayman Origins.
I thought I had vague memories of Rayman, but it turned out that was
Klonoa. I had seen a friend play Rayman, but I didn't really know much about
it. I remembered that my friendly GI
magazine had spoken highly of Origins, and I was tired of slogging through
Castle Crashers...again. Just kidding, I don't
think I could ever tire of Castle Crashers.
Anyway, I grabbed Rayman and heartily thanked my friend, without of
course leaving a game of my own as collateral.
I mean, I'm not getting my
games scratched, you know.
So I got home and promptly forgot about Rayman. Reapers weren't going to kill themselves,
after all. Then I unlocked the N7
Engineer. Then it was on. My friend asked me if I was done with it, and
I truthfully replied that I hadn't finished it yet. It's not a race.
Eventually I got bored again, so I, finally, started playing...Max
Payne 3. My roommate bought it, and I
work nights. I spent my days in Bullet
Time. On my interest list, Rayman
probably ranked about a I just forgot what I was talking about. Max Payne?
No, I got bored it with it too. So,
half-drunk one Friday night after the bar I finally decided to play
Ha, I bet those aren't even his real teeth.
I loved it. I was
enraptured with it. By the end of the
second stage, I was sold. After I caught
my first treasure chest, I was hooked.
If you haven't experienced the thrill of chasing a treasure in Rayman
Origins, you should immediately do so.
Seriously, it's two in the morning where I love, and I am asking you to
right now go find that game and play it.
For reals. It's that fun.
Seriously, I loved it.
I went to bed (read: passed out with controller in hand), woke up the
next day and picked up the controller. I
had a dim recollection of playing an awesome game last night, and I immediately
dug back into Rayman. I wasn't just
drunk (I mean, I was, but...you know), it was still awesome. I became an expert at finding the secret
doors, and was continuously amazed at the astounding game design in front of
me. Rayman Origins is truly a work of
art, and if I do actually get a Wii U, it will be more because of Rayman
Legends than anything else, except maybe the Wii U. Smash Bros. I love Smash Bros.
So after beating, I started thinking about what an idiot I
was because I just left this incredible game just sitting around my room for so
long. And I realized that I always do
this. I hear from a trusted source that
game is legit, but my first impression that it looks stupid sticks so hard I subconsciously
avoid it. Or something. Point is, I have a tendency to be late to the
party more than most people.
We've all done it.
Everybody has "that game" that they had heard the acclaim about, knew
would probably be pretty good, and just avoided it. Passed it by on rental shelves, never borrowed
it from somebody, and just...didn't play it.
Beyond Good & Evil is the "one" that always comes to mind for me
when I ask that question. I had a friend
that raved about it, even offered to let me borrow it, and I just didn't. I must have read the back cover of it a
thousand times at my local Premiere Video, hesitated...and placed it back down
regretfully. Years later, I played the
HD release. While I enjoyed it, the real
tragedy is that I didn't fall in love with it.
I'm a sucker for photography in games, but the moment had passed. I could see that, had I played it ten years
ago, it could have been something special, but I just wasn't modern enough to
keep me invested quite all the way through.
Sad, I'm sure.
Why didn't you play me, Blake? Didn't you know about my stealth gameplay?
Mass Effect is another one.
I would glance at it, and walk away.
Don't worry. I finally got my
hands on it shortly before the sequel released, and had literally just finished
when I got Mass Effect 2 for my birthday.
The rest is history. Combing all
three Mass Effect games, I have completed 15 playthroughs: Six of the first one, six of the second one,
and three of the third one. Multiplayer
ME3 is still in my regular rotation, however, so my time is probably pretty
evenly divided right now. I swore a holy
oath that I would never play through the original Mass Effect ever again.
It makes me wonder how many great games I've passed by
because of this tendency. I've never
playthrough Chrono Trigger. I had the
chance when I was little, and I let it slip away. To this day, it is one of my most regrettable
moments. I did some very questionable
things as a child. But I can't help but
What other legends have I missed?
I don't know. At
least I loved Pokémon as I child....otherwise there's no way I'd be on that boat