Tag Archive: 30 Days of Gaming

My guilty pleasure game is Rocket Knight Adventures for the Sega Genesis. It’s a guilty pleasure because it’s a great game that few people even know exists, and when you try to explain it to them, you tend to get some pretty strange looks. The basic premise of the game is jet-pack wearing, beam-projecting sword wielding, armored possum who takes on an evil army of pigs in order to save a kidnapped princess (although at least she’s not in another castle). As I said, it’s entirely odd, but the game play is entirely solid.

In addition to the game play, I love Rocket Knight Adventures for its artistic styling. The setting is a semi-futuristic medieval type kingdom set in world that is side scrolling but still feels expansive. Each level have its own vibe including a castle, a water level, a lava level and a run-down city level. Although 16-bit graphics are somewhat limited, the levels are stunning all the same.

More information regarding the beautiful, opossum-based craziness can be found here.


One of my favorite games that I consider to be underrated is The Legend of Dragoon for the PlayStation. Most people have never heard of it, and those that have tend to be split between positive and negative opinions. LoD is an RPG with a few twists. Primarily, there is no default attack, but instead each character has a series of “additions” that serve as attacks. The addition is the default method of attack and requires regular button pressing as two boxes converge onscreen. The addition system puts an interesting spin on the whole game, and it is the primary reason why some dislike the game.

Beyond the game mechanics, LoD has a rich story that is divided into four parts to coincide with the four discs that are required to hold the game. Although almost all RPG cliches are present, they are represented rather elegantly and there is enough fresh material to generate a unique setting. The characters are interesting, except for Dart who happens to be the main character and cannot be removed from the party. However, the other characters are all very colorful (and color coded), and most of them have interesting plot twists.

The Legend of Dragoon is a great RPG and often underrated. If you like RPGs and you have some time to kill (like 30-40 hours), go find a copy of LoD and give it a try.

Because I play so many games, I encounter a large number and wide variety of game characters. However, I would have to say that my favorite character is one that has been with me for a long time. The character to whom I am referring was in fact introduced in my first video game, Sonic 2. That’s right, I am an avid fan of Sonic the Hedgehogs two-tailed companion, Miles “Tails” Prower.

Although continually playing second fiddle to the blue blur, this orange fox is highly intelligent and highly capable. When Sonic is in need, Tails flies in to save the day, literally and figuratively. Tails sometimes just carries Sonic directly, but when necessary he breaks out the Tornado, which is awesome in and of itself.

But I digress. The other major reason I love Tails is the possibility of Super Tails that exists in the combination of Sonic 3 and Sonic & Knuckles. After arduously collecting not just the seven chaos emeralds but also the seven additional super emeralds, Tails transforms from his usual self into a flying Juggernaut of destruction. More on Super Tails can be found in my Salute to Super Tails.

My first game, at least the first that I owned and clearly remember, was Sonic the Hedgehog 2. I remember it clearly because it came packaged with the first console I purchased, my second gen Sega Genesis. Of course, I was five at the time and lacking in hand-eye coordination, so I was pretty terrible when it actually playing the game. My first time, I died half way through the first level, and continued to die for some time. I recall that it took me months to reach level 3. Ah, the good old days. Anyway, I still have Sonic 2 and the Genesis in my collection, and to this day, I have not beaten the game. The best I’ve done is to reach the final boss and then die repeatedly.

Day 1 – Your very first video game.
Day 2 – Your favorite character.
Day 3 – An underrated game.
Day 4 – Your guilty pleasure game.
Day 5 – Game character you feel you are most like (or wish you were).
Day 6 – Most annoying character.
Day 7 – Favorite game couple.
Day 8 –  Best soundtrack.
Day 9 – Saddest game scene.
Day 10 – Best gameplay.
Day 11 – Gaming system of choice.
Day 12 – A game everyone should play.
Day 13 – A game you’ve played more than five times.
Day 14 – Current (or most recent) gaming wallpaper.
Day 15 – Post a screenshot from the game you’re playing right now.
Day 16 – Game with the best cut scenes.
Day 17 – Favorite antagonist.
Day 18 – Favorite protagonist.
Day 19 – Picture of a game setting you wish you lived in.
Day 20 – Favorite genre.
Day 21 – Game with the best story.
Day 22 – A game sequel which disappointed you.
Day 23 – Game you think had the best graphics or art style.
Day 24 – Favorite classic game.
Day 25 – A game you plan on playing.
Day 26 – Best voice acting.
Day 27 – Most epic scene ever.
Day 28 – Favorite game developer.
Day 29 – A game you thought you wouldn’t like, but ended up loving.
Day 30 – Your favorite game of all time.

From my friend’s Daily Musings.