Rapid Fire Reviews: Video Game Edition

For today’s article, I thought I’d share my thoughts on some video games that I’ve played recently. Let’s get started!

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island


Out of all the 2D Mario games, this was one that I never got around to playing. Finally, a while back, we saw the Game Boy Advance port of this game at a game store about a year ago, so we decided to buy it and give it a shot. The most attractive part of this game is the visual style: it’s very charming, cute, and vibrant. Another nice aspect is the music, which is comprised of several incredibly catchy tracks, even if the GBA version’s audio is inferior to the SNES original. Another positive aspect is the gameplay, which changes things up from the typical 2D Mario formula. Having to throw eggs to collect items, defeat enemies, and solve puzzles is a really fun mechanic. However, also having to keep track of Baby Mario can get kind of annoying at times, especially when his bubble migrates to an area of the screen you can’t reach. I have still yet to beat this game, but I’m sure I will eventually. As for right now, though, I can safely call Yoshi’s Island a fun game with tons of charm.

Batman: Arkham Asylum


Having been a fan of the Caped Crusader for quite some time, I was delightfully surprised to find that this game was a ton of fun. An impressive number of Batman’s rogues gallery make an appearance, and the combat system makes it incredibly satisfying to beat dudes up. The boss battles range from slightly forgettable to a complete blast, and having to be stealthy and deciding which gadgets to use adds some strategy. This game was a ton of fun and I look forward to playing the sequels.

Pokemon Sapphire

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Over the summer, I stayed up incredibly late most nights while playing through this game. Nostalgia had always convinced me that Gen 1 was the best era of Pokemon, but after playing Sapphire, I think Gen III takes the cake. While the formula is largely identical to the original games, there are a few new features that are hit or miss. Pokemon contests, for example, are cute and interesting the first time, but you’ll quickly find that they make almost no sense and are basically pointless. This, in turn, renders the Pokeblock system also completely useless. The berries, however, can be useful if you’re running low on ordinary health items. I personally find the battle between Team Aqua and Team Magma more interesting than Team Rocket, so the story is slightly more engaging than Red/Blue, which is a bit of a plus. But the main draw of Pokemon games is being able to build an awesome team, and that’s where most of the fun in this game resides. The winning team of Tikitorch (Blaziken), Winger (Pelipper), Shockycoff (Plusle), Freewilly (Kyogre), Octopal (Tentacruel), and Mr. Chimney (Torkoal) will live forever in my heart.

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That’s it! Thank you all so much for reading, and make sure you check out the other articles here on Mid-American Culture, as well as our weekly playlist. See you all next week.

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