EarthBound easily takes the number one spot on my favorite games of all time. Everything from the characters, the locations, the plot, and the enemies and battle system... it all just speaks to me. It's set in this modern day parody of America, which was uncommon at the time, since all other RPGs were set in some fantasy world. You've got this group of phsychic kids travelling the world, fending off adults and their bad intentions, defeating aliens, and taming violent animals while solving mysteries and puzzles. The main character, Ness, has to find all the 8 sanctuary spots and connect with their power to the earth, to be able to confront the universal cosmic destroyer, Giygas.
The game implements an odometer into the HP counter on the battle screen, that makes the HP roll down. This makes it possible to save other party members before they fall unconcious. Other than that, it functions exactly like your standard, turn-based RPG. It's definitely one of the better, and more humorous RPGs I've plyed, definitely recommend this game!
Cave Story is an action platformer, with tiny RPG elements in it, developed by one guy, Daisuke Amaya, otherwise known as Pixel online. I found the game highly enjoyable, as I had not played a good platformer in a while. The soundtrack is incredible! I feel like every track really suits the situation and area or level. The game's physics makes combat highly interesting. You weapon arsenal consists of projectiles and guns. When an enemy is defeated, it drops experience points, which allows you to level up one weapon and make it stronger. Taking damage however, levels your weapon down. This encourages the player to avoid direct contact with enemies at all costs. The story and characters are also really interesting, as well as their designs. Don't want to spoil anything here, you would have to play it yourself to find out! Highly recommended!
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Super Metroid is definitely one of the best platformers on the SNES, it was also pretty monumental in the franchise since it introduced items such as the Grappling Hook, X-ray Scope, Super Missiles and Power Bombs, which are items that would be used in later games. Super Metroid is pretty much a glorified Metroid from the NES, it's set on the same alien planet, same locations, and a few bosses return. However, a lot more bosses were added, and because of the SNES's graphical capabilities, it's also very atmospheric and somewhat creepy. The controls were a bit clunky, clumsy and hard to get used to, but when you do get the hang of it, it becomes much more enticing, like pulling off wall jumps, bomb jumping, and manouvering enemy territory without getting spotted. Switching weapons is easy, but you only have a limited amount of missiles and bombs, so you have to prioritize them for opening doors and defeating enemies. Oh, and save them up for bosses as well. You never know how many you're gonna need! Overall, it's one of my favorite games of all time! Definitely recommended!