Has that happened to you? It happened to me! It usually happens when I give a game/series/genre of games another try. Like I was totally not impressed by my first few forages into video game card games, specifically TCGs (CCGs?). Like playing Yu-Gi-Oh on a GBA emulator in 200X or the Pokemon Trading Card Game on a PSP in 201X. But last year I for some reason decided to play Elemental Monster Online Card Game (the reason actually being that it’s a Japanese-developed PS3 exclusive online-only game by friggin Hudson (I thought they were dead but seems like they are only as dead as Konami) that costs 1(as in one)$ and is sure to be delisted/lost forever when they finally turn off that one server they forgot to turn off in the basement (that’s actually were I assume most servers are running)).
And it fruggin wowed me like… wow! And maybe it’s not the most representative title in the genre, like it isn’t based on real cards (probably) and that’s why they could make it look so good, like there’s not a wall of tiny text and pixelated scanned images so the cards don’t look like shit on a screen like all those Yu-Gi-Oh cards did on my GBA(-emulator).
And then I played the Pokemon tradcardgame again and I did the tutorial this time around and it clicked. I love it now! What? I should’ve fallen in love with this games category decades ago, I love Simulation RPGs and board games (in video games) (and that reminds me to play more Culdcept and Itadaki Street).
And now I wanna check the Digimon TCG too. And there’s a Monster Rancher one! Suikoden? Capcom vs SNK!!!
Also, oh boy did I fall hard for Everybody’s Golf on the PS4. (I kinda like video golf but getting destroyed by a school friend borrowing my original GameBoy with (not-Mario, even though you pretty much play as a Mario) Golf stuck in it for a week may have scared me. Also maybe playing GBA (real-deal) Mario Golf with a non-functioning L-trigger may have frustrated me.)
Anyways I never did love the earlier Hot Shots games I tried, always found the representation of the green to be lacking and the characters either ugly (botchered US release) or bland (Japanese original) but I guess I never made it to the versus challengers and this time I persevered. Even though I wanted to give up after realizing that a PSFour game released in twothousandeighteen doesn’t even use the analog nubs! What an ineffective button layout I mumbled, what a bumbling fool I was though. Because it’s so good! Like if you switch the x button with the o button (another botching up that happens to this day during localization) it all makes sense. Camera up down / forward back mirrored on pad and face buttons, and then some digital precision timing with forward/backward spin more/less power all mapped intuitively.
And this game has loads of charm below the somewhat stuck-up first impression too. Those character bios reminded me of playing Tokyo Xtreme Racer / Shutokou Battle and those are the best memories. Thanks ClapHanz for making the first golf game I’ve seen the credits roll in.
Sure thing I promptly installed all the previous entries onto my PS3/PSP and will not be seen for a couple weeks probably.
So you know what happened to me. Has that happened to you maybe recently?