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Paladin's Quest (SNES) Review

Received: December 25th, 2016 / Written: July 24th-August 4th, 2017Alternate Title: Lennus: Kodai Kikai no Kioku [ ⬤ ]Year: 1992, 1993 | Developed by: Copya System and Asmik CorporationPublished by: EnixDisclaimer: Might contain spoilersHello ...

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about 5 days ago

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Backlog Beaten: August 21, 2014
Backlog Completed: September 27, 2014
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Invincible: 10+ beat or complete in a row
Focus: Only playing one game
It is said that Grandstream Saga is actually the forgotten fourth entry in the Heaven and Earth Trilogy, which is why I'd like to play it someday. I'm not sure it'll stack up against the likes of Terranigma, but I'm interested in hearing what you think, whenever you get to it.
about 2 weeks ago

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Backlog Beaten: August 21, 2014
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Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Invincible: 10+ beat or complete in a row
Focus: Only playing one game
There are way too many people who think that Paladin's Quest is a bland, forgettable game, but I'm with you. It's a beautifully surreal world, as opposed to the other supposedly enthralling fantasy worlds that are just "In a world much like our own... except with way more ninjas and robots and dragons and stuff..." Lennus took this alien world thing seriously, and made something where the trees, mountains, and even treasure chests are barely recognizeable, and I've always loved the noise that the chests make.

To add a bit to your review, I feel that one area where it shines is that it not only tackles race and prejudice, but it tackles them separately; the people of Lennus couldn't possibly be convinced to care what race you are, but there is still geographical prejudice, mostly at the hands of an evil despot trying to rile up an army for global domination. It's the same basic framework as most RPGs of its era, but the actual painting inside is a remarkable experience.

As for the sequel, I've played it, and it's my #3 JRPG of all time, right behind Final Fantasy 4 and Live-A-Live, so if you do ever get your hands on it, you're in for a real treat! There was also supposed to be a third game (trilogy is LAW), but it was canceled. Fortunately, it's not like the second game ends on some frustrating cliffhanger. I'm looking at you, Neutopia 2.

But hey, enjoy your well-earned rest!
about 2 weeks ago (edited)

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[Link] I think I've exhausted my StarBlog strength talking about Paladin's Quest, I'm taking a break. X-X I know not everyone will agree with me on this one, and that's okay, to each their own.
about 2 months ago

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thought youd be interested
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about 4 months ago (edited)

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lady stalker...theyve been working on the english translation for years.
im looking forward to a review from you on this game hopefully.
you do good work dude.
about 4 months ago

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Happy birthday, my friend!
about 4 months ago

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Happy birthday to ya!! Have a good one!!
about 5 months ago

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Yo, happy birthday man!
about 5 months ago

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It's my birthday today!! I turn 26!!!
about 5 months ago (edited)

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[Link] New on StarBlog is my review on the obscure Konami SFC RPG Mōryō Senki MADARA 2
about 5 months ago

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cool new page
about 5 months ago

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New Backloggery theme, inspired by a really great movie (or rather, said great movie's poster art)
about 6 months ago

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so im really liking dragon view. actually, the music is really good imo. i can see how one can get so lost traveling however. besides that i really enjoy this game
about 6 months ago

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This month I caught up with Alundra that I only played it (without switching to a different game) until I was done, and then right after I caught up with Alundra 2: A New Legend Begins which I only played (no switching) until I finished it (even though it's a sequel in name only); I hereby dub February 2017 Alundruary! And Kohei Tanaka's an incredible composer, he deserves all the accolades and good praise for his music composing prowess.
about 6 months ago

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im interested in the landstalker review.
i had that on wii vc and took it off before i played it really.
heard youll never find everything in that game too.
ladystalker is supposed to be its sequel of sorts. it actually looks and sounds cool
about 6 months ago

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More ranting on Landstalker: the idea that this game gets a lot of high praise has me very concerned for the human race because I actually played it and I'm sorry but it just doesn't play as good as it looks. I suspect the positive acclaim is because of either nostalgia blindness or because they were sold by the otherwise good visuals or because they never played an isometric game before, but even if that latter weren't the case how do very loose and faulty controls and collision detection culminate in "one of the greatest games of all time"? How is it that it gets good acclaim today... and how come people don't properly explain why they feel so highly about it, instead of just assuming everyone has played it when it's not the case? I don't understand it, the story wasn't even that good or interesting because I found it to be very predictable and dull. To reiterate my point about it feeling like a waste of time: the ending was the nail in the coffin as in the American version Nigel gets King Nole's treasure but it's not enough for him, making the whole ordeal feel like a heaping waste. That's right: the American (and French) ending differs from the Japanese and European take in that Nigel gets nothing and Friday tries to cheer him up with a dance (The Cutting Room Floor is a good place to look up differences and/or cut materials)... and I still dislike Friday as a character. I'm not saying people aren't allowed to like it, they can like it, but to call the "best game" or "as good as Zelda" is borderline pushing it. If there's a nice thing I can say about it it's that the people who worked on Landstalker would go on to craft Alundra, which I'm currently playing and am genuinely enjoying it as it's a superior game in every way possible. Also, Equinox can kick Landstalker's ass. To each their own.

I'm still upset about Landstalker, maybe I should just think of reviewing sooner so I don't have to vent about it on here anymore.
about 6 months ago

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So these past few nights I've forced myself to play through a game I did not like (for the first time after previous failed attempts), I didn't want to but I did. That game was Landstalker, a game which I'm befuddled gets responses like "Exceptional", or "Fantastic", or "Great", or "the next Zelda". Um, no, if I wanted to play Zelda, I would play Zelda, thank you! As for its praises, I'm not sure where they're coming from given its structure; I get it, isometric games aren't a dime a dozen and they're not easy to make, but the controls here were on the loose side and what ails the experience as a whole is a lack of shadows (even by the main character)--there's a lot of platforming here, and what this means is that there's a lot of trial and error in terms of where they are in relation to you... but even then it's annoying when you fail have to fall down and go through it all again. I think this is the first game that made me want to inflict harm on someone, because Nigel's scream upon dying is so aggravating to listen to that it makes Glendaal's shriek from Equinox sound tolerable by comparison (by the way, that game is a hundred times better because it plays solidly and is challenging and polished fun). Nigel looks a lot like Link given the shared elf race and outfit design, the less said about Friday the better, I didn't really much care for the plot, and while I'll give credit to some puzzle ideas and good visuals the game could've benefitted from tighter and polished controls (ones that don't require the pressing of both the straight and diagonal buttons). I was just glad when it was over, but because it turns 25 this year unfortunately I'll have to play through it again in order to procure screenshots for the eventual dissenting review on my StarBlog. My opinion, frankly, feels justified given that it is one of the few games I played that made me wonder if becoming a gamer was a wrong life choice, and I love video games, but forcing myself through this game I felt like I had wasted time I might never get back. More power to those if they liked it, but for me it did not work as well as it should have; overhyped, thy name is Landstalker: The Treasures of King Nole. Well, back to playing games I do like, to each their own.
about 7 months ago (edited)

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[Link] Do you like SoulBlazer, are you a SoulBlazer fan if you've played it? If you do, and you are, you may be interested to read my thorough thoughts on the now 25-year old cult classic in full detail
about 7 months ago

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yeah i like to read yer reviews. you put a lot of heart and passion into them. it shows
keep up the good work
about 7 months ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
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thats a long time man. happy anniversary
oh, i picked up dragon view for snes while looking up reviews for it and came across yours.
like you said towards the end, maybe others will enjoy it more. im sure i will once i get to it.
i got it because of the brawler/hack n slash elements.
i love that genre. and good review.
To each their own