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When it comes to licensed games, most of us have learned to keep our expectations in check.
For every great licensed game, you’ll find 20 heaps of steaming garbage emblazoned with the names of famous franchises. For the vast majority of the game, The Stick of Truth is a side-scrolling RPG that looks almost exactly like an episode of South Park.
So it was a terrific surprise when South Park: The Stick of Truth turned out to be fun, hilarious, and filled with creative ideas. But once you cross the northern border, the game transforms into a top-down game that wouldn’t look out of place on the SNES.
The game world becomes pixelated, and the soundtrack goes full chiptune.
It definitely doesn’t sound like a game where you’d spend much time relaxing on the couch with a loved one.
But at an early point in the game, Jackie and his girlfriend Jenny get together for a relaxing night in front of the television.
There’s even an overworld to explore, dotted with towns like Ottawa, Banff, and Winnipeg.
But which video game moments are the most unforgettable to us? Using Bioshock's most iconic location as a jumping off point to explain the multiverse in which the entire series has (apparently) taken place, is a stroke of genius, and walking through the "Sea of Doors" is nothing short of breathtaking.
In a game full of weird, scripted moments — many of which require a walkthrough to find due to their extremely specific circumstances — discovering Uboa is probably the most iconic and definitive of Yume Nikki as a whole. It’s free, it was made by a Japanese developer whose identity is still unknown, and it provides little instruction outside of your primary routine: sleep, dream, and wake up.
It’s how and where you end up getting lost in those dream worlds that makes Yume Nikki so special.
After such insane success, it’s understandable that Midway, Pac-Man’s North American distributor, was more than eager for Namco to deliver a follow-up as the calendar flipped into 1982.
So eager, in fact, that they ultimately gave up on waiting and embraced an American team’s conversion kit that transformed existing Pac-Man cabinets into an all-new sequel.