Morning Hangover #11: Fan Service And The Return Of Adventure Games

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Raymond Padilla: I’ve started up Dissidia: Final Fantasy — a game that has been described by many writers as "fan service". In this case, the term is being (mostly) used negatively. A lot of pundits feel that the game is just a publisher pandering to the millions of people that purchased previous Final Fantasy titles. Maybe I’m being a bit naive, but I don’t see it in such heartless terms. The game brings together numerous characters from several great games; whether it ends up being great or not, it’s an epic crossover event! It’s a fantastic idea and I’m thrilled that Square Enix is delivering a new twist on Final Fantasy with Nomura art and Ishimoto music. If this is fan service then serve me up another helping!

The Secret Of Monkey Island: Special Edition

Patrick Klepek: I can’t believe I spent a few hours yesterday playing Tales of Monkey Island:  Launch of the Screaming Narhawl. What in the world is a brand-new adventure game doing around in this day and age? I thought everything was supposed to star a bullet’ lovin’ space marine. It’s a wonderful throwback to some of my early gaming memories, not to mention a welcome change of pace from the style of game the rest of the industry is so focused on. It’s been a while since I’ve experienced the satisfying tinge of excitement that comes from solving a good puzzle. Please, new adventure games, sit down — stay a while.

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