529 Arizona It Turns Out.


So yeah, I’ve warmed to Megaman Starforce.  It took nearly half the game to do it, but I’m now fully invested in Geo Stellar and his adventures.  Starforce really is just Battlenet painted with a different brush, which is fine.  I enjoyed all of Battlenet and wanted more of that.  So, Capcom, mission complete.  Another little bonus is that the dungeons, for lack of a better term, are less annoying than in previous games.  They are shorter and don’t tend to require massive amounts of backtracking.  As Battlenet went along the boss levels, and networld, became needlessly complex and aggravating.  It took forever to go from one end to the other, even with shortcuts in some cases.  The side-quests do, unfortunately, require a fair bit of wandering from one end og the game world to the other.  I guess there’s just no way around fetch quests in a game like Starforce, but it would be cool if they could mix it up a bit, or throw out some decent mid bosses not connected to the main story.  Fighting 5 viruses in a row does not an interesting challenge make.  At least they didn’t go touch screen crazy and add a lot of needless minigames to deal with.  It’s largely control gimmick free.  Starforce could go from decent to great if they upped the RPG aspects a little bit.  I guess that’s as may be.  They formula has been working for them so I doubt any major changes are going to come along. 

It’s been long enough that by the time I finish this one the sequel should be cheap bin fodder.  That’s a nice bonus.  Finding the version I like might be a challenge, but that’s a risk you take when waiting out publishers.  I got Starforce Leo when I really wanted Dragon, but it doesn’t make a lot of difference in the end.  If I can find it I’ll get Starforce Zerker x Ninja.  If not, well, no big deal.  You might have noticed that my preferred choices tend to be the green colored box art ones.  That is how easy it is to sway my opinions.  Dinosaurs are cool, but the Ninja is green.  Leo is fine, but the dragon is green…  The color choice battlenet games were the same way, and Pokemon. 

They’ve got this dinosaur Pokemon game out now.  I forget the name.  I’d kind of like to try it, but I have a feeling the dinosaurs will be boring.  Since it’s Nintendo it’ll be years before it gets clearanced if it’s anythng even close to popular.  Fossil Fighters!  That’s the name.  Anybody played that?  Is it Pokemon esque enough to merit tracking it down?  Will it inspire me to catch them all?