Tell us how you really feel (Episodes 1, 2 and 3)
If there’s one oddly common theme I’ve been getting since my YT channel has received a ton of attention, is those who keep mentioning how they’re “confused by the video” and are “unsure if I liked the game or not, or even recommend it.” If you are new here, that is not, nor will it even be what MMO Grinder is about. I like to think of MMO Grinder as a resource. An account of a firsthand experience with a game, and explaining some of the odder nuisances of the game without letting personal preference completely steer the tone of the video. It’d be like looking at a reference guide or encyclopedia that said something along the lines of “Pac-Man came out in 1980 and it’s stupid and dangerous because it got my son addicted to video games.” …actually there was an “anime encyclopedia” that did pretty much exactly that, and it was as terrible as it sounds… moving on.
Sure, I will occasionally voice my like or dislike for a game or mechanic within the game, but that is never meant to personally influence anyone’s decision. I don’t want anyone hanging onto my every word as gospel. We are not kindred spirits, trust me, and I don’t need any more moments of someone thinking we have similar thoughts and personalities, have that illusion shattered by the first time we disagree on something, resulting in a violent over-steered rebellion against everything I do. That shit’s creepy.
I’ve never considered myself a “personality” reviewer anyway, but there’s still a ton of people who want to know my thoughts. I usually make those thoughts WELL known if you ever join us in a game when in Grindstone’s Raidcall channel (instructions can be found on the forums). Still I also understand that while many people watch, less people comment and even fewer participate… so in order to placate this, I’m going to write up three quick opinionated thoughts a day, about every game I previously looked at, with a solid YES or NO recommendation from myself. I am well aware of what kind of can of worms I’m opening here, and eventually this will lead into something like this following every MMO Grinder episode. Beats the hell out of calling a 3-month gap between articles an “off week update”.
I don’t entirely remember why I chose to look at this game first. I’m also positive I would NOT have liked it nearly as much as I did when I looked at it, as opposed to having the experience I do now. It was grindy. The fights were cheap, and the plus upgrade just neutered the charm out of the game, taking away it’s most memorable feature: the OST. LUNA’s music was my driving force than that absolutely weaksauce BS they replace it with just killed the game for me.. and everyone else, apparently. LUNA still exists over on it’s private server “celestialuna.com” which I hear uses the original format and soundtrack.
Recommended?: PLUS UPGRADE, NO. ORIGINAL GAME: YES
Episode 2: Pangya
Can I start this with a story before getting into the meat of this? I find it difficult to play this game now. As those of you who might keep up with online personalities and specifically one of my hosts, “Channel Awesome” aka TGWTG, may remember, Justin Carmical a.k.a. JewWario took his own life back in January of 2014, mere weeks after we all saw him at MAGfest. One of the major reasons Justin was so influential in getting this show off the ground, is he was a major fan of this game and episode. We would even play on occasion, on stream, or just for fun. It was one of Justin’s streams where he was playing this game where I met MegaGWolf as well, so there’s a lot tying this game to the show. Even one of my stream highlights on the MMO Grinder/ChaosD1 Youtube page was Justin hitting his first Hole-in-One in the game. I just wish it wasn’t so painful to play with those memories in tow…
Because I LOVE this game. Yeah, it’s “golf” but fantasy golf games were always strangely intriguing to me, and this one was the culmination of everything I liked about the genre. Interesting, fun and scenic courses,
sexy wacky characters, and over-the-top “FUs” to physics. Pangya is the perfect online party golf game, and a lot of fun to play casually and just BS around while playing. Unfortunately that’s all I can say on this game. I love it, but I really need to get over the emotional hurdle.
Episode 3: Maple Story
Can I just admit something right now? This episode wasn’t a review. It was revenge. This will be one of the least necessary entries in the mini-series of articles, because watching that episode should be clear where I stand on the game… But to be completely honest, I don’t hate it nearly as much as I let on. This was pretty much me giving into the “caustic critic” shtick and these jokes were planned YEARS in advance. Nowadays, a good amount of that stuff is alleviated. Fast travel is more of a thing, and is legit fast, not just a 10 minute scrolling screen where monsters might attack you because lol. I wanted to like the game, because it CAN be fun to play, it’s pretty as hell and has an AMAZING soundtrack, but holy shit can problems be escalated by a sea of bad apples. This would not be the last time this became an issue of course, but it was my most definite first. To quote myself several times throughout this video: “Seriously. Fuck this game.” Play LaTale is you want a decent 2D platformer MMO.