[52 Weeks Challenge] Week 22 – A game you thought you wouldn’t like, but ended up loving


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Tired of the 30 days game challenge? Enjoy my own personal revisitation of a classic challenge! Instead of 30 daily posts that fill an entire month, this challenge is more diluted in time and it will cover all the year 2018. 52 weeks, 52 questions to understand who’s the person behind this blog. Me!

Week 22 – A game you thought you wouldn’t like, but ended up loving

I’m still a junior collector and I admit that I buy most of my games to build a big catalog, even though I’m beginning to look more for specific games, games I love or loved, or console-specific. During the first months I’ve spent most of time buying a lot of NES games and I confess I had never heard about most of them.

One of them was Burai Fighter that was one of those games that commend small prices online, below 3€. I got it with a bunch of other games and at first I just put it on the shelf with other NES games without carying too much about it.

Then one day I decided to start to play at least some the games I was buying (because games are actually made for that, right?) and I choose a random game. It turned out it was Burai Fighter. I don’t know why but even though the label shows a guy trying to blast the titular dragon, for a strange mind-mechanism I though about a game about circus. Yes, “Burai” to me it was synonym of circus. I’ve fired it up without any particular enthusiasm and I noticed it was a kind of space shooter.

Back then I wasn’t a huge fan of this kind of games but I tried to play it and possibly complete it. Well, day after day I grew fond of the game and I started to play it compulsively until I finally beat it. This was also the game that lit up my passion for space shooters (especially horizontal) and that’s the reason why after this I started (and completed) Super R-Type and I started to buy games of this genre like the marvellous Sagaia and other versions of R-Type, among which, last month, R-Type Final.

Some people out there think that Burai Fighter is a tough game, but to me it was quite easy to complete, so probably space shooters are just my kind of games!

What’s the game you end up loving?

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15 Comments Add yours

  1. I really liked this game as a kid. I’m not sure how well known it is, but it was a pretty fun side scroller.

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    1. benez256 says:

      As far as I know is not one of the well known games but it was quite fun. Have you completed it?

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      1. It was a LONG time ago when I played it so I can’t really remember if I finished it. I do remember the different weapons being fun (I think there was a bouncing laser that I always went for), and I remember that the third level was very difficult.

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    2. It was in Nintendo Power back in the day, yet I never knew anyone that had it. It looked fine, but with there being about a hundred other Sci-fi anime shooters/platformers out at the time it just got lost in the crowd I guess.

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      1. Sounds about right. I don’t think it did anything particularly special to make itself stand out.

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      2. benez256 says:

        I think so…it’s an average game like a million others but strangely I loved it!

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  2. pick3dlast says:

    A new game I thought I wouldn’t like at all but really, really enjoyed would be Life is Strange. I hated other “walking simulators” — especially the over-hyped waste of time Gone Home (and I couldn’t even finish Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture) — but I love Life is Strange. Not exactly the same as the others, but because of them I didn’t have high hopes for LiS. It turned out this is a lot more than just another walking sim.

    Retro games? Maybe MediEvil. Sure, it looked fun but I had the bar set pretty low. I ended up liking it a lot more than I expected. I wish I still had my copies of the games. They’re on my re-collect list but I haven’t found any affordable buys for them yet 😦

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    1. benez256 says:

      I know most of my friends did have MediEvil and they had fun with it but never tried. It’s hard even in Italy to find one at a decent price but in case I’ll find it I’ll let you know 😉

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      1. pick3dlast says:

        Great! I’d send a bunch of stuff your way I just think shipping would be too much 😦

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      2. benez256 says:

        Uh, right…where are you based?

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  3. pick3dlast says:

    Colorado, USA. I have a bunch of NES and PS1, PS2, and Xbox 360 commons I could send over. I’ll ask next time I’m shipping something how much a box would be.

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    1. benez256 says:

      Hmmm, I think it would be a huge sum, plus the custom fee…damn expensive shipping companies…

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  4. I nominate Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker. I enjoyed the Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask games, particularly because of the intricate level designs and the stories about battles against evil forces. When I saw the designs for the Wind Waker game, I thought the level designs would be cartoonlike and the story more child friendly, which would undermine what I enjoyed about the previous games. While I did not find the level designs were as good as the other games, I found that there were some good ideas used in the game. I liked the Great Ocean and the individual islands. I also enjoyed the gameplay and the various items found in the game. I was also surprised by how well the game’s story links to past events and the story for Ocarina of Time.
    Have you played many space shooter games? As they as good as Burai Fighter? I enjoyed the story of how the game was bought and eventually enjoyed.

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  5. kmerrill8276 says:

    Definitely Zombies Ate My Neighbors. I am so thankful that my late best friend from High School introduced me to it. I’m not a massive Horror fan, but I love this game.

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    1. benez256 says:

      I’ve just received as a donation but still haven’t got time to try it. What’s the feature of the game that makes it so good in your opinion?

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