Monday, June 29, 2009

Games Played 06/13/2009

Infamous - PlayStation 3
Overlord - X-Box 360
Overlord II Demo - PC


Boktai: The Sun is in Your Hand (2003)
Developer: Konami Computer Entertainment Japan
Platform: Game Boy Advance
Purchase Date: 09/20/2003

I used the GameCube GBA Player to capture this screenshot.
Notice that the sunlight bar at the bottom right is showing zero sunlight.

Game subtitles are normally pretentious and self-absorbed - just look at the ones for the Metal Gear series for prime examples of this. The same can't be said about Boktai: The Sun is in Your Hand because you will get to know that shiny globe that shows up in the sky during the day time that you never really pay attention to on a normal day to day basis. You see, the only way you can be successful in playing this game is to actually play under the direct light of the sun. No, I am not talking about the filtered light coming through your window during the day or any form of artificial light - the sun has to directly shine on top of the sensor located at the top of the game's taller than usual cartridge. Boktai is an action adventure game where you play a monster hunter who uses the power of the sun to help him destroy his enemies. There is a bar in the game that measures the intensity of sunlight that the sensor is receiving and this is then converted into energy used to recharge your weapons. Initially, it is best to play the game at the most optimum location where you can suck up a lot of sunlight because the game can actually store the excess energy for you in case you want to play it at a location or a time when you don't have easy access to the sun. To avoid unnecessary sunburn lawsuit, the game also ingeniously warns you to stop when you are getting too much sun! There are a lot of great puzzles that revolve around the idea of sunlight/darkness in the game and as long as you don't mind going out of your way to charge up the game with its prerequisite brand of energy, there is a lot of great gameplay and innovation to be had with Boktai.

LIBRARY STATUS: 4 out of 5

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