"RPG's" (Role Playing Games) are games unlike platform games. You can go everywhere in a carefully designed world full of puzzles and battle sequences. You start off with one or two characters and eventually gain a whole team of fighters. There are also shops to buy weapons, armor, and other important items.
EarthBound was a game that defied the rules of RPG's. Instead of the normal team of knights and wizards, there was a group of kids. Instead of the mythical monsters, you fight hippies and possessed animals. Replacing swords, shields and magic wands would be baseball bats, frying pans and bracelets. Magic is not a part of this as these characters use psychic powers to vanquish their enemies.
The cast of characters are Ness, a boy from the town of Onett, Paula, a girl from the town of Twoson who has a guardian angel, Jeff, a super genius without psychic powers from a country called Winters, and Poo, the powerful prince of a country called Dalaam. Each one of these characters has their own special quality. Ness has the most endurance. Paula's psychic powers are the strongest. Jeff can create his own weapons. And Poo is the strongest physically.
Ness is visited one night by a bee from 10 years in the future named Buzz Buzz. Buzz Buzz tells Ness about the universal destroyer of the future, Giygas. After that fateful night, Ness defeated the local gang of the town, Frank Fly and the Sharks. After defeating the local bullies, the mayor gave Ness a key to get to Giant Step, a special area taken over by a monster called Titanic Ant. Ness battled his way through the cave of Giant Step and finally challenged the Titanic Ant. After a long, gruesome battle, Ness won! He went out to the Giant Step and absorbed the power of the area into a gift given to him by Buzz Buzz. A crazed policeman saw him in the area and brought him to the police station to fight other crazed policemen and Captain Strong. After numerous fighting and insults the policeman turn back to normal and Captain Strong rewarded Ness by allowing him access to a town called Twoson. After getting there he realized a girl named Paula was kidnapped. She was kidnapped by a cult. Ness had to travel through the monster filled Peaceful Rest Valley. He eventually got to Happy Happy Village, a village filled with insane cultists. He found Paula in a shack, but could not rescue her so she gave him a special item called the Franklyn Badge. He challenged Carpenter, the leader of the Happy Happy cult. Carpenter sent out a bolt of lightning and................. to find out what happens to Ness, play the game!
Playing and beating this game has been a pleasure and I've found the perfect RPG and my favorite game of all time. I give it a perfect 10!
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