My Favourite Video Game is a guest feature from bands and artists where we set them a simple task… tell us about your favourite video game. In this feature alternative musician TDW took up the mantle and you can read all about his choice below.
Terranigma – My favorite game of all time.
Okay, imagine this: It’s the Netherlands in the year 1997. A rather sensitive, 10 year old Dutch boy is seen in his bedroom sitting in front of his favorite console the Super Nintendo and his small TV. He has an okay understanding of English and loves adventure RPG’s like Zelda, Secret of Mana, Illusion of Time etc. And he got this brand new game from his parents which he had been asking for continuously for the last few months. He pops in the game and is transported into a lifechanging event, that would shape his complete outlook on the values of life, death, philosophy, world history and so much more.
Yes, I know this sounds over the top, but this game levelled my mind up completely when I played it the first time and amazes me to this day.
On the surface, this is a game like many other action RPGs with smooth controls, a realtime battle system, levelling up and RPG tropes like talking animals, dramatic reality-threatening boss battles and all that jazz. But what make this game so good in my opinion is that it’s told thropugh the perspective of a young man who is smart enough to know he is inciting and taking part in major events, but not smart enough to fully understand everything perfectly from the get go. Basically making you (the player) just as much a part of the learning process as he is himself.
Add in a storyline that goes through all of world history (not kidding, this game’s story is ridiculous) as we know it today with many added twists and turns and I dare to say that you are not easily going to find a story and game that is just as grand in scope, while executing it so well. Also, did I mention the graphics still look amazing to this day because 2D ages well and the music pulls ALL the heartstrings? No? Well I did now.
This 16 bit game is to me, still the pinnacle of videogame storytelling and I don’t see any other game changing that any time soon.