Wednesday, January 27, 2010

ITIGTJTP: Shiren the Wanderer

ITIGTJTP = "I think I'm going to join the party," by the way--just like LTTP = "Late to the party." (Yeah, I don't think that's going to catch on either...)

Anyway, the party I'm thinking of joining is being hosted by Shiren the Wanderer (although Atlus is footing the bill for the food and drinks), the latest--in the U.S., at least--Mystery Dungeon (or Fushigi no Dungeon, if you're a purist) title from the folks at Chunsoft.

I'm a bit of a roguelike noob, to tell you the truth--in fact, I wasn't formally introduced to the genre until earlier this week, when I finally started playing through my two-year-old copy of Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon.

I'm thoroughly enjoying the time I'm spending with that title, so hopefully I'll have a similarly enjoyable time playing Shiren the Wanderer when it's released on Feb. 9.


Viewtiful_Justin said...

Roguelike? I've never heard of this genre.

Time for me to learn.

There's all sorts of odd game terms blowing around the internet this morning. I just saw the word "shmups" a thousand times in a blog and had to look it up to see that it means "shoot 'em ups."

Bryan Ochalla said...

If you click on the word "roguelike" in the post above, Justin, it'll take you to a Wikipedia page that does a pretty good job of explaining things. Basically, though, roguelikes are hard-as-hell dungeon-crawlers. FF Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon (for the Wii) seems to be a good entry-level roguelike, if you ever want to give them a try.

Viewtiful_Justin said...

Ah!'s like that OOOOOOOOLD old old PC RPG Ragnarok. If you die, you lose everything and have to start over from square one with a new character and everything randomly generated again.

I played the heck out of that game and NEVER got anywhere.

Bryan Ochalla said...

Yep, basically. Like I said, if you don't mind cute games and you want to give the genre another try, pick up a copy of FF Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon. I'm playing through it right now (well, not *right now*, but you know what I mean) and I'm really enjoying it so far.

Viewtiful_Justin said...

Maybe I will. I'll bet I could find it super cheap.

Bryan Ochalla said...

Oh, yes, I'm sure it's pretty cheap these days--especially considering it didn't sell all that well. I might suggest renting it first if you can, though--I can't imagine this or any other roguelike is for everyone!