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the music is so catchy, each city has its own theme and almost each enemy has his own music. the music for this is perfect for the tone of the game.
the graphix are sufficient. sprite detail is great. the only complaint anyone has (not me) is the battle graphics are just a box with your name on it fighting a picture of the enemy. very simple but youlle actually be suprised how well it works.
replayability is by far the best aspect of the game. there is so much to do and its so fun to complete all the tasks.
it is a little bit hard to figure out what to do next though, even the original game came with the players guide. if you dont have a guide you can easily download a guide online for free.
Certainly one of the highlighting features of this game is the active sprites in the main overworld. Meaning, the enemies actively chase you through the map, and you can avoid having to fight them if you can run away fast enough or use the in game terrain to stay away. I've read that game developers can use something called the Yanfly chase script, to implement similar functionality into their games. The enemy sprites on the screen actually wander randomly, but when you get within range, they chase you. This is a feature that I think make this game more fun because I have a serious problem with RPG games that use an invincible/random/timed event to occur that calls a battle scene/event. Its rather annoying in other games, because you may be focused on getting somewhere, only to randomly invoke a battle scene, often wasting time. I love the Final Fantasy series, especially FF7, but even in that game, it uses a hidden/randomly triggered battle events, Final Fantasy 11 Online uses an active moving 3d enemy system, where they chase you around the map, which was refreshing.
Earthbound is more fun, letting you 'see' what is coming, and better yet, if your skills/level is much greater than your enemy, the screen just flashes and you 'WIN' the battle. No wasted time, no wasted effort in fighting something that is worthless to fight. Brilliant idea in my opinion, and something that more RPG's should implement in their game design.
Overall, my favorite game of all time.
In terms of graphics, it's very cartoony, and the battles are done in Dragon Warrior style with some weird swirling color patterns in the background. The music in this game is pretty cool, though it gets weird at times. But, well, this game IS weird... that's the whole point of it.
The gameplay is much like the old Dragon Warrior style, and a few old features like limited inventories have come into play. I personally don't like that, but it certainly does add some challenge.
One of the best and most unique features of this game, also, is the battle system. First, there are no random battles. You must run into an enemy in order to fight it. If the enemy is stronger than or equal to you, it will come after you. If you're far stronger than they are, or you have already beaten their area, they will usually run away. Also, when you come into contact with an enemy, the beginning of the battle is determined by HOW you met them. If they caught up with you from behind, they get the first strike. If you caught them from behind, you get the first strike. And, if you met face to face, it's an equal start. One other feature of the battle system, which I truly like, is the ability to skip pointless battles. If you are far stronger than the enemy and they run into you, you will automatically win without even going into a battle screen. That is an excellent feature, and I don't know why it hasn't been implemented in other games. Final Fantasy certainly could use something like that.
This game is placed in modern times, which is another thing that makes it unique.Read more ›
In my personal opinion Earthbound is a timeless game, that has slipped into obscurity and has gathered a huge fanbase in America along with the United Kingdom in recent years due to this fact. There is an Earthbound 2 over in Japan, but sadly the release appears to be doubtful overseas in America or United Kingdom, as for a re-release on VC or SNES it has been doubted that there will not be a re-release due to copyright claims that Nintendo would receive in the U.S. or overseas. I truly hope that Nintendo can find a way just even if it was for one day only, to get the whole Earthbound series out around the world. For the fans like me, or others who are just playing this game for the first time with awe, this is more than a game, it is everything an RPG fan dreams of at night.
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This is the best game I've ever played. EVAAAAAAAAAAAAAR!!!!!!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I know why this SNES games was very rare cost, because I think of that Earthbound was overrated along with Final Fantasy 6, Final Fantasy 3, Super Mario World, Super Mario All... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Henry Segura (Itchy Runt Rolly)
This game is ridiculously expensive, but keep in mind it'll probably be worth even MORE someday. Great game, but I bought it more for collection purposes.Published 3 months ago by Mike
A pure classic that will forever stay in my memory, glad I could find a well kept functioning copyPublished 3 months ago by Tom C.
My feelings are really, really hurt. Apparently I didn't read. According to the person who sold it to me, Seller: OdinsBeard117 - They said- "It is what exactly. Read morePublished 5 months ago by R. W.
243 bucks for an snes game?! HOLY CRAP! Might as well download it on the wiiu for ten bucksPublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
ATTENTION AMAZON SHOPPERS!!!!!!!! This game and by that i mean all copies. Are not worth near as much as most sellers are asking. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Bob Dole
This game is worth the price of admission. Because it's probably the best RPG Nintendo has ever made. (or is it a JRPG? I don't know. But who cares? Read morePublished 16 months ago by Montmorillonite