Now that my sub-focus on Arcade Fighters has come to an end, it’s time to move on. Back in October I took my first step into the next generation of my backlog with a review of Luigi’s Mansion for the Nintendo GameCube. In the months to follow, I’ll be diving into games from both the original Xbox and the Playstation 2. As I was analyzing my options for upcoming reviews, I noticed that a number of games on my list were RPGs. Now, I’ve reviewed a ton of RPGs on this site over the years. But for every one I’ve played, it seems like there’s always two more that I haven’t. A great example of this is the Elder Scrolls series. These days, the Elder Scrolls is almost synonymous with modern RPGs. But it’s a series that I personally never took the time to explore. I know that this may sound surprising, since the early Elder Scrolls games were heavily influenced by games like Wizardry and Ultima (which are games that I’ve been a fan of since the 80’s). But, as I was perusing my options for upcoming reviews, one game kept popping up on my radar whenever I’d glance at my Xbox list; Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. It seems that my days of turning a blind eye to the Elder Scrolls has come to an end.
Even though the Elder Scrolls series debuted on the PC, Microsoft made the wise decision to bring the series to the home console market. As a result, the game became available to much larger audience. This made Morrowind a smashing success. Game developers took note of this. Suddenly, the market was flooded with a number of new Western-style RPGs (ie: Fable).
So, yes. I’ll be taking a look at the Elder Scrolls games. But, I’ve decided that a full-blown catch-up of classic RPGs is also in order.
In the coming months, I’ll be posting reviews of various RPGs that I missed the first time around. I’m talking about classics like Bard’s Tale and Might & Magic. These reviews will be mixed in with my regular backlog reviews. I hope you look forward to it!