100th Review Special, Part 7: Let the Good Times Roll

We are now finished with the red and yellow tiers; the only ones left are the green tiers. In this post, I’ll be looking back over the games I’ve awarded a 7/10. The key difference between this tier and the one directly preceding it concerns my stance when asked whether or not I’d recommend a game. A 6/10 is a game I would have some reservations about recommending even if I think it’s technically good overall. There are no such reservations from this point onward; these are all games that were able to earn my seal of approval.

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ActRaiser

ActRaiser

The early nineties saw the launch of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). It would go on to become one of the most beloved gaming consoles in the medium’s history due to its extensive library of classic titles from the 2D era’s zenith. During this time, a game development company known as Quintet was founded. Key personnel of this new firm included Tomoyoshi Miyazaki and Masaya Hashimoto, who were veterans in the industry having worked on the first three installments of Nihon Falcom’s Ys series of action-RPGs as the scenario writer and director respectively. Thanks to these connections, Yuzo Koshiro, the man who had previously scored the soundtracks of those same games, lent his talents to scoring Quintet’s inaugural effort: ActRaiser. This game would become one of the first games available for the SNES, debuting mere months after the console’s release.

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