Retro Video – Neon Genesis Evangelion -

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We all know the fame anime themed videogames have, as well as videogame themed movies. . . they tend to suck really really bad. We had our taste of sailor moon fighting game, Sailor moon beat’em-ups and Dragon Ball Z fighters on the SNES. They weren’t awesome, and weren’t THAT crappy. Well, in fact they were really crappy compared to the originals (final fight or street fighter), but at least they made an effort.Then, after the anime boom in the U.S. at the beginning of this decade even more anime themed videogames have been around us, now with 3D-ness and cel shading of the newer generations, these games have become somewhat acceptable graphically, but when talking about gameplay and replay value they always keep short.

Now, take the N64 era for example, it was a period of transition between the total 2D(SNES, Genesis) and the total 3D(Dreamcast,Gamecube, PS2, XBOX). In that transition, we got the Sega Saturn, the Playstation, and the N64, with shitty polygons, awful sprites and excessive loading times. . .only on the first two. But it was a generation that HAD to be lived in order to get the awesome graphics of today.

Now, if a N64 game has really made use of the horsepower of a console to the maximum, apart from being an Anime themed game, it’s Evangelion for the N64. See for yourself, you’ve got the angels, the Eva’s and the backgrounds with excellent detail, even voices. . .VOICES. This was something so few N64 games managed to use (due to the lack of space on the cartridge). We even got some anime sequences going on. Oh why wasn’t anime that popular in the U.S. at that time, I’d have loved to play this on my N64.

Here, Humbert21 shows us the intro sequence and the 1st mission of the game.


See!? This is awesome, being a past generation game and all. . .

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