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Space Station Silicon Valley

Thinking back to 1998 on the N64, there’s more than a good chance you’d think of Ocarina of Time, but a mere month before arguably one of the most influential games of all time hit shelves, we got to experience the quirky little puzzle/platformer Space Station Silicon Valley. The colorful, upbeat game was created by developer DMA, whom you may know better under its current title: Rockstar North, and garnered primarily positive reviews at the time of its release. Having nothing but fond memories of the game as a child, I decided to dust off the Ol’ N64 and get a better look sans nostalgia glasses and child-like wonder.

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Do you remember playing this game? No? Me neither. I was told by a good friend that I should play this game and it did not disappoint. If you did play this game when it came out or when you were younger, then you probably have some fond memories of it.

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“3 years in the making with a development team of over 100 members,” it says on the back of the four disc The Legend of Dragoon PlayStation 1 jewel case. I don’t know if it took 3 years, but it sure as hell took a long time to make four discs worth of content. After playing this game for just under 40 hours I decided to take a look at what is good and bad about the presentation as well as how it has been received since.

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In honor of retro month, I decided to take a look back into my 90’s childhood as a gamer. Growing up in the 90’s was a great time as any other 90’s baby would tell you. We had so many consoles to choose from – from NES, SNES, Sega Genesis, Gameboy, N64 to PS1. I was pretty fortunate to be able to get a taste of playing multiple consoles and I enjoyed mostly all of them with the N64 being my favorite.  I am sharing my list with you in no particular order. Don’t get too caught up in the nostalgia!

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Potential Spoilers: Yeah might seem weird putting this here, but if you haven’t played the game or had it spoiled for you until now you are either young, or not into RPGs at all, which is fine, but just know I warned you about potential spoilers.

I cannot begin to tell you how many times I’ve wanted to talk about this game critically with other gamers and have held my tongue because I felt that I had to beat the entire game. Yes, in order for me to have a decent conversation about a game I feel like I have to have beaten that game in order to see the larger picture. Now that I’ve beaten this game I can say with confidence that it is certainly not my favourite, however I can see the nostalgic merit that it receives.