Finally, a cause I can stand behind: Ban Comic Sans. Yes, I know, there are Comic Sans-laden remnants of my youthful folly enshrined on this very website, but I preserve these mementos to remind the world that, all indications to the contrary, I’m not actually infallible.
ANYWAY. Contact is out this week, and you should buy it for more than just Sony E3 mockery. It is a pretty good game! Maybe a bit of an acquired taste, but it’s easily the least bizarre thing ever to come from Grasshopper Manufacture. Consider this a gateway drug. Just don’t be mislead by all the rampant misinformation about the game:
- It is not connected to Earthbound, and in fact the only similiarity it really has to Earthbound is in the little professor dude on the upper screen. It’s really much more like StarTropics in that you control a little dude traveling from island to island, but the combat system is more along the lines of Diablo (point, click and wait for everyone to duke it out) with a SaGa-style leveling system. So.
- It was not created by the director of Killer 7, although it is from the same developer. Suda51 doesn’t personally create everything Grasshopper produces, kind of like how Shigeru Miyamoto doesn’t actually design every Nintendo game ever.
- It doesn’t suck, seriously. I don’t even know what some of the negative reviews are talking about.
As a fun aside, despite the fact that Rockstar’s Bully (also out this week) has been the target of countless shrill declamations by opportunistic ambulance-chasers, Contact allows for much more anti-social behavior than the surprisingly saintly Bully. Not only can you beat up innocent people, you can also abuse defenseless rabbits and sheep. Shocking! Anyway, that’s all. Go get it, kids.