Today’s posting from GameSpite Quarterly 8 is a Mike Zeller piece on Gunners Heaven (aka Rapid Reload), the first of many import lookbacks from this issue… most of which are from Mike, actually. I thought I was a pretty savvy importer back in the day, but occasionally someone comes along to put things into perspective for me.
Gunners Heaven is a pretty decent game — nothing amazing, but decent fun. However, it mostly stands out in my mind for the fact that it almost feels like a prequel to Wild Arms: That game’s Rudy and Cecilia are effectively just RPG renditions of this game’s hero and heroine, whose names never seemed important enough to commit to memory. Both titles, of course, were developed by Media.vision, but I’ve never seen any remarks on whether this resemblance was an intentional nod, an attempt to turn these two kids into virtual stars, or simply a lack of design diversity at the drawing board. And it’s ultimately not an important enough question for anyone to ask, so I’ll never know. It’s a little sad, knowing I’m doomed to die unfulfilled in this small way.
As for the broader outlook at GSQ8, I’ve been fielding a lot of questions as to plans for a digital or PDF edition of the books. The short answer is yes, maybe. A lot depends on what my proxy publisher, Blurb, will offer. There were some rumblings along those lines at the beginning of the year, but I haven’t heard anything further. Hopefully they’ll get their act together. I can go into more detail once I’m not on vacation and don’t have a little kid physically attached to his cool uncle Jeremy for Pokémon advice. Yes, even someone like me can be cool, albeit only in the eyes of a seven-year-old boy who thinks nothing in the world is more amazing than someone who gets to play video games all day every day.