APRIL FOOLS 2013! Operation Rainfall Origins: Saint

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Saint | Battle With Yamucha

Update: This is an April Fools Joke for 2013.

When I first got my Wii, I was begging to get anything good on the system. Sure, I had Super Mario Galaxy, but I was leery of that Fire Emblem and Tales of Symphonia stuff. (What kind of title is that, anyway?) But that all changed in 2009 when I came across a title from little-known Japanese developer Starfish-SD called Saint.

For those who don’t know, Saint is a take on the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West (http://en NULL.wikipedia NULL.org/wiki/Journey_to_the_West) (and possibly the best version ever, way better than that hack job manga/anime that Akira Toriyama came up with). You play as Son Goku as he travels around the world, meeting friends and taking on enemies.

There are a number of memorable missions in this game. One that comes to mind is saving Kuririn from falling down an endless well created as a trap by the evil Popo. Quite the epic battle.

Saint | Battle with Popo

And there are also the more humorous levels. One in particular involves finding all of Buruma’s panties. This leads to the hilariously drawn one-eyed banjo-playing redneck bandit named Yamucha.

And all of this culminates in a climactic final level, where you need to destroy a nuclear meteor. Get a high enough score throughout the game, and you’ll end up as the new Emperor of Japan.

Story aside, this game showed me so much about what a game could be. The music was a breath of fresh air in an industry that was feeling stale with predictable instrumentations and epic themes that felt trite and pointless. The gameplay took the shooter genre to a whole new level, bringing fresh and unique ideas to the table.

Saint | Destroying the Nuclear Meteor

This is truly a game that opened my eyes to what gaming could truly be. If you’re someone who needs a shot of creativity in your gaming library, you can’t go wrong with Saint.

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Jeff has been a supporter of the website and campaign since the beginning. He is the chief Editorial Head, and has probably had a hand in anything you see published on the website. Jeff has a wide variety of tastes when it comes to gaming with his favorite genres being Action, Platforming, RPG, and pretty much any game that is quirky. Jeff is a musician by trade, being trained as a trombonist for Jazz and Classical music as well as holding a degree in Sound Recording.