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October 7th, 2013 | EarthBound, Images

Sebastian has sent in another scan of a recent magazine review of EarthBound! This one is from GamesMaster, which I’d actually never heard of before. Here’s a look it:


The review seems very enthusiastic about the game and gives it a 91% score. Man, it’s still so awesome to see all these magazines raving about it now 😀

You know how a few American magazine reviews back in the mid-90s often sounded like the reviewers had never even gotten past Onett in the game? This particular review gives me the same sort of vibe, although it’s such a short article that it could just be coincidence. I hope the reviewer did eventually play through it all, though, at least for his own enjoyment.

And that’s my review of an EarthBound review! I give it an 89 out of 110.1.


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7 Comments to GamesMaster Review of EarthBound

asdf said on Oct. 7, 2013

Man, it’s nice to see all of the positive reaction to EarthBound, but I’m really not getting where these comments about EarthBound making fun of more serious JRPGs, or is in some way a parody of the genre, come from. I’ve always just gotten the impression that the game just set out to do its own thing using the JRPG format, not that it was some cynical satire on other games. Comments like that make me feel like the reviewer didn’t actually “get” the game or even play much of it.

Ness1985 said on Oct. 8, 2013

I’m so glad Europe finally has it after all this time and rightfully so.

bobsburgerking said on Oct. 8, 2013

It’s a parody of jrpgs and the united states. Mainly, it’s a parody of dragon quest (it’s insanely popular in japan.) Instead of chosen “adults” it has chosen 10 year old kids. The mechanics are based on dq’s battle system (out-dated even back then). Mother may have been more molded in the shape of dq, but mother retains that same feel.

Reficul said on Oct. 8, 2013

89 out of 110.1?
But that’s 81%.
That’s barely a B-, Mato.
I think this game at least deserves a B+.

Mato said on Oct. 8, 2013

I only read to the end of the first boss paragraph

Elise said on Oct. 8, 2013

I see what you mean about the reviewer not getting very far ^^” If I had to pick “off-the-wall” moments of the top of my head I’d say the Blue cult or the Zombie Tent or even Moonside (or would that have been too spoilery for a review?)

I guess game reviewers just play enough to get a feel for the game and include a reference to the part everyone knows about (in this case Master Belch) to make it seem they played further. As long as they’re giving good games good reviews, that’s fine I guess ^^”

Dr.Starky said on Oct. 13, 2013

Although there is a lot more to Earthbound than poking fun at common JRPG tropes, the parody element is definitely there.

The pencil statue, for example, is a pretty clear jab at the arbitrary blockades found in JRPGs. It’s such a ridiculously contrived obstacle that that has to be the joke.


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