Deeper Game Analysis & Opinion


Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising [2003] GBA has been ANALYZED!

Advance Wars [2001] was a great game. How do you compete with that? Some might say, “You can’t!” Others might encourage you to build on the existing foundation and make something different, but good in its own right.

So what path did the makers of Advance Wars: Black Hole Rising choose? Oh the mystery! Intelligent Design, the developers behind this and other quality games have a fine pedigree. But pedigree does not necessarily insure success. Go and check out what happened.

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Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising [2003] ANALYSIS

Check out the analysis if:

  1. You want to see how the game crushes your carefully wrought strategies.

  2. You know it has nothing really to do with black holes and you’re just curious about the game.

  3. You marvel at the immense papercraft and perler devotion this franchise inspires.

  4. You’re wondering what makes this unassuming girl such a “dangerous enemy commander!”


Fire Emblem: Sacred Stones [2005] GameBoy Advance has been ANALYZED!

fire-emblem-sacred-stones-title-animation-v5Looking for a great SRPG franchise? Fire Emblem is there for you. In fact, you’ve come in a game late! Go back and start with Fire Emblem [2003]. Then grab this game, Fire Emblem Sacred Stones [2005].

It’s a fine example of SRPG fun with great pixel graphics and an analysis that sports a fantastical dedication to cosplay! Few SRPG franchises have the longevity or consistent quality of Fire Emblem. It’s got pirates! See for yourself!

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Fire Emblem: Sacred Stones [2005] ANALYSIS

Check out the analysis if:

  1. You thought “Fire Emblem” was some sort of tattoo app.

  2. You’re a fan of excellent pixel art.

  3. You played a recent Fire Emblem and want more.

  4. You’re curious as to why so many people dress as Fire Emblem characters!



A Special Matsuno Page Has Been Added!

Who is Yasumi Matsuno?

He’s a man who’s played a significant role in why Play What You Like exists. He’s referenced often enough and his accomplishments are significant enough to warrant their own page.

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The Matsuno Family of SRPGs

Check out the page if:

  1. You’re curious about this man’s amazing accomplishments.

  2. You want to know if those cats are his.

  3. You can’t read the temperature on the thermostat.

  4. You wonder if the man is a fan of the rock band Queen.

Disclaimer: You won’t get answers for questions two & three. Question four is answered here.



Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance [2005] GameCube has been ANALYZED!

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Looking for a challenging game with bird people, beast people, and a guy who can beat you with a stick? Look no further than Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance for the GameCube. The Fire Emblem franchise has been releasing quality games to American shores since Fire Emblem [2003] on the GameBoy Advance. Path of Radiance continues that tradition.

This game supplies plenty of fun tactical RPG action. There’s also a lot of good cosplay for it, and our take shows plenty. Be thrilled and entertained by our cogent analysis and by people dressed up like birds, cats, and a dreaded black knight.

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Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance [2005] ANALYSIS

Check out the analysis if:

  1. You like SRPGs with mounted units. (A Pegasus in 3D!)

  2. You know “Fire Emblem” is not a brand of fireplace log.

  3. You want a quality 40+ hour experience on your old dusty GameCube.

  4. You’re curious as to why these bird people look so bored.

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Land of Legends [2005] PC has been ANALYZED!


Want to know what elfin archers do when they get mad? Then look no farther than Land of Legends! It’s got elves, gnomes, vampires, and just about every fantasy class ever invented.

Land of Legends is a small indie game that proved to be more fun than its size. It implements some innovative mechanics that make for a fun and thought provoking game experience. Does it perhaps have too much content? Yes. Will you see what elf archers do when angry? Look below…


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"Why do you keep shooting me there!"

“Why do you keep shooting me there!”

Land of Legends [2005] ANALYSIS

Check out the analysis if:

  1. You like cute elf archers with dangerous aim.

  2. You think naming the evil bad guy “Evil” is noteworthy.

  3. You’ve been looking for thought provoking gameplay mechanics for your PC.

  4. Have I mentioned it has elves? (That don’t look like the picture below…)



Suikoden Tactics [2005] PS2 has been ANALYZED!

Looking for a game with man-sized cat people? Look no further than Suikoden Tactics! Be thrilled with a game overflowing with playable characters. It’s got man eating plants, goat girls, and a group of pirates who think the game is about them (but its not).

"I want pirates! Waaaah!"

“I want pirates! Waaaah!”

Suikoden Tactics has an impressive amount of content, and is a high quality game from first-tier developer Konami. It’s a long running franchise, but this is its only SRPG entry. It also has dragons—although it will take work to see all the dragon content. Did we see ALL the dragon content? No. Does the game have a creature in it called golem? Yes. Does the final boss make about as much sense as fighting an evil eye? Yes!


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Suikoden Tactics [2005] ANALYSIS

Check out the analysis if:

  1. You like SRPGs with life-sized cat people.

  2. You think “Iskas” is a real gem of a name for a bad guy.

  3. You like figuring out strange video game endings.

  4. You want learn about a franchise that inspires female pirate cosplay.

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Dragon Drive: Tactics Break [2002] PlayStation has been ANALYZED!

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Be thrilled with the adventures of kids who can summon dragons! And like most super-powered people in Japan, they are high-schoolers. Summon real virtual dragons. Summon really real non-virtual dragons. Frolic in an environment that looks like Tron. Battle in an environment that looks like something your little brother made in the backyard sandbox.

Dragon Drive has an impressive genetic customization mechanic for modifying your dragons. Did we figure out how to use it? No! The game is in Japanese. Did we still enjoy the game? Yeah. Will you enjoy our analysis and humorous dialogue for the in-game characters? Yes!

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We think this guy lost a bet with RION and has to wear this dippy blindfold for a full day.

“I lost a bet with RION and have to wear this stupid blindfold for a day.”

Dragon Drive: Tactics Break [2002] ANALYSIS

Check out the analysis if:

  1. You like SRPGs, humor, or dragons!

  2. You’ve read the Dragon Drive Manga (come on, who hasn’t?)

  3. You have an insatiable curiosity to see the dullest SRPG map evAr!

  4. You’ve dressed up as one of these guys.

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