Grant E. Gaines
Despite lacking online multiplayer and giving players a lot of different ways to do the same thing, it's impossible to not find value in Fight'N Rage. There is enough diversity between paths to warrant at least a couple cycles and gameplay is complicated to the point of giving you something to work towards. It is the fight beat'em up in a while that I felt like I could play for 10+ hours and not get bored and that is an impressive feat at an extremely fair price.
The Ninja Saviors: Return of the Warriors is, at best, okay. It's the type of game you'll probably play a couple of times and never touch again. With a lack of explanations and arguably difficult situations, it doesn't encourage replayability. Don't get me wrong, it's fun, but not fun like The Simpsons arcade or X-Men. Still, if you really want to revisit a past title or just love the genre, it isn't anything special.
Children of Morta is basically everything you know about an action RPG, with random modifiers and level design. The blandness takes away from the dynamic nature, as does enemy placement, though most runs rely on making the most of whatever you got. And, if you're just not that good, enough grinding can reduce the difficulty to a point where it becomes a lot more accessible. When you consider the charm, amount of content, variety and multiplayer elements, it's a solid choice.
Concrete Genie isn't perfect, though it isn't awful either. The short adventure is elevated by the charms and overall message. Adding things like VR is even sweeter, as are all the options you get to make this your own personal experience. I would've liked to see a little more in terms of exploration in each zone or possibly a less regimented experience but it's still a charming game that goes to show you can do interesting things and say different things and still find some kind of success.
It's honestly hard to hate The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening. Sure, it can be hard to progress at first and not a whole lot is different besides graphics but it's still among the best Zelda games. Add to it the charming visuals and simply fun gameplay and you'll quickly look past the flaws. Maybe not to the point where absolutely everyone needs to try it, though I would strongly suggest it if you like the look or never played the original.
River City Girls has a fair amount to offer, it just is a bit rough around the edges. I had enough fun to see the value and the sprites and overall look is certainly nice, it just has some negatives that hurt it. Between the lack of online and sometimes difficult gameplay situations, it might frustrate less skilled or more casual players. This can be overcame through grinding, items and gear, but that isn't the most fun. So, if you're looking for another Castle Crashers this isn't it but it is a good beat 'em up if you're a fan of the genre.
In the end, I stand by it being one of the best titles last generation and strongly suggest it to anyone, especially those troubled by the looming threat of adulthood. For what it is, there are few games like that and this more than makes up for a bad choice here and there.