Why do you hate me so much?
Episode 44 was progressing nicely, then came Holy Diver.
A bit of background: Irem's Holy Diver is one of those highly regarded "hidden gems" of the Famicom. It's an extremely cool game released only in Japan that has gained a cult following as a slick, well-made action title in the Castlevania mode -- a game that should have recieved a release in the West, but didn't. It's been one of the games on my radar; I've been looking forward to Holy Diver for some time. One of the pleasures of Chrontendo is discovering all these great games I've never played before. But it turns out Holy Diver is hard. Not Castlevania hard or Mega Man 1 hard or Ninja Gaiden hard, but "goddamn, why does this game keep killing me over and over?" hard. And "why is every frickin' enemy so difficult to kill?" hard.
Despite this, Holy Diver is a very fair game. Its deaths are not cheap, like, say, A Week of Garfield. It doesn't help that the game requires judicial use of special abilities, which consume magic points. And I'm one of those guys who hates to use limited resources or special items, because I'm always "saving" them for later. No matter how rough things get I always refuse to use my elixir or super-powerful attack because I assume the next battle is going to be even worse, and that's when I'll really need it.
Part of the problem may be that, unlike Ninja Gaiden or Mega Man, I've never played Holy Diver before. With practice, it may become more manageable. Still, this is game that needs to be on all those "Hardest games of the NES" lists.
|Must there be lava everywhere?!?|
Bonus: What's with all the Sword and Sorcery/D&D imagery in the "Holy Diver" video?
What is the cosmic connection between the late Mr. R.J. Dio, a man whose life was undoubtedly stuffed to the brim with sex, drugs and partying -- and normal D&D fans, many of which have never known the sweet touch of female flesh?