Squaresoft's Site was focused mainly on Parasite Eve. But their
Newly announced game Musashiden was also present and the Madman had the
chance to try it out first hand...
Once again character designed by Tetsuya Nomura, Musashiden
is a 3D game which starts out like Crash Bandicoot in the beginning- the
main character goes running facing the screen, walking DOWNWARDS the wall
of a tower as a boulder comes falling down.
While it is action packed as much as the formerly mentioned
game, Musashiden adds a touch of RPG that Squaresoft is known for, making
the game create a feeling similar to Legend Of Zelda.
Although it was too short a play to see if its tricks and puzzles
were as par a challenge to Zelda, the graphics are the usual good quality
that Squaresoft is known for.
Several machines of the coin-op game Ehergeiz was put on display,
and both Cloud and Tifa was useable. While I did nto get to play the game
many times, Squaresoft actually put in voices for Tifa.
It was quite a correct decision to try the game out on press
day as there was a row of people over 20 meters on public opening days.
The BIG game that Squaresoft had for display. As rumored, Parasite
Eve is actually compliant to the Dual Shock controller- the analog stick
can be used, however there are no shocks. The game graphics were
superb- I lived in NY all my life and those streets actually look like
them back in the city. The LA team had done a terrific job on this game,
they earned an applause. And they did, as the main LA staff members came
to the centre stage in the Squaresoft booth.
When asked about some of their greatest problems while creating
the game, they mentioned that the first six months in the beginning of
the two year project was to hardest since practices between the US and
Japanese teams were very different. In another situation, it was mentioned
that the "wave" of the ocean's CG had a time when it looked like.... mountains.
While Squaresoft's booth did not give away any novelty
goods, they did have a prize winning contest for those whom answered their
questionnaires. Their pamphlets given out during the show was very nice,
and had extra goodies like character stickers with illustration such as