Quest 64 - An in-depth look at one of the most beloved RPGs on the Nintendo 64

As part of my skankcore64 project, I want to take a little time to reflect on each game that I play. These will be a retro review, where I judge the game on its own merit for the time it appeared. I don't want to compare them to recent games, unless its a direct sequel or franchise continuation.

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Review for
Quest 64
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Pros

There's a fish that stands on a fence post

Can be completed

Why can't I rate this a zero?

Cons

Looks terrible

Sounds terrible

Written terribly

Linear yet still easy to get lost

Where the fuck is the Dad?

Octogonal Turn-Based Combat

Fuck this game

From The Chatty
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    November 30, 2020 4:52 PM

    The wait is over. A comprehensive review of the finest 64-bit RPG.

    Read more: Quest 64 - An in-depth look at one of the most beloved RPGs on the Nintendo 64

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      November 30, 2020 4:55 PM

      Ahaha the pros and cons slay me

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      November 30, 2020 5:05 PM

      It's crazy how the N64 had been out two years and not a single RPG was developed for it until Quest 64

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        November 30, 2020 5:06 PM

        That is sad. It’s so close to being fun but they squander every opportunity. I can see how some people find it enjoyable, monotony is comforting... I guess.

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        December 1, 2020 6:49 AM

        Yeah, going from the SNES, where many of my favorite games were RPGs to the N64 was quite jarring. It did keep my SNES hooked up and finding gems long after it normally would've been shelved but there were basically no good RPGs released for the N64 save the OG Paper Mario.

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        December 1, 2020 7:07 AM

        Playstation was the JRPG machine. N64 had a few but it wasn't even close.

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        December 1, 2020 7:20 AM

        I thought it was the cart vs cd format that sent everything to the PS1, right? Something to do with all those FMV sequences and space needed.

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          December 1, 2020 7:25 AM

          Trying to do 3D on a system with that little available space basically left nothing for anything else unless you priced your cartridge up to cover additional chips. It's part of the reason why collectathon platformers became such a big genre on the system, it didn't require drawn out sections of dialog and narration where custom animations would be needed compared to the massive amount of storage available on a CD which allowed for such things, including prerendered movie content.

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      November 30, 2020 5:09 PM

      A well written comprehensive article, everything that needed to be said is said. GG Skankcore!

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      November 30, 2020 6:22 PM

      Skanknews!

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      November 30, 2020 6:30 PM

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      December 1, 2020 6:51 AM

      I bought and finished this game specifically because it was billed as an RPG on the N64. Man there were some turds I have some stockholm syndrome like nostalgia for.

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        December 1, 2020 9:41 AM

        You’re not alone. I’m my research while playing the game, I found lots of anecdotes about how this was a beloved childhood favorite. I weep for those children ;)

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      December 1, 2020 6:57 AM

      clearly did not age well. :D

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        December 1, 2020 7:22 AM

        It wasn't good to begin with, being the first RPG on the N64 it basically bombed the genre on the platform too.

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      December 1, 2020 7:03 AM

      I had this game as a kid and fucking hated it. Still played it all, didn't have that many options lol.

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        December 1, 2020 9:17 AM

        Ditto, my household was Nintendo centric till we finally got a PS2 like halfway through that era (2003 I think?). I went from loving RPGs to getting good at (often badly made) 3D platforming, horrendous early 3D FPS controls, and sub-20 FPS racing games since that's all that ended up being good/popular on the system.

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      December 1, 2020 7:17 AM

      I remember renting this game thinking nice an RPG. When I tried to play it I had no idea what the hell to do or how to do anything. Game is trash.

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      December 1, 2020 7:23 AM

      I love that you’re doing this but I kinda wish you’d go all out and show us just how fucking terrible it was, like an old PC Gamer bad review from back in the day. That’s obviously time consuming though.

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        December 1, 2020 7:25 AM

        My first two reviews are multi paragraph proper reads. Since I plan on doing this for 296 games, I want to set the precedent now that a few of them might be shit posts :D

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      December 1, 2020 8:56 AM

      That game is ass.

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        December 1, 2020 9:18 AM

        You know how some people become nostalgic for skunk spray smell because it's tied to some weird happy memory? That is this game for me. I have a fondness for it despite the fact that it is shit. I might do an entire series on stuff like that for me.

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      December 1, 2020 9:20 AM

      haha I remember looking forward to this game and wanting to play it, then forgetting about it right after release cause reviews were low

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      December 1, 2020 9:26 AM

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        December 1, 2020 9:40 AM

        They made Paper Mario for the N64 instead, which, IMO, is the second best Paper Mario game and the require precursor for one of, if not the best Mario RPG of them all, Thousand Year Door. I honestly don't think SMRPG:LotSS would have worked on the N64 because they'd have tried to make it polygonal which likely would've ruined literally everything else about how it functions and presents itself.

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      December 5, 2020 12:47 PM

      I think my favorite bullet point is: "Linear yet still easy to get lost"

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