USstreamer: Journey Into the Obscure With Brandish [Updated: Archived!]

USstreamer: Journey Into the Obscure With Brandish [Updated: Archived!]

Jeremy delves into this odd Super NES RPG to prove once and for all that the world really does revolve around him.

It's Thursday, so you know what that means: USstreamer goes retro! I poked around in my box of random old games to find something interesting to play for today's stream, and in the end I came up with Brandish.

Not familiar with Brandish? Well, you will be soon; Xseed is supposed to be publishing the PSP remake Brandish: The Dark Revenant before the end of the year. The revamped version of the game is actually quite entertaining — I played the Japanese release nearly to the end a few years back — and will probably appeal to fans of dungeon crawlers and action RPGs.

The Super NES version, however, is a slightly dicier proposition. It features some strange mechanics and design decisions, and while it's not a bad game it definitely takes some getting used to. I've come around on it since playing the remake, but I can definitely guarantee that you're in for a disorienting experience this afternoon....

I'll be going live at 2 p.m. Pacific, 5 p.m. Eastern so that you can enjoy the wonderment and bafflement of this unusual RPG. It's by Nihon Famcom, the Ys people, so at the very least you know it's an interesting and iconoclastic experience.

So please, join me this afternoon and watch the room whirl wildly around you. Don't worry, you don't have the spins from last night's excessive drinking. That's just how Brandish rolls. Or rotates, anyway.

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