The comments in my last “Recent Acquisitions” entry reminded me of a game I forgot to mention:
Hikaru no Go: Insei Chojyokesson for the PSOne. Yes, I picked up another Go game and this time its an anime tie-in. I like Hikaru no Go and all, but I won’t lie: I bought this so I could put stones in atari on my PSOne.
For those who need a primer on how to play Go, look at this link. After reading that, you can play a few rounds using the program on this page to get a feel for it.
As a game… well, this is better than the Go featured on Ultimate Board Games Collection certainly. There are two modes, one is the story mode. You do get to play some Go, but the story mode is really more like a visual novel, and I don’t know enough Japanese to really know what’s going on. The other is “Free Game” mode, where you just pick a character (at first you can only play vs. Hikaru, others are unlocked in the story mode) and start playing.
Both modes give you options, though I think Free Game gives you more. It has all the essentials covered: board size, comp difficulty, handicap stones… plus others I can’t read because yeah.
The players have personalities, and actually react to your moves or sometimes become really dramatic when making a move themselves. I can’t explain how hilarious this is, you just have to see this in action (I found a video, but unfortunately the person recording skipped through all the voiced bits… I’ll record my own and upload it later). The AI at default settings… well, it kicks my ass 2/3rds of the time.
What I really need, though, is human opponents.
Hey, wait… *smirks and casts a meaningful glance at you, the reader*