In honor of Thrice Upon a Time, let’s look again at Eva‘s digital legacy
Right this moment, the ultimate of the Evangelion Rebuild motion pictures hits Amazon, bringing an extended sequence of movies and the anime sequence earlier than it to a—theoretical, not less than—shut.
For some followers of Neon Genesis Evangelion, that is the fruits of years and years of ready, and literal a long time spent following the sequence. Personally, I did a full rewatch of the TV sequence on Netflix close to the beginning of the pandemic (even when it wasn’t precisely one of the simplest ways to take action) and simply completed going again by means of the Rebuilds. I’m prepared. This second’s been ready for me, ever since I first picked up an Evangelion DVD from the native video retailer at what psychiatrists would name an “impressionable” age.
However with the Rebuild line coming to an in depth, I’ve additionally been fascinated about the roads less-traveled. Certain, there’s been a variety of Evangelion media when it comes to each the sequence and films, however what concerning the video video games?
Right this moment, in honor of the final Evangelion Rebuild coming stateside, let’s look again at Neon Genesis Evangelion‘s unusual, winding historical past on the earth of interactive video video games.
The Evangelion video games
In 1996, Evangelion received a sequence of video games on the Sega Saturn, largely mixing RPG parts with full-motion movies. They admittedly regarded fairly cool, utilizing animated clips for assaults. However essentially the most notable entry right here is Neon Genesis Evangelion: Girlfriend of Metal.
It’s an interactive story, with the participant navigating a map and coping with the interpersonal relationships that Shinji Ikari has with the opposite Eva pilots. It additionally introduces a brand new character, Mana Kirishima, who provides a little bit of battle to the group of pilots. There are three endings, specializing in three totally different characters (Mana, Asuka, and Kaji), and one other ending was added within the PlayStation 2 launch.
After this, we get a sequence of brief collections of minigames, multimedia discs, and mahjong video games. Then, in 1999, some of the recognizable Evangelion video games hit the market.
Neon Genesis Evangelion for the Nintendo 64 introduced the sequence into full 3D, and added much more motion to the fight. I actually dig the section the place you need to do a quick-time occasion with Eva Unit-01 and Unit-02, recreating Shinji and Asuka’s practiced dance from the sequence. It even, considerably horrifyingly, runs up by means of the Finish of Evangelion, the place you possibly can play by means of Asuka’s final stand in opposition to the mass-produced Evas.
After that, we’ve received a sequence of life-sim administration video games. These get a bit bizarre, starting from Princess Maker-type video games with Rei Ayanami and Shinji Akari to Neon Genesis Evangelion: Angel Elevating, the place you play as Ryoji Kaji elevating an Adam fetus. Yeah, it’s bizarre.
There’s additionally Detective Evangelion, a by-product I’ve solely realized of right this moment that apparently includes investigating murders. It makes use of Ace Legal professional-style gameplay throughout the Evangelion world, in addition to beat ’em up and mecha segments. It additionally has a serialized manga adaptation? Really, that is the following localization we have to demand. Oh, and lastly, try this sick advert for an Evangelion VR expertise.
The Evangelion crossovers
Apart from precise Evangelion video games, there are additionally a bunch of crossovers with different properties. Tremendous Robotic Wars makes essentially the most sense; right here’s a sequence that’s already about large robots from varied anime sequence coming collectively and scrappin’ it out, so the Eva Items make an ideal match.
Phantasy Star Moveable 2 featured some costumes and weapons from the sequence, and another service video games have had collaborations with the sequence, like Puzzle & Dragons and Honkai Affect.
In one in every of my favourite crossovers, Granzella—the developer of the Catastrophe Report sequence—made a sport referred to as Kyoei Toshi. It options large monsters inflicting injury all around the metropolis, whilst you, a helpless human on the bottom, have to flee from all of the havoc and destruction. It’s received characters from Ultraman, the Godzilla franchise, Patlabor, and even Gamera. And naturally, it has the Evas, in addition to among the Angels from the sequence, too.
Kyoei Toshi has solely been launched in Japan, so that you’d must import a duplicate to play it. However hey, in what different manner will you ever get to play an Eva x Gamera crossover?
And naturally, no listing of Evangelion video games and associated crossovers is full with out Taiko no Tatsujin. The latest entry on Change has Neon Genesis Evangelion‘s glorious, extraordinarily catchy, arguably iconic opening theme, “Merciless Angel’s Thesis.”
May we ever see one other big-budget adaptation of Evangelion? Who is aware of. However between the N64 sport, some Taiko drumming, and regardless of the heck Detective Evangelion is, we’ve already received so much.
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