I'm kinda looking forward to play Earthbound. I mean, you hear all kinds of praise for the game, but since i never got around to owning a SNES, there really wasn't any opportunities to play the game. And I really like the modern setting of the game, not a alot of RPG's go for that.
As a side note, does anybody know how long it takes to beat? As I'm getting older, I'm finding it harder and harder to play and beat 70+ hours RPG's.
Its not as long as that, maybe about 20-30 hours. Starmen.net has a great guide if you get lost. Its happened to me.
I honestly think most people look at Earthbound through rose-colored nostalgia glasses. The combat is reminiscent of early Dragon Quest games, and the story and direction just kind of gets lost after the first half of the game. The final battle was a truly unique experience, as was the rest of the game, it's just it wasn't really as good as people make it out to be.
Its probably a lot of nostalgia, but I do think the game is still fantastic. However, Mother 3 is a far better game, and the story doesn't meander near the end like Earthbound's. Actually, it kind of does a bit, with Chapter 7, because its a last minute hunt for the very important things, of which you need 7, and then moves you along to the final battle. Overall though, it is a tighter story than Earthbound's.