Let's Play Every GameCube Game, Part 29

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Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II

Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II (Sonic Team/Sega, 2002)


PSO is pretty famous as the first big console MMO, but it's predictably not playable in 2021 when the servers are down and I don't have a way of connecting it to the internet. There are private servers if you can solve the second problem, but there are also newer and more accessible versions of this game, so I don't know why you'd bother.


Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II Plus

Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II Plus (Sonic Team/Sega, 2003)


An expanded version of the original release that is similarly not playable today without going out of your way.


Phantasy Star Online Episode III: C.A.R.D. Revolution

Phantasy Star Online Episode III: C.A.R.D. Revolution (Sonic Team/Sega, 2003)


It sounds like this card battling take on PSO actually was playable offline, but for some reason it also doesn't start. Here's a nice loading screen.


Piglet's Big Game

Piglet's Big Game (Doki Denki Studio/Gotham Games, 2003)


Our latest entry in forgotten games about forgotten movies is an adventure game starring Piglet. It's very slow and boring, and you almost jitter while walking. I don't like it.


Pikmin

Pikmin (Nintendo EAD/Nintendo, 2001)


I hadn't played the original in this series before. It has some clever/silly writing to explain where all the names come from, and you can't deny that this series is always very cute. It's one I prefer to appreciate from a distance, though, because the quasi-RTS gameplay doesn't really gel with me. More importantly, the sequel has giant bugs, and I can always do without those.


Pikmin 2

Pikmin 2 (Nintendo EAD/Nintendo, 2004)


I played through most of this game many years ago, but then it introduced giant drop spiders and I decided it wasn't for me. You get some cool Pikmin powers and there's a good variety of biomes, so I see what everyone else loves about it. The pace and size of arachnids aren't quite what I'm looking for.


Pinball Hall of Fame: The Gottlieb Collection

Pinball Hall of Fame: The Gottlieb Collection (FarSight Studios/Crave Entertainment, 2005)


As mentioned a few times in the GBC series, video game pinball is just not appealing to me at all. It would've been even less so back then, when it was easier to find a real table. It seems like this game has a decent selection of tables if this is what you're after, though.


Pitfall: The Lost Expedition

Pitfall: The Lost Expedition (Edge of Reality/Activision, 2004)


If what you always wanted out of Pitfall was fighting a giant fire leopard, this is the game for you. It's a slightly edgy action adventure remake that involves a lot of kicking and jumping over giant mouths in the ground. If you want a good game, you should look elsewhere.


Pokémon Box: Ruby and Sapphire