Oh dear, I guess every week PlayStation 2 Classic lineup can be loaded with the likes of Shinobi and God Hand, or we’d run out of great PS2 games pretty quickly. If the last duo of Natsume games from two weeks ago wasn’t enough for you, then they’ve already got two more lined up.
Innocent Life: A Futuristic Harvest Moon‘s title doesn’t really leave much to the imagination, does it? It comes directly as advertised, a farming simulator set in the future, only this time it’s armed with slick buggy for the farmer to explore with. Beyond raising crops and caring for livestock, Innocent Life provides a full traditional JRPG storyline, packed with characters from the local town and a handful of environments to explore, including an active volcano. This is a port of the PSP game and was originally developed by ArtePiazza, who would go on to port all the Dragon Quest games to the DS.
This other game was entirely unknown to me, and I think I would have rather kept it that way. From the cover alone, it’s obvious that Ruff Trigger: The Vanocore Conspiracy lifts just about every one of its ideas from Ratchet & Clank. The hero is a questionable mammal armored in space gear, and he has a cheeky relationship with his K9 robot companion. YouTube videos reveal exactly what you would expect, a budget game looking to recreate a popular series but lacking the funds to create an intense world, fun combat or anything really memorable.
So, no, I can’t speak for either except through reputation. Innocent Life has a solid following, and Harvest Moon fans should feel right at home. Just remember that it drops the dating aspects of the game. As for Ruff Trigger, well…Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando is also available on PSN for just $5 more if you want the real deal, so unless you’ve played the series to death and want something new, there’s really no reason to play it besides a $10 chuckle.