Many characters from the video game world have had their time in the limelight and seen it fade. With no hope of reemergence, characters like Banjo, Fox McCloud, Conker and, most recently, Crash Bandicoot have felt the breeze of a second wind fill their tired hopeless lungs back to relevant life. Yet, one character still sits in the past patiently waiting for his triumphant return. My friends, it’s time Bubsy comes back.
Released in 1993 by Accolade, Bubsy in Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind, was met with mixed reviews. However, Busby did receive Electronic Gaming Monthly’s award “Most Hype for a Character of 1993” as well as an eight out of ten from the same publication. Gamepro also gave it a five out of five. However, IGN claimed the title to be nothing more than a Sonic rip off. The gaming news organization stated Busby was a lack luster title that attempted to do the same things as Sonic just not as effective. IGN went further to state both titles used blast processing. However, Sonic’s levels complimented his speed where as Bubsy’s did not. However, a sequel was born.
The following year Bubsy II was released with again mixed reviews. IGN the harshest of the critics stated that the gameplay was neater yet the title still lacked a creative ideas. Yet, Gamepro gave the title a positive review by saying the personally of Bubsy was the biggest appeal of Bubsy II.
The next sequel, Bubsy in Fractured Furry Tales, was an Atari Jaguar exclusive. The game was met with similar reviews as previous installments. Although only 60,000 copies were made according to Inside Electronic Game Design, it seemed almost as though Bubsy was here to stay.
Then the age of 3D crept up like the reaper himself. Released in 1996, Bubsy 3D, was actually met with praise. PSextreme even gave the game a score of 93% as well awarding the title their “Gold X Award.” NowGamer went as far to say, “Bubsy 3D nips in and steals the 3-D crown.” However, the flow of time is always cruel. Later reviews panned the game. Seanbaby ranked Bubsy 3D as the 17th worst game of all time. IGN stated this was the most clear example of how not to transition from 2D to 3D.
That’s where we find a once beloved character. The franchise has since gone quiet. Bubsy might just be a memory now When we see the titles in store and garage sales we will say, “oh yeah. I remember that game.”
However, Bubsy’s lungs are starting to breathe anew. As of June 8, 2017, a new Bubsy title has been announced for PC and PS4. Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back has been announced for release on Halloween 2017. While critics have met this news with indifference, the team presses forward to reunite Bubsy with a fan base that truly misses the cat with the personality. A trailer has even surfaced showing off our familiar friend in his new adventure.
Now, we wait for what have many considered an impossible feat. The return of a hero that gaming forgot and with the resurgence of retro games Bubsy is right on time. After all, “What could possibly go wrong?”
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