Hey folks. Long time listener, first time caller, etc… This topic was the push I needed to finally make an account!
Anyway, the easy answer for me, far and away, would be The Magical Realms of Tír na nÓg: Escape from Necron 7 - Revenge of Cuchulainn: The Official Game of the Movie - Chapter 2 of the Hoopz Barkley SaGa, or just Barkley 2 for short.
Enough has already been said about Barkley Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden in the past. It’s brilliant, funny, and legitimately manages to be a fun game that both satirizes the state and form of the Japanese RPG while being an extremely competent example of said genre. So when Tales of Game’s studio announced they’d be producing a sequel, with honest-to-god production being put behind it, I was instantly on board. It’s been one of the handful of Kickstarter projects that I’ve backed at a high level (I backed at $250 for the physical artbook and that super-tsundere Cyberdwarf dakimakura…), and I’ve been watching the development of the game like a hawk since.
…the development of which has been painfully slow, if I’m being honest. We’re more than 4 years in, and we have very little to show for the game, not even a playable demo as of now.
In fairness though, I don’t hold any of it against them. Coordinating something on this scale among their team has to be a nightmare, considering most of them live in entirely different places. Not only that, but there’s been a number of shakeups and roadblocks that have made the development hellish for the good folks at ToG. A lot is expected of them, and I know they genuinely don’t want to disappoint. But it’s hard not to feel a strange sense of agony at this elongated development period, doubly so when the product looks so dang good in previews and in the drip-feed of content regarding the game and all its features.
I know in my heart that it’ll come out eventually, and it’ll be a glorious day when it does, but lordy bagordy I’d like to cut to the point where I get to shoot those rad gun’s in the post-cyberpocalypse already.