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The Video "Game"

1. Choose your heroes, and your villains too
2. Justice in name only
3. Legendary monsters known for their good teeth
 
1. Choose your heroes, and your villains too
2. Justice in name only
3. Legendary monsters known for their good teeth
4. The important people may vary, but the important rocks and trees are always the same
 
1. Choose your heroes, and your villains too
2. Justice in name only
3. Legendary monsters known for their good teeth
4. The important people may vary, but the important rocks and trees are always the same
5. Cameos from the future
 
1. Choose your heroes, and your villains too
2. Justice in name only
3. Legendary monsters known for their good teeth
4. The important people may vary, but the important rocks and trees are always the same
5. Cameos from the future
6. The character growth system is important to the story, but the choices you make with it are not
 
1. Choose your heroes, and your villains too
2. Justice in name only
3. Legendary monsters known for their good teeth
4. The important people may vary, but the important rocks and trees are always the same
5. Cameos from the future
6. The character growth system is important to the story, but the choices you make with it are not
7. The main characters are all around the same age, but one of them really doesn't seem like it
 
Seiken Densetsu 3/Trials of Mana?
Correct!

1. Choose your heroes, and your villains too
You choose three party members at the beginning of the game, and the one you pick first determines which group of villains rises to power.

2. Justice in name only
As in criminal justice: Trials of Mana. The word doesn't really have anything to do with the game.

3. Legendary monsters known for their good teeth
The Benevodons. The root words that make up "Benevodon" mean "good" and "tooth". It's weird that they're called this! Some of them don't even have teeth!

4. The important people may vary, but the important rocks and trees are always the same
The mana stones and mana tree have the same role in the story regardless of which route you play.

5. Cameos from the future
Li'l Cactus and Anise were introduced to the series in games made after Seiken Densetsu 3, but appear in the Trials of Mana remake.

6. The character growth system is important to the story, but the choices you make with it are not
Duran's motivation at the beginning of the game is to level up and change his class, and the fourth class changes are a plot point in the remake's postgame, but choosing light or dark classes doesn't affect anything but your appearance and combat abilities.

7. The main characters are all around the same age, but one of them really doesn't seem like it
They're all supposed to be in their late teens, but Charlotte looks and sounds much younger than that.
 

Zef

Find Your Reason
(He/Him)
I was lost for 3 and 5, but 6 clinched it for me :D

1. He still fights bad guys, but isn't comfortable calling anyone a partner.
 

Zef

Find Your Reason
(He/Him)
1. He still fights bad guys, but isn't comfortable calling anyone a partner.
2. Getting this tech off the ground is proving to be a series of pipe dreams.
 

Zef

Find Your Reason
(He/Him)
1. He still fights bad guys, but isn't comfortable calling anyone a partner.
2. Getting this tech off the ground is proving to be a series of pipe dreams.
3. Ooooh, that storytelling conceit tied to a gameplay feature common to this genre is not going to age well. (Spoiler: it didn't.)
 

Zef

Find Your Reason
(He/Him)
1. He still fights bad guys, but isn't comfortable calling anyone a partner.
2. Getting this tech off the ground is proving to be a series of pipe dreams.
3. Ooooh, that storytelling conceit tied to a gameplay feature common to this genre is not going to age well. (Spoiler: it didn't.)
4. Who would have thought that the story would be bookended by not just one, but two very dramatic wardrobe changes.
 

Zef

Find Your Reason
(He/Him)
Marvel's Spider-Man?

Ayup!

1. He still fights bad guys, but isn't comfortable calling anyone a partner.
Peter is voiced by Yuri Lowenthal, who, among many, many others, also voiced Persona 4's Yosuke, who often called that game's nameless Protagonist "Partner." Not only is Lowenthal's Peter voice is almost the same as his Yosuke voice (which can be very disconcerting until you get used to it) but a few people throughout the game ask to be his partner in crime-fighting.

2. Getting this tech off the ground is proving to be a series of pipe dreams.
Peter's day job at the lab includes two types of minigames, one of which is basically a Pipe Dreams clone in which you have to get an electrical current from point A to point B using conduits and power sources.

3. Ooooh, that storytelling conceit tied to a gameplay feature common to this genre is not going to age well. (Spoiler: it didn't.)
In order to unlock segments of the map, you need to activate surveillance towers that connect you with the NYPD network. Yep, the in-game NYPD has digital surveillance towers. Even upon release, this concept, and Peter's chummy-chummy attitude with the Department, were already considered tone-deaf at best given the NYPD's real-life history, now...

4. Who would have thought that the story would be bookended by not just one, but two very dramatic wardrobe changes.
The prologue battle severely damages Peter's old, worn Spidey suit, and he has to create a brand new one at the lab--with unexpected assistance from his boss, Otto Octavius. It's the game's signature look until the final mission, where Peter creates a new suit specifically to battle Doctor Octopus.
 
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