When it comes to video games, I have a very peculiar taste. I don’t like playing games online other than Team Fortress 2. I don’t like the majority of the big games that come out these days. I’m one of very few people who are very happy that Spike from Sony’s Ape Escape series made it into Sony Playstation All Stars Battle Royale.
I’d love to see Sony finally make an Ape Escape 4 but it most likely isn’t in the cards. Catching silly monkeys while traveling through time and space just doesn’t appeal to today’s average gamer who would rather shoot guns at people online. It sucks to have an interest in things that the majority of people don’t. There’s not as much money in making the games that appeal to me.
I’ve been a fan of the Ape Escape series since the first game. A friend of mine brought it over during a sleep over. He told me that we couldn’t just use any old Playstation controller. We had to use the Dualshock, Sony’s new controller. You couldn’t play Ape Escape without it. The controller blew my young mind away. I still think Sony’s DualShock controllers are among the best in the game industry.
We spent the night playing Ape Escape. Boy oh boy. I had so much fun chasing monkeys around levels with a net and using a hula hoop to speed up. That sleep over is one of my favorite child hood memories. My friend moved away shortly after that. I still replay Ape Escape or its sequels at least once a year. It’s an indulgence in nostalgia for me. Seeing Spike end up in one of Sony’s big games for the year makes me glad. It’s nice that the franchise hasn’t been forgotten even though it really doesn’t have a place in Sony’s current plans.
Spike standing next to the likes of Kratos in this new game really shows the contrast between the direction of Sony now and how it used to be. Kratos is a murderous demi-god who killed his own wife and child before setting off on a vengeful journey filled with blood, sex, and gratituitos violence. Spike is just a kid whose job it was to catch monkeys wearing pants.