Recently, while playing The Elder Scolls: Oblivion it occurred to me that the thing I enjoy most about that game is riding a horse around a lushly detailed virtual world. Actually it’s not an uncommon feeling in the gaming community. Mount and Blade, Ocarina of Time and Shadow of the Colossus have all received high praise for their horse riding elements.
Then it occurred to me that if I was going to play a glorified Horsie simulator I may as well play the real deal. Now I know you’ve always secretly wanted to know the ins and outs of the growing Horse Riding genre but were too afraid to purchase one because the pretty girl at EB might suddenly think you’re “a gay”. But don’t worry for I’m here to lay some knowledge on you.
But with so many options which game should I pick?
Certainly not Barbie Horse Adventures, licensed products almost always suck. What about The Equestrian the offical game of the USEF? No that appears to be too much of a hardcore Equestrian simulator. I’m after something a bit less serious and drab. Something colourful, possibly starring a pretty girl with an estranged father who has to learn to love again and a family farm that needs saving. Unfortunately finding serious game reviews of any of these titles is damn near impossible. Even the Internet which I had previously believed to contain all human knowledge ever was silent.
Enter Imagine: Champion Rider from Ubisoft’s Imagine line of games for pre-teen girls. Surely the company that brought us such modern classics as Beyond Good and Evil and Prince of Persia the Sands of Time won’t steer me wrong.
So pack your trail rations and clean your brushes because tomorrow we set off on an adventure into the land where boys fear to tread the Girly Game….