This Week in Gaming – 11th October 20205 minute read

There is often a theme in This Week in Gaming, besides anniversaries. Sometimes it is slightly less obvious but in this article it is prominent. It would appear that the first week of October is often a big time for the developers behind Mortal Kombat. There are several big Mortal Kombat releases from the last seven days, from the original arcade release onwards.

5th October

Skies of Arcadia (image credit: Overworks)

A classic RPG was launched in 2000 on the Dreamcast. Skies of Arcadia is a game where a young air pirate and his friends attempt to stop an empire reviving ancient weapons that have the power to destroy the world. Even though this game was one of the best-reviewed for the platform it failed to perform commercially. When SEGA left the hardware market it was ported in 2002 to the GameCube under the title Skies of Arcadia Legends.

  • 28 Years
    • Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest – Super Nintendo
  • 20 Years
    • Skies of Arcadia – Dreamcast (Japan)

6th October

The Settlers II (image credit: Blue Byte Software)

With a complex economic system, supply and demand gameplay alongside excellent graphics, Settlers II was positively reviewed. It had an original release in 1996, and The Settlers II: The Next Generation was a remake of this title. most dynamics remained unchanged from the original, other than the updated 3D graphics. The game received mixed reviews but was popular inside Germany where it still has a large fanbase to this day.

  • 25 Years
    • Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling together – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 14 Years
    • The Settlers II: The Next Generation 10th Anniversary – PC

7th October

Mortal Kombat 3 (image credit: Midway Games)

The PlayStation version of Mortal Kombat 3 was a port from the arcade release in 1995 by Midway Games. The game was the third installment of the series and retained the notorious depictions of violence that it is popular for. A run button was added to the controller setup as well as “Kombat Kodes” which was an unlockable content system. This system allowed the player to use various symbols pre-match to achieve certain effects.

  • 25 Years
    • Mortal Kombat 3 – PlayStation

8th October

Mortal Kombat (image credit: Midway)

I still remember going to a Laser Quest birthday party 28 years ago. I would have been eight years old. I vividly remember walking into the foyer and seeing all the older children playing this red and gold cabinet of death. The violence, the graphics, the sounds and the excitement had me transfixed. Mortal Kombat literally took me, and the world, by storm.

  • 28 Years
    • Mortal Kombat – Arcade
  • 22 Years
    • Romance of the Three Kingdoms VI: Awakening of the Dragon – PlayStation (Japan)
  • 18 Years
    • Timesplitters 2 – PlayStation 2

9th October

Fallout (image credit: Interplay Productions)

In 1997 the world saw the first of the Fallout franchise for the first time. It looks a lot different to Fallout as we are all familiar today. It is an open-world turn-based role-playing video game. It is the spiritual successor to the game Wasteland which was released in 1988. The combat system is where the turn-based elements were introduced, which differs heavily to the first-person action we see in the latest renditions today. The game reached critical success and paved the way for the franchise to continue to this day.

  • 23 Years
    • Fallout – PC
    • Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II – PC
  • 14 Years
    • Mortal Kombat: Armageddon – PlayStation 2

10th October

This week I officially feel old. The days when I played Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 – Yuri’s Revenge do not seem like they began 19 years ago. This game was an add-on to Red Alert 2 and followed the story of Yuri, a Soviet figure who plans to rule the world using psychic abilities. Again it followed an Allied and Soviet story branch so the player was able to choose their allies, as well as online multiplayer action. The game lacked a single player campaign for Yuri’s army, but they were playable in multiplayer. Personally I believed this game to be the pinnacle of the Command & Conquer franchise.

  • 20 Years
    • Alien Resurrection
  • 19 Years
    • Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 – Yuri’s Revenge – PC

11th October

Who doesn’t love a Mario game? Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door is the second game in the Paper Mario series. The game follows Mario as he attempts to retrieve seven Crystal Stars and once again rescue Peach from the X-Nauts. Playing this title makes it obvious why it won Role Playing Game of the Year award in 2005 at the Interactive Achievement Awards.

  • 24 Years
    • Mortal Kombat Trilogy – PlayStation
    • Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 – Genesis
    • Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 – Super Nintendo
  • 16 Years
    • Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door – GameCube