This Week in Gaming – 14th March 20219 minute read

This Week discusses the gender identifications in Dragon Age II, the first RPG of a classic platforming game franchise, a simulator of roar-some standards and much, much more. Read This Week in Gaming for another seven days packed of gaming anniversaries.

8th March

Dragon Age II (image credit: BioWare)

In Dragon Age II you get to control Hawke, a refugee from the Fifth Blight who will eventually become the Champion of Kirkwall. The game allows the player to select their character class like other action role-playing games but also allows players to incorporate choices they made in Dragon Age: Origins into the game. The game was well received and highly reviewed but was also met with some controversy. The first controversy was met when a BioWare employee, Chris Hoban, was found to be scoring the game as a consumer on Metacritic. The second was when the game was allegedly using SecuROM digital rights software though this was refuted and BioWare stated they were only using the softwares date checking capability. The third controversy came when a player made a public complaint about the homosexual advances within the game. The player stated their should be an option to remove homosexuality from the game in as focus that there are straight gamers who play it also. Head writer David Gaiter stated that making romances for both sexes was less costly than making separate algorithms.

  • 28 Years
    • The Terminator – Sega CD
  • 20 Years
    • Extermination – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
  • 19 Years
    • Lufia: The Ruins of Lore – Game Boy Advance (Japan)
    • MotoGP – Game Boy Advance
  • 16 Years
    • Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 – PC
    • Rave Master: Special Attack Force! – Game Boy Advance
  • 14 Years
    • Bomberman Land – Nintendo Wii (Japan)
  • 10 Years
    • Dragon Age II – Macintosh, PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
    • MLB 11: The Show – PlayStation 3
    • Major League Baseball 2K11 – Xbox 360
    • Phantom Brave: The Hermuda Triangle – PSP

9th March

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (image credit: Square)

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars was developed by Square and published by Nintendo on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. The story focuses on defeating Smithy who has crash landed on Mario’s world and stolen the Seven Stars of Star Road. It was the first game in the Mario franchise to be a role-playing game and drew from major elements of other Square games such as Final Fantasy. Even though the game was developed by Square it still retained Shigeru Miyamoto as producer by switched to Yoko Shinomura as the soundtracks composer.

  • 31 Years
    • Wizardry: Knight of Diamonds – The Second Scenario – NES (Japan)
  • 25 Years
    • Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 22 Years
    • Army Men 3D – PlayStation
  • 20 Years
    • Dragon Warrior Monsters 2: Cobi’s Journey – Game Boy color (Japan)
    • X-Change – PC
  • 18 Years
    • Sonic Adventure 2 – Game Boy Advance
  • 17 Years
    • Mafia – Xbox
    • Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes – GameCube
    • The Suffering – PlayStation 2
  • 15 Years
    • The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC – PC (Japan)
    • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter – Xbox 360
  • 13 Years
    • Super Smash Bros. Brawl – Nintendo Wii
  • 12 Years
    • New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis – Nintendo Wii
    • New Play Control! Pikmin – Nintendo Wii
  • 11 Years
    • Assassin’s Creed II – PC
    • Final Fantasy XIII – PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
    • Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition – PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
    • Yakuza 3 – PlayStation 3
  • 10 Years
    • Monmusu Quest – PC (Japan)
    • Torchlight – Xbox 360

10th March

Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis (image credit: Blue Tongue Entertainment)

Who always wanted to build their own Jurassic Park? Before the mobile gaming era and of course Jurassic World: Evolution there was actually Jurassic Park: Genesis that was released on the PC, PlayStation 2 and Xbox. Windows saw the initial release of this game that allows the player to construct a five-star rated dinosaur theme park. Hatching dinosaurs, building attractions and creating visitor entertainment were all key to making your theme park a success story. Apart from the PlayStation 2 variant of the game, the Windows and Xbox game didn’t receive fantastic reviews. You could say the developers “were so preoccupied with whether they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.”

  • 33 Years
    • Predator – NES (Japan)
  • 18 Years
    • Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis – PC
    • Mega Man & Bass – Game Boy Advance
    • Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner – PlayStation 2
  • 16 Years
    • Mega Man X8 – PC (Japan)
    • Romance of the Three Kingdoms X – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
  • 12 Years
    • Avalon Code – Nintendo DS
    • MadWorld – Nintendo Wii
    • Mana Khemia: Student Alliance – PSP
  • 11 Years
    • BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger Portable
    • Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II – Chaos Rising
  • 10 Years
    • Dynasty Warriors 7 – PlayStation 3 (Japan)
    • Okamiden – Nintendo DS
    • Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan Saisen – PSP (Japan)

11th March

Chrono Trigger (image credit: Square)

Chrono Trigger was developed and published by Square in March 1995. It was the first of what would later become the Chrono Trigger series of games and launched on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Hironobu Sakaguchi, the creator of the Final Fantasy series of games was one of the game designers. He was joined by Yuji Horii, a freelance designer and creator of the Dragon Quest series of games. The third designer on the team was Akira Toriyama, a Manga artist who was famed for his worked within the Dragon Quest and Dragon Ball franchises. Together these three were dubbed the “Dream Team” by Square. And with good reason too. The game was a commercial success for Square and received average scores of over 90%.

  • 26 Years
    • Chrono Trigger – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 22 Years
    • Final Fantasy VI – PlayStation (Japan)
  • 17 Years
    • Monster Hunter – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
  • 13 Years
    • Condemned 2: Bloodshot – Xbox 360
    • Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates – Nintendo DS
    • Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 – PlayStation 2
    • Wild ARMs XF – PSP
  • 12 Years
    • Peggle – Xbox 360
  • 11 Years
    • Deadly Premonition: The Director’s Cut – PlayStation 3 (Japan)
    • Z.H.P. Unlosing Ranger vs Darkdeath Evilman – PSP (Japan)

12th March

Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen (image credit: Quest)

Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen (伝説のオウガバトル, Densetsu no Ōga Batoru, “Legendary Ogre Battle”) is a real-time role-playing tactical game first released in Japan in 1993. The game came to North America in 1995 and both versions were on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. The story focused on a band of rebels as they attempted to lead a revolution against the corrupted Empire. It was to become the first game in the Ogre Battle series and itself was ported to the Sega Saturn and PlayStation with some enhancements added also.

  • 28 Years
    • Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 23 Years
    • Dead or Alive – PlayStation (Japan)
    • Gundam: Battle Assault – PlayStation (Japan)
  • 19 Years
    • Bounce – Mobile
    • Mister Mosquito – PlayStation 2
  • 12 Years
    • Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 – Uprising – PC
    • Musou Orochi Z – PlayStation 3 (Japan)
    • Phantom Brave: We Meet Again – Nintendo Wii (Japan)
    • Resistance: Retribution – PSP (Japan)

13th March

Super Mario Land 3: Wario Land (image credit: Nintendo)

Super Mario Land 3: Wario Land was developed for the Game Boy and released in 1994. It was the first game to contain Wario as both the main character and the main character. The game differed heavily from the Super Mario Land games prior to this title. Wario was able to jump or bump enemies, as well as pick them up to throw at other enemies. He was also able to perform a shoulder charge in his larger form. The game was rated the 13th best video game on the Game Boy and also dubbed one of th ebest spin-off games from the existing Mario franchise. The game’s critical response also led to the sequels Virtual Boy Wario Land, Wario Land IIWario Land 3Wario Land 4, and Wario Land: Shake It!.

  • 27 Years
    • Super Mario Land 3: Wario Land
  • 20 Years
    • Onimusha: Warlords – PlayStation 2
  • 18 Years
    • Final Fantasy X-2 – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
    • Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
  • 15 Years
    • midnight Club 3: DUB Edition Remix – PlayStation 2
  • 14 Years
    • Call of Duty: Roads to Victory – PSP
    • God of War II – PlayStation 2
  • 12 Years
    • Resident Evil 5 – PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

14th March

Syphon Filter 2 (image credit: Eidetic)

Syphon Filter 2 was a game that was launched exclusively for the Sony PlayStation. It is a third-person shooter that was developed by Eidetic and published by 989 Studios. The plot is set only hours after the story of the original game and follows Gabirel Logan and Lian Xing as they are labeled enemies of the state. The game ended up selling 1.32 million copies and reached a platinum status for sales as well as receiving an average player score of 81.47%.

  • 26 Years
    • Mario’s Picross – Game Boy
  • 24 Years
    • Bushido Blade – PlayStation (Japan)
  • 21 Years
    • Syphon Filter 2 – PlayStation
  • 20 Years
    • Aidyn Chronicles: The First Mage – Nintendo 64
    • Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel – PC
  • 19 Years
    • Wild Arms 3 – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
  • 16 Years
    • Need for Speed Underground Rivals – PSP
  • 15 Years
    • Daxter – PSP
    • Driver: Parallel Lines – PlayStation 2
    • Mega Man Powered Up – PSP
    • Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence – PlayStation 2
    • Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror – PSP
    • Yu-Gi-Oh! Ultimate Masters: World Championship tournament 2006 – Game Boy Advance
  • 12 Years
    • Alien Shooter 2: Reloaded – PC
  • 11 Years
    • Pokemon HeartGold Version – Nintendo DS
    • Pokemon SoulSilver Version – Nintendo DS
  • 10 Years
    • Dissidia 012 Prologus: Final Fantasy – PSP