This Week in Gaming – 18th October 20205 minute read

There have been some amazing titles in This Week in Gaming, from Doom 3: BFG Edition, The Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Mario Bros., The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and much more. Scroll down to see some of the highlights of the last week in gaming..

12th October

BloodRayne 2 (image credit: Terminal Reality)

BloodRayne 2. This game had Blood Libraries, hordes of vampires, demonic entities, decapitations, Nazi’s, cults, fire, brimstone, death and of course Rayne. Who could not appreciate this franchise? Let us not talk about the movie…

  • 20 Years
    • MotoGP – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
  • 16 Years
    • BloodRayne 2 – PlayStation 2
    • Kingdon Under Fire: The Crusaders – Xbox
    • Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne – PlayStation 2
    • Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 2: Bush Rescue – PlayStation 2

13th October

Dead Space (image credit: EA Redwood Shores)

Dead Space was originally pitched prior to the Xbox 360 and an early prototype actual ran on the original Xbox console. Stuck on a mining ship in space, you are in control of Isaac Clarke where you must fight through an infestation of Necromorphs. One fantastic feature of this game was the original HUD, whereby it made you feel like you were partaking and not playing a game. Many a jump scare and awesome FMV, this game reaches 12 years this week.

  • 25 Years
    • Mortal Kombat 3 – Genesis, Super Nintendo
  • 17 Years
    • Kirby Air Ride – GameCube
  • 12 Years
    • Dead Space – PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

14th October

Grim Fandango (image credit: LucasArts)

Grim Fandango was a grim noir styled game set in The Land of the Dead. Combined with Aztec beliefs and influences from The Maltese Falcon, On the Waterfront and Casablanca it was an incredibly unusual but popular game. This game celebrates 22 years this week.

  • 22 Years
    • Grim Fandango – PC
  • 17 Years
    • Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne – PC

15th October

Doom 3 (image credit: ID)

The BFG Edition of Doom 3 is the remastered version of the original Doom 3. Featuring enhanced graphics and better audio as well as a checkpoint-save system it also had more content. The game came with expansions from the previous title and a new single-player expansion called The Lost Mission. All this, and the coupled copies of Doom and Doom II made this one killer of a game!

  • 32 Years
    • Ys: The Vanished Omens – SEGA Master System (Japan)
  • 18 Years
    • Red Faction II – PlayStation 2
  • 8 Years
    • Doom 3: BFG Edition – PC

16th October

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (image credit: Bethesda Studios)

Every time I think of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion I hear Reign of the Septims. This was the first game that I played for more than 500 hours, and probably the last game too. The fourth instalment in The Elder Scrolls fantasy series allows the player to thwart the Mythic Dawn cult of which whom are planning on opening demonic portals to Oblivion. This game had fully voiced NPC’s and a fantastic soundtrack composed by Jeremy Soule – a fitting name for a fantasy-based franchise. The Game of the Year Edition was released containing Knights of the Nine and The Shivering Isles expansion packs making it one hefty game that takes 257 hours to complete at a leisurely pace according to How Long To Beat.

  • 19 Years
    • Devil May Cry – PlayStation 2
  • 18 Years
    • TimeSplitters 2 – GameCube
  • 13 Years
    • The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion – Game of the Year Edition – PlayStation 3

17th October

Sonic & Knuckles (image credit: Sega)

The sequel to Sonic the Hedgehog 3 came in the form of Sonic & Knuckles. Our electric-blue hedgehog and blood-red echidna work together to save Angel Island from Dr. Robotnik’s Death Egg. Because of the cartridge constraints the game was unable to be released with the full content as planned. Sega therefore created “lock-on technology” to allow the user to place Sonic the Hedgehog 2 or Sonic the Hedgehog 3 cartridges into the top of Sonic & Knuckles. This gave the ability to experience the full game as intended.

  • 26 Years
    • Sonic & Knuckles – Genesis
  • 15 Years
    • F.E.A.R. – PC
    • Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance – GameCube
  • 14 Years
    • Bully – PlayStation 2

18th October

The Nintendo Entertainment System (image credit: Nintendo)

This year is a fantastic year for Nintendo as we see the 35th anniversary of not only Super Mario Bros. but also the Nintendo Entertainment System. It was 1991 when I managed to get hold of a NES for myself – won via a competition at the time. I can honestly say that very few consoles have given me as much joy as the NES did. Coupled with Super Mario Bros. it was the ultimate of machines and stands the test of time even to today’s standards.

  • 35 Years
    • Nintendo Entertainment System
    • Super Mario Bros. – NES