This Week in Gaming – 20th June 20218 minute read

This Week in Gaming showcases all the gaming milestones that were reached over the last seven days.

14th June

Alice: Madness Returns (image credit: Spicy Horse)

American McGee’s Alice was developed by Rogue Entertainment under the direction of James McGee (American McGee). The game’s premise is based on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland the 1865 novel by Lewis Carroll and the 1871 sequel Through the Looking-Glass. The protagonist, Alice, spends several years in a psychiatric clinic after here parents are killed in a house fire. After several years of emotional trauma she makes her way to Wonderland which has been disfigured by her psyche. In the sequel Alice: Madness Returns Alice once again tries to rid herself of the trauma of her past and falls once more into Wonderland where a new and evil force has corrupted it. The game was once more popular and spanned two more sequels to the franchise.

  • 32 Years
    • Tetris – Game Boy (Japan)
  • 27 Years
    • Super Game Boy – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 25 Years
    • Arabian Nights – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 21 Years
    • Reel Fishing II – PlayStation
  • 20 Years
    • Disney’s Atlantis: The Lost Empire
  • 19 Years
    • Super Shot Soccer – PlayStation
  • 16 Years
    • Arc the Lad: End of Darkness – PlayStation 2
    • Batman Begins – Game Boy Advance, PlayStation 2
  • 14 Years
    • Eternal Sonata – Xbox 360 (Japan)
  • 10 Years
    • Alice: Madness Returns – PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
    • Duke Nukem Forever – Xbox 360
    • Record of Agarest War Zero – PlayStation 3

15th June

Fantasy Zone (image credit: Sega)

Fantasy Zone was originally released in arcades in 1986 before being ported to a variety of consoles. Within the game the player gets to control a spaceship called Opa-Opa. With Opa-Opa you fight against an alien invasion of the planets within the Fantasy Zone. The game is very typical of a side-scrolling space-shooter but more interestingly the character Opa-Opa is sometimes referred to as Sega’s first mascot.

  • 35 Years
    • Fantasy Zone – Sega Master System (Japan)
  • 31 Years
    • Dexterity – Game Boy (Japan)
  • 19 Years
    • Extreme Warfare Revenge – PC
  • 17 Years
    • Front Mission 4 – PlayStation 2
    • GP32
    • Pool Paradise – PlayStation 2
    • Power Drome – PlayStation 2
  • 15 Years
    • Digimon World DS – Nintendo DS (Japan)
    • Zoids Dash – Nintendo DS (Japan)
  • 12 Years
    • Mario Calculator – Nintendo DS
  • 11 Years
    • Disney/Pixar Toy Story 3 – Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360
    • King’s Legacy – PC
    • Mass Effect 2: Overlord – Xbox 360
    • Toy Story 3 – PlayStation 3, PSP
  • 10 Years
    • Magic: The Gathering – Duels of the Planewalkers 2012 – Xbox 360

16th June

Ghostbusters: The Video Game (image credit: Terminal Reality, Red Fly Studio, Saber Interactive)

Ghostbusters: The Video Game is not only a fantastic entry to the Ghostbusters franchise of games. It is also a canon entry to the film saga as confirmed by Dan Aykroyd himself. The events of the game take place after the second movie and were based on a script that was rejected when trying to get a third film to the big screen. Certain events and situations in the game have also followed through in the canon universe such as the new Neutrino Wand. Within the game the wand has the ability to use not only the standard proton beam but also slime and other capabilities. These were duplicated into the Hasbro Spengler’s Neutrino Wand toy/prop replica that was launched for the new film GhosterBusters Afterlife. So there you have it, the game is not only fantastic and voiced by all the original actors, but it is 100% canon to the Ghostbusters cinematic universe (let’s not discuss the reboot film here). The game has also gone on to see a remastered version due to the popularity of the original release.

  • 21 Years
    • Cotton: Fantastic Night Dreams – Neo Geo Pocket Color
    • Resident Evil 3: Nemesis – PC (Japan)
  • 19 Years
    • Neverwinter Nights – PC
    • The Pinball of the Dead – Game Boy Advance
  • 18 Years
    • Big Mutha Truckers – PlayStation 2
  • 17 Years
    • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow – PlayStation 2
  • 16 Years
    • Drakengard 2 – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
    • Trauma Center: Under the Knife – Nintendo DS (Japan)
  • 12 Years
    • Flower, Sun and Rain – Nintendo DS
    • Ghostbusters: The Video Game – PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360
    • Pokemon Rumble – Nintendo Wii (Japan)
  • 10 Years
    • Danball Senki – PSP (Japan)
    • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D – 3DS (Japan)

17th June

Hitman 2: Silent Assassin (image credit: IO Interactive)

Hitman 2 was released initial on PC before being ported across to PlayStation 2 and Xbox. The last console to see a port was the GameCube in 2003 (17 June in Japan and 27 June elsewhere). The game follows the same pattern as the previous title whereby you will need to eliminate targets by remaining as stealthy as possible – something I struggle with horrendously! The game was a commercial success and sold more than 3.7 million copies. The game was remastered and released as part of the Hitman HD Trilogy along with Contracts and Blood Money in January 2013 for the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360.

  • 33 Years
    • Blaster Master – NES (Japan)
  • 27 Years
    • Crusader of Centy – Sega Mega Drive/Genesis (Japan)
    • Pocky & Rocky 2 – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 22 Years
    • Survival Kids – Game Boy Color (Japan)
  • 19 Years
    • F1 2002 – PlayStation 2
    • Freekstyle – PlayStation 2
    • Mega Man Battle Network 2 – Game Boy Advance
    • Wipeout Fusion – PlayStation 2
  • 18 Years
    • Dragon Ball Z: the Legacy of Goku II – Game Boy Advance
    • Hitman 2: Silent Assassin – GameCube
    • Mega Man Network Transmission – GameCube
    • Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide – PC
    • Unlimited Saga – PlayStation 2
  • 17 Years
    • Espgaluda – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
    • Silent Hill 4: The Room – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
  • 16 Years
    • The Sims 2 – Macintosh
  • 13 Years
    • Secret Agent Clank – PSP
  • 12 Years
    • Dawn of Discovery – PC
    • Sam & Max: Save the World – Xbox 360

18th June

Sonic Adventure 2 (image credit: Sonic Team USA, Sega)

Sonic Adventure 2 was the final Sonic game for Sega before they left the console market due to the commercial failure of the Dreamcast. The game contains two storylines and three game styles for the player. The good storyline follows Sonic, Tails and Knuckles who are fighting to save the world. The bad storyline follows Shado, Doctor Eggman and Rouge as they try to conquer the world. Within the storylines there are fast paced platforming elements, multi-directional shooters and action-exploration segments depending on the characters you use. The game received average reviews but saw a later port for download in 2012 on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows.

  • 36 Years
    • Wrecking Crew – NES (Japan)
  • 23 Years
    • Crisis Beat – PlayStation (Japan)
    • Devil Dice – PlayStation (Japan)
  • 22 Years
    • Smash Court 2 – PlayStation
  • 20 Years
    • Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare – PlayStation
    • NBA Street – PlayStation 2
    • Sonic Adventure 2 – Dreamcast
    • Twisted Metal: Black – PlayStation 2
  • 18 Years
    • Resident Evil: Dead Aim – PlayStation 2
    • Sonic Adventure DX: Directors Cut – GameCube
  • 12 Years
    • Fate/Unlimited Codes – PSP (Japan)
    • fortune Summoners: Secret of the Elemental Stone – PC (Japan)
  • 10 Years
    • Mega Mall Story – iOS (Japan)

19th June

Shinobi (image credit: )

Shinobi (忍) was originally released by Sega for arcades in 1987. The game was remodelled for the Master System for a release in 1988. The player controls a ninja named Joe Musashi as you try to stop the terrorist organisation Zeed who are kidnapping students from Joe’s clan. The success of Shinobi inspired various spinoffs and sequels across different console generations.

  • 33 Years
    • Shinobi – Sega Master System (Japan)
  • 14 Years
    • Raw Danger! – PlayStation 2
    • Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition – Nintendo Wii
    • Transformers: Autobots – Nintendo DS
    • Transformers: Decepticons – Nintendo DS
    • Transformers: The Game – PSP
  • 13 Years
    • Mario Super Sluggers – Nintendo Wii (Japan)
    • Princess Debut – Nintendo DS (Japan)
    • Super Robot Taisen A Portable – PSP (Japan)
  • 11 Years
    • Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective – Nintendo DS (Japan)
  • 10 Years
    • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D – 3DS

20th June

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness (image credit: Core Design, Beenox)

The sixth installment of the Tomb Raider franchise, Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness was launched June 20, 2003 on PlayStation 2. The game was developed by Core Design and published by Eidos Interactive. The game was the first of the franchise to be launched on the PlayStation 2 console. The game seemed successful to begin with, with high sales that were driven by an aggressive marketing campaign. however it only reached 6th place in the charts and soon dropped to 13th place by the following week.

  • 35 Years
    • Kung-Fu Heroes – NES (Japan)
  • 33 Years
    • 1943: The Battle of Midway – NES (Japan)
  • 24 Years
    • Final Fantasy Tactics – PlayStation (Japan)
  • 20 Years
    • Time Crisis: Project Titan – PlayStation
  • 19 Years
    • .hack//Infection Part 1 – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
    • Avernum 3 – Macintosh
    • PoPoLoCrois: Hakimari no Bouken – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
  • 18 Years
    • Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness – PlayStation 2
    • Mother 1+2 – Game boy Advance (Japan)
  • 15 Years
    • MotoGP 4 – PlayStation 2
    • The Legend of Heroes II: Prophecy of the Moonlight Witch – PSP
  • 10 Years
    • Dungeon Siege III – PC
    • Project Zomboid – PC

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