This Week in Gaming – 21st February 20218 minute read

From expansion packs, to full-bodied experiences and more. This Week in Gaming once again covers off some of the more prominent gaming anniversaries that have been perceived this week.

15th February

Professor Layton and the Curious Village (image credit: Level-5)

The first title in the Professor Layton series came under the guide of Professor Layton and the Curious Village. It was initially released in Japan in 2007 and then PAL regions received their release in 2008. The game is a puzzle adventure game which received high praise but also mixed reception. Some critics comments that the two genres did not mix well, while others thought the blend was amazing. The game has spurred several sequels and spans three console groups with the Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS/2DS and more recently the Nintendo Switch.

  • 18 Years
    • Disaster Report – PlayStation 2
  • 16 Years
    • Tenchu: Fatal Shadows – PlayStation 3
    • Xenosaga Episode II: Jenseits von Gut und Bose – PlayStation 2
    • Yu-Gi-Oh! 7 Trials to Glory: World Championship Tournament 2005
  • 15 Years
    • Star Wars: Empire at War – PC
  • 14 Years
    • Bleach: Dark Souls – Nintendo DS (Japan)
    • Professor Layton and the Curious Village – Nintendo DS (Japan)
    • Tales of Destiny 2 – PSP (Japan)
    • Virtual Villages 2: The Lost Children – PC
  • 13 Years
    • Dungeon Explorer: Warriors of Ancient Arts – PSP
    • Overlord: Raising Hell – PC
  • 11 Years
    • Plants vs. Zombies – iOS

16th February

Monster Hunter 2 (image Credit: Capcom)

Monster Hunter 2 (Dos) (モンスターハンター2 (ドス), Monsutā Hantā Dosu) was the sequel to Monster hunter and also Monster Hunter G. The game continued the lore and game-style as the previous title, adding some new monsters to the mix. The game also includes an improved weapon tree and upgradable armour. The game launched in 2006 in Japan.

  • 26 Years
    • Ristar – Sega Mega Drive/Genesis
  • 18 Years
    • Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter – PlayStation 2
    • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Duelists of the Roses – PlayStation 2
  • 16 Years
    • World Soccer Winning Eleven 8 International – PC
  • 15 Years
    • Monster Hunter 2 – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
  • 12 Years
    • Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride – Nintendo DS
    • Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon – Nintendo DS
  • 11 Years
    • Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth
    • Aliens vs. Predator – PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
    • Ragnorok DS – Nintendo DS
    • SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 3 – PSP
    • Tropico 3 – Xbox 360

17th February

Catherine (image credit: Atlus)

Catherine is a game developed by Atlus and was released for the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360. The game has seen a re-release called Catherine: Full Body which was released on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Nintendo Switch. The game follows Vincent Brooks who is having supernatural nightmares after being torn between his feelings for his girlfriend and also Catherine. The game combines puzzle-solving elements and social simulation elements, which affect the games ending over the course of the story. The game received mixed reviews, with some people stating how the game has a negative approach to gender roles whilst having a misogynist and misandrist narrative. GameSpot said that it succeeded in “personalizing the emotional weight of everyday sin”.

  • 26 Years
    • P.T.O. II: Pacific Theater of Operations – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 23 Years
    • Star Wars Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith – PC
  • 22 Years
    • Syphon Filter – PlayStation
  • 19 Years
    • Pirates: The Legend of Black Kat
  • 18 Years
    • Dark Cloud 2 – PlayStation 2
  • 17 Years
    • James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing – PlayStation 2
    • MX Unleashed – PlayStation 2, Xbox
  • 16 Years
    • Colosseum: Road to Freedom – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
    • Devil May Cry 3: Dante’s Awakening – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
    • Star Wars: Republic Commando – Xbox (Japan)
    • Yakuza Fury – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
  • 12 Years
    • Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and the Damned – Xbox 360
    • Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero? – PSP
    • Street Fighter IV – PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • 11 Years
    • Deadly Premonition – Xbox 360
    • Resident Evil 5: Lost in Nightmares – Xbox 360
  • 10 Years
    • Catherine – PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 (Japan)

18th February

Joe & Mac 2: Lost in the Tropics (image credit: Data East)

Known as Joe & Mac 3: Lost in the Tropics in PAL regions, Joe & Mac 2: Lost in the Tropics is a Super Nintendo game which is both a sequel to Joe & Mac as well as a follow up game to Congo’s Caper. The game is set around a caveman, named Gork, who has stolen a crown that belongs to Chief of Kali Village. AS the player you must retrieve the crown by using seven rainbow stones that are obtained throughout the story. The game had favorable reviews, being ranked 61 in the top 100 SNES games of all time.

  • 27 Years
    • Joe & Mac 2: Lost in the Tropics – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 17 Years
    • Pitfall: The Lost Expedition – GameCube, PlayStation 2
  • 16 Years
    • SpellForce: Shadow of the Phoenix – PC
  • 13 Years
    • Need for Speed ProStreet – PSP
  • 12 Years
    • Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II – PC
  • 11 Years
    • Assassin’s Creed II: Bonfire of the Vanities – PlayStation 3
    • Heavy Rain – PlayStation 3 (Japan)
    • Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition – PlayStation 3 (Japan)
    • Resident Evil 5: Lost in Nightmares – PlayStation 3
    • Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s World Championship 2010: Reverse of Arcadia – Nintendo DS (Japan)

19th February

Icewind Dale: Heart of Winter (image credit: Black Isle Studios)

Icewind Dale: Heart of Winter is the expansion pack to IceWind Dale. it added a higher experience point cap, new spells and magical items, a new difficulty setting named “Heart of Fury” as well as a new maximum resolution of 800×600. The game is, like its counterpart, based on the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition ruleset.

  • 22 Years
    • Resident Evil 2 (1998) – PC (Japan)
  • 21 Years
    • SNK Gals Fighters – Neo Geo Pocket Color
  • 20 Years
    • Icewind Dale: Heart of Winter – PC
  • 18 Years
    • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell – PC
  • 17 Years
    • Final Fantasy X-2: International + Last Mission – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
    • Shadow Hearts: Covenant – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
  • 14 Years
    • Monster Kingdom: Jewel Summoner – PSP
  • 13 Years
    • Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney – Nintendo DS
    • Dynasty Warriors 6 – PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • 12 Years
    • Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop – Wii (Japan)
    • Star Ocean: The Last Hope – Xbox 360 (Japan)

20th February

Flashback: The Quest for Identify (image credit: Delphine Software)

Flashback was originally released on the Amiga in 1992, although it had been specifically designed for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis console. The Sega variant was released the following year and was named Flashback: The Quest for Identity in the United States. The game was marketed as a “CD-ROM game on a cartridge” and featured rotoscoping as well as hand drawn backdrops. Rotoscoping is an animation technique where animators trace over motion picture to create very realistic actions. This gave the game a very fluid looking animation style and as such it stands out as one of the all time classics. The game reached commercial success, has been ported several times and is also listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the best-selling French game of all time.

  • 28 Years
    • Flashback: The Quest for Identity – Sega Mega Drive/Genesis
  • 20 Years
    • Scooby-Doo! Classic Creep Capers – Game Boy Color
  • 15 Years
    • Fight Night Round 3 – PlayStation 2, PSP, Xbox 360
  • 14 Years
    • Crackdown – Xbox 360
    • Izuna: Legend of the Unemployed Ninja – Nintendo DS
    • M.A.C.H. Modified Air Combat Heroes – PSP
    • Metal Slug Anthology – PSP
    • Sonic and the Secret Rings – Wii
    • Supreme Commander – PC
    • Virtua Fighter 5 – PlayStation 3

21th February

Zelda no Densetsu: The Hyrule Fantasy (image credit: Nintendo)

Zelda no Densetsu: The Hyrule Fantasy is the Japanese title for The Legend of Zelda. Released in 1986 it was developed by Nintendo and designed by Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka. The game was originally released on the Famicon Disk System in Japan before being released to a wider audience on the Nintendo Entertainment System. It was the first home console game to contain a battery which would allow games to be saved. The NES version was also re-released in Japan in 1994 under the title The Hyrule Fantasy: The Legend of Zelda 1. The game spurred a huge franchise and was a critical success, selling over 6.5 million copies.

  • 35 Years
    • Super Mario Brothers – Famicon Disk System (Japan)
    • Zelda no Densetsu: The Hyrule Fantasy – Famicon Disk System (Japan)
  • 29 Years
    • Rolan’s Curse 2 – Game Boy (Japan)
  • 28 Years
    • Star Fox – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 20 Years
    • Clive Barker’s Undying – PC
    • Fear Effect 2: Retro Helix – PlayStation
  • 15 Years
    • MS Saga: A New Dawn – PlayStation 2
    • RF Online – PC
    • Sonic Riders – GameCube, PlayStation 2
  • 13 Years
    • CABAL Online – PC
    • Etrian Odyssey II: Heroes of Lagaard – Nintendo DS (Japan)
    • Harvest Moon DS: Sunshine Islands – Nintendo DS (Japan)
    • Warriors Orochi – PSP (Japan)
  • 10 Years
    • Ys I & II Chronicles – PSP