This Week in Gaming – 23rd May 20218 minute read

This Week in Gaming has princesses captured in space, secret agents, yoga and a game with 2,147,483,647 levels. Yes, once more we have dug out all the games that have hit critical anniversary milestones this week and summarised them for your enjoyment. Read further to find out more about the games that came out This Week.

17th May

Fable III (image credit: Lionhead Studios)

Ten years ago today the critically acclaimed title Fable III landed on the PC. It was developed by Lionshead Studios and published under Microsoft Game Studios. The PC release came seven months after the release on the console platform Xbox 360. The game is the third in the Fable series of games and gained favourable reviews overall, however the PC game was quoted as being a “royal disappointment” due to it not being well tailored to the PC platform. The game was still a commercial success and gained traction with not only the story line but the voice actors that Lionshead used in development. Actors such as Ben Kingsley, Stephen Fry, Simon Pegg, Michael Fassbender, Bernard Hill, Zoë Wanamaker and John Cleese made vocal contributions, amongst others.

  • 30 Years
    • The Adventures of Star Saver – Game Boy (Japan)
  • 19 Years
    • Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project – PC
  • 16 Years
    • Finny the Fish & the Seven Waters – PlayStation 2
  • 14 Years
    • Art of Fighting Anthology – PlayStation 2
    • Moero! Nekketsu Rhythm Damashii: Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan 2 – Nintendo DS (Japan)
    • Odin Sphere – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
  • 11 Years
    • Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands – PSP
  • 10 Years
    • Fable III – PC
    • Fallout: New Vegas – Honest Hearts – PC, Xbox 360
    • L.A. Noire – PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
    • The First Templar – Xbox 360
    • The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings – PC

18th May

FATE (image credit: WildStudios, WildTangent)

Fate is a game originally developed by WildTangent for a 2005 release on the PC. The game is an action role-playing game which is similar in style to a dungeon crawler. The player is able to to traverse various dungeons, beating monsters and collecting gold and skill points to level up their playable characters. Amazingly the number of levels in the game is 2,147,483,647. There would be more but this is the maximum number a 32-bit signed integer can hold. The game saw three sequels in 2008, 2009 and 2011.

  • 31 Years
    • Nintendo World Cup – NES (Japan)
  • 22 Years
    • Star Wars Episode I: Racer – Nintendo 64
  • 21 Years
    • Brigandine: Grand Edition – PlayStation (Japan)
  • 16 Years
    • FATE – PC
  • 15 Years
    • .hack//G.U. vol. 1//Rebirth – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
  • 12 Years
    • Bionic Commando – PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
    • Punch-Out!! – Nintendo Wii
  • 11 Years
    • Alan Wake – Xbox 360
    • Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow – Nintendo DS
    • DreamWorks Shrek Forever After – Nintendo DS
    • Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands – PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360
    • Red Dead Redemption – PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
    • Split/Second – PC, PlayStation 3
    • Trauma Team – Nintendo Wii

19th May

Wii Fit (image credit: Nintendo)

Designed by Hiroshi Matsunaga, Wii Fit is a game developed for the Nintendo Wii home console. The game saw a release in the western market in 2008 on this day, but the original launch was in Japan on December 1, 2007. The game uses a peripheral named a Balance Board. The board allows a player to stand on it and execute exercises and check for body measurements. The game was a huge commercial success and since then has been used in nursing homes for the elderly and also for physiotherapy rehabilitation. The game has sold 22.67 million copies worldwide.

  • 32 Years
    • Baseball Stars – NES (Japan)
    • Destiny of an Emperor – NES (Japan)
  • 28 Years
    • Mr. Gimmick – NES
  • 27 Years
    • RoboCop Versus The Terminator – Sega Mega Drive/Genesis
  • 20 Years
    • Digimon World 2 – PlayStation
  • 19 Years
    • Zoo Tycoon: Dinosaur Digs – PC
  • 17 Years
    • Warlords Battlecry III – PC
  • 16 Years
    • Bomberman – Nintendo DS (Japan)
  • 13 Years
    • Wii Fit – Nintendo Wii
  • 12 Years
    • EA Sports Active – Nintendo Wii
    • UFC Undisputed 2009 – PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
    • Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Stardust Accelerator: World Championship 2009 – Nintendo DS
  • 10 Years
    • Akiba’s Trip – PSP (Japan)
    • Dead or Alive Dimensions – 3DS (Japan)
    • Elminage Original – PSP (Japan)
    • Gungir – PSP (Japan)

20th May

Alien vs. Predator (image credit: Capcom)

Alien vs. Predator (エイリアンVSプレデター) was released in 1994 on arcade cabinets. It is a beat ’em up game which was developed by Capcom. The game is based on the two franchises Alien and Predator and allows the player to take control of one creature from each species to battle it out on screen. The game was well received and sparked a sequel which hit PCs under the name Alien vs. Predator 2. The sequel was a first-person shooter instead of a beat ’em up but still became popular amongst gamers of the time. The films of the same names were influenced by the video games. Within the sequel Alien vs. Predator 2 the editor-in-chief, Jim Cullinane, was the number one ranked player in the world for more than two years under the name Wolfgang.

  • 27 Years
    • Alien vs. Predator – Arcade
  • 22 Years
    • London Seirei Tantei-dan – PlayStation (Japan)
  • 19 Years
    • Grand Theft Auto III – PC
    • Scooby-Doo! Night of 100 Frights – PlayStation 2
    • Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix – PC
    • Virtua Striker 2002 – GameCube
  • 18 Years
    • Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick – PlayStation 2
    • Rise of Nations – PC
  • 17 Years
    • Ultraman – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
  • 16 Years
    • 7 Sins – PC, PlayStation 2
  • 13 Years
    • Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures – PC
    • Haze – PlayStation 3
  • 11 Years
    • Captain Tsubasa: New Kick Off – Nintendo DS (Japan)

21st May

Baroque (image credit: Sting Entertainment)

Sting Entertainment developed Baroque for the Sega Saturn for a 1998 release. The game is a rogue-like RPG which since saw ports to the PlayStation 2 and the Nintendo Switch. Baroque is set in a post-apocalyptic world where total destructive climate change was triggered after an experiment named Archangel was created to find the Absolute God. Kazunari Yonemitsu conceived the premise of the game and worked on many aspects of the design, including the narrative. The game had supportive media such as a visual novel.

  • 30 Years
    • Game Boy Wars – Game Boy (Japan)
  • 24 Years
    • War Gods – Nintendo 64
  • 23 Years
    • Baroque – Saturn (Japan)
    • Thunder Force V: Perfect System – PlayStation (Japan)
  • 20 Years
    • Cool Boarders 2001 – PlayStation 2
    • World’s Scariest Police Chases – PlayStation
  • 18 Years
    • Lost Kingdoms II – GameCube

22nd May

Perfect Dark (image credit: Rare)

The spiritual successor to Rare’s GoldenEye 007 came in the form of Perfect Dark. Released in 2000 on the Nintendo 64 it is a first-person shooter following Joanna Dark, an agent of Carrington Institute. The game follows her as she tries to stop a conspiracy by a rival corporation, dataDyne. The game received critical acclaim and is often cited as one of the greatest games to have ever been made. The game also saw a remaster under the same title in 2010 which was released for the Xbox 360.

  • 28 Years
    • Final Fight 2 – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 21 Years
    • Perfect Dark – Nintendo 64
  • 20 Years
    • 18 Wheeler: American Pro Trucker – Dreamcast
    • Red Faction – PlayStation 2
  • 18 Years
    • Love Hina Gorgeous: Chiratto Happening!! – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
  • 14 Years
    • Odin Sphere – PlayStation 2
    • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End – PSP
  • 13 Years
    • Glory of Heracles – Nintendo DS (Japan)
    • The Dark Spire – Nintendo DS (Japan)

23rd May

Super Mario Galaxy 2 (image credit: Nintendo)

Super Mario Galaxy 2 is a game that was developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Wii console in 2010. The story once again follows Mario as he chases King Koopa into space to rescue the captured Princess Peach. The title is a sequel to the original Super Mario Galaxy on the same platform which was released in 2007. Initially Super Mario Galaxy 2 was due to be an updated version of the original title but due to the development team finding lots of new ideas to incorporate into the game it was decided to make a new game entirely. The game is one of the best selling games on the Wii with more than seven million copies sold worldwide.

  • 21 Years
    • Digimon World – PlayStation
  • 18 Years
    • Hamtaro: Rainbow Rescue – Game Boy Advance (Japan)
  • 16 Years
    • Dreamworks Madagascar – PlayStation 2
    • Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones – Game Boy Advance
  • 15 Years
    • Heroes of Might and Magic V – PC
    • Monster Hunter Freedom – PSP
    • Steambot Chronicles – PlayStation 2
  • 11 Years
    • Super Mario Galaxy 2 – Nintendo Wii

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