This Week in Gaming – 4th July 20217 minute read

This Week in Gaming showcases all the gaming milestones that were reached over the last seven days.  From confusing Worms titles, games being ported back to their original platform, boosted levels in Bubble Bobble on the Master System and more.  Kick back this Sunday morning and read more in This Week in Gaming.

28th June

Shadow Hearts (image credit: Sacnoth)

Shadow Hearts was developed by Sacnoth for release in 2001.  Even though it is a titular first in the Shadow Hearts game franchise it is in fact a sequel to the PlayStation game Koudelka.  The story follows Yuri Hyuga as he tries to Alice Elliot from an evil magician.  Coupled with the abilities to capture on turn into monsters himself Yuri delves into a 1913 setting which combines an alternate history with Lovecraftian horror.

  • 30 Years
    • Final Fantasy Adventure – Game Boy (Japan)
  • 20 Years
    • Digimon Digital Card Battle – PlayStation
    • Shadow Hearts – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
  • 19 Years
    • Golden Sun: The Lost Age – Game Boy Advance (Japan)
  • 16 Years
    • Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana – PlayStation 2
    • Riviera: The Promised Land – Game Boy Advance
  • 14 Years
    • Super Robot Taisen: Original Generations – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
    • The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky the 3rd – PC (Japan)
  • 10 Years
    • Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3 – PlayStation 3

29th June

Marvel vs. Capcom 2 (image credit: Capcom)

Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is a fighting crossover game developed by Capcom.  Even though the game is suffixed with a number two, it is the fourth game in the series of Capcom and Marvel crossover games.  The game comes after the titles X-Men vs. Street Fighter, Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter and Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes.  The game includes tag-team abilities similar to the previous titles but also featured a new 3-on-3 mode.

  • 23 Years
    • Banjo-Kazooie – Nintendo 64
  • 21 Years
    • Diablo II – PC
    • Icewind Dale – PC
    • Marvel vs. Capcom 2 – Dreamcast
    • Persona 2: Eternal Punishment – PlayStation (Japan)
    • Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike – Dreamcast (Japan)
  • 17 Years
    • Mega Man Battle Network 4: Blue Moon – Game Boy Advance
    • Mega Man Battle Network 4: Red Sun – Game Boy Advance
    • Yu-Gi-Oh! Reshef of Destruction – Game Boy Advance
  • 15 Years
    • Atelier Iris 3: Grand Phantasm – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
    • Metal Slug (2006) – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
  • 13 Years
    • Guitar Hero: Aerosmith – Xbox 360
  • 12 Years
    • ArmA II – PC
  • 11 Years
    • Ikki Online – PlayStation 3 (Japan)
    • LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 – Nitnendo DS, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360
  • 10 Years
    • Pocket Academy – iOS

30th June

Driver (image credit: Reflections Interactive)

The first installment of the Driver franchise of games was developed by Reflection Interactive for release in 1999.  In North America the game was curiously known as Driver: You are the Wheelman.  The game was a hit on release and has since seen many sequels and spin offs for various consoles.

  • 26 Years
    • Arc the Lad – PlayStation (Japan)
    • Der Langrisser – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 24 Years
    • Shinign the Holy Ark – Saturn
  • 23 Years
    • Azure Dreams – PlayStation
  • 22 Years
    • Driver – PlayStation
    • Dungeon Keeper 2 – PS
    • Jagged Alliance 2 – PS
    • Mario Golf – Nintendo 64
  • 16 Years
    • MS Saga: A New Dawn – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
    • Steambot Chronicles – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
  • 15 Years
    • Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition – PC (Japan)
    • Shinobido Imashime – PlayStation 2
  • 12 Years
    • BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger – PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
    • Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood – Xbox 360
    • Mega Man Star Froce 3: Black Ace – Nintendo DS
    • Mega Man Star Froce 3: Red Joker – Nintendo DS
  • 10 Years
    • Tales of the Abyss – Nintendo 3DS (Japan)

1st July

Worms 2: Armageddon (image credit: Team 17)

Worms 2: Armageddon, not to be confused with Worms: Armageddon is a sequel to the 2007 game Worms, which is also not to be confused with the 1995 game Worms.  The 2007 game Worms was a port of the game Worms: Open Warfare which launched in 2006 as a return to the 2D genre and it’s entry into the seventh generation of consoles. So now the confusion is over with, if you have not tried Worms 2: Armageddon then go ahead and download it today – it is a fantastic return to the Worms games of old and is fantastic to play with friends.

  • 30 Years
    • Duke Nukem – PS
    • Neo-Geo (Japan)
  • 24 Years
    • Disney’s Hercules Action Game – PlayStation
    • Star Fox 64 – Nintendo 64
  • 22 Years
    • Dino Crisis – PlayStation (Japan)
  • 18 Years
    • Lemonade Tycoon – Mobile
    • Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne – PC
  • 12 Years
    • Street Fighter IV – PC
    • The king of Fighters ’98 Ultimate Match – Xbox 360
    • Worms 2: Armageddon – Xbox 360
  • 11 Years
    • BlazBlue: Continuum Shift – PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 (Japan)
    • Digimon Story: Lost Evolution – Nintendo DS (Japan)
    • Hagane no Renkinjutsushi: Sekana o Takuseshimono – PSP
    • Inazuma Eleven 3: Sekai e no Chousen!! Spark – Nintendo DS (Japan)
  • 10 Years
    • Earth Defense Force: insect Armageddon – Xbox 360
    • One Piece: Gigant Battle! – Nintendo DS

2nd July

Bubble Bobble (image credit: Taito)

Bubble Bobble was originally released in 1986 in arcades before it saw ports across several platforms. Interestingly the port that came to the Sega Master System included a whopping 200 levels, while the Nintendo Entertainment System, Arcades, Amiga and other platforms all contained only the original 100 levels.  Because of this the Master System version of the game was predominantly harder than the others, but it still captured a lot of the classic vibes of the original. 

  • 33 Years
    • Bubble Bobble – Sega Master System (Japan)
  • 23 Years
    • Breakers Revenge – Arcade
    • Sol Divide – Saturn
  • 20 Years
    • Atari Anniversary Edition – Dreamcast
  • 19 Years
    • Delta Force: Urban Warfare – PlayStation
    • Kana Little Sister – PC
  • 17 Years
    • Yu-Gi-Oh! Power of Chaos: Joey the Passion – PC
  • 14 Years
    • Hot Wheels: Ultimate Racing – PSP
  • 13 Years
    • SoulCalibur – Xbox 360
    • Trauma Center: under the Knife 2 – Nintendo DS
  • 12 Years
    • Hatsune Miku: Project Diva – PSP (Japan)

3rd July

Armorous Professor Cherry (image credit: )

Once again it is the Eroge title that caught my eye This Week with The Amorous Professor Cherry.  The game literally follows the story of a student, Kouta Koikawa, who sits at the front of the class so they can ogle their history teacher.  The story then evolves like most Eroge games with a relationship and a vast amount of NSFW content.  That is all.

  • 29 Years
    • Parodius Da! – Super Nintendo (Japan)
    • Prince of Persia – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 24 Years
    • Mad Stalker: Full Metal Force – PlayStation (Japan)
  • 20 Years
    • MX 2002 Featuring Ricky Carmichael – PlayStation 2
  • 19 Years
    • Sudden Strike Gold – PC
    • Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos – PC
  • 18 Years
    • RoboCop – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
  • 15 Years
    • Glory of the Roman Empire – PC
  • 14 Years
    • Ninja Gaiden Sigma – PlayStation 3
    • Vampire Rain – Xbox 360
  • 13 Years
    • 1 vs. 100 – Nintendo DS
    • Armorous Professor Cherry – PC
    • Initial D: Extreme Stage – PlayStation 3 (Japan)
  • 11 Years
    • Moto Racer DS – Nintendo DS

4th July

Silent Hill 2: Director’s Cut (image credit: )

Silent Hill 2 is a survival horror game that was originally released in 2001 for the PlayStation 2.  Later that year an extended version with bonus content was then published for the Microsoft Xbox.  In 2002 it was ported to Windows.  The Xbox version of the game, which had a different subtitle depending on the region was later ported back to the PlayStation 2 as the Silent Hill 2: Director’s Cut

  • 37 Years
    • Donkey Kong 3 – NES (Japan)
  • 24 Years
    • The King of Fighters ’96 – PlayStation (Japan)
  • 19 Years
    • America’s Army – PC
    • Capcom vs. SNK 2 EO – GameCube (Japan)
    • Silent Hill 2: Director’s Cut – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
    • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Sacred Cards – Game Boy Advance (Japan)
  • 15 Years
    • Empire Earth II: Gold Edition – PC
  • 13 Years
    • Kara no Shoujo – PC (Japan)

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