This Week in Gaming – 28th March 20218 minute read

This Week in Gaming showcases even more gaming release date anniversaries from the last seven days. From an attempt to make a newer benchmark in graphical superiority and an all-female wrestling game with one of the most loved heroins in gaming history, This Week in Gaming has it all.

22nd March

Crysis 2 (image credit: Crytek)

From the direction of Cevat Yerli came Crysis 2, the 2011 powerhouse that landed on PC and Xbox 360 10 years ago. The games story was written by Richard Morgan as a sequel to both the 2007 game Crysis as well as its expandion Crysis Warhead. Set three years after the events of the first game of the series it was the first to leave the realms of the PC to join the console race. It was the first game to use the CryEngine 3 engine and was created to surpass the graphical performance of Crysis which was, at the time, a benchmark game for its superiority.

  • 25 Years
    • Resident Evil – PlayStation (Japan)
  • 20 Years
    • Resident Evil Code: Veronica X – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
  • 19 Years
    • Resident Evil – GameCube (Japan)
  • 16 Years
    • God of War – PlayStation 2
  • 14 Years
    • Front Mission – Nintendo DS (Japan)
  • 12 Years
    • Pokemon Platinum Version – Nintendo DS
  • 10 Years
    • Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood – PC
    • Crysis 2 – PC, Xbox 360
    • LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars – PlayStation 3, PSP, Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360
    • Naruto Shippuden: Kizuna Drive – PSP
    • The Sims Medieval – PC

23rd March

Kirby’s Adventure (image credit: HAL Laboratory)

Kirby’s Adventure was developed by HAL Laboratory for the Nintendo Entertainment System and published by Nintendo. It is the second game in the Kirby series, following the Game Boy release of Kirby’s Dream Land in 1992. Masahiro Sakurai returned as director after his success with the original game in the series. The game was well received with an average review score of 84% in all regions.

  • 28 Years
    • Kirby’s Adventure – NES (Japan)
  • 27 Years
    • Super Street Fighter II Turbo – Arcade
  • 21 Years
    • Monster Rancher Battle Card: Episode II – PlayStation (Japan)
    • The King of Fighters ’99 – PlayStation (Japan)
  • 20 Years
    • ISS Pro Evolution 2 – PlayStation
  • 18 Years
    • Delta Force: Black Hawk Down – PC
  • 17 Years
    • Far Cry – PC
  • 16 Years
    • Spider-Man 2 – PSP
  • 15 Years
    • Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
    • Dynasty Warriors Vol. 2 – PSP (Japan)
    • Pokemon Ranger – Nintendo DS (Japan)
    • Yggdra Union: We’ll Never Fight Alone – Game Boy Advance (Japan)
  • 14 Years
    • Petanque Pro – PlayStation 2
  • 11 Years
    • Just Cause 2 – PC, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360
    • Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey – Nintendo DS

24th March

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (image credit: Square Enix)

Focusing around Zack Flair, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII takes place from the war between Shinra and the Wutai people to the events of Nibelheim, ending just before the start of Final Fantasy VII. The initial concept for the game was to make a PSP port of the mobile game Before Crisis: Final Fantasy VII. After some discussions the development team decided to make a brand new game for the portable version. The game was well received and sold more than 3 million units worldwide.

  • 26 Years
    • Mega Man 7 – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 21 Years
    • Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards – Nintendo 64 (Japan)
  • 19 Years
    • Army Men: RTS – PC
  • 18 Years
    • The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
  • 16 Years
    • PlayStation Portable
    • Shining Force Neo – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
    • Wild Arms 4 – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
  • 13 Years
    • Command & Conquer 3: Kane’s Wrath – PC
    • Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII – PSP
  • 12 Years
    • Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time – Nintendo DS
    • Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja 4 – PlayStation 2
    • Tenchu: Shadow Assassins – PSP
    • The Last Remnant – PC
  • 10 Years
    • Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection – PSP (Japan)

25th March

Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes (image credit: Capcom)

Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes is the third installment of the Marvel vs. Capcom series of games. Developed and published by Capcom for a 1998 release it saw a new arrangement of Capcom characters. Previous titles had solely incorporated Street Fighter characters from the Capcom library but Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes saw characters like Mega Man and Strider. The game was well received and later saw ports to PlayStation, PlayStation 3and Xbox 360 platforms.

  • 22 Years
    • Blue Stinger – Dreamcast (Japan)
    • Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes – Dreamcast (Japan)
  • 19 Years
    • King’s Field: The Ancient City – PlayStation 2
  • 18 Years
    • Dynasty Warriors 4 – PlayStation 2
    • Indiana Jones and the Emporor’s Tomb – PC
    • The Sims – GameCube
  • 17 Years
    • Sacred – PC
    • The King of Fighters 2002 – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
  • 13 Years
    • Harvest Moon DS Cute – Nintendo DS
    • Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3 – PlayStation 2
    • Obscure: The Aftermath – PlayStation 2
    • Viking: Battle for Asgard – Xbox 360
    • Warriors Orochi – PSP
  • 11 Years
    • Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage – PlayStation 3 (Japan)

26th March

Tekken 3 (image credit: Namco)

Tekken 3 (鉄拳3) is the third installment of the much revered franchise. The game was initially launched in 1997 in arcades and then on the Sony PlayStation in 1998. Whilst the game had changes made for the console launch the original version was released on PlayStation 2 in 2005 as part of the Arcade history mode in Tekken 5. the game saw many returning characters from the franchise but also saw the debut of many characters such as Jin Kazama and Bryan Fury. Tekken 3 was not only popular but it was also the fourth best-selling PlayStation game.

  • 28 Years
    • Tuff E Nuff – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 23 Years
    • Tekken 3 – PlayStation (Japan)
  • 20 Years
    • Black & White – PC
  • 19 Years
    • Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast – PC
  • 14 Years
    • Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars – PC
  • 12 Years
    • Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days – PSP (Japan)

27th March

Monster Hunter Freedom Unite (image credit: Capcom)

Monster Hunter Freedom Unite was released in 2008 for PSP and also in 2014 for iOS. The game is an expansion of the original Monster Hunter Freedom 2 and was named Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G (モンスターハンターポータブル2nd G, Monsutā Hantā Pōtaburu 2nd G in Japan. Within the first week of it’s PSP launch the game had sold more than one million copies. AS of 2019 it was confirmed that the game had sold a total of 3.8 million copies, making it the third best-selling PSP game of all time after both Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories which sold 8 million and 5.03 million copies respectively.

  • 29 Years
    • Arcana – Super Nintendo (Japan)
    • Top Gear – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 18 Years
    • Marvel vs. Capcom 2 – Xbox
    • Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance – PC
    • SoulCalibur II – GameCube, PlayStation 2 (Japan)
  • 13 Years
    • Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
    • Monster Hunter Freedom Unite – PSP (Japan)
  • 10 Years
    • Nintendo 3DS
    • Nintendogs + Cats: Golden Retriever & New Friends – Nintendo 3DS
    • StreetPass Mii Plaza – Nintendo 3DS
    • Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition – Nintendo 3DS

28th March

Rumble Roses XX (image credit: Konami)

Rumble Roses XX (ランブルローズXX, Ranbaru Rōzu XX) is a sequel to the 2004 title Rumble Roses for the PlayStation 2. The game is an all-female professional wrestling game which was exclusively released on the Xbox 360. The game was also announced to be backwards compatible on the Xbox One in 2018. The game follows very basic rule sets and controls which mimic much of the many available wrestling games. The game differed from previous games in the series as it did not contain any story mode of any kind. The character models were created with traditional animation techniques but also with a hint of motion capture. The game was not well received in America but interestingly between 2005 and 2006 it was the fifth best-selling game in Japan for the Xbox 360. The game received a Platinum Collection launch in Japan due to the popularity before finally dropping to the 18th best-selling game in December 2007. Better still, Reiko Hinomoto, a character from the game, came fourth place in a Japanese poll which asked 1500 gamers to name their favourite heroine.

  • 20 Years
    • Pokemon Card GB2 – Game Boy Color (Japan)
    • Pokemon Stadium 2 – Nintendo 64
  • 19 Years
    • Heroes of Might and Magic IV – PC
    • Kingdom Hearts – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
    • Tekken 4 – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
  • 18 Years
    • Mega Man Battle Network 3: Blue Version – Game Boy Advance (Japan)
  • 16 Years
    • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory – PC, Xbox
  • 15 Years
    • Harvest Moon: Magical Melody – GameCube
    • Kingdom Hearts II – PlayStation 2
    • Rumble Roses XX – Xbox 360
  • 14 Years
    • Metal Slug Anthology – PlayStation 2
  • 10 Years
    • The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky – PSP
    • WWE All Stars – PSP