This Week in Gaming – 30th May 20219 minute read

This Week in Gaming bares it all. Yes the word “bare” is a key one This Week as we come across a couple of eroge titles from the depths of the internet. Enjoy…

24th May

Metal Slug (image credit: Nazca Corporation, SNK)

Metal Slug was the first in a classical series of games and was released in 1996. The game is set in 2028 where you assume the role of Peregrine Falcon Strike Force soldiers to fight a rebel army and prevent a New World Order. The game was similar in styles to In the Hunt and GunForce II which was created by several of the same staff members. The game contains hand-drawn animations and was applauded for both this and the humorous content within. The popularity of the game spawned several sequels and spinoffs, with the first sequel, Metal Slug 2 being released in 1998.

  • 30 Years
    • Drakkhen – Super Nintendo (Japan)
    • Metal Max – NES (Japan)
  • 25 Years
    • Metal Slug – Neo Geo
  • 20 Years
    • Castlevania Chronicles – PlayStation (Japan)
    • TearRing Saga: Yutona Eiyuu Senki – PlayStation (Japan)
  • 17 Years
    • Mario vs. Donkey Kong – Game boy Advance
  • 16 Years
    • Platypus – PC
  • 15 Years
    • Teen Titans – GameCube
  • 14 Years
    • Dawn of Mana – PlayStation 2
    • Hoshigami: Ruining Blue Earth Remix – Nintendo DS (Japan)
  • 12 Years
    • Zenonia – iOS
  • 11 Years
    • Hexyz Force – PSP
  • 10 Years
    • Dead or Alive Dimensions – 3DS
    • DiRT 3 – PlayStation 3

25th May

Light Crusader (image credit: Treasure)

The isometric game Light Crusader is a classic title which was launched on the Mega Drive in 1995. The game allows the player to move, jump, push and use simple attacks with the sword and magical elements. The game is a nicely blended mix of both action and puzzle solving with some platform elements too. The plot is around Sir David who is invited to visit Green Row. When he arrives he is told that people have been going missing and starts an adventure in a huge dungeon to find the people and solve the mystery. The game has been since included in Mega Drive collections and also on the Mini Mega Drive in several countries.

  • 26 Years
    • Light Crusader – Mega Drive/Genesis
  • 21 Years
    • Digital Partner – Wonderswan (Japan)
    • Sakura Taisen – Dreamcast (Japan)
    • Super Robot Taisen Alpha – PlayStation (Japan)
  • 20 Years
    • Final Fight One – Game Boy Advance (Japan)
  • 17 Years
    • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – Game Boy Advance, PC
    • River City Ransom EX – Game Boy Advance
    • Thief: Deadly Shadows – PC
  • 15 Years
    • Street Fighter Alpha Anthology – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
  • 11 Years
    • Blur – PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
    • ModNation Racers – PlayStation 3
    • UFC Undisputed 2010 – PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • 10 Years
    • Dungeons & Dragons: Daggerdale – PC

26th May

Age of Pirates 2: City of Abandoned Ships (image credit: Akella)

Корсары: Город потерянных кораблей is a Russian game development which literally translates to Corsairs: City of Lost Ships. Under the English translation Age of Pirates 2: City of Abandoned Ships it was released in 2009 for Microsoft Windows. It is a sequel to their other titles Sea Dogs, Pirates of the Caribbean and Age of Pirates: Caribbean Tales. The game contains all the elements of a pirate adventure anyone would want, including the ability to fight, trade and of course battle and board enemy ships.

  • 18 Years
    • WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgames$! – Game Boy Advance
  • 17 Years
    • Metal Slug 3 – Xbox
  • 16 Years
    • Atelier Iris 2: The Azoth of Destiny – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
    • Namco x Capcom – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
    • Ultraman Nexus – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
  • 12 Years
    • Age of Pirates 2: City of Abandoned Ships – PC
    • Crimson Gem Saga – PSP
    • Cross Edge – PlayStation 3
    • Up – PSP
    • inFamous – PlayStation 3
  • 11 Years
    • DOOM II – Xbox 360
  • 10 Years
    • Pandora’s Tower – Nintendo Wii (Japan)

27th May

Starless: Nymphomaniac’s Paradise (image credit: Will)

I’ll be brutally honest. The title of Starless: Nymphomaniac’s Paradise is what captured my attention and then I was drawn in too far. Finding a safe image to include in the article was the hardest thing (that’s what she said) and then I found myself going down a dark path. The game is a eroge game that was released in 2004 on Microsoft Windows. This game even has a collectors edition – but I have found no images to find out what is included with that. To summarise the game I will leave you with the synopsis:

“Yukito Sawatari is in search of a part time job during summer vacation. A high-paying one catches his eye – working as hired help at a mansion up in the mountains. He think he’s the luckiest guy in the world, but the job will test his limits. He must live become the plaything of the sexually starved women who live there. Every day there’s a new fetish to explore as he works tirelessly to service Maria, the mistress of the house, her daughters, Marika and Marisa, along with a host of other women. When the innocent Yuuna arrives, ready to take on similar activities as a “servant” in the mansion, Yukito is torn. Will Yukito allow this pure girl to be defiled by Maria and others, or will he help her escape?”

Yeah…

  • 35 Years
    • Dragon Warrior – NES (Japan)
  • 28 Years
    • Ranger X – Mega Drive/Genesis
  • 22 Years
    • Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere – PlayStation (Japan)
    • Dynamite Cop! – Dreamcast (Japan)
    • Elemental Gimmick Gear – Dreamcast (Japan)
    • Lunar 2: Eternal Blue – PlayStation (Japan)
  • 19 Years
    • Lost Kingdoms – GameCube
  • 18 Years
    • Bloody Roar Extreme – Xbox
    • Brute Force – Xbox
    • Hulk – PlayStation 2
    • Pokemon Box: Ruby and Sapphire – GameCube (Japan)
  • 17 Years
    • Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
  • 11 Years
    • Blaze Union: Story to Reach the Future – PSP (Japan)
  • 10 Years
    • Starless: Nymphomaniac’s Paradise – PC

28th May

Gibo: Stepmother’s Sin (image credit: Guilty)

And here we find Jim Cullinane again, realising that This Week is in fact a very strange one fo video gaming history. Seeing the title I instantly knew that Gibo: Stepmother’s Sin would either be a “my stepmother is evil” situation or the other more common one in Japanese media. A safe-for-work image was even more difficult on this title than the last, and that’s saying something. The game is yet another eroge game which was released in 2001. Here is a section of the plit which I found on Wikipedia, you can search for the rest yourself:

“The story starts off with Yusuke’s Mother slowly stripped her clothes one by one in front of a bespectacled middle aged gentleman who quietly observed, showing her naked body to the latter who remained stoic and silent…”

  • 28 Years
    • SOS – Super Nintendo (Japan)
  • 23 Years
    • Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete – PlayStation
  • 21 Years
    • Bomberman 64: The Second Attack!
  • 20 Years
    • Dark Cloud – PlayStation 2
    • Tokyo Xtreme Racer Zero – PlayStation 2
  • 19 Years
    • Aggressive Inline – PlayStation 2
  • 17 Years
    • Gibo: Stepmother’s Sin – PC
    • Hyper Street Fighter II: The Anniversary Edition – PlayStation 2
  • 13 Years
    • Mass Effect – PC
    • Virtual Villagers 3: The Secret City – PC
  • 12 Years
    • A Witch’s Tale – Nintendo DS (Japan)
    • Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth – Nintendo DS (Japan)
    • Dynasty Warriors 6 Empires – PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 (Japan)
    • Half-Minute Hero – PSP (Japan)

29th May

Mario Party 8 (image credit: Hudson Soft, Nintendo)

Back to earth and back to reality, Mario Party 8 was released by Nintendo for the Nintendo Wii in 2007 across all regions. The game is much similar to all Mario Party titles prior to its launch, containing mini-games and a full board game which comprises of four controlled characters. The game was criticised for its single-player gameplay but still went on to sell more than 7 million copies.

  • 19 Years
    • Medal of Honor Frontline – PlayStation 2
  • 14 Years
    • Atelier Iris 3: Grand Phantasm – PlayStation 2
    • Forza Motorsport 2 – Xbox 360
    • Mario Party 8 – Nintendo Wii
    • Mortal Kombat: Armageddon – Nintendo Wii
  • 13 Years
    • Mana Khemia 2: Fall of Alchemy – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
    • Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier – Nintendo DS (Japan)
    • Valhalla Knights 2 – PSP (Japan)

30th May

Ace Combat 2 (image credit: Namco)

Ace Combat 2 has often been cited as one of the best flight simulator titles for the PlayStation. It was released in 1997 by Namco for the Sony PlayStation and sold 500,000 copies in Japan within the first year. At the time this made is a commercial success. It is the sequel to Air Combat and presented the player with a more arcade styled control system in comparison to more traditional flight simulators. The development team made the decision to make the controls less realistic so that the fun level would be enhanced, and it worked!

  • 33 Years
    • Saint Seiya: ougon Densetsu Kanketsu Hen – NES (Japan)
  • 24 Years
    • Ace Combat 2 – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
  • 21 Years
    • Gauntlet Legends – Dreamcast
  • 20 Years
    • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 – Game Boy Advance
  • 19 Years
    • Dragon Quest Monsters 1+2: Hoshiori no Yuusha to Bokujou no Nakamatachi – PlayStation (Japan)
  • 18 Years
    • Breath of Fire IV – PC (Japan)
    • Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Operation Resurrection – PlayStation 2
  • 16 Years
    • Geneforge 3 – PC
  • 15 Years
    • Hitman: Blood Money – PC, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360
  • 13 Years
    • Chaos Wars – PlayStation 2
  • 12 Years
    • Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days – Nintendo DS (Japan)
  • 10 Years
    • BlazBlue: continuum Shift II – PSP

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