This Week in Gaming – 6th June 202110 minute read

This Week in Gaming unfortunately does not include any more Eroge, unlike last week! But what is does offer you is Sony games being played on a Dreamcast, invaders from another world, total terrain fatalities and warlike Worms. Read more to see what games hit milestone anniversaries, This Week.

31st May

Worms Armageddon (image credit: Team 17)

Not only was Worms Armageddon released on PC 22 years ago today, but it was also the first platform that the game landed on. It was later ported to other platforms such as PlayStation and Dreamcast. The title is the third in the series of the Worms franchise and was originally being developed as an expansion pack to Worms 2. The original title for the game was to be Wormageddon prior to the decision to make it a standalone title for the PC. The game has not only seen it being made as part of many classic collections, but as of 2020 it has also seen new updates for Steam users. The game won the EGM 2000 Game Blast Awards award for Best Strategy Game.

  • 24 Years
    • Blood – PC
  • 23 Years
    • Burning Rangers – Saturn
    • Final Fantasy VII – PC
    • Shining Force III – Saturn
  • 22 Years
    • Ape Escape – PlayStation
    • Might and Magic VII: For Blood and Honor – PC
    • Star Ocean: The Second Story – PlayStation
    • Worms Armageddon – PC
  • 21 Years
    • Street Fighter Alpha 3 – Dreamcast
  • 19 Years
    • Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Heartbreak – Game Boy Advance (Japan)
    • Way of the Samurai – PlayStation 2
  • 14 Years
    • Guilty Gear XX Accent Core – PlayStation 2 (Japan)
    • Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition – Nintendo Wii (Japan)

1st June

The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay (image credit: Starbreeze Studios)

The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay was released in 2004 for Xbox 360 and Windows. The game is a tie-in to the movie The Chronicles of Riddick and sees Vin Diesel reprise his role of Richard B. Riddick for the games development. The game was created in a prison setting which sees the main protagonist escaping Butcher Bay. The prison setting was used to differentiate it from events that occur in the film franchise. The game was very well received and went on to win several awards and accolades including the Golden Joystick Award for Unsung Hero Game of the Year.

  • 23 Years
    • Dr. Mario – Super Nintendo (Japan)
    • Game Boy Camera – Game Boy
    • Quest 64 – Nintendo 64
    • Vigilante 8 – PlayStation
  • 22 Years
    • Need for Speed: High Stakes – PC
  • 21 Years
    • Cyber Troopers Virtual On: Oratorio Tangram – Dreamcast
  • 20 Years
    • Battle Hunter – PlayStation
  • 18 Years
    • Sonic Pinball Party – Game Boy Advance
  • 17 Years
    • The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay – Xbox 360
  • 16 Years
    • Digimon World 4 – GameCube
  • 15 Years
    • Half-Life 2: Episode One – PC
  • 12 Years
    • Final Fantasy IV: The After Years – Nintendo Wii
  • 11 Years
    • Alpha Protocol – PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
    • Backbreaker – Xbox 360
    • The Sims 3: Ambitions – PC

2nd June

Red Faction: Guerrilla (image credit: Volition)

Red Faction: Guerrilla changed the face of the franchise when it launched in 2009. Removing the ability to make damage to the scenery it instead added damage physics to structures, cover and vehicles. This change of approach made an amazingly diverse game which game the player endless options when tackling a mission. Rescuing hostages from a guarded building could be attempted with stealth or you could instead choose to smash a truck through the buildings walls to get the hostages on board. The structural damage was amazing and even possible on superstructures like bridges. And the best thing was that you could even achieve this with your hammer. The game was very well received and has gone on to see a remastered version Red Faction: Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered.

  • 33 Years
    • Kenseiden – Sega Master System (Japan)
    • Lord of the Sword – Sega Master System (Japan)
  • 19 Years
    • Shantae – Game Boy Color
  • 17 Years
    • Classic NES Series: BomberMan – Game Boy Advance
    • Classic NES Series: Donkey Kong- Game Boy Advance
    • Classic NES Series: Super Mario Bros. – Game Boy Advance
    • Classic NES Series: The Legend of Zelda – Game Boy Advance
    • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – PlayStation 2
  • 16 Years
    • Digimon World 4 – PlayStation 2
    • The Legend of Heroes: A Tear of Vermillion – PSP (Japan)
  • 15 Years
    • City Life – PC
  • 12 Years
    • Fuel – Xbox 360
    • Red Faction: Guerrilla – PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
    • The Sims 3 – PC
  • 10 Years
    • Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion – 3DS
    • Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D – 3DS (Japan)

3rd June

Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (image credit: Nintendo)

Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels was released in 1986 in Japan as a sequel to Super Mario Bros. The game is incredibly similar in style to the original title but without the normal two player option. The storyline is the same with Mario or Luigi having to save Princess Peach from the clutches of Bowser once more. The game contains 32 levels across the standard eight worlds, but it also included 20 bonus stages too. After the release of Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels it was decided that it was too difficult for the North American audience so a retro-fitted version of Doki Doki Panic was created and launched as that regions Super Mario Bros. 2. The true sequel to the first game of the series was only found in Japan until 1993 when Super Mario All-Stars was released on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in all regions, containing several games of which one was Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels.

  • 35 Years
    • B-Wings – NES (Japan)
    • Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels – Famicom Disk System (Japan)
  • 22 Years
    • Gungage – PlayStation (Japan)
    • WWF Attitude – PlayStation
  • 19 Years
    • Bomberman Generation – GameCube
    • Resident Evil Gaiden – Game Boy Color
  • 17 Years
    • Crash Bandicoot Purple: Ripto’s Rampage – Game Boy Advance
  • 13 Years
    • GRID – PlayStaton 3, Xbox 360, PC
    • LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures – PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PSP, Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360
    • Ninja Gaiden II – Xbox 360
    • Summon Night: Twin Age – Nintendo DS
  • 12 Years
    • Wolfenstein 3D – Xbox 360
  • 11 Years
    • Fairy Tale: Portable Guild – PSP (Japan)

4th June

Bleem! Gran Turismo 2 (image credit: Bleem Company)

Gran Turismo 2 on the Dreamcast? Yes that is correct! Bleem! was a commercial emulator that was created for the Dreamcast as well as IBM-compatible PCs. The emulator was one of only a few that were marketed and as such is was involved in multiple lawsuits. The software allowed people to run PlayStation disks on their Dreamcast which took advantage of the superior operating power of the console at the time. Many games actually ran better via the emulation software than they did on the original Sony platform. One of these games was Gran Turismo 2. Sony filed a law suit against Bleem! stating that their rights had been violated and making the ability to play games on a non-Sony piece of hardware constituted unfair competition. However Bleem! won in court and a protective order was issued meaning Sony could not longer pursue their case and it even allowed Bleem! to continue using PlayStation images on their marketing and packaging campaigns as it was considered fair use. The issue was that the court case fee’s were too much for a small company and ended up putting Bleem! out of business. The company possessions ended up being auctioned on eBay.

  • 36 Years
    • Dig Dug – NES (Japan)
  • 28 Years
    • Rock N’ Roll Racing – Super Nintendo
  • 23 Years
    • Crisis City – PlayStation (Japan)
    • International Superstar Soccer ’98 – Nintendo 64 (Japan)
  • 22 Years
    • Kanon – PC (Japan)
  • 21 Years
    • Space Channel 5 – Dreamcast
  • 20 Years
    • Bleem! Gran Turismo 2 – Dreamcast
  • 12 Years
    • Arc Rise Fantasia – Nintendo Wii (Japan)
    • Evangelion: Jo – PSP (Japan)

5th June

EarthBound (image credit: Ape, HAL Laboratory)

As the second entry in the Mother Series, EarthBound was released in 1995 in North America. The game had released a year earlier in Japan. Within the game the player has to travel the world to search for melodies from eight sanctuaries. The melodies are then used to defeat Gigyas, a cosmic destroyer. The development period for EarthBound was five years and included returning staff members from the development of Mother. The game subverted popular traditions of the role-playing game premise but introducing an idiosyncratic portrayal of Americana and Western Culture. The game did not sell well initially and was not well received in America. however, in more recent years the game has gained a cult following and is now considered one of the best games of all time.

  • 26 Years
    • EarthBound – Super Nintendo
  • 20 Years
    • Gangsters 2: Vendetta – PC
  • 19 Years
    • Digimon World 3 – PlayStation
  • 18 Years
    • Ultimate Muscle: Legends vs New Generation – GameCube
  • 14 Years
    • Dragon Ball Z: Harukanaru Densetsu – Nintendo DS
    • Tomb Raider: Anniversary – PC, PlayStation 2
  • 13 Years
    • Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit – PlayStation 3 (Japan)
    • Shiren the Wanderer – Nintendo Wii (Japan)
    • The Incredible Hulk – PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

6th June

The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (image credit: Bethesda)

2002 saw the release of the third title in the series The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. The game reached critical and commercial success and had sold over 4 million copies by 2005. The story is centralised around a deity named Dagoth Ur who seeks to gain power of Morrowind and free the region from Imperial Reign. The game is another fantasy game within the lineage of the Elder Scrolls titles, but it also incorporates steam punk inspirations as well as Middle Eastern and East Asian art, architecture and cultures. The game was alo one of the first in the series to make a shift from heavily concentrating on the main storyline and allowing the player to have a free-roam ability instead. This decision was met with mixed responses but has gone on to see all subsequent games following the same strategy.

  • 44 Years
    • Apple II
  • 28 Years
    • The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening – Game Boy (Japan)
  • 21 Years
    • Croc – Game Boy Color
    • ISS Pro Evolution – PlayStation
  • 19 Years
    • Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance – Game Boy Advance (Japan)
    • Shaman King: Spirit of Shamans – PlayStation (Japan)
    • The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind – Xbox
  • 16 Years
    • Knights of Honor – PC
  • 15 Years
    • Astonishia Story – PSP
    • Cars – GameCube, PlayStation 2, PSP
    • Dragon Ball: Advanced Adventure – Game Boy Advance
    • Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories – PlayStation 2

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