This Week in Gaming – 8th November 20206 minute read

From Brazilian federal bans to first-person shooters outselling Mario games. Once again This Week in Gaming brings you the anniversaries from the last seven days along with some interesting facts.

2nd November

Chrono Trigger (image credit: Square)

Chrono Trigger was originally a 1995 game for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System published by Square. The game was created under the team of three designers, known as the “dream team”. These were the creator of Final Fantasy, Hironobu Sakaguchi, Yuki Hirii who was a freelance designer and creator for the Dragon Quest series; and Akira Toriyama, an artist who’s worked is famous for Dragon Quest and Dragon Ball. The soundtrack also had contributions from Nobuo Uematsu, the veteran Final Fantasy composer. The game was really created by a ‘super-band’ of the gaming industry.

  • 22 Years
    • Railroad Tycoon II – PC
  • 21 Years
    • Chrono Trigger – PlayStation (Japan)
  • 16 Years
    • Killzone – PlayStation 2
    • Sonic Mega Collection Plus – PlayStation 2

3rd November

Beyond the Beyond (image credit: Camelot Software)

Beyond the Beyond or Beyond the Beyond: Harukanaru Kanān e (ビヨンド ザ ビヨンド ~遥かなるカナーンへ~, lit. “Beyond the Beyond: To Far Away Kanaan”), in Japan was developed by Camelot Software Planning in 1995. The story followed a plot of an ancient battle between the ‘Beings of Light’ and the ‘Warlocks of the Underworld that had long passed. The planet was ultimately destroyed but before this the two sides signed a treaty leaving the surface to the Beings of Light and the underground to the Warlocks. After hundreds of years and evil power has started to break down the treaty and the player must control Finn, a swordsman, in order to stop this.

  • 25 Years
    • Beyond the Beyond – PlayStation (Japan)
  • 17 Years
    • Fire Emblem – Game Boy Advance
    • True Crime: Streets of LA – PlayStation 2
  • 11 Years
    • Dragon Age: Origins – PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

4th November

The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (image credit: Capcom, Flagship & Nintendo)

The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap is the twelfth entry in the The Legend of Zelda series. It was developed by Capcom and Flagship under the supervision of Nintendo. It was the third game to feature the legend of the Four Sword.

  • 18 Years
    • Ratchet & Clank – PlayStation 2
  • 16 Years
    • The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap – Game Boy Advance (Japan)

5th November

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (image credit: Infinity Ward)

It would be hard to deny that Call of Duty franchise popularised the genre of first-person shooter more than any other game. Of course there were games before Call of Duty, and some incredibly popular ones, but COD is where the genre took flight. Call of Duty through to Call of Duty 3 were popular enough, but Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is where the franchise really took form. It broke away from the previous World War II settings into a modern-day variant of the series. The game was released in 2007 and received positive reviews, whilst some argued that it did not innovate the franchise. However it was the top selling game in 2007 worldwide selling 7 million copies between November 2007 and January 2008, outselling Super Mario Galaxy which was released in the same week. The game was definitely the most enjoyable of the franchise that I personally have played and I personally believe that all the COD developers have struggled to imitate the formula used to develop it.

  • 27 Years
    • Mega Man 6 – NES (Japan)
  • 23 Years
    • Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back – PlayStation
  • 13 Years
    • Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare – PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

6th November

Capcom vs. SNK 2: Mark of the Millennium 2001 (image credit: Capcom)

Capcom vs. SNK 2: Mark of the Millennium 2001 or Capcom vs. SNK 2: Millionaire Fighting 2001 (カプコン バーサス エス・エヌ・ケイ 2 ミリオネア ファイティング 2001, Kapukon bāsasu Esu-enu-kei Tsū: Mirionea Faitingu Tsū Sausando Wan) in Japan was the sequel to Capcom vs. SNK. It was originally released on Sega NAOMI hardware in arcades before being ported to the Dreamcast and then the PlayStation 2. GameCube and Xbox would receive updated versions titled Capcom vs. SNK EO, with the “EO” meaning Extreme Offense.

  • 19 Years
    • Capcom vs. SNK 2: Mark of the Millennium 2001 – PlayStation 2

7th November

Shenmue (image credit: Sega AM2, Sega)

Yu Suzuki is credited for producing and directing Shenmue, the action-adventure series on the Dreamcast. Controlling martial artist Ryo Hazuki the player sets out in revenge for the murder of his father. The game featured an open-world environment, complete with brawler fights and quick time events. Shenmue was the most expensive video game ever developed at the time with an estimate cost of $50-70 million. Whilst it received praise for the graphics and soundtrack it also received a lot of negativity around the controls, slow pace and voice acting. Despite selling 1.2 million units the game never made back the development costs and was therefore a commercial failure.

  • 20 Years
    • Crash Bash – PlayStation
    • Harvest Moon 2 GBC – Game Boy Color
    • Shenmue – Dreamcast
  • 17 Years
    • Mario Kart: Double Dash!! – GameCube (Japan)
  • 15 Years
    • Kameo: Elements of Power – Xbox 360

8th November

Counter-Strike (image credit: Valve)

Counter-Strike was a first-person shooter developed by Valve. Initially it was developed and released as a Half-Life mod. Minh Le and Jess Cliffe released and developed the game in 1999 before they were hired and the game’s intellectual property rights were acquired. If you were a PC-gamer in the day or a first-person shooter enthusiast then you will no doubt have played this game. Although a widely popular game in 2008 a Brazilian federal court order prohibited all sales of the game. The federal judge, Carlos Alberto Simões de Tomaz ordered the ban stating the game “brings imminent stimulus to the subversion of the social order, attempting against the democratic state and the law and against public security.”

  • 29 Years
    • Prince of Persia – Turbo CD (Japan)
  • 20 Years
    • Counter-Strike – PC