This Week in Gaming – 9th May 20218 minute read

This Week in Gaming had some slim-pickings throughout the week, but we still managed to pull some titles together that are celebrating their anniversary milestones. From western-based action, erotic dating simulation and bongo-drum shaped controllers, This Week in Gaming has it all.

3rd May

Red Dead Revolver (image credit: Rockstar San Diego, Rockstar Games)

Red Dead Revolver had a rocky start to its life. After Angel Studios was acquired and rebranded by Rockstar Games and Yoshiki Okamoto left Capcom in 2003 Red Dead Revolver was in fact cancelled. Rockstar Games managed to obtain the rights and revive the game later that year. The game launched in 2004 for both the PlayStation 2 and Xbox. Revolving around the American frontier Red Dead Revolver is a western-themed action game that follows the story of bounty-hunter Red Harlow. Attempting to gain revenge for the murder of his parents it was a game that slightly missed the mark on reviews and popularity. It sold only 920,000 units in its lifetime but was the basis for the phenomenally successful Red Dead Redemption.

  • 30 Years
    • Cocoron – NES (Japan)
  • 26 Years
    • Captain Tsubasa J: Get in the Tomorrow – PlayStation (Japan)
  • 25 Years
    • Tokyo Highway Battle – PlayStation (Japan)
  • 17 Years
    • Red Dead Revolver – PlayStation 2, Xbox
    • Shrek 2 – PC
  • 16 Years
    • Forza Motorsport – Xbox
    • Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee – PSP
    • Puyo Pop Fever – Nintendo DS
  • 11 Years
    • Armored Core: Last Raven Portable – PSP
    • Iron Man 2 – PSP
    • Picross 3D – Nintendo DS
  • 10 Years
    • MotorStorm: Apocalypse – PlayStation 3
    • Mount & Blade: With Fire & Sword – PC

4th May

Fat Princess: Fistful of Cake (image credit: Titan Studios)

Fat Princess was originally released in 2009 for the PlayStation 3. It released in Japan in the same year as Pocchari Princess (ぽっちゃり☆プリンセス, Pocchari ☆ Purinsesu) and then in 2010 as Fat Princess: Fistful of Cake on the PSP. The game is a multiplayer game for up to 32 players who need to fight to rescue the princess and bring her back to the teams base. The game is a fun twist on the standard “capture the flag” premise visited in many other multiplayer games. Even though the reviews for the game were not staggeringly amazing, the game still became rated the best downloadable game for the PlayStation 3 in 2009.

  • 17 Years
    • Brick Beater – Mobile
    • La Pucelle: Tactics – PlayStation 2
    • RalliSport Challenge 2 – Xbox
    • Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain – PlayStation 2
  • 16 Years
    • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith – Nintendo DS< PlayStation 2, Xbox
  • 14 Years
    • Forza Motosport 2 – Xbox 360 (Japan)
    • Spider-Man 3 – Nintendo DS, Game Boy Advance, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
    • UFO: Extraterrestrials – PC
  • 12 Years
    • New Play Control! Donkey Kong Jungle Beat – Nintendo Wii
  • 11 Years
    • Dementium II – Nintendo DS
    • Fat Princess: Fistful of Cake – PSP
    • Iron Man 2 – Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360
  • 10 Years
    • Elsword – PC

5th May

Wolfenstein 3D (image credit: id SOftware)

Inspired by the Muse Software game Castle Wolfenstein, Wolfenstein 3D was developed by id Software who was the name behind Doom. The game allows the player to take control of William Blazkowicz as he escapes a Nazi German prison Castle Wolfenstein. SImilar to Doom the player has to end each level with a boss fight and an elevator ride to the following level until the game has been completed. The game is the second major release by id Software after their title Commander Keen. The game has often been cited as one of the greatest games of all time and it has won numerous awards after its commercial success in 1992.

  • 29 Years
    • Wolfenstein 3D – PC
  • 23 Years
    • Einhander – PlayStation
  • 16 Years
    • Dungeon Lords – PC
  • 15 Years
    • SpellForce 2: Shadow Wars – PC
  • 13 Years
    • SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1 – PlayStation 2, PSP
  • 12 Years
    • Fallout 3: Broken Steel – Xbox 360
    • Klonoa – Nintendo Wii
    • Patapon 2 – PSP
    • Plants vs. Zombies – PC
  • 10 Years
    • Katawa Shoujo – PC (Japan)

6th May

EVE Online (image credit: CCP Games)

EVE Online is a MMORPG which was developed and published by CCP Games. The space-based game was originally released in 2003 and has had support from the developer ever since. The latest update of significance was in 2016 when a limited free-to-play version was released. EVE Online was contained as an exhibit in the Museum of Modern Art showing the historical events, as well as the accomplishments that the developers and the player base had created. A significant event was The Bloodbath of B-R5RB which was a battle involving thousands of players in one single star-system. The battle took 21 hours to come to a form of completion and is recognized as one of the the largest and most expensive battles in gaming history.

  • 26 Years
    • Corridor 7 – PC
  • 20 Years
    • Blaster Master: Blasting Again – PlayStation
    • Mario Party 3 – Nintendo 64
  • 18 Years
    • .hack//Mutation Part 2 – PlayStation 2
    • Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow – Game Boy Advance
    • EVE Online – PC
    • Lufia: The Ruins of Lore – Game Boy Advance
    • Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Tides of War
  • 17 Years
    • Samurai Warriors – PlayStation 2
    • Van Helsing – PlayStation 2
  • 13 Years
    • Boom Blox – Nintendo Wii
    • Iron Man – PC
    • R-Type Command – PSP
    • Speed Racer – Nintendo Wii
    • The Dog Island – Nintendo Wii
  • 12 Years
    • Something Special – PC
    • Virtual Families – PC

7th May

Snow Drop (image credit: Sweet Basil, Will Japan, Peach Princess)

12 years ago there were some titles released for Xbox Live Arcade as well as Conan for the PlayStation 2. But what grabbed my attention more was Snow Drop – a game that has little to no information about online. Snow Drop is an anime, adult visual novel that released on PC in 2001. The game revolves around the recollection of memories that the main character has about a servant at a ski lodge and a flower (yes, a Snow Drop). The game would best be described as an erotic dating simulation whereby you must stay true to your heart to discover the ending your heart desires.

  • 20 Years
    • Snow Drop – PC
  • 17 Years
    • Conan – PlayStation 2
  • 12 Years
    • Halfbrick Echoes – Xbox 360
    • Karnn Age – Xbox 360
    • Raiden Fighters Aces – Xbox 360

8th May

Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars (image credit: Electronic Arts)

Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars is a direct sequel to the game Command & Conquer : Tiberium Sun and was both developed and published by Electronic Arts. The game takes place around 17 years after the events of the predecessors storyline whereby Tiberium has become a significant threat to the planet. The game includes new features that were first introduced in Red Alert 2 including garrisoned structures and unit upgrades. Even though some elements of the game were different to previous titles, and Tiberium itself had been retconned to a different chemical structure, the game was a commercial success. Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars, which saw Joseph D. Kucan reprise his role as Kane, leader of the Brotherhood of Nod, sold 128,000 units in it’s first week after launch.

  • 19 Years
    • Desert Strike Advance – Game Boy Advance
  • 18 Years
    • RollerCoaster Tycoon Deluxe – PC
  • 14 Years
    • .hack//G.U. vol. 2//Reminisce – PlayStation 2
    • Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars – Xbox 360
    • Driver ’76 – PSP
    • Infernal – PC
    • The Sims 2 Deluxe – PC
    • Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam – PlayStation 2

9th May

Donkey Konga 2 (image credit: Namco, Nintendo)

The original Donkey Konga released in Japan in December 2003 and North America, Europe and Australia in 2004. Donkey Konga 2 however only released one year later in all regions with an initial July 2004 release in Japan. The games (as well as the third in the franchise) are to be played with a special peripheral controller which resemble two bongo drums. The rhythm-based video games contained both known songs (all shortened covers of the originals) as well as music from Super Mario and The Legend of Zelda series’. Donkey Konga 2 contained new music, some classic Donkey Kong characters as well as some new minigames. It is also the only Donkey Kong game to have a T for Teen rating in North America due to some of the lyrics contained therein. Other regions contained more child-friendly lyrics and therefore received lighter ratings.

  • 21 Years
    • MediEvil II – PlayStation
  • 20 Years
    • Dance Dance Revolution – PlayStation
  • 16 Years
    • Donkey Konga 2 – GameCube
  • 15 Years
    • NBA Ballers: Rebound – PSP
    • Over the Hedge – Xbox
    • Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends – PC
    • Uno – Xbox 360
  • 14 Years
    • Vortex – iOS

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