Retro Gaming- Sega Rally 2: (1998)

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The arcade racing classics of the 90’s were so much fun for many people who grew up during that time period.  There were so many popular arcade titles including the Outrun series that many people loved to play and had absolutely no problem spending countless quarters on in order to complete each game in its entirety.  When Sega Rally Championship had first received its arcade release in 1994 many people were impressed by the 3D graphics and visual presentation that game itself had to offer. The original Sega Rally Championship game seemed like it was ahead of its time when it was first released because 2D gameplay was still very popular during the 16-bit era.  However, when games like Sega Rally Championship was released during the early 90’s it stood as something special because it gave people an idea about what the future of gaming would look like.  After Sega Rally Championship was released in arcade centers worldwide along with being ported to various home consoles many people were eager to see what the sequel for this game would look like.

A sequel for Sega Rally Championship was eventually made in 1998 when it made its arcade debut on the Sega Model 3 arcade system.  Sega Rally 2 included both single player and multiplayer gameplay and was just as exciting as its predecessor.  As exciting as the arcade version of Sega Rally 2 was many people believe that the Dreamcast port was so much better because of the ten year championship mode which was included in the game.  Sega Rally 2 allowed players to race in many different parts of the world  including Great Britain, Monaco, Sweden, America and Japan.  Players also have the ability to choose multiple cars to race with including Toyota’s, Lancia’s, Subaru’s along with Misubishi Lancer Evolution cars.  Whether one choose to set their transmission to manual or automatic the driving experience in Sega Rally 2 was very exciting because the quality of the game itself was close to the arcade version of the game.  Around the late 90’s 3D racing games were very exciting to play for many people.  If one was a fan of the Dreamcast back in the day then Sega Rally 2 was almost the equivalent to what Gran Turismo was for the Sony PlayStation.

Old School Games- Sega Outrun 2019: (1993)

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There are many racing games from the 1990’s that old school remember such as the Sega Outrun series which originated in the mid 80’s.  While the original Sega Outrun which was released in 1986 was considered to be the most popular title in the series there were also other games related to it that were also seemed to play during the early 90’s.  In 1993, Outrun 2019 was released exclusively for the Sega Genesis game console as a single player racing title.  Even though, Outrun 2019 did not have too many game modes the gameplay itself made for an exciting racing title. The futuristic vibe of this Outrun 2019 was a very nice touch especially with the turbo boaster that players received while driving.  Before starting Outrun 2019 players had the option of changing the their transmission to either automatic or manual along with altering the level of difficultly in the game.  One of the things that stood out the most about this game included the soundtrack.  The BGM for this game was great for each stage with soundtracks such as Steal Into The Night, Feel the Beat and especially Relight My Fire which was probably the best.

The stages in this were also pretty specially as one progressed throughout the game. There were so many stages in the game that were awesome including the night city from Stage 3, Route 9 along with Routes 4 & 5 in Stage 4.  One of the best stages in Outrun 2019 in terms of visuals included Stage 4, Route 9 which was simply amazing as far as landscape is concerned.  As one got closer towards the end of Outrun 2019 the game felt more futuristic which really added to the excitement of this game along with the challenges that are presented in terms of completing each stage.   Sega Outrun 2019 was a pretty exciting racing game for the Sega Genesis that many people probably felt deserved an arcade release opposed to being made available exclusively for a home console.  While seeing an arcade version of Outrun 2019 would have been amazing but some people would probably agree that a 3D remake of this game would be even better considering the fact that we are getting very close to the actual year.  Even though, Outrun 2019 was not considered to be the most popular within its series the game itself was still a decent game that many casual racing fans would enjoy during the 16 bit era of gaming.

Classic Gaming- Race Driver Grid: (2008)

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If you were a fan of McRae: Dirt which was released in 2007 that most likely Race Dirver Gird is a popular racing title that comes to mind in the late 2000’s.  Race Driver Gird was developed by a British video game company known as Codemasters and was original released for the Sega-Europa-R arcade system around mid 2008 worldwide.    Race Driver Grid had incredible gameplay along with fantastic visual presentation that made the game itself appeal to casual gamers.  Race Driver Grid had featured so many in game activities including drifting, touge, open wheel, demolition derby and GT championship mode. One of the most exciting aspects about this game includes the player’s opportunity to establish themselves as a professional racer by winning competitions along with team building.  In this game players can do many things such as unlock challenges along with have the opportunity to buy teammates to help them out financially.    Before choosing their potential teammates players are given information about various things involving their background including rank, signing fee, and specialty.

One of the few things that some people will instantly notice about Race Driver Grid includes the fact that there are far less cars included in this game than some other racing titles such as the Gran Turismo series. Along with having multiple game modes and a pretty cool game engine Race Driver Grid also gives players to option to race in first or third person view which makes the driving experience much more exciting.   In the regions of America, Europe and Japan players will have so much fun playing this game along with the car selection featuring cars such as: the Chevrolet Corvette, Dodge Charger SRR-7 Drift, Ford Mustang along with the Lamborghini Murcielago RGT which had a sale value of around $1,700,000.  Another great thing about Race Driver Gird was the fact that it was available for multiple game console opposed to just one.  When Race Driver Grid was released in 2008 it was available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and the PC.  Since its release Race Driver Grid has sold at least 1.1 million units worldwide and has been viewed by many people to be a very great racing game.  Even though, games such as Gran Turismo and the Forza Motorsport series had were considered very popular there were also other racing games that were considered to be classics.  Race Driver Grid may not have been the most popular racing game when it was first released but its probably a game that many people held on to before switching over to the generation consoles such as the PS4 or the Xbox One.

Wii Games- Naruto Shippuden: Clash of Ninja Revolution 3: (2009)

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Without a doubt Naruto was considered to be one of the most popular anime series to have been released worldwide during the 2000’s.  While the Naruto anime series was very popular the video games released for the Nintendo GameCube and the Wii were also really exciting for many people.  Out of most of the games released for the Nintendo Wii Naruto Shippuden: Clash of Ninja Revolution 3 is probably considered to be among the best.  Naruto Shippuden: Clash of Ninja Revolution 3 was developed by Eighting and published by Tomy prior to its Wii release in 2009.  Clash of Ninja Revolution 3 was a significant improvement from the prequel that was released in 2008.  Naruto Shippuden: Clash of Ninja Revolution 3 had included a roster of at least 40 playable characters and had around 19 different stages that would provide players with many hours of fun.  The story mode in Clash of Revolution 3 was exciting for some and frustrating for other people.  Even it one was a true Naruto fan the missions that one is expected to complete in story mode can seem impossible at times and requires trial and error to make progress in the game.

Along with having a story mode Clash of Ninja Revolution 3 had featured several other gameplay options including versus, tag team and online mode.  The tag team mode was very exciting because certain characters can execute special double team special moves when paired together such as Naruto & Jiraiya, Hinata & Neji Hyuga, Gaara & Rock Lee along with Sakura & Tsunade.  Rock Lee was especially fun to play as because he also have a tag team special with Might Guy which in someways makes up for the fact that he uses mostly Tai- Jitsu during battle.   The multiplayer mode was probably the most exciting feature of all since it allowed up to four players to battle against one another simultaneously with graphics and visual effects highly resembling that of the actual anime.  If one was not too skilled with using the Wii remote and nunchuck during gameplay they always at the option to play using a GameCube or Wii controller.  Even though, some people many not put Naruto Shippuden: Clash of Ninja 3 above PlayStation’s Ultimate Ninja Storm series in terms of quality it was still a very good Naruto game for the Wii console with a replay value that was just as high.

Should Capcom vs SNK 3 become a reality?

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There have been many great crossover games that have been released since the mid-90’s that are considered to be memorable to many people.  Along with the Marvel vs. Capcom series the Capcom vs SNK series is considered to be among the best in terms of crossover games that have been released throughout for over the past fifteen years.  When the Capcom vs SNK series had begun in 2000 many people were blown away by the concept of having multiple characters from both the Street Fighter and King of Fighters series in one game.  A crossover between Street Fighter and the King of Fighters was something that fans of both series had dreamed about since the early 90’s before it had actually happened. When Capcom vs SNK 2 was released in 2001 it probably had the largest and most diverse roster that anyone would see in any crossover fighting game.  The in game mechanics for Capcom vs SNK 2 was great along with the fact that players were allowed to select up to three characters prior to team battles.

Also, while selecting characters players had the ability to assign different grooves to them including C,A, P,S,N and K.  The groove system was one of the many things about Capcom vs SNK 2 that stood out the most along with the various gameplay options that were included in the Sega Dreamcast version of the game.  However, if there Capcom had decided to make a sequel for Capcom vs SNK 2 many people would be curious about certain things including what game consoles would it be available on.  Also, in terms of the game itself should a potential sequel to Capcom vs SNK 2 still include the groove system or should they develop something completely different?  The roster for Capcom vs SNK 2 was impressive and many people would probably love to see many of those same characters in a potential Capcom vs SNK 3 game if it ever happens.

Classic Gaming- Killer Instinct 2: (1996)

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After the original Killer Instinct game was released in arcade centers worldwide during 1995 many people were waiting to see what the sequel that title would be like.  Killer Instinct 2 was developed by a British video game company known as Rare and released in 1996.  While the second Killer Instinct game had featured a few characters that were present in the first title such as Jago, Sabrewulf, Spiral and Fulgore it also included some new characters such as Gargos, Kim Wu, Mata, and Tusk.   The addition of new characters to the game was great but unfortunately some older characters were not included in Killer Instinct 2 such as Cinder, Riptor, Eyedol and Chief Thunder.  One of the aspects about Killer Instinct 2 that stands out includes the improvement this game makes in comparison to the original in terms of mechanics.  The combo system in Killer Instinct 2 was more advanced than its predecessor and included an automatic combo subsystem which was something that was rarely seen in any 2D fighting game at the time.

Killer Instinct 2 was a blast for many people who played the arcade version of the game. Some people were probably surprised to see that Killer Instinct 2 was ported for the Nintendo 64 shortly after its release.  The Nintendo 64 did not have too many 2D fighting titles that were popular because they were mostly featured on the Sony PlayStation. Even though many people have different opinions having the second Killer Instinct game on the N64 console some thought that it was pretty good. Even though, Killer Instinct 2 is not mentioned as much in relation to 2D fighting titles from the 90’s many people who have played the arcade version of the game would argue that it was a solid fighting title.  While many people who were fans of the Killer Instinct series enjoyed the second game back in the mid 90’s  it would not be until approximately seventeen years year until a sequel was finally made and released for the Xbox One in 2013.

Retro Gaming- Dragon Ball Z Hyper Dimension: (1996)

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Many people are aware of how popular the Dragon Ball Z series was and still is to this day. While there have been countless DBZ games that have been released over the past two decades Hyper Dimension was released exclusively for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1996.  The gameplay along with the graphics for this game were fantastic and some people who were fans of the series would probably argue that Dragon Ball Z Hyper Dimension was better than the Butoden series that was also released exclusively for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.  Along with the visual design and in game mechanics included in Hyper Dimension the game also had a pretty cool soundtrack which added a lot excitement to the game itself.   One of the best things about Dragon Ball Z Hyper Dimension was the fact that some of the main characters from various sagas in the series were included in this game including Goku, Vegeta, Piccolo, Frieza, Cell and Majin Buu.

Unlike various other DBZ titles for the SNES this game was different because the gameplay felt similar to Fatal Fury.   The fact that Bandai was able to release an arcade like fighting game for the SNES was impressive even though some people have argued that the game itself was tough.  Despite, being a very fun 2D fighting title Dragon Ball Z Hyper Dimension had only included ten characters from the entire series.  The ten characters in Hyper Dimension seen as the strongest in the DBZ series and were also seen as key figures throughout various sagas in the show.  Even though, there were many cool 16-bit DBZ games released during the 90’s for both the arcade system and the SNES some people would argue that Hyper Dimension was underrated.  Dragon Ball Z Hyper Dimension might deserve more credit than it actually gets but it does not change the fact that it was a pretty good 2D fighting game for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.

Retro Gaming- Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories: (2004)

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Square Enix is best known for its affiliation with some of the most memorable role playing games that many people around the world have ever seen.  The original Kingdom Hearts game released for the PlayStation 2 in 2002 and since its release many people were anxious to see what the sequel would be like.  When Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories was developed by Jupiter and released in 2004 many people were interested in the fact that the game was released for the Game Boy Advance.  Releasing Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories for the Game Boy Advance seemed like a risky thing to do in the eyes of many people especially considering the fact that the original game was released for the PlayStation 2.   The gameplay, graphics and visual effects of the 128 bit PlayStation 2 console was far superior than the 32 bit Game Boy Advance.  However, just because the quality of the Game Boy Advance was not as great as the PS2 it did not mean that Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories did not make for a very exciting game.

There was so much creativity that when into the development in Chain of Memories in terms of gameplay especially concerning the battles.  Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories had featured a unique card based battle system which included characters having the ability to execute attacks in real time.  The battle system for Chain of Memories looks a bit complex at first but the great thing about this game is that there are tutorials towards the beginning that explains how everything works in detail.  Another great feature about Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories includes the 2D isometric view that is utilized in the game during travel along with various scenes that feature in game dialogue between characters.   The 2D isometric view was a pretty cool feature because it was reminiscent of some older RPG titles such as LandStalker, Final Fantasy Tactics and Super Mario RPG which were also very fun games to play back in the 90’s. Along with having so many great features Chain of Memories had featured several characters that were in the prequel including the main protagonist Sora & Riku along with familiar names from Disney such as Donald Duck, Goofy and King Mickey Mouse.

The CD soundtrack for Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories was a work of art because it featured songs such as “Dear Beloved” which was simply beautiful.  Another great track had included “Castle Oblivion” which was simply amazing because you can feel the emotion of this track along with the fact that it blended in nicely with game itself.  The final boss theme in this game was pretty epic however many people despised battling Marluxia from Organization XIII.  Even though the final boss battle was tough it was also fun once people really got into Chain of Memories and progressed throughout the game. Following its release Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories had reportedly sold over 100,000 units in Japan within its first week and has sold over 1.8 million units worldwide since its release in late 2004.  While some people enjoyed Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories for the Game Boy Advance many people thought that the PlayStation 2 remake was even better when it was released in America during late 2008.  Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories is considered to be one of the most memorable RPG titles of the 2000’s by some people around the world.   Even though, the gameplay for Chain of Memories was significantly different from most RPG titles during its time the amount to creativity that went into the development of this game was impressive.

Classic Gaming- Space Harrier: (1985)

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There were so many arcade classics that many people remember back in the 1980’s that many people enjoyed.  Space Harrier was a popular rail shooting arcade game back in the 80’s. One of the coolest things about Space Harrier that stood out the most included the visual presentation of the game itself.  The graphics for the original Space Harrier game were fantastic and looked like something you would see in the early 90’s.  Even though, the game did not feature much of a story the level of difficulty that Space Harrier had presented was enough to draw people into the game itself.   Space Harrier has to be one of the toughest rail shooter games to have been released in arcade centers worldwide during the 1980’s.  While the game seems relatively simple at first it slowly becomes more difficult as one progresses throughout the game.  Not only do players have to face more obstacles as they play through the game they have to deal with approximately fifteen boss battles along with completing eighteen different stages.  `

Along with trying to complete Space Harrier in its entirety one of the cool features about this game included the different themes utilized in the game.  There were so many different settings that were featured in each level including futuristic and prehistoric with various types of monsters depending on what stage you were on.  Along with having excellent level designs Space Harrier had also included a fantastic soundtrack which made Space Harrier much more exciting to play in arcade centers worldwide.  As fun as Space Harrier was to play back in the 80’s and early 90’s the only downside about this game was the fact that it did not feature much of an ending.  However, the game itself was a very fun rail shooter title to play back in the 80’s and early 90’s in arcade centers and is definitely considered to be one of the most memorable titles within its genre that many people would consider to be a classic.

Retro Gaming- Sonic Heroes: (2004)

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There have been many memorable Sonic the Hedgehog that have been released for over the past two decades from game consoles since the Sega Genesis made its debut during the early 90’s.  Some people argue that Sonic Heroes is not one of the most memorable titles in the Sonic the Hedgehog series others thought it was a pretty cool game to play on various consoles including the PlayStation 2, Xbox along with Nintendo GameCube.  One of the coolest features about Sonic Heroes included playing as different teams to complete each stage throughout the game.  In this game players were able to control various characters including Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy Rose, Shadow, Rouge the Bat and others. Sonic Heroes allow players to control three characters during each level while playing as teams Sonic, Dark, Rose or Chaotix.  One of the most unique things about having teams included the fact that each character within a group had a different specialty including speed, power and flight.  The inclusion of three player groups in a platform game especially Sonic the Hedgehog was something that was never seen before prior to 2004.

While some people thought the concept regarding the gameplay for Sonic Heroes might have felt lackluster others would probably agree that it helped revitalize the series by adding something new that would draw the interest of hardcore Sonic fans from the 16 bit era.  Having the opportunity to play as multiple characters in a platform game opposed to playing as just one or two added to the appeal of Sonic Heroes similar to that of Sonic Adventure 1 & 2.   Along with being able to play as multiple characters people got to witness the return of Metal Sonic in form of Metal Madness as the main villain in Sonic Heroes.  The most exciting thing about the final boss fight in Sonic Heroes was the fact that people had the chance to play as each team during the battle.  To say that the battle against Metal Madness towards the end is an understatement however the ending was well worth the effort after people completed the game in its entirety.   Sonic Heroes might not be considered to be among the best game in the series but it was not the worst either.In fact some people might agree that Sonic Heroes  was one of the better 3D games that the Sonic Team had developed during the 2000’s along with Sonic Adventure 2.