Retro Gaming 10’s- Dungeon Siege III: (2011)

When it comes down to to action role-playing games from the early 10’s one of the few memorable titles that people instantly think about is Dungeon Siege III from 2011. For those who do not know the Dungeon Siege series began back in ’02 with the see being overshadowed by majority of action role-playing game within that genre. Dungeon Siege III was developed by Obsidian Entertainment and published by Square Enix for the PlayStation 3 along with Microsoft Windows and included both single & multiplayer gameplay. The setting for Dungeon Siege III was set over a century following the events from the very first game in the series within a medieval-like kingdom. The plot for Dungeon Siege III is both intriguing but dark at the same time as the story focuses on the 10th Legion attempting to reconstruct their military force. The unintended death of King Hendrick following the onslaught of Azunite Church against the 10th Legion due to Jeyne Kassynder’s influence left the force in shambles as most of the people associated with it ended up losing their lives. While the Jeyne Kassynder is revealed to be the King’s illegitimate daughter players also discover that he and his legitimate offspring Roslyn were against her prior to the tragic even that eventually occurred within the game.

In Dungeon Siege III players have the option to control four different characters each with their own different story connected to the main plot. Dungeon Siege III had its share of positives and negatives as far as overall gameplay is concerned. There were players who were satisfied with the fighting system along with the storytelling aspect of the game which would be enough to get others interested in purchasing Dungeon Siege III. Despite, the intriguing storyline, impressive visuals along with the impressive gameplay people criticized the game for its complex loot system along with its abysmal camera angles in relation to the multiplayer co-op mode. For an action role-playing Dungeon Siege III May not have been the most popular game of the early 10’s. However, there are many gamers around the world who are itching to see a Dungeon Siege IV since its been about nine years since Dungeon Siege III was released. While Dungeon Siege III may not be one the most high profile action role-playing game of the 10’s decade its still a pretty solid game especially to those who have been long time fans of the series since the early 00’s. If we ever get a Dungeon Siege IV hopefully the developers would make a game where the storyline and gameplay is just as good as DS III but with greater modifications that would improve the overall quality of the final product itself.

Retro Gaming 90’s- Comix Zone: (1995)

When we think about unique beat em up classics that emerged from the 90’s that are considered to be underrated Comix Zone from 1995 is one of the few games that instantly comes to mind. For those who do not know Comix Zone developed by the Sheva Technical Institute which eventually went defunct in ’96. Comix Zone was published by Sega and released for the Genesis and despite how cool the game was it apparently was overshadowed due the mid 90’s due to the console wars. Comix Zone was released at a time where the Sega Genesis was competing with Super Nintendo and when the PS1 was starting to become very popular worldwide. The cool thing about Comix Zone was the fact that it was an action-platforms unlike anything one at ever seen prior to ’95. The comic book sketch-like graphics were incredible and the game itself had a pretty creative yet unique concept. Also, the plot for Comix Zone was very intriguing as it saw a starving artist see his creation come to life in the form of a powerful mutant named Mortis. Throughout, the game Mortis serves as the main antagonist after being brought to life following a thunderstorm where lighting strikes the comic book of the main character Sketch Turner.

In Comix Zone players are able to take action in terms of battling enemies with basic functions such as the ability to punch, kick along with the ability to transform in “Super Sketch” which was very effective in terms of dealing with powerful foes. Most players were better off using the six-button control pad for the Sega Genesis for convenience purposes but they also had the option of using a three button controller as well. Another cooler thing about Comix Zone is that Comix Zone had two different endings depending on how the game was completed. The idea of trying to defuse a nuclear weapon that was capable of wiping out humanity made for an interesting plot especially considering the fact that Mortis was created by Sketch Turner himself. While Comix Zone a game that was critically acclaimed for the Sega Genesis during the mid 90’s some would argue that it could have possibly been more successful if it were released before ’94. The art style in Comix Zone at the time was very impressive and in some ways looked like Viewtiful Joe which was not released until ’03 for PS2 and GameCube. As cool as Comix Zone was the game unfortunately never received a direct sequel on the Sega Genesis, Saturn or even the Dreamcast console during the 90’s.

Retro Gaming 90’s- Castlevania: Rondo Of Blood (1993)

The Castlevania series has been around in the gaming world since its inception back in September 1986 when the very first game in the series appeared on the 8-bit NES. Ever since, the Castlevania series began in the mid-80’s Konami had produced installments within the series on both the NES and the Super NES that were considered to be memorable. Castlevania I-III which were released for NES between ’86-’89 are considered to be 8-bit classics. Also, Super Castlevania IV for the SNES was very impressive following its release in ’91 for special features in relation to Mode 7. Castlevania: Rondo Of Blood was originally released for the PC Engine CD exclusively in Japan before being ported for the SNES and released in various countries between ’95-’96 as “Dracula X”. Unlike Super Castlevania IV Simon Belmont is not the main character in Rondo Of Blood. In Castlevania: Rondo Of Blood players control Richard Belmont a descendant of Simon Belmont in the early 1790’s during a time where Dracula is resurrected. While Dracula is the main antagonist of Castlevania: Rondo Of Blood Simon Belmont must defeat all of his minions to rescue his love interest by the name of Annette.

While attempting to rescue Annette and various other women who were captured by Dracula’s minions players have to travel through nine different levels with a limited amount of weapons at his disposal. Some of the features included in Castlevania: Rondo Of Blood that was interesting included the alternative routes that players had the option of taking which rescuing maidens when traveling throughout castle. Players also had the ability to unlock Maria Renard who was considered to be a distant relative of Simon Belmont who also had her own unique set of attacks when combating enemies. As far as quality is concerned many people would definitely choose the PC Engine CD version of this game over the “Dracula X” port for Super Nintendo. However, the musical quality for the SNES “Dracula X” version of Castlevania: Rondo Of Blood was surprisingly great especially the “Bloodlines” soundtrack from Stage 1. While Rondo Of Blood was a very fun and adventurous 16-bit platformer for the SNES many people might not place it on the same level as Super Castlevania IV or even its ’97 successor Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night for the PS1 in relation to popularity. While its arguable which game within the Castlevania series was most popular back in the 90’s there is no question that Rondo Of Blood/Dracula X was a memorable side-scrolling 16-bit classic that would still hold up to this day.

Retro Gaming 90’s- Tekken Tag Tournament: (1999)

As far as arcade classics are concerned in relation to the late 90’s-early 00’s Tekken Tag Tournament is a game that instantly comes to mind. Those who are retro gamers are probably well aware of how popular The Tekken series was in the 90’s especially following the arcade release of Tekken 3 back in Spring 1997. Tekken 3 ended up becoming the fourth best selling game for the PS1 following after it was ported for that console in ’98. There were fans who wondered whether or not Namco could possibly top Tekken 3 in relation to gameplay during the time and we eventually ended up getting Tekken Tag Tournament. Tekken Tag Tournament was initially released in Japanese arcade centers during the Summer of 1999 before it was ported for the PlayStation 2 in the year 2000. In a sense Tekken Tag Tournament did top Tekken 3 in relation gameplay especially since it was one of the first major 3D tag-team fighting games ever.

Tekken Tag Tournament was a title that could compete with the likes of Marvel vs Capcom 1 & 2 which were both games released between 1999-2000. Depending on who you ask Tekken Tag Tournament was arguably the best fighting game to have been released in the year 2000 next to Marvel vs Capcom 2. Despite, Tekken Tag Tournament not being nearly as popular as its successor Tekken Tag Tournament 2 from 2011 its still a game that many people still consider to be legendary to this day. Tekken Tag Tournament featured popular characters from the first three installments of the series such as Jim Kazama, Michelle Chang, Paul Phenoix, Eddy Gordo, Heihachi Mishima, Nina Williams and many others making Am the title w huge attraction at the time. We have only seen two installments of Tekken Tag Tournament within the past twenty years and hopefully there will be a Tekken Tag Tournament 3 sometime in the future.

Will there ever be a sequel for Sonic Mania?

When it comes down to popular 2D platform games that we have seen within the past couple of years Sonic Mania from August 2017 is a high profile title that instantly comes to mind. Sonic Mania has bee considered to be one of the best Sonic titles of the 10’s decade and it has been praised for its inclusion of gameplay & graphics that resembles the installments that were released during the Sega Genesis era from the early 90’s. If anything its hard to imagine a Sonic The Hedgehog video game that is not within the 16-bit format and seeing more entries similar to Sonic Mania would be something that many people would love to see in the near future. Shortly, after the Sonic Mania Plus expansion pack was added in July 2018 for the PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch many have wondered whether or not there would ever be a sequel to Sonic Mania somewhere down the line.

As it currently stands Sega has not made any announcements regarding a possible sequel to Sonic Mania. At this point Sonic Mania is almost two years old and is still considered to be new in the eyes of many people. If we do end up getting a Sonic Mania 2 game within the next few years there is no doubt that the announcement will turn many heads within the gaming world.

Would the Batman Arkham Collection be an attraction for the Nintendo Switch?

When it comes down to superhero based action-adventure video games one of the most popular Switch that that we have seen within the past decade is the Batman Arkham titles that were released between 2009-2015. Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment was on fire in the early 10’s with the its Batman games the popularity of the movies “Dark Night” and “The Dark Night Rises” definitely played a huge role on their successes as each title were huge attractions for consoles such as the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. As big as the trilogy of Batman games were during the first half of the decade some wonder whether or not they would be an attraction on the Nintendo Switch.

In theory, the Batman: Arkham Collection would be a huge success on the Nintendo Switch if Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment had any plans on bringing it to the Nintendo Switch. But at the same time the Batman Arkham Collection could also be overshadowed by first party games made by Nintendo such as Mario Kart 8: Deluxe, Super Mario Odessey, Zelda: Breath of the Wild and others. Also, adult-oriented games seem to shine more on consoles such as the PS4 and the Xbox One opposed to the Nintendo Switch which seems to target a younger audience.

Should Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door ported to the Nintendo Switch?

When we think about top RPG titles from the early 00’s that were on the Nintendo GameCube Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door is one of the main titles that instantly comes to mind. Paper Mario: Thousand Year Door was initially released in July 2004. Since its release Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door Over 2.2 million units worldwide along with receiving praise from gaming websites such as IGN and GameSpot.

Also, Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door is probably the closest we are going to get to the original Super Mario RPG title in terms of creativity within the role playing particular genre of the series. As of right now it does not seem like Nintendo has any plans on making s new Mario RPG title for the Nintendo Switch. Bringing back the Mario RPG title from the Nintendo GameCube would definitely be something that many people would love to see in the future.

Could Final Fantasy Tactics A2 have worked on the Nintendo Wii?

When we think about popular Final Fantasy games that were available on handheld console Final Fantasy Tactics A2 is a title that comes to mind. Final Fantasy Tactics A2 was probably one of the best RPG title that Square Enix has ever made for the Nintendo DS. In fact there are some who would argue that Final Fantasy Tactics A2 could possibly have been more of a success if it was available for the Nintendo Wii back in the late 00’s.

While Final Fantasy Tactics A2 was filled interesting content and decent gameplay there are some who would argue that in terms of quality it was not quite on the same level as Final Fantasy Tactics Advance which came out in 2003. For whatever reason Square Enix decided not to make Final Fantasy games for home based Nintendo consoles back in the 00’s. It really makes you wonder whether or not if Final Fantasy Tactics A2 could have hade more success than it did if it was on the Nintendo Wii during 2007.

Should the Mega Drive Mini have the same price as the SNES Classic?

As of right now the SNES Classic is probably the most popular retro based game console in retail stores in various countries such as America, Japan along with the UK. When the SNES Classic was first released the console averaged around $79.99 as as pricing is concerned. Seeing that the original Mega Drive console was just as popular as the SNES in the early 90’s the mini version of this system should have a similar value. As of now there has not been too much talk about the pricing of the Mini Mega Drive console.

The pricing of the SNES Classic was fair in the eyes of many people since it was under $100 but slightly more than $59.99 which is generally the average cost of most new PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch games. It will be interesting to see how much the Nega Drive Mini will be priced at following its release later in 2018.

Could the original StarCraft game have worked on the Sega Dreamcast?

It’s hard to believe that the StarCraft series has been around since the late 90’s when the original game was released for systems such as the N64 and Microsoft Windows. However, one of the strangest things about the original StarCraft title was that it was never ported for the Sega Dreamcast or even the PS1 which definitely would have been better options as far as graphics and gameplay are both concerned. While the N64 was arguably more powerful than the PS1 the 128 bit Sega Dreamcast handled both 2D and 3D games better than the N64.

Also, the original StarCraft for the N64 is hardly ever mentioned since there were many 3D titles such as Super Mario 64, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and others that overshadowed it during the late 90’s. While Dreamcast had some big games such as Sonic Adventure 1 & 2, Shemune, Crazy Taxi and others StarCraft May not have been overshadowed to the same extent as it was on the N64. The N64 was mainly built for 3D gameplay so having the original StarCraft game in the 64 bit console was somewhat questionable in the eyes of many people.