Retro Gaming 90’s- Suikoden II: (1998)

As far as older RPG titles from the late 90’s are concerned there are various titles that instantly comes to mind to many people who were gamers during that time period. Final Fantasy VII & Final Fantasy VIII which were released between ’97-’99 by Square Enix were classics that arguably overshadowed just every other RPG that appeared on the original PlayStation console back then. While the two Final Fantasy titles that we got to see in the late 90’s were best-sellers for the PS1 game system there were also some memorable gems that were overshadowed on that console as well. There were titles such as Chrono Cross, Xenogears, Star Ocean: The Second Story, Grandia and others that were all concerned to be memorable classics that were critically acclaimed. In addition, to those games Suikoden II was also considered to be top tier RPG from the late 90’s despite its sales. As far as quality was concerned Suikoden II had optimal quality in relation to 2D graphics which ironically may have affected the game’s overall sales following its initial Japanese release in December 1998. When it came down to PS1 games in relation to the mid to late 90’s more people were interested in 3D graphics while 2D gaming was seen as obsolete between ’97-’99.

However, Suikoden II was still a worth successor to its ’95 predecessor which was also developed and published by Konami and released during during that later part of that year. Not only does the plot for Suikoden II follow the events from the first game but also places emphasis on the continuous war between two nations known as Jowston and the Kingdom Of Highland despite the mutual peace agreement between both sides. The main antagonist Prince Luca who obsessed with destroying Jowston orchestrates a massacre on the city-state before him and his force return home with the main protagonist known as Riou and his ally Jowy escaping in the process. After being condemned by Highland for their treachery they both find themselves with two halves of the Rune Of The Beginning which bounds by Riou and Jowy together.

As players progress throughout the game as Riou they eventually are betrayed by Jowey who becomes a top official within the Kingdom Of Highland. While many players may have been upset with Jowy’s betray it made the story somewhat more interesting than the one from the original Suikoden game. In fact, many people agree that Suikoden II is quite possibly the best installment within the series despite the fact that it was released during a time where the popularity 2D RPG’s had briefly declined. If the Suikoden series had started sometime between ’90-’91 opposed to 1995 and it appeared on the Super NES it could have easily been way more popular than it was by the time released in America. Suikoden II was without a doubt one of the best JRPG games that Konami had produced during the 90’s. Sometimes its hard to believe that Suikoden II is over 20 years old; while are expecting a new installment within the series retro gamers would probably prefer seeing this RPG classic ported to current generation game console.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Confirmed For PC Release!!!!

There will many people who are fans of the Red Dead Redemption series who will be happy to know that the latest installment which was released this past year in October 2018 will be coming to PC this upcoming month. It was recently confirmed by RockStar that Red Dead Redemption 2 will be appearing In Mice Windows on November 5th and is something that has been making headlines as of late. For those who are unaware Red Dead Redemption 2 was the highly anticipated sequel of the original game that was released back in 2010 for various consoles such as the PS3 and the Xbox 360. Ever since, October 2018 Red Dead Redemption 2 has managed to reach at least 25 million copies in worldwide sales and was considered to be one of the best action-adventure games of that year. Not only did Red Dead Redemption 2 perform well in sales it managed to surpass its 2010 predecessor while still remaining a huge attraction throughout 2019. The online multiplayer game mode was a new addition which contributed to the overall appeal of Red Redemption 2 along with the campaign mode.

As far as the online multiplayer mode is concerned its unclear if cross-platform gameplay will eventually become a reality between PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows users because currently stands that feature does not exist. Either way, Red Dead Redemption 2 should still be a huge attraction for Microsoft Windows and it will give PC users who never had a chance to enjoy the critically acclaimed action-adventure title following its upcoming release on November 5th. It will be interesting to see whether or not not sales for Red Dead Redemption 2 increases dramatically between now and the first half of 2020. It will also be interstate to see what the price for the PC version of Red Dead Redemption 2 will be especially since the PS4 and Xbox One ports of the game will be going on sale for the price of $39.99 on Best Buy and Amazon.

Video Game Developer Alpha Dream files for Bankruptcy!!!!

The recent news concerning famous RPG developer Alpha Dream filing for bankruptcy was probably one that nobody expected to hear this year. For those who do not know Alpha Dream has been around since 2000 and has worked on various Mario & Luigi RPG titles since 2003. Alpha Dream had developed games such as Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga (2003), Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story (2009), Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (2013) and Mario & Luigi Paper Jam from 2015. Basically all of the Mario RPG titles outside of the Paper Mario series that appeared on handheld consoles such as Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS and the Nintendo 3DS was developed by Alpha Dream and they were all pretty enjoyable titles following their respective releases. It recently been revealed that Japanese Vice game developer Alpha Dream was in crippling debt which amounted to 400 million yen. It turns out that 400 million yen is equivalent to $3.7 million in America and its seems like the company’s expenses has been very costly over the past couple of years.

As far as Mario related RPG’s are concerned the games developed Alpha Dreams were pretty cool despite not being quite as popular as the Paper Mario series which started on the Nintendo 64 back in 2000. As far as RPG developers are concerned Nintendo can always find another company to work on Mario related within that genre. In fact, since Nintendo and Square Enix are apparently on good terms again it would be awesome if both companies collaborated again to make another Mario RPG title in the future. As far as Alpha Dream is concerned it’s sad to see the company go but the past games that they worked not during the 00’s and 10’s decade were enjoyable and will not be forgotten.

Fallout Legacy Collection Coming Soon To Amazon Germany!!!!

One of the latest topics going around right now in relation to gaming news involves the Fallout series. For those who do not know the Fallout series has been around since ’97 and the first couple of games that has been released since then appeared mainly for computer systems such as Microsoft Windows and Mac way before they started appearing on actual consoles. One of the first major installments within the series to appear on game consoles was Fallout 3 which came out back in 2008 for game systems such as the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360. After the release of Fallout 3 the series had increased in popularity throughout late 00’s and the 10’s decade while increasing its fan base and selling million worldwide. Those who have been die hard Fallout fans since the late 90’s or the 2000’s you will be happy to know that the series will be receiving its own legacy collection which is expected to appear on Amazon Germany on October 25th. The Legacy Collection will feature six games from the series including Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout Tactics, Fallout 3, Fallout New Vegas: Ultimate Edition and Fallout 4. It should be noted that buyers will be receiving “Game Of The Year” Edition of Fallout 3 & 4 in the Legacy Collection.

Should also be noted that the latest installment in the series Fallout 76 from late-2018 will not be apart of the Legacy Collection. It only makes sense that Bethesda excludes Fallout 76 from the collection especially since its very recent along with the fact that online gameplay is heavily associated with this particular installment as well. Also, despite the anticipation and excitement regarding the online multiplayer gameplay of Fallout 76 prior to its release it ended up becoming one of the more weaker entries within the series. Fallout 76 also had lackluster sales reaching approximately 1.4 by the end of 2018 following its release in November of that year. While Fallout 76 will not being included within the legacy collection its not really a big deal especially since some of the best games within the action role-playing series came between the late 90’s and the mid 10’s. The question that is on everyone’s mind is whether or not the Fallout Legacy Collection will eventually be released in western countries such as America. Seeing how popular the Fallout series has been in the US since the late 00’s it might be a matter of time before the Fallout Legacy Collection eventually becomes available within the country.

New Super Mario Bros Show fan game coming soon????

One of the few things that has created a buzz within the gaming world as of late is the emergence of news regarding a Super Mario Bros fan game based on the short lived television show from 1989. The artwork for this game was hand drawn by a fan known as Jesus Lopez and from what we know development for this game dates as far back as 2016. The visuals for the Super Mario Bros Show fan game looks pretty unique especially since it utilizes artwork that looks very similar to that of the actual show. Also, for the most part Nintendo never used this style of artwork before which is something that makes the Super Mario Bros Show fan game look even more appealing. As far as details are concerned there is still very little we know about the game itself. Information regarding including how many levels it will have how many playable characters there will be is still unknown in addition to its official release date. Despite, how impressive the Super Mario Bros Show game looks its been revealed that Jesus Lopez is mainly working on this lengthy project with two children.

For those who do not know Jesus Lopez is actually a video game animator who has worked on past titles such as Ducktales Remastered, The Simpsons Tapped Out and Shantae 1/2 Genie Hero which were all released between 2012-2016. Seeing how critically acclaimed the past games that Lopez worked on there is no doubt that the Super Mario Bros Show inspired game has the potential to be a huge success as well if Nintendo agrees to publish this game.

Retro Gaming 90’s- Breath Of Fire: (1993)

When it comes down to classic 16-bit RPG’s from the early 90’s there are so many titles from that time period that were considered to be memorable. There were RPG’s games such Secret Of Mana, Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy IV and others that were popular on the Super NES console. While there were many big 16-bit RPG titles for the Super NES back in the day one of the few titles that people have fond memories about is the original Breath Of Fire game which was developed and published by Capcom. Breath Of Fire was a turn based RPG with an interesting plot which revolved around a civil war between two fictional clans known as the Light Dragons and the Dark Dragons. This single player RPG give players control of the main protagonist named Ryu who is among the last of an ancient race of beings that can transform into dragons. Ryu’s goal involves searching around the world for his sister after she is captured by the Dark Dragons. Also, Zog the Emperor of the Dark Dragons tries to take over the world by collecting the six goddess keys in order to release Tyr. In this game Tyr is also known Myria Goddess who is also the final boss in the original Breath Of Fire game.

Along with its 2D graphics the game had included detailed stats of each playable character with different attributes such as Strength, Stamina, Attack, Defense, Agility and others. Also, Breath Of Fire was played from a 2D isometric perspective which is was pretty unique back in the early 90’s especially since it made the game standout slightly more than titles such as Sega’s Phantasy Star or Square Enix’s Final Fantasy titles for the SNES. While having up to four characters on the field during battles players had the option of adding seven people to their party and switching them up whenever they desired. As popularity is concerned Breath Of Fire was critically acclaimed by RPG fans in both Japan and America and was even ported for the Game Boy Advance back in 2001. The original Breath Of Fire game had eventually spawned a series of sequels that would last over two decades with the latest entry in the series being Breath Of Fire 6 which was released exclusively in Japan in Microsoft Windows and Mobile devices back in 2016. The original Breath Of Fire game is one that is considered to be among the best RPG’s of 1993 along with the likes of Secret Of Mana, Illusion Of Gaia and Phantasy Star IV: The End Of The Millennium. Surprisingly, Breath Of Fire never received any re-releases outside of the SNES other than the Game Boy Advance. However, there is no question that the original Breath Of Fire game is legendary and arguably one of the first high profile RPG’s that Capcom has ever made.

Retro Gaming 90’s- Suikoden: (1995)

When we talk about old school RPG’s which appeared on the PS1 that are considered to be classics from the 90’s there are many titles that comes to mind including the original Suikoden title. For those who do not know Suikoden was initially released in Japan in December ’95 before appearing in America a year in late ’96. The original Suikoden title eventually appeared on Sega Saturn in ’98 but remained as a Japanese exclusive since that console was not as popular as the PS1. Suikoden was arguably one of the best JRPG’s Konami has ever made in relation to the 90’s and this was a time period where the world saw many high profile 2D titles within the RPG genre. Square Enix had Final Fantasy IV-VI Sega had the Phantasy Star and the Shining series while Capcom had Breath Of Fire. Suikoden has well detailed 2D graphics and a compelling storyline that would easily capture the interest of players. The plot for the game revolves around the main character who is the son of a top general from the Scarlett Moon Empire name Teo McDohl. Throughout, the game players see the unnamed protagonist learn the truth about the Scarlett Moon Empire in relation to corruption among the top officials while starting their career within Imperial Army.

One of the main themes that Suikoden emphasizes is rebellion since the hero joins forces with other characters such as Viktor who was apart of an organization that are also against the corrupt Scarlett Moon Empire. After being enlisted within the Liberation Army by its leader Odessa Silverberg players can recruit over 100 different characters/warriors to support the hero’s cause in relation to combating the Scarlett Moon Empire. The gameplay follows a traditional RPG format in relation to battles where players can have up to six characters in a party during battles. The Runes magic system was unique especially since certain circumstances and conditions would determine what type attacks & spells players could utilize. The battle system in Suikoden was robust especially considering the fact that players could either engage in one on one duels versus war battles were the commands for each are different.

Some might argue that Suikoden was game that was ahead of its time and arguably better some 2D Final Fantasy games from the early 90’s despite not being quite as popular as FF VI-IV. If Suikoden was released for the Super NES back in ’95 some could argue that the game would stood out more than it did for the PS1. However, the Super NES was starting to get old in ’95 and more gamers from Japan and America started to become more interested in the 32-bit PS1 console since it was more superior in quality. Either way, Suikoden is still considered to be a legendary JRPG which has been around for approximately 24 years now and has spawned a series of direct sequels up until 2006.