Retro Gaming 00’s- King Of Fighters XII: (2009)

When we think about cool fighting games from the late 00’s that were memorable classics titles such as Street Fighter IV, Tekken 6 and Soul Calibur IV are all games that instantly come mind. While the three games just mentioned were all fantastic fighting titles there were games such as King Of Fighters XII from ’09 that does not get talked about as much as should. In fact, King Of Fighters XII is a game that was quite possibly underrated and definitely overshadowed during the late 00’s. Despite, not having a storyline similar to that of KOF ’98 or KOF 2002 this game saw the return of three vs three gameplay which has been a feature that has been apart of the series since 90’s. It should also be noted that King Of Fighters XII has removed a gameplay feature that was popular in KOF 2003 known as the “Tactical Shift System”. While SNK had decided to remove a gameplay mechanic they added something new known as the “Critical Counter System” which some would argue was a better feature than the “Tactical Shift System”. While players had limited time to link their attacks ending it all with a special move it was a feature that almost any character could use. The Tactical Shift System from KOF 2003 seemed like it was set up to benefit the leader of a team more than anything since they had exclusive accessories to certain moves during battles.

Also the inclusion of gameplay mechanics such as “Guard Attack” and “Clash Attack” both added to the overall quality to battles that took place in KOF XII. Along with having improved gameplay in comparison to the likes of KOF XI from 2005 King Of Fighters XII saw the return of popular characters such as Joe Higashi, Lori Yagami, Terry Bogard, Andy Bogard, Robert Garcia, Ryo Sakazaki and more. Despite, the fact that SNK was still utilizing 2D sprites for the character models it was perfectly fine since they looked highly refined. In fact, some people would argue that King Of Fighters XII looked nicer and had more robust gameplay than Street Fighter IV from 2008. However, many would argue that King Of Fighters XI was a more solid entry than KOF XII in general. The presentation of King Of Fighters XII was good enough to capture the attention of those who were casual fans of the fighting genre of gaming. Also, SNK did make an effort to apply technical changes in KOF XII opposed to giving us the same exact thing from KOF XI with better aesthetics. While King Of Fighters XII May not have been the best fighting game from the late 00’s its definitely one that deserves more recognition than it receives.

Was the Nintendo Wii a better game console than the PS3?

As many people already know the PlayStation 3 along with the Nintendo Wii are two of the most popular game systems of the 2000’s. The Nintendo Wii was very innovative since it allowed players to utilize a remote and nunchucks for gameplay along with being backwards compatible with last generation titles that appeared on the Nintendo GameCube. Since its release back in November 2006 the Nintendo Wii had managed to sell over 101 million units worldwide which is impressive because it managed to sell more than the PS3 which reached approximately 83 million in sales since its release that same year.

While PlayStation 3 may of had better graphics than the Wii not all models of the PS3 were backwards compatible which may have hurt the console in sales during the 00’s and early 10’s. As far as graphics are concerned there is no doubt that the PS3 had the edge over the Nintendo Wii. Also, third party games shined more on the PlayStation 3 opposed to the Nintendo Wii where titles such as Zelda: Twilight Princess, Mario Kart Wii stood out more and were top sellers on that game console. In terms of which game console was better overall varies to different people and it really depends on what features one looks for in game systems.

Tekken 6 (2007) vs Soul Calibur IV (2008) which game had more success?

When it comes down to popular 3D fighting titles of the mid to late 00’s both Tekken 6 along with Soul Calibur IV are two big names that comes to mind. After Tekken 6 received its arcade release back in 2007 it was ported for the PlayStation 3 along with the Xbox 360 back in 2009. Tekken 6 has so many cool features such as its Campaign Mode which added to the overall replay value of the game itself. Also,there we’re so many popular characters to choose from such as Jin Kazama, Lili, Nina Williams, Christie Monterio and more. Since its release Tekken 6 had managed to sell over 3.5 million copies worldwide and was one of the top fighting games on 2009 next to Street Fighter IV.

Soul Calibur IV was also an exciting fighting title especially for those who were fans of the series. Not only did Soul Calibur IV have cool game modes such as the Tower of Lost Souls but it also allowed players to create their own characters and had great 3D visuals. Popular characters such as Sophita, Ivy, Siegfried, Nightmare and other were included in Soul Calibur IV. Not to mention we also saw DLC characters such as Yoda and Darth Vader from Star Wars. Since its release Soul Calibur IV has been named “Fighting Game of the Year” by IGN back in 2008. It would be tough to choose one over the other in terms of which game was more successful between Tekken 6 and Soul Calibur IV.

Ridge Racer 7 (2006) vs Race Driver: Grid (2008) which game had more success?

When it comes down to interesting racing titles of the 00’s Ridge Racer 7 and Race Driver: Grid were two impressive games outside of the Gran Turismo series that some people might remember. There were many things about Ridge Racer 7 that many people found impressive such as the quality of the game itself. Ridge Racer 7 ran at 1080p on the PS3 which made the game itself look very appealing when it was first revealed in the E3 of 2006. Also, Ridge Racer has various multiplayer game modes such as Team Battle, Pair Battle, Standard Race, Global Time Attack and others. Also, if people were by themselves there were various single player gameplay modes that would keep them busy from Arcade to Ridge State Grand Prix Mode.

Race Driver: Grid which was developed by by Codemasters and released back in the summer of 2007 was also an impressive racing game during its time. The career mode in the game allowed players to open their own garage after earning money through jobs where players had to race for others. As players progressed throughout the game they had chances to compete in various different events including Drify, Grand Prix, Open Wheel along with Demolition Derby. Players could also race in the countries of America, Japan and Europe on many different courses while earning prize money and sponsors while building their teams. While both Race Driver: Grid and Ridge Racer 7 were very impressive its debatable on which racing title from the 00’s was very overall.

Upcoming Nintendo Switch Games- Dragon Quest Builders: (2018)

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We have seen some interesting titles appear on the Nintendo Switch since it was first released back in March 2017. Since the Spring of last year we got to see games like Super Mario Odessey, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and many other cool titles on the Nintendo Switch. Coming up in February Square Enix will be releasing Dragon Quest Builders for the Nintendo Switch.

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Dragon Quest Builders is a title that the gaming world has been waiting to see on the Nintendo Switch for a majority of 2017. As both an Action RPG and a sandbox title Dragon Quest Builders has been a huge success by selling over 1 million copies worldwide since its release on various consoles such as the PS3, PS4 along with the PlayStation Vita. Since there aren’t too many action adventure sandbox titles on consoles the Nintendo Switch right now Dragon Quest Builders will definitely be a title worth buying for the hybrid console in February 2018.

Will there ever be a sequel for Lollipop Chainsaw?

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When it comes down to popular action hack and slash titles that many people believe deserves a sequel one of the names that instantly comes to mind is Lollipop Chainsaw.  After the game was  developed and released back in the summer of 2012 there were many people who loved the comedy aspect of the game along with the fact that it had a survival horror feel to it where players have to destroy countless zombies.  The concept of having a zombie hunting cheerleader is very creative along with the plot which is filled with twists in turns such as discovering Juliet Starling’s boyfriend was a zombie along with discovering that the main villain Swan was responsible for the outbreak that occurs on her 18th birthday.

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Even though, Lollipop Chainsaw is criticized for its gameplay there were many aspects about the game in terms of presentation along with the inclusion of multiple endings that was quite impressive.   Also, since its release Lollipop Chainsaw has managed to sell over one million units worldwide which is something that many people probably didn’t expect following its release in 2012.  Considering the fact that Lollipop Chainsaw is one of Grasshopper Manufacture’s most popular game to date there is no doubt that the title deserves a sequel or at least a re-release for the PS4.

 

Should Gran Turismo 6 have been ported for the PlayStation 4 in 2013?

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When it comes down to racing games of the early 10’s Gran Turismo 6 was without a doubt one of the best titles of its genre during the time.  In fact, Gran Turismo 6 was arguably the best racing game of 2013 when it was released exclusively for the PS3 during December of that year.  Despite, being very successful on the PlayStation 3 Gran Turismo 6 was never ported for the PlayStation Vita or even the PlayStation 4 which was released a month before Gran Tursimo came out.  There are some people who believe that Polyphony Digital could have definitely capitalized on porting Gran Turismo 6 for the PlayStation 4 a couple of years back.

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However, having Gran Turismo 6 on the PlayStation Vita on the other hand is questionable considering the fact that the handheld game console was not as successful as many people thought it would be when it was first released.  But when it comes down to Gran Turismo 6 it makes sense that the game was released exclusively for the PS3 considering the fact that the game was in development for that console in particular shortly after the release of Gran Turismo 4 which came out back in the Fall of 2010.  Besides there have been stories about Gran Turismo 5 being a very difficult for Polyphony Digital in relation to development.   After Gran Turismo 6 was developed and released for the PS3 it does not seem like to much of a surprise that the game was never ported for the PS4.