Will the Resident Evil 3: Remake be more successful than the original?

As many people know Resident Evil 3: Remake is currently one of Capcom’s hottest upcoming games in relation to 2020. Resident Evil 3: Remake a game that many people have high expectations for especially considering how successful Resident Evil 2: Remake was following its highly anticipated release for the PlayStation 4 & Xbox One back in January 2019. The Resident Evil 2: Remake had reportedly reached at least five million in sales by December 2019 and was considered to be one of the hottest survival horror games of that year in general. In fact, the remake of Resident Evil 2 reportedly surpassed the original version of the game in sales; PS1 version sold slightly less than five million overall in terms of sales. However, the original version of Resident Evil 2 still sold more than Resident Evil 3: Nemesis from 1999. While the breathtaking visuals from the intense Nemesis trailer is something that everyone is talking about there have been some question when’re not the Resident Evil 3: Remake will have more success than the original game.

As the original Resident Evil 3 game is concerned the game was mainly praised with minor drawbacks as it related to voice acting and lack of depth within the story compared to Resident Evil 2. Most likely, these are issues that Capcom will have taken care off by the time the Resident Evil 3: Remake is officially released in April 2020. The original version Resident Evil 3 had managed to sell slightly over 3.4 million copies since its release over 20 years ago in January 1999. While Capcom has taken the dark aesthetics of the original Resident Evil 3 game to the next level in this high definition remake; the atmosphere for this game looks and feels more menacing than it did on the PS1.

Retro Gaming 00’s- Kirby & the Amazing Mirror: (2004)

When we think about memorable games that appeared on Game Boy Advance back in the 00’s Kirby & the Amazing Mirror is one of the few titles that instantly comes to mind. Kirby & the Amazing Mirror was released back in ’04 and was both a platformer and metroidvania game. The game has a rather interesting plot that involved the Mirror World which was located in sky within a place known as Dream Land. Players learn that they must rescue Meta Knight following his loss to Dark Meta who sliced Kirby up into four different beings. Dark Meta had also sliced up the Mirror that Meta Knight was locked to eight different pieces. After the mirrors are scattered players had to search for them while controlling Kirby. Along with battling sub-bosses, venturing through different world and solving puzzles players can gather items to enhance their in-game performance. In addition, to robust gameplay players have three mini-games they can enjoy known as “Kirby’s Wave Ride, Speed Eaters and Creative Hack which all contributes to the overall replay value Kirby & the Amazing Mirror. The visuals for Kirby & the Amazing Mirror is stunning has a great look to it.

One of the reasons why Kirby & the Amazing Mirror was a pretty cool game because the plot found a healthy balance between between being both dark and kid-friendly. As good as this adventurous platformer was it was seemingly overshadowed on the Game Boy Advance especially with games like Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire and Super Mario Advance 4 being huge attractions on the handheld game system. A game like Kirby & the Amazing Mirror really could have stood out on the SNES back in the early to mid 90’s and is one that can be considered an underrated gem for Game Boy Advance.

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.

Mirror’s Edge (2008) vs Gravity Rush (2012) which was more successful?

When we think about popular action-adventure games from the late 00’s-early 10’s time period both Mirror’s Edge along with Gravity Rush are two titles that come to mind. Both games included female protagonists who were considered to be heroic figures since they battled against oppressive authority regimes within their respective society. While Mirror’s Edge and Gravity Rush had alluring visuals and good storytelling they were both games that were arguably overshadowed in relation to the action-adventure genre following their releases. In 2008, we saw the release of action-adventure titles such as Devil May Cry 4, Tomb Raider: Underworld, Prince Of Persia and Metal Gear Solid: Guns Of The Patriots. There were a bunch of action-adventure titles back in ’08 which were bigger attractions than Mirrors Edge despite it being a high quality first person action-adventure game it was not as popular as several other titles from that genre. Also, during 2012 we saw the release of several action-adventure games from that year that overshadowed Gravity Rush especially considering the fact that it was initially released for the PlayStation Vita. The top action-adventure games from ’12 that we got see on various consoles included Dishonored, Assassin’s Creed III, Darksiders II, Sleeping Dogs and more.

There is no doubt that 2012 was a great year for the action-adventure genre of gaming and a title like Gravity Rush could have easily been overlooked if it appeared on the PlayStation 3. While Gravity Rush was one of the better games for the PlayStation Vita along the likes of P4: Golden it eventually ended up spawning a high profile sequel entitled Gravity Rush 2 which came out back in January 2017. While Mirror’s Edge eventually got its own sequel back in 2016 many would argue that Mirror’s Edge Catalyst was not quite as popular as the original . While the visuals for Mirror’s Edge Catalyst was beautiful the predicable storytelling along with the combat system were subjected to criticism by gaming publications. As far as which game between two titles was more successful overall many people would probably lean more towards the original Gravity Rush game than Mirror’s Edge. Gravity Rush was slightly more interesting than Mirror’s Edge especially since the element of manipulating gravity made it stand out more from typical action-adventure games from the early 10’s.

Retro Gaming 10’s- Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- : (2014)

When we think of popular games that fans out towards the early part of the 10’s decade one few titles that instantly comes to mind is Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- from 2014. This game was developed by Arc System Works and considered to be the first major installment that the series had seen since Guilty Gear 2: Overture which was released between late 2007-late 2009 for the Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows. Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- was arguably one of the most popular fighting games of 2014 and ever since its release has been praised for various features including its cel-shaded graphics along with its gameplay. In fact, Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- might have been the first game within the series to utilize the Unreal Engine 3 similar to titles such as Mortal Kombat IX from 2011. Similar to various fighting titles that we have seen throughout the 10’s decade Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- featured both online and offline game modes to keep players busy for many hours. When it comes down to offline gameplay there modes single player modes such as Battle and Story; there was also two-player Versus mode in addition to a Training mode which helped players get better at the game itself.

Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- also featured an online multiplayer gameplay in Network Mode which was something a lot people enjoyed when the PlayStation port of the game was released in December 2014. Since initial arcade release back in February 2014 there have been different updated versions of Guilty Gear Xrd related between the 2015-2017 time period. We got to see Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator for Arcade, PS3, PS4 and Microsoft Windows between Summer 2015-Winter 2016. After the second version of the game we got see Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator 2 which saw an arcade release in addition to appearing on the PS3 & PS4. Even though, the Guilty Gear series has been around since ’98 there are many people who would argue that Guilty Gear Xrd was the best installment that Arc System Works has ever made. As it currently stands a brand new installment entitled Guilty Gear Strive is expected to appear on multiple game systems sometime in 2020. While Guilty Gear Strive looks very promising its hard to tell whether or not it will be better than any of the Guilty Gear Xrd games from 2014-2017.

Retro Gaming 10’s- Persona 4: Arena: (2012)

If you were a huge fan of fighting games during the early 10’s then you probably remember Persona 4: Arena which came out back in 2012. Persona 4: Arena was a game of great significance since it was the first main fighting title outside of the Persona RPG series. Unlike, most fighting games from the 10’s decade Persona 4: Arena included visual novel segments which really made it standout as it pertained to the game’s single player Story Mode. Aside from the main story for Persona 4 Arena the game included various other modes such as Score Attack & Challenge which were offline. Persona 4 Arena also included online multiplayer gameplay similar to many other major fighting games of this day and age. The actual gameplay of Persona 4: Arena was pretty unique with the inclusion of mechanics such as “Instant Kill” and “Awakening State” along with characters having the ability to have their respective personas attack during battles. As far as the actual development of Persona 4: Arena is concerned it began back in 2010 which was approximately two years following the release of Persona 4 back in 2008. Persona 4: Arena was released about a year after Persona 4: Golden was also released in 2012 along with Persona 4: Golden which initially came out in Japan during the Spring of that year.

The Persona 4 series in general was big during the first half of the 10’s decade to a point where the world got to see two different television series along with an animated film within between 2011-2014. In fact, Persona 4: Arena was highly praised by fans and critics alike following its release and eventually spawned a direct sequel in 2013 entitled Persona 4: Arena Ultimax which included enhanced gameplay & features. Also, Persona 4: Arena had received the award for “Best Fighting Game” at the Spike Video Game Awards back in 2012. The art design, storytelling and narrative were all strong points of Persona 4: Arena and was arguably one best fighting games the Atlus had made within the 10’s decade. Nowadays, you do not see too many visual novel fighting games similar to what we got with Persona 4: Arena which makes this game unique. Its possible that Persona 4: Arena could have won more awards in 2012 if the game did not have to compete with the likes of Dead Or Alive 5, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 or Soul Calibur V. Either way, Persona 4: Arena will always be remembered as a memorable classic from the early part of the 10’s decade by fans of the series to this day.

Retro Gaming 10’s- Grand Theft Auto V: (2013)

When we think about some of the best video games ever in relation to the 10’s in general Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V from 2013 instantly comes to mind. Grand Theft Auto V was initially released back in September 2013 for various game consoles including PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows. GTA 5 was eventually ported to the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One a year later during November 2014. This game was the high anticipated sequel to Grand Theft Auto IV from ’08 and was the seventh major installment that we got to see in the GTA series. As far as overall success is concerned Grand Theft Auto V was quite possibly the best game within the entire GTA series; in fact many people still play Grand Theft Auto V today and are currently waiting for the release of GTA 6. Since its initial release back in late ’13 Grand Theft Auto V had reportedly earned over $6.6 billion worldwide in revenue while selling over 115 million copies worldwide in over the past six years. In fact, Grand The Auto V had achieved legendary status within the gaming world by becoming the third-best selling video game of all-time behind Minecraft & Tetris.

There were various aspects about Grand Theft Auto V that were very impressive such as: gameplay, storytelling, visuals. Also, players had the option of controlling three main characters opposed to only one which was something that was very common in older games within the series. The story revolved around three men known as Michael De Santa, Franklin Clinton and Trevor Phillips who all have stories that eventually connected together. The cool thing about the missions within the game is the fact that some of them required completion using more than one character which was something that was pretty unique. Players were also given the freedom to switch between characters outside of missions and had set of skills that could be enhanced as they progressed throughout the GTA V. One of the coolest things about Grand Theft Auto V was the fact that the game had multiple endings depending on choices that players made especially towards the end of the game. Michael De Santa’s life seemed like it was constantly in chaos from living under witness protection in Los Santos to feuding with a billionaire named Devin Weston to him being betrayed by the Federal Investigation Bureau after doing their bidding to impede the operations of the Internal Affairs Agency.

While the single-player story mode was fantastic the online multiplayer game mode seemed like an even bigger attraction that ultimately contributed to the overall replay value of Grand Theft Auto V years after its initial release. The gameplay for GTA included several elements that were popular in previous installments such as the wanted meter and the use of weaponry when dealing with foes. Despite, the amount of controversy that Grand Theft Auto V generated in relation to misogyny the game was universally praised by fans and critics alike along with various other gaming publications as being one of the best action-adventure games ever made.