STREET FIGHTER III 3RD STRIKE
Fight for the Future is this 2D competitive fighting game produced by Capcom. Originally released for the arcade in 1999, 3rd Strike increased the character roster by adding five new characters, including Chun-Li. It also added further refinements to the previous game’s play mechanics and rules. At the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con, Capcom announced that an online edition of 3rd Strike titled Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike Online Edition was in development.
A 1999 adventure video game produced and directed by Yu Suzuki. Suzuki coined a genre title for its nonlinear gameplay, “FREE” (Full Reactive Eyes Entertainment), for the game, based on the interactivity and freedom he wanted to give to the player. It was first to introduce aspects such as night and day, real time weather, and fully voiced characters. We are still waiting for Shenmue III to complete the saga.
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Originally an Arcade game, this multiplayer fighting game allows up to 4 players to choose from multiple characters and utilize items such as tables, chairs, and rocks in battle. The Dreamcast version of the game is one of the rarer games for the system, worth up to $200 according to the rarity guide. Famitsu magazine scored the game a 31 out of 40. IGN rated the game a 9/10 noting the stage detail, visual style, diverse soundtrack and various game modes.
LEGACY OF KAIN SOUL REAVER
Action-adventure game that chronicles the journey of the vampire-turned-wraith Raziel, lieutenant to the vampire lord Kain. Raziel is killed by Kain, but is revived by The Elder God to become his “soul reaver” and to exact revenge. IGN states “It’s one game that achieves nearly everything it sets out to do” GamePro praised the aspect of shifting between realms, particularly the visual effects involved.
A multi-directional shooter arcade game released in 2000 for the Dreamcast by Capcom. Cannon Spike is similar to games like Smash TV and Capcom’s Commando, although with primary focus on boss fighting. Cannon Spike is noted as one of the last games released for Dreamcast. On release, Famitsu magazine scored the Dreamcast version of the game a 30 out of 40. The game holds a 69.69% score at GameRankings.
A shoot ‘em up video game developed by Treasure released in 2001. The gameplay consists of shooting enemies who come in one of two polarities: either black or white. The player’s ship can be either polarity, and can be switched at will. Although it garnered modest sales, it is among the most successful and recognized arcade shooter ports of the 2000s. GameRankings places the average review score for Ikaruga at 86%.
MILLENNIUM SOLDIER EXPENDABLE
A coop shoot ‘em up video game that takes place sometime in the Post-apocalyptic future, where most of the galaxy was conquered by a hostile alien race. To combat the aliens, scientists had developed a “Millennium Soldier” project (hence the title) through cloning two super-soldiers (hence, Player 1 and Player 2) to battle the aliens. Like most top-down run and gun video games, it has collectable upgrades and weapons.
Limited to only 5000 copies and available exclusively through Sega Direct, this Japanese-only fighting compilation collects all the Darkstalkers games into a single disc. In a unique twist, however, the game’s aren’t seperated they’re instead mixed into one huge game that allows you to choose your styles and preferences from each. The game includes a variety of character types, including Vampire, Vampire Hunter, Vampire Saber, and others.
STAR WARS EPISODE 1 JEDI POWER BATTLES
An action adventure Star Wars video game set during the time frame of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Players can choose from one of five prequel-era Jedi and run, jump, slash, and use the Force through the game’s ten levels. The single player campaign can also be played in cooperative mode with a second player, while the Dreamcast version has an additional training mode and a two player duel mode.
SWORD OF THE BERSERK
A hack and slash action video game for the Dreamcast based on the popular Berserk manga by Kentarō Miura. The game is set between volume 22 and 23 of the manga; right after Guts and Puck depart for Elfhelm. Released around the same time as Shenmue, Sword of the Berserk is notable for its early use of quick time events. On release, Famitsu magazine scored the game a 30 out of 40.
The game was number 21 on 1UP’s ‘The Greatest Games of Their Time’ list, making it the highest ranking RPG on that list. It has an aggregrated score of 89.87% on the Gamerankings website. IGN gave it a 9.3 out of 10, Eurogamer a 9 and GameSpot an 8.2, also out of 10. In Japan, Famitsu magazine scored the original Dreamcast version of the game a 37 out of 40, and gave the GameCube re-release a 35 out of 40 The game’s graphics were praised, with IGN stating that “This is among the best games, visually, across all platforms. There’s really nothing that compares to the visual quality of PSO.” GameSpot stated: “The main draw of the game is the ability to get online, hook up with three other players in one of the game’s many lobbies, and take on the planet Ragol as a team. Obviously, this is where the game shines.” 1UP likened aspects of Phantasy Star Online to Diablo, but described Phantasy Star Online as more of “a reinvention of an established PC adventure concept into something perfectly suited for the tastes and demands of console gamers.”
The userbase for the game reached over 200,000 in 2001 and 600,000 in 2003.
The PlayStation 3 exclusive fighting game Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle will be getting a limited number of physical copies sold exclusively at Amazon.com and ClubNamco.com in the United States. The game will also be available digitally on the PlayStation Network.
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle is developed by CyberConnect2 of Naruto Ultimate Ninja fame and is based on the popular manga, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure. Already released in Japan, the game’s U.S. release will feature a new arcade mode as well as all the balance changes made post-launch in the Japanese version.
Expect Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: All- Star Battle sometime in 2014. In the meantime, you can check out the game’s U.S. trailer below.