Beyond Oasis, Ancient (1995) Sega Genesis

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Called The Story of Thor: A Successor of The Light in Europe, but as there is no mention of anybody, or anything named Thor, we’ll break from tradition and call this game by the American title, and feature the American Box art.

The important question is can an almost Zelda Clone be a good game?
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Tekken. Namco (1995) PlayStation

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Going back and playing games that are released almost yearly is difficult. This is especially true for Fighting Games, as they don’t hold up too well. It always takes a few sequels and iterations before the combat becomes smooth and natural. But often they suffer from Mortal Kombat syndrome where they fuck with the roster too much and the story falls up its own arse.

Tekken follows some of this.

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Ridge Racer. Namco (1995) PlayStation

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Peering into the time machine that is Retro Gaming will often produce weird feelings. There is no denying that the PlayStation was a success, however, when you look objectively at the launch titles for the European release you’ll honestly wonder why ANYBODY bought the PS1 at release. In Europe we got:

3D Lemmings, Battle Arena Toshinden, Jumping Flash!, Kileak: The Blood, Novastorm, Rapid Reload, Wipeout and Ridge Racer.

As launch titles, it isn’t exactly an exciting list (certainly not in retrospect) and I can understand why my parents waited a year and got me a Die Hard Trilogy/Destruction Derby bundle for xmas 96.

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X-COM: Terror from the Deep. Microprose (1995) PC

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Terror from the Deep is the game that ignited my love for turn based strategy games. I first played it on the PS1 way back when, and spent about 6 months playing it despite the clunky PS1 controls.

I sucked at it of course, and despite a lot of trying, I didn’t get very far. Now, after day-jobbing UFO: Enemy Unknown, I thought it was time to step up and cross TftD off my list. Continue reading

Mega Man X2. Capcom (1995) Super Nintendo

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I love Mega Man X, and I even shelled out £120 buying a boxed copy, and it got me thinking, guess I’ll try and get X2…

Don’t bother trying to get X2 in PAL regions, that shit is expensive. Jap, and NTSC regions have it better, and they can get copies for $60, PAL it’ll cost you £300 minimum for X2…

So… I bought it on the WII Virtual Arcade for £7.

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