On a break from the highly successful Hitman series, Danish studio IO Interactive launched this innovative third-person squad-based shooter, getting to the whole America-invaded-by-Communists plotline years before Call of Duty. You play as a regular Joe running round New York taking on Russian troops — and the more you kill, the more your "Charisma rating" goes up allowing you to recruit followers. That's right, it's Homefront meets Twitter.
Great controls and smooth squad commands ensured a thrilling yet surprisingly tactical experience. Maddeningly, it seems a proposed sequel was put on indefinite hold so that the studio could work on Anyway, Eurogamer has a nice retrospective on the game right here. The first title from music game innovator Harmonix was a compelling cross between Tempest and Rez. Your avatar, FreQ, zooms down an octagonal tunnel, swapping walls to hit the correct musical chunks and keep the soundtrack pumping.
Fans of the musical game genre recall this trailblazer fondly, but it doesn't get enough credit for its crucial interface innovations. Famously, then VP of Xbox, Ed Fries, turned the game down , but suggested the team work on a similar idea with a dedicated controller.
They went away and made Guitar hero. Of the many rhythm action games involving talking dogs and heroes that transform from lonely schoolboys into guitar-wielding galactic saviours, Gitaroo Man is definitely in the top three. Developed by music game specialist Inis which would go on to create the Xbox karaoke title, Lips it's a deranged mash up of teen manga, weird future rock and beat-'em-up complexity.
PaRappa got there first and is the more approachable of the two, but Gitaroo Man is a joyous celebration of music, fashion and surreality. A later PSP version added new modes and was well-received, but the title has never escaped its 'cult' label. Okay so the late eighties and early nineties saw no shortage of beautiful scrolling shooters, but when the subject comes up, it's the works of Irem, SNK and Treasure that tend to get eulogised.
The now sadly defunct developer Toaplan was a master of the genre though, and Hellfire is a scorching space blaster with a wonderfully balanced and satisfying weapon system that lets you quickly swap between four different laser types to take on the various attack waves.
The Mega Drive conversion is arguably better than the arcade original, adding a super cannon and new difficulty levels, and it remains one of the console's finest moments. Incidentally, Toaplan followed Hellfire with another side-scroller, Zero Wing, which, in its European Mega Drive conversion, contains the immortal line, "All your base are belong to us".
When gamers talk about the origins of the real-time strategy genre they often pick out Dune II as a starting point, forgetting the whole host of foundational games that proceeded it.
One of them was Herzog Zwei, an early Mega Drive title in which the player pilots a transforming mech over a series of eight warzones, dropping units off to engage enemy craft, then issuing an array of orders. Although the AI isn't amazing, the array of available vehicles, including both air and ground options, made this a surprisingly sophisticated tactical challenge on a machine better known at the time for brawlers and shooters. The head-to-head mode was a fantastic inclusion, too — but even this wasn't enough to impress contemporary critics, many of whom were bemused by the comparatively glacial pace of battle.
Released in the midst of a major seventies revival, Activision's stylish driving adventure was a spot-on pastiche of that era's cop shows, road movies and paranoid thrillers. Set in an alternative America where the oil crisis has never been resolved, it follows unlikely heroes Groove Champion and Taurus as they go up against a Mad Max-style army of muscle car psychos.
The brash flat-shaded visuals and funk jam soundtrack accentuate the exploitation feel, and there is some brilliantly dark humour hiding behind more conventional period references. There was a sequel, Interstate 82, and a spin-off series of car combat games, Vigilante 8, on consoles, but, come on Activision, a proper remake would go down amazingly well on Steam.
The early-to-mid-nineties saw a burst of creativity in the French development scene with titles like Alone in the Dark, Flashback and Rayman attracting worldwide acclaim. The surreal narrative follows unwilling prophet Twinsen as he journeys across his world to defeat evil overlord, Dr. Chemistry department prospectus for the University of Wales, Swansea for Topics: Swansea, Wales, Chemistry, prospectus, university, , Sep 21, Topics: pop, dance, club.
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Five days after the album's release on AWA services, it accumulated over one million streams in Japan. Hamasaki's album sold 19, units on June 29, her second lowest daily count behind Sixxxxxx than her previous studio album A One with 20, sold units. To promote the album, Hamasaki started her Arena tour that shares the same name as the album.
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