Classic Gaming- Marvel vs. Capcom 2: (2000)

We all remember this exciting sequel to one of the best crossover fighting games Marvel vs. Capcom in 1998.  Marvel vs. Capcom 2 was released in 2000 by the same developer.  This game had featured a much larger roster than than the original game.  This title allows you to play as countless characters from various different Marvel and Capcom games that was popular throughout the 90’s.  Marvel vs. Capcom 2 was every fighting gamer’s dream if they were not fans of Soul Caliber or Tekken.  Marvel vs. Capcom 2 had allowed players to switch  between three characters in battles instead of two which many people had praised.  Also, this game had included exciting new stages along with a new final boss known as Abyss.  While many people might argue that Abyss is one of the most difficult bosses in the series other would stress that he is not as tough as the likes of Apocalypse and Onslaught.

While this game is very enjoyable for both arcade and versus mode it has received criticism its use of old character sprites among some other glitches.  This game has often be compared to M.U.G.E.N. in some respects because it takes various characters from different titles and places them into one game. Even though, Marvel vs. Capcom 2 was a fun game the 1998 prequel appeared to have more substance despite having a smaller roster of characters to chose from.  Overall, Marvel vs. Capcom 2 was a classic for many individuals who are fans of the series that only improved when the third installment was released in 2011.

Classic Gaming- Marvel Vs. Capcom Clash of Super Heroes: (1998)

If you were a fan of fighting games back in the 90’s you remember how great this game was when it was first released in arcades around the world.  Marvel vs. Capcom Clash of Super Heroes was initially released by Capcom in 1998.  Marvel vs. Capcom similar to its two predecessors Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter (1997) and X-Men vs. Street Fighter (1996) was a crossover game taking characters from different universes and placing them into one action packed game.  Many people speculate on whether or not this game was the best of the three crossover games in the 1990’s.  While opinions may vary among gamers many critics would argue that Marvel vs. Capcom was probably the best out of the three crossover games.  However, this does not mean that X-men vs. Street Fighter and Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter was not just as fun.  In fact the two preceding games helped develop the groundwork for this crossover classic.

Marvel vs. Capcom includes many of our favorite characters from both worlds with a variety  of different team combinations leading to unique offensive combat tactics that can be utilized throughout the game.  While the Capcom had retained some of our favorite characters such as: Ryu, Chun-Li, Captain America, Hulk, Spider-Man and Wolverine they also added new characters along with removing others.  New characters that were added to this game included Captain Commando, Jin Saotome, Mega Man, Morrigan Aensland, Strider Hiryu, Venom and War Machine.  This game had also saw the return of Gambit from X-Men vs Street Fighter and while some people were thrilled about it others felt more characters from that title should have been brought back into Marvel vs. Capcom.

Marvel vs. Capcom includes a variety of fun stages along with various different BGM’s for each character adding more life and excitement to the game itself.  One of the major changes Marvel vs. Capcom from the two previous installments includes the final boss .  After the player defeats a series of teams they must battle Onslaught instead of Apocalypse.  The level of difficulty in battling Onslaught generally varies among players while some may argue that he is easier to defeat than Apocalypse others think the opposite.  However, almost anyone who has played all three crossover games would mutually agree that Onslaught is easier to defeat than Cyber-Akuma from Marvel vs. Street Fighter.    Not only did Marvel vs. Capcom have a great roster but they also include hidden characters such as: Roll, Gold War Machine, Hyper Venom and Lilith.  Another exciting feature added to this game included limited assists from non playable characters such as Cyclops, Rouge, Storm and many others.

After its arcade release Marvel vs Capcom was ported for PlayStation and Sega Dreamcast.   While the Sega Dreamcast was praised for being exactly like the arcade version the PlayStation port had the same problems the previous two games had.  The restrictions of the PlayStation port had prevented the game from being exactly like the arcade version and required a mirror match in order to compete in cross over battles.  Despite the PlayStation version falling short of the expectations of many gamers the Dreamcast version was well received by critics and scored a five star rating from GamePro magazine.  Marvel vs. Capcom was probably one of the most exciting 2d fighting games of the late 90’s featuring various characters from different titles.  If anything negative can said about game it would pale in comparison to most of the positive aspects of this title which makes it an instant classic in the eyes of many who have played it.

 

Classic Gaming- World of WarCraft: (2004)

It is almost impossible to discuss classic gaming without talking about one of the best online games of the past decade.  World of Warcraft is known by many people for being one of the top-tier online computer games of the 2000’s.  When World of Warcraft was originally released in late 2004 many people did not know what to expect in terms of gameplay and quality. Judging from the response from critics and fans alike many would agree that World of Warcraft was  an excellent sequel from Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos which was released in 2002.  As many people know this game was released over eleven years ago and required four to five years of development prior to its debut.  Since World of Warcraft was released the game has received six different expansion packs including : The Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King, Cataclysm, Mists of Pandaria, Warlords of Draenor, and most recently Legion in 2015.  While most of the expansion packs where great many people argue that Wrath of the Lich King was probably the best along with the Burning Crusade being the worst depending on you talk too.

World of Warcraft includes the reoccurring protagonists known as the Alliance led by humans who feud with enemy factions such as The Burning Legion and Horde. One of the most exciting features about World of Warcraft includes the endless features this game has to offer from the characters to the various settings this game includes.  Players have the option of exploring many different continents and areas such as:  Khaz Modan, Lordaeron and many more.  While the game has included some challenging bosses since it was first released many people would agree that Archimonde was probably the most difficult opponent to defeat.  Others would speculate that Garrosh Hellscream was the toughest boss or a distant second to Archimonde.   Another great feature this game includes is the wide range of classes such as: Warriors, Rouges, Hunter, Warlock, Priest along with many others. While it is debatable among players on which class is the best some people may argue Druids, Monks, Shamans and Paladins have healing spells which is beneficial.

World of Warcraft also includes amazing features that adds realism to the game itself including the changing of seasons along with fantasy based designs.  The quality of the gameplay along with the aesthetic taste for each environment makes World of Warcraft had made this game very attractive for many gamers.  Many would argue that the fourth installment in the Warcraft series is the best since a majority of gamers still enjoy it.  Following its release World of Warcraft had received positive reviews from publications such as: Edge, Game Informer, GameSpot, and IGN scoring in the nine point bracket out of ten.  Along with winning a few VGX awards World of Warcraft had easily became one of the best selling games of the 2000’s.  Even though, World of Warcraft was released over a decade ago many people cannot deny its legendary status in the realm of online gaming which automatically makes this title  an instant classic.

 

 

 

The Good Old Days 80’s-00’s

Many  retro gamers remember how popular stores such as Blockbuster Video and Tommy K’s video were many years ago.  Stores such as Blockbuster video were very popular during the 80’s, 90s and 00’s.  It gave people the opportunity to rent or buy games or movies for a certain amount of days before returning them.  If one had bought a card for Blockbuster Video they would be eligible for certain deals in regards to different items in the store.  During the 80’s and 90’s words cannot describe the amount of joy one received before they went to Blockbuster or Tommy K’s to rent a movie or game.  As many of us know the decline of these stores mainly stems from the rise of streaming companies such as Hulu, Netflex which provides everyone with their favorite movies online or in demand.  Along with streaming companies more people generally utilize the internet to watch their favorite movies in addition to buying video games.  Different corporations such as Sony and Microsoft provide their own network  for each console where people can download retro and contemporary games.

Some people would argue that buying games online is more convenient for customers  while others would say that it puts many people out of work.   Either way, when we think about games or movies that we loved renting in the past Blockbuster video or Tommy K’s were among the few nostalgic rental stores that comes to mind.