There is no question that both Gran Theft Auto: Vice City and San Andreas are among two of the best action-adventure games to have released during the 2000’s decade. In fact both games were two of the best selling titles for the PlayStation 2. Gran Theft Auto: Vice City was the fourth best selling game on the PS2 following its release in October 2002 reach over 9.6 million units worldwide. The retro 80’s based theme of GTA: Vice City was very unique especially since it looked and felt somewhat reminiscent of the Scarface movie which came out back in 1983. GTA: Vice City was also praised by numerous gaming publications for its improvement over its predecessor GTA: III in terms of gameplay and open world design which contributed to its long lasting appeal.
Gran Theft Auto: San Andreas on the other hand ended becoming the number one best selling console for the PlayStation 2 reaching over 17.3 million units worldwide. While GTA: Vice City was had strong vibes from the 80’s San Andreas had a 90’s feel to it. There were several in-game additions to GTA: San Andreas that made the game feel more realistic than Vice City such as gang warfare, currency system along with the inclusion of mini games that added to the game’s replay value. In terms of which game had more success in the long run many would probably give the slight edge to GTA Vice City over San Andreas.
When it comes down to historic racing games in general two of the most recognizable titles within the gaming world are Outrun from 1986 along with the original Gran Turismo game which was first released in 1997. As a arcade racing title Outrun was huge back in the late 80’s and early 90’s and is viewed as one of the most inspirational racing games of all time. The 2D visuals along with the gameplay for Outrun provided players with an enjoyable racing experience that was worth spending countless quarters on. As popular as Outrun was for on multiple game con including the Sega Genesis, Sega Saturn, PS3 and others there are some people who would be inclined to argue in favor of the original Gran Turismo game.
After the first ever Gran Turismo game was initially released for the PS1 back in 1997 it ended up becoming the best selling title for the the 32-Bit console during the late 90’s. In fact, Gran Turismo was probably the best selling racing game of the 90’s in general since it reached over 10 million copies in sales worldwide. Also, Gran Turismo was one of the first in depth 3D racing games where players had the opportunity to choose from over 100 different cars while earning drivers licenses to qualify for events in order to win championships. Gran Turismo was considered to be a revolutionary game that played a significant role in shaping the landscape of the racing genre of gaming. Without the Gran Turismo series there may not have been a Forza series. In terms of which racing title was more popular overall many would be inclined to choose Gran Turismo over Outrun.
As many people know the Mortal Kombat series was very popular in the 90’s and still is to this day. But when it comes down to classic games within the series it always seemed like the second game within the trilogy stood out more than the first or the third title. In relation to graphics Mortal Kombat II seemed more superior than MK I or III. Despite, Mortal Kombat III having improved gameplay over Mortal Kombat II it was not quite as memorable as the first two games. However Mortal Kombat I & III were also more memorable than Mortal Kombat IV which does not get talked about as much.
Mortal Kombat IV was the first ever 3D installment within the series and was also an arcade smash hit during the late 90’s before coming to the PS1 and the Nintendo 64. However, Mortal Kombat IV was arguably the least popular game within the series during the 90’s. While the gameplay for Mortal Kombat IV was superb the characters and the bosses including in that game such as Shinnok & Quan-Chi were not quite as popular the likes of Shao Khan or Shang Tsung. While Mortal Kombat IV surpassed the expectations of many people who were fans of the series it just felt different seeing a MK title in 3D since the series became popular as a 2D Fighter. In terms of which game was more popular back in the 90’s there is no doubt Mortal Kombat II was definitely a bigger deal than MK IV.
As many may already know today marks the 33th anniversary of the original Super Mario Bros game which appeared on the Nintendo Entertainment System back in 1985. The original Super Mario Bros game is one of the most popular video games of all time. Since its on the NES back in the mid 80’s Super Mario Bros has managed to sell over 40 million units worldwide and is seen as one of the few games that helped put the 2D platform genre of gaming on the map. To this day Super Mario Bros is seen as a classic by many people within the gaming world and would be considered a game that has helped shape the landscape of the gaming between the mid 80’s and early 90’s.
Super Mario Bros has spawned a series of 2D sequels such Super Mario Bros 2, 3 for the NES which were all very successful. We also got to seeSuper Mario World for the Super NES which was probably the best selling game console for that system back in the 90’s. Without Super Mario Bros in the mid 80’s it would be hard to imagine what the gaming world would be like today. Its incredible to think that legacy of arguably the most popular video game character of all time started 33 years ago today. Super Mario Bros is still one of the greatest platform titles of all time and without its hard to see where Nintendo would have been without it.
It was revealed a few hours ago that an old GameCube classic from the 00’s entitled Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles will be appearing on the PlayStation 4 and the Nintendo Switch in 2019. For those who are unaware the RPG classic was initially released back in 2003 and allowed multiplayer gameplay which involved the use of link cables along with multiple Game Boy Advance devices. Based on what we know it seems that same style of gameplay will emulated on the Nintendo Switch considering that fact it can be utilized as a home console and a mobile device. However, its still unclear how multiplayer mode will work on the PlayStation 4 if it seeks to emulate the gameplay experience that we got on GameCube and the Game Boy Advance during the early 00’s.
As of right now an exact release date for the remastered version of Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles has yet to be revealed. In fact, its only been confirmed that Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles will be released Japan in 2019. We still have no idea on when the remastered version of Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles will be released internationally but hopefully more information will be revealed by Square Enix as we get closer to 2019.
When we think about classics for the Nintendo 64 between 1996-1999 there are so many games that comes to mind including Super Mario 64, Perfect Dark, GoldenEye 007, Banjo Kazooie and more. One titles that was big on the Nintendo 64 during the late 90’s that does not get talked about quite as much is Star Wars: Battle Squadron which was co-developed by LucasArts and Factor 5. Since its initial release back in 1998 Star Wars: Rouge Squadron had managed to sell over one million copies in America. There are some who question whether or not Star Wars: Battle Squadron could of had the same level of success on the PS1 that it did on the Nintendo 64.
In retrospect, having Star Wars: Battle Squadron on the Nintendo 64 was a better choice over that of the PS1. Not only did the Nintendo 64 have more superior visuals in relation to 3D gaming but Star Wars: Battle Squadron stood out more on the 64 bit console. Not only did the PS1 had inferior 3D graphics in comparison to the Nintendo 64 but there were so many games such as Final Fantasy VII, Gran Turismo, Spyro the Dragon, Tomb Raider, Crash Bandicoot, Tekken 2 and others that could have easily overshadowed Star Wars: Battle Squadron during that time period.
When it comes down to classic racers developed by Sega that is considered to be a classic one of the few titles that comes to mind is Up ‘N Down which was first released back in 1983. This racing maze game seemed like it was ahead of its time during the 80’s considering the fact that it utilized a pseudo-3D perspective. The game had a rather simple objective which involved players collecting 10 flags by running them over with a buggy. Since its initial release back in the early 80’s Up ‘N Down has been ported for Atari 2600, Atari 8-Bit along with the Commodore 64.
Some might find it a bit strange that the game was never re-released for the Sega Mega Drive Console back in the late 80’s. But then, again it seemed like gaming was starting to rapidly evolve going into the early 90’s as maze games such a Up ‘N Down seemed too simplistic and racing titles like Outrun was starting to become more popular. While remaking the original Up ‘N Down game would be a treat to those who are huge fans it seems unlikely that it will ever happen. Sega has no plans on really doing anything with the classic racing title as company is working on many other projects as of right now.