MY TOP FIVE ARCADE GAMES FROM THE NINETIES
Well people, I feel I have to express myself & let it be known that I’m a retro head.
I love the old school. Not all of it, just some of it. One of the things I loved the most about the old school where the Arcade/Console games. I was well into my games back in the day, to the point where it pissed off my brother at times with the late night gaming through the headphones..(sorry bro), to the high electricity bills I was blamed for. (I still feel to this day it wasn’t my fault, but hey.)
With my love of old school games in mind, I decided to do this feature from what I feel was gamings most original & vibrant period…the 80’s & 90’s.
The five arcade games i feel cemented the 90’s as a classic era in gaming…
NO. 5 – THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD SERIES.
There were quite a few rail shooters about in the 90’s, but for me, none had more impact & atmosphere as The House Of The Dead games. The aim of the game was simple, shoot zombies, save people & kill bosses. The atmosphere, pace of action & tough bosses made you feel like you were fighting for your life for real, & these elements made this game stand out for me.
NO. 4 – STREET FIGHTER 2 , 3 , & ALPHA SERIES.
Me & my brother talked about this game a few years ago & I have to admit, Street Fighter changed everything when it came to gaming. ( You were right bro.) National tournaments began, Films, Comics, & even fights at arcades broke out over credits. This game is so engrained in western culture now, I’m sure even a captured alien at Area 51 could tell you what a Ha do ken is. Nuff said. lol
NO. 3 – MORTAL KOMBAT SERIES.
For me, this was the game that started to really push the boundaries with Arcade/Console combat games. With digitised graphics & loads of blood splatter, it gave the game a more realistic & edgy feel which put it ahead of other combat games at the time. As a lot of game players at that time knew, this was the game that signalled Fatalities in combat games, which gave the player that extra bit of blood splatter & satisfaction.
NO. 2 – THE KING OF FIGHTERS SERIES.
Now where Capcom had Street Fighter, SNK ( of Capcom Vs SNK) had the King Of Fighters. The king Of Fighters was a combat game which pitted teams fighters against one another, with each team having a selection of 3 fighters to play with. (Which was good value for money.) The characters in the game had a more realistic look to them than in the Street Fighter games, & also earned a solid following which saw the release of more than 10 sequels.
NO. 1 – THE VIRTUA FIGHTER SERIES.
Now this was the game that officially started the whole 3D fighter experience & inspired games like Tekken & Soul Calibur.
I’ll be honest with you, I played this game very little back in the day as I found it quite a bit of hassle getting used to the controls & the whole 3D thing at the time. But I do remember this being a landmark game which got quite a following & spawned a lot of sequels.
So there you have it, my run down of what I considered excellent gaming in the 90’s.