10 Best Video Games From The 90s That Never Saw A Re-release
The 90s became a pivotal time for video games, with handheld consoles like Game Boy Color hitting the market in 1998, and Sony’s first Playstation console hitting the scene in 1994. Nintendo launched two consoles in over the decade, the SNES and the N64, bringing with classics such as
Super Mario World, Super Metroid, Donkey Kong Country,
Super Castlevania IV
PC gaming also saw a boom in the 90s, with home PCs becoming increasingly popular. Several video games from the 90s marked children’s childhoods, and while a few of the most popular have been remade or rebooted, dozens have been forgotten. Whether on console or PC, these 90s games were bound to get a remake that could help fans relive their youth.
ten Streets of Rage (1991) was a great Beat-Em-Up platformer
Originally developed exclusively for the Sega Genesis to compete with Capcom final fight, streets of anger turned out to be a fun fighting game series. streets of anger followed several former police vigilantes (including Axel and Blaze), as they rid a fictional town of a crime syndicate led by MX
As with any classic platformer beat-em-up, each character had unique fighting styles, strengths, and weaknesses. There were plans to make a 3D action version of the game, but the project was never green lit. Instead, the series received another 2D episode in 2020, but fans were still hoping for a re-release of the original.
9 The Illusion of Gaia (1993) was mystical and disturbing
Gaia Illusion debuted on the Super Nintendo and was an action-adventure RPG with three playable characters: Will, Freedan, and Shadow. All three characters had the same health and defense bars but differed in their strength levels.
Based on a fantasy version of Earth, players might encounter real world landmarks such as the Pyramids and the Great Wall of China. Unfortunately, Nintendo of America censored the game to have less religious references, and many gamers didn’t have a chance to play it without censorship.
8 The forerunner of modern FPS games: GoldenEye 007 (1997)
GoldenEye 007 became one of the most memorable games on the Nintendo 64 and followed the events of the 1995s golden eye film. The game proved groundbreaking for its time and arguably paved the way for other first-person shooters to come. It was a single-player 3D FPS but also featured a competitive Deathmatch mode with three additional players.
GoldenEye 007 was well received both as a movie-based FPS and as a standalone game, combining stealth and multiplayer. Considering it inspired FPS games to follow, it’s surprising GoldenEye 007 never seen a reissue. Instead, the Obligation franchise focused on new versions of the character in games, such as those from 2008 Quantum of Comfort.
seven Parasite Eve (1998) Survival horror reimagined
parasitic eve was a third-person survival horror action game developed by Square in 1998 and followed New York police officer Aya Brea as she attempted to save humanity. The gameplay proved to be an interesting mix between survival horror and an RPG, combining a real-time combat system with special abilities.
parasitic eveThe graphics and gameplay of received excellent reviews leading to the release of a sequel, Parasite Eve II, in 1999. By the time a third sequel was released in 2010, gamers had lost interest in the series, but fans fondly remembered the first installment. With new graphics capabilities now, a re-release of the first game would inevitably be a hit.
6 EverQuest (1999) was a revolutionary 3D MMO
EverQuest was the first MMO to use fully 3D environments. At the time of its release, it became the best-selling online game. While its popularity has declined due to the likes of World of Warcraft and The Elder Scrolls Online, EverQuest undeniably made MMO history.
EverQuest quickly became addictive due to its repetitive quest-seeking nature, much like today’s MMORPGs. Given the competitive nature of the MMO market, fans probably wouldn’t see a reboot of EverQuest. However, it is certain that the game would be popular if that ever happened. The game might need some major remodeling and graphics work, but it would be incredibly fun.
5 Quest for Glory (1992) is a forgotten gem
Quest for Glory: So you want to be a hero was a wonderfully fun hybrid of point-and-click adventure and RPG, developed by Sierra On-Line. quest for glory was remade in 1992 in a point-and-click adventure. Incredibly ambitious for its time, it featured a full day-to-night cycle that affected the game’s environment.
Skills could not be obtained through XP, but through natural use, like some MMOs today (like New world). While point-and-click adventures aren’t as popular today, a platforming remake of quest for glory would certainly be intriguing, given Sierra On-Line’s penchant for humor. Sadly, Sierra disappeared in 2008.
4 Albion (1996) was a precursor to modern RPGs
Albion stood out from most other RPGs at the time, taking place in a unique sci-fi setting, which included fantasy elements like the use of magic. Players ventured into space to scavenge natural resources, but crash-landed on a planet of sentient creatures and had to gather resources to survive.
Albion received praise not only for its unique setting, but also for its balanced combat, story, and exploration. It is less well known today, but received a bit of a reboot with Albion onlinewhich debuted in 2017. On line turned out to be different from the original game, as it became an MMO instead of a single-player game.
3 Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos (1993) had a compelling storytelling
lands of knowledge was developed by Westwood, now best known for its series of real-time strategies Command and conquer. lands of knowledge was a first-person dungeon crawler, much like underworld. The player had to fight enemies with a real-time combat system to save the king and defeat an evil witch.
The CD-ROM release of the game included narration by Sir Patrick Stewart, making it one of the most compelling games, at least to listen to. lands of knowledge received two more sequels, however, there have been no more installments since 1999, leaving fans to wonder if there will be a re-release of the first game.
2 Tenchu: Stealth Assassins (1998) paved the way for stealth games
Tenchu: Stealth Assassins became available on the first PlayStation and was set in feudal Japan. Players could choose between Rikimaru or Ayame, members of a ninja clan led by Lord Gohda, and gather intelligence or assassinate enemies.
If caught, players risked failing the mission or being killed. Tenchu received a sequel in 2009, but by then the series had already been forgotten. Anyway, the first game received great reviews and paved the way for other stealth games such as Assassin’s Creed and Dishonored. Tenchu would no doubt do well among stealth fans if the game were to receive a remake.
1 System Shock 2 (1999) was revolutionary with character customization
The first one System shock was ahead of its time, but System Shock 2 became one of the most influential games of all time by combining elements of first-person shooters and RPGs. The team working on System shock had previously worked on the influential Ultimate games, so it’s no wonder System shock 2 was so revolutionary.
System shock 2 included character customization, emergent gameplay, and a complex story. Available on Steam as a port, it could use an overhaul of its graphics and an official re-release for players to enjoy its weird sci-fi atmosphere.
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