The From A to Z series lets our editors go back and take a look at games from past generations that are classics, overlooked gems, or just titles they remember fondly. The idea behind this is to pick five games from each letter of the alphabet, once a week to showcase. This delivers 26 weeks and 130 games to talk about. Hopefully it sparks some conversation, and of course plenty of memories.
Our second series will focus on Sony’s sophomore entry into the console business, the PlayStation 2.
Let’s continue with the letter “R”.
Red Dead Revolver
Before John Marston stepped into our 360’s and PS3’s, Rockstar Games had players running and gunning in Red Dead Revolver. More of a standard shooter over the open world exploration game everyone knows, player take control of Red, a bounty hunter in the perfect reimagining of the classic Spaghetti Western. Oh, and the soundtrack was amazing.
I remember playing this title based on the fact players could blow up sections of the world and create new paths to go rather than the straight path. It was an interesting concept and it worked for the time. I do remember it having a rather difficult control scheme and having to spend far too much time learning how to actually play. All in all, it was a decent shooter.
Resident Evil: Code Veronica X
Yes, I know Resident Evil 4 was on the PS2, and that version had everything on it, but I played RE4 on the GameCube. What I did play on the PS2 was Code: Veronica X. While not remembered as much as the main games, I absolutely loved this game. It was the final RE game that had that classic feel with tank controls and limited ammo. It was creepy, badly voice acted, and even had a surprise 2nd half playing as Chris Redfield. (Oh, spoilers)
I bought this game based solely on the box cover. Yes, it was a simpler time back then. A Level 5 game taking place in both a fantasy setting and a sci-fi setting. It was an action-based RPG that had some interesting mechanics although; I do remember it being a bit too long. Still, an interesting game that I’d love to go back to one day.
Rygar: The Legendary Adventure
I remember the original NES Rygar that was the main reason why I picked this one up. I loved the original and wanted to see what a newer version could do. While it was a bit of a God of War type game, there were some rather fun moments in Rygar. It was a pretty fun action game.
Tune in next week for the next collection of titles.