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 first series will focus on Sony’s first entry into the console business, the PlayStation.
Let’s continue with the letter “B”.
Battle Arena Toshinden 3
Say what you want about this series, but it holds a special place in my collection. The third game was packed with an obscene number of characters, and a low-poly 60fps mode that was unique for its time. Still one of my favorites.
The PSOne was known for its unique and quirky titles. None describe that better than Blast Chamber. This multiplayer title pitted players against each other with a timed bomb strapped to their chest. The resulting matches were insanely fun.
Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain
The one that started it all. Blood Omen was the first in the Kain series, and the sole iteration developed by famous developer Silicon Knights. This game was an intense, mature experience that led to one of gaming’s most popular, and sought after to return, series.
Bloody Roar 2
The Bloody Roar series started on PSOne, and fizzled out around the PS2 era, but it remains one of the fastest, and most unique fighting games I have ever played. The quick combat matched with characters’ abilities to transform into beasts really set it apart. Plus it was tons of fun.
Bushido Blade 2
The Bushido Blade series accounts for some of the most insane matches among me and my friends during this time. The one-hit kills and open environments made some crazy matches. The series has long since died out without a proper successor.
Tune in next week for the next collection of titles.