This Day in Gaming History: April 25th

Warsong (Genesis 1991)

Warsong 1991 Cover Art
© Treco

This was a tactical role playing game on the Sega Genesis Developed by Masaya Games and published by Nippon Computer Systems (NCS).  A PC version would be released later under the title Langrisser: The Descendants of Light and then most recently in 2009 on the PSN.  It is fairly comprehensive battle simulator for the period.

You start the game with two commanders and as you travel the landscape you gather more commanders and build your army.  The player gains experience by participating in battles across the Warsong landscape.  The game employs a top down navigation to explore and set up your armies and then turn  based attacks to defeat your enemies not dissimilar to an early Fire Emblem. Sadly despite its interesting game play Warsong did not enjoy the popularity of titles like Fire Emblem.

Area 51 (PC & PS2 2005)

Area 51 CoverArt
© Midway Games

The science fiction first person shooter developed and published by Midway Games. The Player is part of a military response to an unknown viral outbreak in Area 51. There are a lot of monsters to kill and a few aliens.  It was a fairly highly anticipated shooter for the fall of 2004, in an age before seasonal Call of Duty Releases and featured the voice talents of David Duchovny, Marilyn Manson, and Nolan North.

The game would eventually be delayed until April of 2005. It would meet with generally favorable reviews although provide a fun but fairly generic first person experience. Area 51 would not one of Midways more memorable titles and perhaps more indicative of the Developers degradation that would eventually find the company defunct in 2009.

Cry of Fear (PC 2013)

© Team Psykskallar

The psychological survival horror game designed originally as a mod for Half Life by the development team Team Psykskallar.  Development for the original game began in 2008 but the title would be launched as a stand alone until 2013. The Player must navigate through the game solving puzzles and fighting monsters much like Silent Hill. The players decisions affect the progression of the game including the games conclusion.

Cry of fear had positive reception on Steam for its gripping story, truly creepy atmosphere, and dealing with issues such as metal health. Although it had some issues in development this game represents the success of Valve’s community building aspirations. Half Life provided the not only the tools but the support that gave PC gamers the unique ability to build their own worlds and create content.  Valve’s support of the PC modding lead to a number of fantastic titles like Cry of Fear and put the power in the players hands.

More Titles Released on This Day in Video Game History.

  • Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War (PS2 2006)
  • Atelier Iris 2: The Azoth of Destiny (PS2 2006)
  • Mavel Vs. Capcom 2 (iOS 2012)
  • NES Remix 2 (Wii U 2014)

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