When Sony took it’s first steps into the handheld fistfight it was everything you’d expect from them. Sleek and glossy black, big bright wide screen display, the console stood apart from it’s pears in much the same way as the other systems the Japanese gaming giant had produced.
One of the most popular gaming genres in the mid 80’s to late 90’s was the movie license. From the 8bit home computer scene Ocean software led the way in releasing many great games based on the most popular movies of the time. Games such as Batman The Movie, Robocop, Rambo and Terminator 2 made people want to buy the machines to play them on especially when these titles came packaged with the machine – something Commodore did very well!
Michael Heald realised a lifelong dream of becoming a game developer when his first title Wulverblade hit the Nintendo Switch earlier in 2017. Initially intended to be an Xbox One exclusive, Wulverblade was picked up by Nintendo and upon release it garnered critical acclaim across the board for it’s engaging storyline and solid side-scrolling, old school beat ‘em up gameplay.
Dave Perry is one of the most memorable contributors to UK games journalism in the 90s. With a career in magazine journalism and being a major part of gaming TV shows Games Master and Games World almost everyone knows who he is. With a wealth of games magazines in his portfolio including Sega Pro, Play, X-Gen and many more Dave had a insightful view of changes in gaming industry.
When Nintendo announced a new upcoming heldheld in 2004 codenamed DS (Developer System) they described as “The 3rd Pillar”. The Gameboy Advance and Gamecube were Nintendo’s main machines even though the Gamecube was struggling against XBox and PlayStation 2. However in March 2005 the DS was released and people took notice!
Sports games are a genre that have been around for years. From Pong to Track And Field to Fifa there have been some fantastic sports games and some stinkers. It’s a genre that is great fun playing with friends even though tempers may have been known to flair during some games (that may just be me!)
Maximum Power Up takes another look at the Sony PlayStation 2. As previously discussed Sony really started to take control of the console market with their 2nd machine. With a massive software library which also included the start of many much loved franchises there was something for everyone.