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Duke Nukem: Time to Kill Advert - Sony PlayStation [September 1998]
So many games that I missed out for the original PlayStation, absolutely no time to track them down and play them all.
Ape Escape Advert - Sony PlayStation [June 1999]
I don’t know what I like more, the monkey hold-up or the fact that there was a time where Sony had to specifically point out that a title required a Dual Shock Analog controller.
RE: the Player One Podcast discussion of my Twitter/Tumblr handle, The character from Star Wars: Masters of Teräs Käsi who shares my name that I’m “clearly” named after says one Phil Theobald.
Whenever I first got my PlayStation, I remember loving the demo of this terrible Star Wars fighter. I had it on some PlayStation Magazine sampler disc, and it was one of the first games that I ever played on Sony’s original machine. Good memories.
ECW Hardcore Revolution Advert [January 2000]
After the World Wrestling Federation signed THQ to make their games (a partnership that’s still active today), Acclaim Entertainment picked up the Extreme Championship Wrestling license to fill the gap left behind by the wrestling giants. ECW Hardcore Revolution did not receive high praise when it was released, mostly due to the fact that it was nothing more than Acclaim pasting the ECW wrestlers, logos, and themes onto their previous WWF game. As a matter of fact, there was less than a six month period between both of their releases.
Terrible, terrible game.
WCW Mayhem Advert [August 1999]
After THQ switched over to making WWF games, Electronic Arts stepped in to create the next World Championship Wrestling title. I remember absolutely hating this title due to how poor the hit collision was, but I also recall laughing at how ridiculous the wrestlers looked when not in action. Everyone’s standing default pose from Sting to Goldberg to Bobby Eaton would have the character hunched over a bit with their arms slightly raised in front of them. It was almost like the wrestlers were riding an invisible horse and both hands were always clutching an invisible rein.
Terrible game, but at least it had an actual wrestling ring as opposed to EA’s follow-up WCW Backstage Assault.
Apocalypse Starring Bruce Willis Advert [Playstation 1998]
There are moments when I regret buying a half-working Playstation from the pawn shop as a child (couldn’t read memory cards) and never really jumping into the vast catalog of titles the system had. Seeing this ad in Electronic Gaming Monthly #111 brought upon those feelings of shame, and I almost want to purchase this title after reading this blurb from Wikipedia:
“The Apocalypse game engine was reworked for use on Neversoft’s next title, the seminal Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, as discussed in a Gamasutra postmortem article. Already having in mind that they were going to begin work on Tony Hawk following completion of Apocalypse, the team said they had developed rough in-house playable demos of Trey Kincaid skateboarding around Apocalypse’s game environments in order to experiment with the way they wanted Tony Hawk to feel. Even though Neversoft continued to develop and evolve the engine primarily to suit the needs of the Tony Hawk series, it was also put to use in another action title by the team, the popular Spider-Man game they released in 2000. The aspect of the engine that allowed for the live-action music videos to be displayed within Apocalypse’s game world was also utilized in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater as well as other subsequent Neversoft titles.”
Given the fact that I love all of those other Neversoft games mentioned, I’m really interested to see how this third-person action game holds up.
Twisted Metal 4 Advert [Playstation 1999]
The whole wave of car-combat games never really won me over, but I do enjoy this advert quite a bit. I guess what I’m saying is that you could sell anything to me, if you use midget clowns.