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Games of 1998 - ranked by preference

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Metal Gear Solid - PlayStation
Release Date: September 3, 1998 (JP)
Publisher: Konami
Developer: KCEJ
Genre: Action

When I got the Playstation in late 1998, my love for video games was starting to fade...Then I ordered a pizza from Pizza Hut, got a promotional demo disk along with it, and discovered Metal Gear Solid and a few other titles on it. Upon playing the MGS demo, I got hooked...And before I knew it, I had reached the cliffhanger ending and NEEDED to buy the game so I could see what happened next. I did, and then played through what ended up being my absolute favorite game of all-time...It pretty much re-sparked my interest in video games and re-taught me what a video game could be.
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Panzer Dragoon Saga - Sega Saturn
Release Date: January 29, 1998 (JP)
Publisher: Sega
Developer: Team Andromeda
Genre: RPG

Panzer Dragoon Saga isn't a perfect game, but for the system it was on, and for the time it was released, Panzer Dragoon Saga was an absolutely amazing game. The game is fully voiced-over (which was unheard of back then) and it also took place in a fully 3D world, which was a change from the pre-rendered backgrounds in most RPG's of the time. On top of that, the game itself is just so original...Even today there isn't a single game out there like it, which is a shame as this is a fantastic experience. It can cost a pretty penny if you want a copy, but quite frankly, when you've got a game this good and this original, it's well worth the price of admission.
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Release Date: November 21, 1998 (JP)
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo
Genre: Adventure

A lot of people consider this game to be the greatest game ever made. Back when it was created, it very well could have been. The series' evolution from 2D masterpieces to 3D was nearly flawless in comparison to other games of its time. I really hate using this word because it's so overused, but the only real way to describe this game is epic. Later games in the Zelda franchise have improved on some of the 3D designs that haven't aged so well, like the combat, but this is still a great game and well worth playing through today. It's always a contender for "greatest game ever made" for a reason, you know.
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People who added this item 97 Average listal rating (63 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 0
Street Fighter Alpha 3 - PlayStation
Release Date: December 23, 1998 (JP)
Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Capcom
Genre: Fighting

Well, this is it, in my opinion...The absolute best Street Fighter game ever created. Sporting one of the largest cast of characters in any fighting game up to this point, and a plethora of game modes, it was not an uncommon thing to hear of people sinking hundreds of hours into this game, even without playing any multiplayer. The ability to play each character with A, X, and V-Isms basically means that the roster is multiplied by three as each character has a slightly different move set depending on the Ism that you use. The awesome, RPG-like World Tour mode alone will make most fighting game fans lose hours of their life as they try to build up the most powerful version of their favorite fighters as possible, which you can then use that super-powered character in arcade mode and absolutely dominate the competition. I really can't say enough good of this game. It's Street Fighter perfection that hadn't been achieved before and hasn't been done since. This is a must-play for fighting game fans.
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R4: Ridge Racer Type 4 - PlayStation
Release Date: December 3, 1998 (JP)
Publisher: Namco
Developer: Namco
Genre: Racing

Never before and quite possibly never again have I ever been so obsessed with a racing game in my life than I was with R4. It takes an obsessed person like myself to unlock each and every car in the game, including the fancy-schmancy Pac-Man car. There's a reason I was so obsessed...This is the pinnacle of Ridge Racer games. The little stories included with each team that you race for, the large variety of cars to choose from, the fun courses to race on, and the amazing soundtrack make this the total package when it comes to arcade-style racing games. Gran Turismo got most of the attention during the PS One days, but Ridge Racer Type 4 is just as good in my opinion...And in some ways, even better.
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Suikoden II - PlayStation
Release Date: December 17, 1998 (JP)
Publisher: Konami
Developer: Konami
Genre: RPG

Suikoden was a great, but short, RPG. The sequel increased the length of the game, introduced a slew of new characters to recruit, and improved on the graphical look as well. The story was also done a bit better, in my opinion, in comparison to the original. If you play your cards right, and have a save from the previous Suikoden on your memory card, you can even recruit the hero from the original Suikoden to join your ranks in this game. Suikoden II can go for over $200 USD online, and if you're a fan of RPG's, then it's definitely worth every penny.
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F-Zero X - Nintendo 64
Release Date: July 14, 1998 (JP)
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo
Genre: Racing

I adore F-Zero on the SNES, so when I saw that a sequel was made for the N64 and the playable characters went from four to a whopping thirty-one, with the generic diver opponents replaced with drivers with names, I was quite pumped. I wasn't disappointed when I played it, either. The fun, but flat-as-paper tracks of the original were replaced with tracks that twist and turn, making an already enjoyable experience much more enjoyable. To this day, F-Zero X is still one of my favorite racing games that I've ever played.
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Tekken 3 - PlayStation
Release Date: March 26, 1998 (JP)
Publisher: Namco
Developer: Namco
Genre: Fighting

The first Tekken was good and Tekken 2 was better...But Tekken 3 solidified the series as one of the best fighting game franchises of all time. For its time, Tekken 3 was unmatched. Not only did it have all of the extra modes from Tekken 2, but it included some more like Tekken Ball (volleyball mixed with a fighting game) and Tekken Force (a side-scrolling brawler) to make sure that you continued to come back for more. I also don't focus too much on graphics usually, but the leap in graphical quality from Tekken 2 to Tekken 3 is really amazing. Tekken 3 improves just about everything from the first two games to near perfection. If you're a fan of fighting games, then this is a must-buy. If you're not a fan of fighting games, Tekken 3 might be worth giving a chance anyway...I've actually seen it win some people over.
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WCW/nWo Revenge - Nintendo 64
Release Date: October 1998 (NA)
Publisher: THQ
Developer: Aki
Genre: Fighting - Wrestling

The second Aki-developed N64 wrestling game improved vastly on the first, eliminating the generic wrestlers (most of which were based off of Japanese wrestlers) from WCW vs. NWO: World Tour, and replacing them with more members of the actual WCW roster. As someone who was a fan of WCW, I actually re-visit this N64 wrestling title over the WWF ones most of the time due to the game's roster. I prefer the WWF games to this one in regards to overall experience, but sometimes you want to play a match with Jim Neidhart vs. Fit Finlay at the Starrcade arena, know what I mean?
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Half-Life - PC Games
Release Date: October 31, 1998 (NA)
Publisher: Sierra Entertainment
Developer: Valve Software
Genre: First-Person Shooter

When Half-Life first came out, it blew away any other first-person shooter that had come before it. It combined fun first-person shooter action with some clever puzzles for some fantastic gameplay...And on top of that, the atmosphere was incredible. The graphics were amazing for their time, the story was interesting, yet still pretty simple...It's just a fantastic overall experience that still holds up well today. The only thing preventing me from giving it a perfect score is that it could be game-reloading-glitchy at times, but not enough for me to dock it more than just very slightly. If you haven't played it yet, do it. It's a masterpiece.
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Brave Fencer Musashi - PlayStation
Release Date: July 16, 1998 (JP)
Publisher: Squaresoft
Developer: Squaresoft
Genre: Adventure

I remember that when Brave Fencer Musashi came out, some video game magazines claimed that it was Squaresoft's attempt at creating a Zelda killer. I never really saw the comparison, honestly. I'd compare this game more to Kirby than any other Nintendo franchise. I did, however, fall in love with this game almost immediately. Exploring around, finding villagers, absorbing enemy skills, and just interacting with and watching all of the entertaining characters in the game - it's just fun from beginning to end. It has some flaws, sure, but if you like action adventure games and if you like humor, then you'll probably fall in love with this gem, just like I did.
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Parasite Eve - PlayStation
Release Date: March 29, 1998 (JP)
Publisher: Squaresoft
Developer: Squaresoft
Genre: RPG

I remember when I first played Parasite Eve, I thought it was so cool...Nearly fifteen years later and I'm still a pretty big fan. Parasite Eve was an attempt by Squaresoft to toss some survival horror elements into an RPG...and it turned out pretty dang well, in my opinion. While it wasn't necessarily scary, the game created a unique atmosphere...one that made it hard for me to put the controller down. The unique, turn-based combat is also pretty fun. The overall package results in a solid game that I'm a pretty big fan of.
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Release Date: October 31, 1998 (NA)
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developer: Naughty Dog
Genre: Platformer

I was never the biggest fan of the Crash Bandicoot games, but Crash Bandicoot: Warped got me hooked. The varied levels and how many of them play differently from each other prevents any feeling of repetition set in, and tends to create one of those experiences where you've been playing for hours before you realize that you only meant to play for 30 minutes. In my opinion, this is by far the best game in the Crash Bandicoot series. If you're into 3D platformers, this is one of the best in the genre.
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LSD - PlayStation
Release Date: October 22, 1998 (JP)
Publisher: Asmik Ace Entertainment
Developer: OutSide Directors Company
Genre: Adventure

LSD is supposed to be a dream simulator - basically, you walk around, in first-person view, and experience dreams...and nightmares. Using today's terms, it could be classified as a walking simulator as there is no real goal here, at least from what I could see, aside from walking around and exploring, trying to trigger events like a girl's head falling off and her walking towards you, or a statue on the fireplace suddenly coming to life and attacking you. You could walk for a while before discovering something unique and interesting, but that's part of the charm, and it lets you take the bizarre dream worlds in. This game definitely isn't for everyone, but I absolutely love it. If you enjoy wandering around, exploring, and really bizarre imagery, then you'll probably love this game, too.
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Release Date: March 26, 1998 (JP)
Publisher: Tomy Corporation
Developer: Yuke's
Genre: Fighting - Wrestling

The third entry into the Toukon Retsuden series was the best in the franchise at the time of its release. With an expanded, updated roster and more tweaks to the gameplay, Toukon Retsuden 3 quickly established itself as one of the best wrestling games available on the Playstation. Entrances with official theme music also make their debut in this entry of the Toukon Retsuden series, which is a very welcome addition. The end result is one of the best licensed wrestling games that you could find for its time. This is well worth importing if you're into wrestling games, or if you just want to see what a match between a young Antonio Inoki vs. a young Keiji Mutoh would look like.
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Release Date: February 26, 1998 (JP)
Publisher: Activision
Developer: Acquire
Genre: Action

I was never into ninjas when I was young, so the concept of Tenchu never really appealed to me until after I had played Metal Gear Solid and really got into the stealth-style of gameplay. Once I began to play Tenchu and silently crept along rooftops and slithered from shadow to shadow to avoid detection as I fulfilled assassination contracts, I was hooked. The often gorgeous, Asain environments and wonderful soundtrack just helped add to the experience - an experience that I don't think any other game in the franchise has been able to match.
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Release Date: January 8, 1998 (JP)
Publisher: Acclaim
Developer: ArtDink
Genre: Action

No One Can Stop Mr. Domino is one of those odd games where you play it out of curiosity 'cause it just looks weird and then find yourself hooked when you realize that it's actually a very well-made game. Basically, in Mr. Domino, you run around a course, dropping dominos in specific spots with the goal being that you trigger environmental stuff that keeps the domino tumble combo going. It's more difficult than it sounds, and that challenge kept me coming back for more. If you've never played this game before, and it sounds interesting to you, give it a try, you may just become smitten with it like I am.
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Spyro the Dragon - PlayStation
Release Date: September 10, 1998 (NA)
Publisher: Sony CEA
Developer: Insomniac
Genre: Platformer

In the days before Grand Theft Auto III made wandering around and doing nothing fun, Spyro the Dragon was a game that I have fond memories of just doing nothing in. I remember doing everything I needed to do...And then I would just wander around and explore the well-designed levels. But this game wasn't just about wandering around for me - the game itself is just fun. And as someone who enjoys hunting down and collecting things, rescuing all of the dragons was a blast to do. Year of the Dragon really perfected the Spyro formula, but the original game was a fantastic start to the franchise.
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Final Fantasy VII - PC Games
Release Date: May 31, 1998 (NA)
Publisher: Eidos Interactive
Developer: Squaresoft
Genre: RPG

The Playstation version of Final Fantasy VII is one of my favorite games of all time...The PC version, while still fun, is incredibly buggy and that bogs the experience down as a whole. The game is still fun to play, and still very good, but just save often because there are a decent number of game-ending bugs that can hit when you least expect it. If you have access to the Playstation version, play that one instead. If this is all you can play, experiencing this buggy version is better than not experiencing it at all.
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R-Type Delta - PlayStation
Release Date: November 19, 1998 (JP)
Publisher: Agetec
Developer: Irem
Genre: Shooter - Third-Person

R-Type Delta isn't just one of the best games in the R-Type series, it's one of the best bullet hell-type scrolling shooters that I've ever played. Graphically, everything is gorgeous and on top of that, everything is easy to see. No cheap deaths. If you die, it's your fault - you don't feel like a bullet blended in with the background to cause a cheap death. On top of that, the enemies are varied and interesting to look at, as are the various kinds of firepower that you can equip your ship with. The speed is also ramped up in comparison to previous R-Type games, which makes everything more hectic than usual, which makes for some fun times. If you're a fan of scrolling shooters and have an opportunity to give this game a shot, or feel like picking it up on PSN, I highly recommend doing so.
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Legend of Legaia - PlayStation
Release Date: October 29, 1998 (JP)
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developer: Contrail
Genre: RPG

Fun story - I accidentally bought Legend of Legaia as a teenager when I was intending to purchase Grandia. The mistake initially made me disappointed, but after playing Legend of Legaia, I was quickly glad that I made a mistake because it allowed me to discover a unique, enjoyable RPG. Noah, the clueless young lady raised by a "wolf," is also one of my favorite characters of all-time. Legend of Legaia isn't perfect, mind you, but its unique combat is enough to let you forgive its few shortcomings. If you get a chance to play it, I definitely recommend giving it a try.
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Guilty Gear - PlayStation
Release Date: May 14, 1998 (JP)
Publisher: Atlus
Developer: Arc System Works
Genre: Fighting

If you're looking for a quality fighting game on the Playstation, then Guilty Gear is fantastic. The only thing preventing me from giving it a better score is the lack of game modes...around the time it came out, fighting games were moving away from only having arcade modes and adding in other modes to keep replayability up. Otherwise, the game looks absolutely gorgeous, it plays smoothly, and is just a very good overall experience. If you like fighting games, you'll likely love Guilty Gear.
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Mario Party - Nintendo 64
Release Date: December 18, 1998 (JP)
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Hudson
Genre: Board

The original Mario Party was a genuinely fun and enjoyable experience that mixed a board game with various mini-games to make this an absolute blast to play with a few friends. Sure, Nintendo has since flooded their consoles with waaaaaay too many Mario Party games, but honestly, that flood would never have happened if this original wasn't as fun as it is. If you haven't played it, gather up some friends and give it a try. You'll be glad you did.
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Release Date: May 21, 1998 (JP)
Publisher: Working Designs
Developer: Technosoft
Genre: Shooter - Third-Person

I've always enjoyed the Thunder Force games, dating back the the 16-bit Genesis. This entry in the series looks a little bland at first (compared to other PSOne shooters like R-Type Delta, anyway) and the difficulty may feel a little overwhelming, but a little practice and memorization is all you need to start plowing your way through levels. There are also a decent number of unlockables to obtain by working your way through the game on each difficulty, which may make perfecting the game worthwhile for some. Basically, if you're into scrolling shooters, the fifth entry in the Thunder Force series is definitely a worthwhile purchase.
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Bust A Groove - PlayStation
Release Date: January 29, 1998 (JP)
Publisher: 989 Studios
Developer: Metro
Genre: Music

Bust A Groove is basically a dance-off style music game. You battle a variety of opponents in dancing competitions. Instead of simply hitting a button at the correct time, you're required to also input button combinations, which can lead to some frantic button pressing to get the buttons all pressed in the amount of time allotted between beats. If you hit all of your notes and succeed in performing combos, then you'll do well. Miss everything and your opponent will probably serve you up a healthy helping of "served." Does that sentence make sense? Doesn't matter. This is a nice, solid music game and one of the better ones that doesn't involve a peripheral of some sort.
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NFL Blitz - PlayStation
Release Date: September 12, 1998 (NA)
Publisher: Midway
Developer: Midway
Genre: Sports - Football

A lot of folks growing up in the mid-90's remember a certain sports game called NBA Jam and how enjoyable that over-the-top, arcade-style basketball game was. Midway's goal with NFL Blitz was to re-create that fun but on the gridiron. While the end result wasn't quite as good as NBA Jam, it still resulted in one of the best football games that I've personally ever played. Some rules are thrown out the window, the need to move 10 yards forward is replaced with the need to move 20 yards forward, and, of course, it isn't an over-the-top Midway sports game if there isn't a flaming ball of some sort during the game. While not quite as universally appealing and simplistic as NBA Jam was, this is still a game that people who don't like football (like myself) can still sit down and enjoy playing, but football purists may not appreciate it nearly as much.
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Sonic Adventure - Sega Dreamcast
Release Date: December 23, 1998 (JP)
Publisher: Sega
Developer: Sonic Team
Genre: Action

Sonic Adventure wasn't terrible for its time, honestly. Sure, the camera wasn't great, but nor was it for most 3D games back then. That aside, I actually really enjoyed the varied gameplay mechanics of each playable character. Sonic's levels revolved around speed, Big's around fishing, E-102's levels had a little more action to 'em, etc. The game hasn't aged particularly well, but it can still be pretty fun if you're into nostalgia and/or the history of the Sonic franchise.
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Release Date: October 22, 1998 (JP)
Publisher: KOEI
Developer: Oracion
Genre: Music

Moritaka Chisato: Safari Tokyo completely took me by surprise...it's really good. When I saw that it was a game about a musician, I figured it would be the Japanese version of Spice World. Safari Tokyo DOES have the same gameplay as Spice World...in one part of the game, but there's so much more to do with various musical minigames. You can play a somewhat traditional rhythm games where you press the button at the right time...or more unique ones, like where it's essentially a musical game of Simon with several of Chisato Moritaka's hit songs. I had no idea who Ms. Moritaka was before playing this game, and I finished playing this game a fan - it was a pleasant surprise both in discovering this game and discovering her music.
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Gex: Enter the Gecko - PlayStation
Release Date: February 24, 1998 (NA)
Publisher: Crystal Dynamics
Developer: Crystal Dynamics
Genre: Platformer

Much like the original Gex, what Enter the Gecko lacks in substance, it makes up for in personality...And Enter the Gecko has loads of personality. When you start Enter the Gecko, within five minutes you'll see Gex wearing a rabbit costume as he traverses a level with generic-looking Elmer Fudds tiptoeing around. He'll also spout out comical one-liners as you explore the 3D levels. While it's not the greatest platformer of all time, Enter the Gecko has enough personality to make up for most of its shortcomings, making Gex's 3D debut a good one to check out.
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Echo Night - PlayStation
Release Date: August 13, 1998 (JP)
Publisher: Agetec
Developer: From Software
Genre: Adventure - Horror

Echo Night is kind of a point-and-click adventure, but with the ability to walk around freely...Imagine a first-person style of gameplay found in the Walking Dead, and you've kind of got it. The downside to the game is how it controls...After playing through from beginning to end, I still felt uncomfortable with how to look up and down, a necessary aspect of the game. On top of that, the story, while interesting and different, is not particularly good. It kind of feels like a B-movie, which I love, but others may groan when playing. As far as horror goes, you spend most of the game on a haunted cruise ship, turning lights on as you enter each hallway or room, since bad ghosts avoid the light (but good ghosts have no problem in it, I guess). It's really not very scary, though sometimes you will find yourself frantically looking for a light switch or an exit to the room that you're in to prevent yourself from being murdered by a malicious ghost that appears. Overall, Echo Night is a decent game - not great, but far from bad. If you're a fan of point-and-click adventure games or games with a horror theme to them, I'd definitely recommend that you check this out.
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Colony Wars: Vengeance - PlayStation
Release Date: October 31, 1998 (NA)
Publisher: Psygnosis
Developer: Psygnosis
Genre: Shooter - 1st Person

I didn't think that I'd like Colony Wars...and it proved me wrong. Colony Wars: Vengeance is even better. Traditionally, I don't enjoy these types of "shooting from the cockpit" games, but Vengeance is just done so well that one can't help but enjoy themselves...Plus, watching ships explode in the beauty of space is pretty neat, too. If you liked Colony Wars, give Vengeance a try.
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Wetrix - Nintendo 64
Release Date: June 16, 1998 (EU)
Publisher: Ocean
Developer: Zed Two Limited
Genre: Puzzle

Wetrix is a fun, unique puzzle game where you essentially have blocks that warp the environment along with blocks of water to fill in craters that you create with the objective of trying your best to contain all the water without letting it drip out. If enough water drains, the game is over. It's actually very addicting and has various power-ups like ice and fire that change the water physics and continuously keep things interesting. If you're looking for a unique puzzle game, Wetrix is a great choice.
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Darkstalkers 3 - PlayStation
Release Date: November 5, 1998 (JP)
Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Capcom
Genre: Fighting

Darkstalkers 3 is a Capcom fighter that plays like the Street Fighter games, but has more of a darker tone to it, with vampires, werewolfs, and assorted other monsters, mythical creatures, and cryptids to play as, it's basically a Street Fighter-like game for the people who enjoy Halloween all year 'round. Darkstalkers 3 also marks the return of the franchise to Playstation, as the second Darkstalkers title was a Sega Saturn exclusive. Darkstalkers 3 isn't the best fighter on the Playstation, but it's a solid game and its gameplay holds up well with age. If you're looking for a solid, 2D fighter on the Playstation, Darkstalkers 3 is a decent game to get.
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Medievil - PlayStation
Release Date: October 1, 1998 (NA)
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developer: SCE Studio Cambridge
Genre: Action

A MediEvil demo was on the demo disk that came with my Playstation. It was timed, but I got good enough at it that I could get up to the fight against the stained glass monster, which was the end of the demo, before the time would run out...And I did this repeatedly. Eventually, I got a copy of the game, beat the stained glass goon, and got to experience more goodness that this charming game had to offer. It does have its flaws, though...some camera issues hamper things and the hack'n'slash-like combat doesn't always feel like you're in complete control. But, the good does outweigh the bad here. The charm of the game will likely be more than enough of a reason for most people to look past the game's shortcomings.
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Road Rash 3D - PlayStation
Release Date: May 31, 1998 (NA)
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: Electronic Arts
Genre: Racing

For whatever reason, Electronic Arts thought that when they brought Road Rash into 3D, they needed to change the way that the bike controls. In Road Rash, the control of the bike wasn't perfect, but it was good. In Road Rash 3D, it's not good, it's just so-so. You can get used to the controls as you play, but you may run into a lot of things along the way. But anyway, Road Rash 3D is more of the same from the original Road Rash, so if you were a fan of the original, this is worth a look as well. Even with its faults, it's still rather satisfying when you punch a rival biker off of their ride while trying to simultaneously trying to avoid oncoming traffic.
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Release Date: July 23, 1998 (JP)
Publisher: TEN
Developer: GW
Genre: Fighting - Wrestling

Zen-Nippon Onna Pro Wrestling: Joou Densetsu is a wrestling game based off of the now-defunct All Japan Women wrestling promotion in Japan. Several well known names from Joshi can be found here like Akira Hokuto, Manami Toyota, Aja Kong, Kyoko Inoue, Kaoru Ito, Mayumi Ozaki, and Yumi Fukawa to name a few. The game itself is fun, but not particularly great. The modes are limited to going after the WWWA title, fighting your way up to the number one contender spot or simply having an exhibition. There are better wrestling titles on the Playstation, but this is still pretty good. Wrestling fans may consider importing it just for the novelty of having an All Japan Women game in their library.
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Future Cop: L.A.P.D. - PlayStation
Release Date: August 31, 1998 (NA)
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: EA Redwood Shores
Genre: Shooter - 3rd Person

Despite never playing this game until putting it on this list, I always remembered this game for the ridiculous name. Anyway, while the name may be awful (and some may argue in a good way), the gameplay isn't bad. Basically, you just run around and shoot stuff. Unfortunately, the Future Cop robot thing that you control moves awkwardly, so it's not always the best at avoiding enemy fire. But, if you're just looking for some 3rd person shooter fun, Future Cop L.A.P.D. is not a bad choice...just be aware that there are better choices out there.
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Juggernaut - PlayStation
Release Date: November 19, 1998 (JP)
Publisher: Tonkin House
Developer: Will
Genre: Adventure - Point-and-Click

Juggernaut plays a lot like the very popular point-and-click adventure game, Myst...Except Juggernaut is much darker and based more in horror, as the game is basically about a woman being possessed by a demon, and a man who must enter her very soul to eliminate the demon from within it. It's not a perfect game by any means, but the story is interesting enough to push you through to the end. If you like point-and-click adventures, and if you like horror games, then Juggernaut is definitely one to track down and play.
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WWF Warzone - PlayStation
Release Date: July 14, 1998 (NA)
Publisher: Acclaim
Developer: Acclaim
Genre: Fighting - Wrestling

WWF Warzone, for its time, was a very, very good wrestling game...Well, as far as wrestling titles released in North America go. I like to compare its fighting engine to the original Mortal Kombat games; good for its time, but it hasn't aged well. Better, more simplified, and smoother-playing wrestling games have come along in North America since then, but WWF Warzone (and its deep Create-A-Wrestler, which hadn't been seen to that level on a North American-released wrestling game up until that point) was very good for its time...It's a shame that the gameplay doesn't hold up so well today.
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AbalaBurn - PlayStation
Release Date: August 20, 1998 (NA)
Publisher: Takara
Developer: Tamsoft
Genre: Fighting

AbalaBurn is like the Tobal games...But not as good as the Tobal games. The fighting itself is okay, but it can seem really difficult at times. The meat of the game, like Tobal, is a 3D brawler mode with RPG elements...And like Tobal, it's very awkward to control...Even more so here, actually. Once you get used to the controls, that mode is okay...But unless you couldn't get enough of that type of brawler gameplay the Tobal games and absolutely need more, there's not much reason to play this game.
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1080° Snowboarding - Nintendo 64
Release Date: February 28, 1998 (JP)
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo
Genre: Extreme Sports - Snowboarding

1080 Snowboarding was a really good snowboarding game back when it was originally released, and all these years later, it's still an enjoyable experience. The only real downside is the lack of courses to race on...There's six and then you're pretty much done unless you have some friends that are interested in some multiplayer snowboard video game action. But, lack of replay value aside, 1080 Snowboarding still remains in the discussion for best snowboarding game of all-time.
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Release Date: July 30, 1998 (JP)
Publisher: Jaleco
Developer: Jaleco
Genre: Racing

Bakusou Kyoudai Let's & Go!! Eternal Wings (heckuva name, eh?) is a racing game with some story elements that allows you to customize and increase the performance of your car as you win races and get money. Apparently, this game is based off of some anime, a topic of which I know nothing of...But I do know that all of the characters have ears that are way too large...They're like the size of hands. But anyway, it's a decent racing game with several characters to play as and a decent amount of replayability. If you're into racing games, this may be worth checking out.
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C: The Contra Adventure - PlayStation
Release Date: August 31, 1998 (NA)
Publisher: Konami
Developer: Appaloosa Interactive
Genre: Shooter - 3rd Person

C: The Contra Adventure seems to be an attempt to return the series to its glory days, with a game that initially appears to be in the same mold - 2D, side scrolling, shooting fun. Unfortunately, looks can be deceiving. While this definitely looks like a return to a successful formula, once you begin to play, you quickly realize that level design is a key factor in something being fun. While I initially found the game to be fun, I found myself getting very bored very quickly. C: The Contra Adventure is passable in moderation...but prepare to get bored if you plan a marathon around it.
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Mortal Kombat 4 - Nintendo 64
Release Date: June 23, 1998 (NA)
Publisher: Midway
Developer: Eurocom Entertainment Software
Genre: Fighting

Mortal Kombat 4 wasn't a horrible fighting game, but it wasn't all that great, either. My main problem with the title is that it's a tad too easy. Goro is really the biggest issue here, and even he's not that difficult if you take the time to watch his patterns and apply a hit-and-run approach to the fight. That said, the game is a so-so fighter, but not really worth playing unless you're a Mortal Kombat nut.
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Kensei: Sacred Fist - PlayStation
Release Date: November 19, 1998 (JP)
Publisher: Konami
Developer: Konami
Genre: Fighting

Kensei: Sacred Fist looks like it would be absolutely awesome...And then you play through 'normal mode' once, and you find out how easy the AI was, and then you figure out that you aren't rewarded with an ending for completing the game...and that character you just unlocked? It's a near exact clone of the person you just played as, just with a different look. Kensei isn't a horrible fighting game, but there's not a whole lot of good here, either...It's just short of passable, and really only worth a look if you're a fighting game fanatic.
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Wheel of Fortune - PlayStation
Release Date: December 15, 1998 (NA)
Publisher: Hasbro Interactive
Developer: Artech Studios
Genre: Trivia

Wheel of Fortune is basically the exact same Wheel of Fortune game that we've been playing since the days of 8-bit gaming, just with a fresh coat of paint and some modifications to the rules that coincide with the rules on the show when this game was released. It features Vanna White as the host, with Pat Sajak nowhere to be found. I understand that you wanna attract the folks what want to drool over Vanna, but this really isn't a true representation of the show without Mr. Sajak in my opinion. But anyway, this is a passable game that's fun for a while, but there's only so many times that you go through the game show before you get bored and wish for more. Fans of the show will probably enjoy this, and it's a decent little game to pop in the Playstation every now and then for a quick spin of the wheel.
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Gubble - PlayStation
Release Date: September 17, 1998 (JP)
Publisher: Mad Duck Productions
Developer: Goo!
Genre: Puzzle

Gubble is a puzzling puzzle game (see what I did there?) in that you control a purple dude in a green floating contraption that needs to connect his floating contraption to various tools to undo screws, nails, bolts, etc. from the levels that he traverses. In a sense, it feels like a not-as-fun Pac-Man - like Pac-Man's pellets, when all screws, bolts, nails, or whatever else are removed, the level ends. If the game's levels were all as simplistic as the initial levels, I'd be giving this game a very low score, but the more you play, the more challenging it gets, which allows it to reach "passable" status in my eyes. That said, Gubble never really feels "fun," it just feels like something to pass time when you've got nothing better to play or do.
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Twisted Metal III - PlayStation
Release Date: October 31, 1998 (NA)
Publisher: 989 Studios
Developer: 989 Studios
Genre: Action - Car Combat

It was a sad day when 989 Studios took over the Twisted Metal franchise. The quality began to go down with game number 3. While I appreciate the corny endings, getting there can feel like a chore with gameplay that went down the hopper at 989's command. The levels also feel bland and uninspired in comparison to the previous game and the AI seems more like it's cheap than smart. That's not to say that this game can't be fun - it can be, and it's still passable, but it's a steep decline from the excellent, previous game in the series.
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Bio FREAKS - PlayStation
Release Date: April 30, 1998 (NA)
Publisher: Midway
Developer: Saffire
Genre: Fighting

I had seen Bio FREAKS in random retro game stores for quite a while...but I never actually bothered to look into what kind of game it was. I honestly expected some sort of first-person shooter...Instead, Bio FREAKS is an interesting, but barely passable, fighting game. Basically, it feels like Mortal Kombat with guns...and with a final boss that makes Shao Khan look like a small child. With the ability to cut your opponents limbs off (which, gore aside, adds a neat level of strategy - you can't use your arms if you don't have them anymore) and some sex appeal tossed in (one of the fighters wears a shirt that only covers the top of her boobs), I think Bio FREAKS tried to cover up its flaws with shock value. That said, this is unique enough to actually be worth checking out if you're a fan of fighting games. If you're not, this game does absolutely nothing to turn you into a fan of the genre.
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Irritating Stick - PlayStation
Release Date: March 19, 1998 (JP)
Publisher: Jaleco
Developer: Saurus
Genre: Action

Irritating Stick will be for most people like the title implies - irritating. There's not much to do here...basically, imagine a video game version of the board game Operation...touch the sides and get zapped...except instead of pulling body parts out of an unlucky fellow on an operating table, you're moving a stick through a maze in the fastest way possible. That's it. If it wasn't for the fact that you can play with seven other folks, which greatly increases the fun and replay value, I probably wouldn't recommend this. But, with multiplayer included, this game is a passable game to pull out when you've got a group of friends over...then you can all be irritated together...in a fun way.
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