PlayStation–Week 8

The eighth week of PlayStation games brings back Rayman to take on Geom Cube, Mortal Kombat 3, Novastorm, and Theme Park. Which is the best game?

Rayman

Released in 1995.

When a villain known only as Mr. Dark appears, trouble brews in Rayman’s world. Mr. Dark captures the Toons – source of light and Rayman’s friends. With no more light, evil creatures begin to roam, making the world unsafe for everyone. Its up to you, as Rayman, to free your friends and put an end to Mr. Dark’s dastardly schemes!

Rayman is side-scrolling platformer starring the titular Rayman, a big-nosed chap with no arms or legs. Rayman can jump and use his hair to hover for a short period of time. He can also attack by throwing his fists, or winding up his fists for a more powerful punch. He can occasionally find special power ups that grant him unlimited flying power, giving him the ability to navigate through tricky mazes.

Aside from the platforming action, the other notable feature of Rayman is its large, detailed and vibrant graphics, which have helped it to stand out from most other similar games in the genre.”

Geom Cube

Released in 1995.

Geom Cube is a three-dimensional puzzle game based on Tetris concept. Blocks are dropped into a 4×4 pit where the object is to completely fill a level in the pit with blocks so it disappears. There are 24 different block shapes. If the blocks reach the top of the pit, the game is over. This game is for one or two players; the single-player mode has an option of playing against a series of eight computer opponents.

There are three game modes for one player: the fast, time-limited Finite mode, the slower Infinite mode, and a versus mode against computer-controlled fighters. Multiplayer is available as a head-to-head vertically split-screen mode for two players, where completed layers can be transported to the opponent’s screen.”

 

Mortal Kombat 3

Released in 1995.

“Shao Kahn has won. The Earthrealm is no more. In order to revive his Queen Sindel, the emperor Shao Kahn used the Outworld Tournament from Mortal Kombat 2 as a diversion while his Shadow Priests revive his fallen Queen on Earth. Once enacted, the dimensional bridge between the two realms connects, allowing Kahn’s extermination squads to invade and destroy Earth, and enslave the population’s souls.

A small team of Raiden’s “Chosen Warriors” survives the attack: Mortal Kombat champion Liu Kang and his ally Kung Lao, Special Forces agents Sonya Blade and Jax, the shaman Nightwolf, the riot cop Stryker, the nomadic Kabal, and former Lin Kuei warrior Sub-Zero, who has gone rogue from his clan. Facing the warriors are the mercenary Kano, cyber-ninjas Smoke, Sektor and Cyrax, Sheeva, a female Shokan, the sorcerer Shang Tsung, and Queen Sindel herself.

Mortal Kombat 3 brings new elements to the 2D fighting series: multi-level playfields, “Dial-A-Combo” attacks, a “Run” button to speed up the battles, and “Vs.” codes, which unlock new powers and abilities once both players enter a code sequence in pre-match-up screens. Also included are more stage fatalities and finishing moves as each warrior attempts to go one-on-one with the Centaurian enforcer Motaro, and Shao Kahn himself.”


Novastorm

Released in 1995.

“A behind-the-view perspective of a shooter’s dream: Blast enemies against a cinematic backdrop. Kill the computer-controlled fighters before they take over the world!

Unlike first-generation interactive movies with action, Novastorm has hooks into the environment; if you move into the path of a pre-rendered obstacle and it “hits” you, you take damage, etc.”

 

Theme Park

Released in 1995.

“Dominating the exciting world of Theme Park ownership is your goal in this strategy game from Bullfrog. The first task is to set up your rides within the available land, structuring convenient paths and queues and ideally leaving some space for bigger rides once they become available, and include some lakes and trees to increase the park’s allure. Rides range from Teacups and Haunted Houses to the biggest most elaborate roller-coaster you can design, and water rides that loop around other rides.

Shops must also be included, so that the visitors can buy food, drinks and souvenirs – the cunning player will combine salt, sugar and caffeine settings to maximize consumer interest. Staff must be hired to keep everything running smoothly, and they will only work for what they consider a fair rate of pay.

You are competing against other Theme Parks, so don’t let them get an advantage over you – monitor your success in attracting customers and financial viability closely using the supplied statistics pages. More important, ensure that research is adequately funded to produce new rides.

It can be played in three modes – Sandbox level lets you concentrate on the park design elements, while Sim and Full add more strategic features.”

Vote in poll! Voting ends Saturday, June 23 at 11:00 AM.

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Comments
8 Responses to “PlayStation–Week 8”
  1. I Voted for Rayman because MK2 is the best mortal Kombat game.MK3 was not

  2. FamiComplex says:

    I’d forgotten the PlayStation had a version of MK3. I’ll always associate it with the previous gen… that said, Rayman is still the better game, putting nostalgia aside.

  3. Joe D. says:

    Guys, guys… MK3 is balls. It took everything great about the first two and diluted it. Everything is overwrought, the characters are lame and the combo system is rigid and awful. Also, the run button is stupid.

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