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  • Rival Schools (PlayStation)

    Rival Schools, subtitled ‘United by Fate’, is yet another fighting game by Capcom. It was originally released as an arcade game in 1997 and was followed up with a PlayStation port in 1998. This game is probably most similar to the Marvel Vs. Capcom games.

    While the game play is somewhat similar to the Marvel vs. Capcom games, there are some differences. The controls are simplified with only four buttons instead of six. Also, while you select a team of two characters, the second is only used for special attacks. In addition, this is a polygon-based game instead of a sprite-based game. The PlayStation version, in addition to including the arcade version of the game, also included some enhanced features such as new mini-games and new game modes.


    While perhaps not quite as well known as some of Capcom’s other fighting games, Rival Schools is still a quality title with enough unique features to make it worthwhile if you are a fighting game fan. In 2012 it was released for the PlayStation Network but only in Japan. There was also a Japan only update to the original released for the PlayStation that added a couple of characters and some other features. A full sequel was released in 2001 in the arcades and for the Dreamcast titled “Project Justice”. If you want to play the original though you will likely have to track down an original copy or play it via emulation as I am not aware of any other accessible re-releases. There is some interest in future sequels but nothing planned at the moment.

    Rival Schools (PlayStation)



  • Tekken 3 (PlayStation)

    Tekken 3 (PlayStation)


    Tekken 3 was released as an arcade game in 1996 and then ported to the PlayStation the following year. While fighting games, particularly 3D fighting games, were never really among my favorite genres, Tekken 3 is an excellent example and one of the best and best-selling games in this genre. It frequently comes in high on lists of top games of all time and has the sales numbers to back that up.

    Tekken 3, as the name would suggest, is the 3rd game in the series. Tekken 3 wasn’t really much of a departure from the previous games in the series. It of course had better graphics and sound but the game play was just tweaked for the most part. Even though the existing game play was mostly just refined slighty, combined with the technical improvements it was enough to make it a notably superior game. If you are looking for a great fighting game then it is hard to argue against Tekken 3.

    Tekken 3 has had a couple of re-releases. The original arcade version was included as part of Tekken 5 for the PlayStation 2. If you want to play this game then it might be worth waiting for the PlayStation Mini which is due to be released in December and will include this game. Otherwise, I would recommend tracking down Tekken 5 for the PlayStation 2 as it as the original arcade version of Tekken 3 included without the graphical downgrades of the PS1 port. Either one should be playable via an emulator as well.

    Images above are from the PS1 version of the game.

  • 3D Lemmings (PlayStation, PC CD-ROM)

    3D Lemmings (PlayStation, PC CD-ROM)


    3D Lemmings (or Lemmings 3D) is a remake of the original Lemmings which was released in 1991 for the Amiga. 3D Lemmings was released in 1995 for the PlayStation, PC and the following year for the Sega Saturn. The goal was the same as the original which is to lead as many Lemmings as possible through a level filled with obstacles.

    Gameplay is accomplished by assigning skills to individual lemmings as needed. For instance, you might need one Lemming to block others from careening off a cliff to their deaths. Or another to dig a whole to get to a lower level and closer to the exit. There are a variety of tasks that can be assigned and your goal as to keep as many lemmings as possible alive through each level. When you run out of lemmings, the game is over.

    The original 2D version of this game was a masterpiece of originality. There really wasn’t anything quite like it when a came along. The lemmings simply move steadily across the screen and you must click on them (ideally using a mouse) and assign tasks so that they end up avoiding obstacles and getting to the exit. The original Lemmings was ported to a massive number of video game and computer systems throughout the early 1990s.

    this version of Lemmings puts you in a 3D world. This makes it a far more difficult game to learn as you will find yourself constantly switching camera views to figure out what is going on and what you need to be doing. However, with some practice you’ll get used to it and it really is well implemented even if it can be difficult to learn.

    As far as I know, this version of Lemmings has never been re-released. While there are a number of other re-releases and remakes of Lemmings, most are of the 2D variety. Personally, I greatly prefer the 2D versions of Lemmings but if you are looking for a 3D version, grabbing a copy of this game for your PS1 or Saturn (or DOS capable PC) may be your best bet.

    The ad above is from 1995 and mentions the PlayStation and DOS versions of the game. The Saturn version would come the following year. Screen shots are from the DOS (PC-CD) version of the game.