• Tag Archives Capcom
  • Dino Crisis (PlayStation)

    Dino Crisis (Capcom – PSX – 1999)


    Dino Crisis is a game that was created by Capcom for the PlayStation and released in 1999. It was created by the same people who created Resident Evil and has many similarities to that game. It is a survival horror game but it features dinosaurs instead of the undead.

    The dinosaurs were brought from the past as the result of a secret weapons research project. An experiment gone wrong resulted in a pocket of the island the research lab is on being swapped with one from the distant past. You must destroy the rift in time and capture the the person responsible.

    Though similar to Resident Evil in many ways, it is a newer game and has a number of improvements and differences. The biggest is probably that it uses an new 3D engine and a real-time environment instead of a pre-rendered background. This made high detail scenes more difficult to achieve but allowed for more immersion and interactivity.

    Dino Crisis was ported to both the Sega Dreamcast and Windows in 2000. However, they were not enhanced much over the PlayStation version. It was also re-released via the PlayStation Network in 2006. For those that like survival horror games, this is a pretty good one and worth having for your PlayStation or Dreamcast. Either one is fine, just don’t expect the Dreamcast version to take advantage of its superior hardware because it really doesn’t.

    There were several sequels and spin-offs to Dino Crisis. Dino Crisis 2 was released in 2000 also for the PlayStation and later in 2002 for Windows. In 2002, Dino Stalker was released for the PlayStation 2 but this was more of a spin-off and related to the Gun Survivor series. In 2003, Dino Crisis: Dungeon in Chaos was released. This was a mobile game, another spin-off, and a first person shooter. Finally, Dino Crisis 3 was released for the Xbox in 2003. However, this last game in the series was more action/adventure that survival horror and it takes place in the distant future on a space station with dinosaurs created from mutant DNA. Dino Crisis 2 is the only real direct sequel and the only one that could be considered better than the first. It was mostly downhill from there…

  • Breath of Fire (Super Nintendo, GBA)



    Source: Nintendo Power Advance, Issue Number 3

    Breath of Fire is a role playing game that was developed by Capcom. The English translation and localization was handled by Square Soft and the game was released in North America in 1994. Breath of Fire is a typical example of a Japanese RPG from the 16-bit era.

    Like most RPGs, Breath of Fire is fantasy based. You play the role of a boy named Ryu who is one of the last of an ancient race of beings that can transform into dragons. He has misplaced his sister and is searching the world for her. Along the way you will fight many battles (thankfully turn based) and meet up with others with similar quests.

    While originally developed for the SNES, Breath of Fire was also released for the Game Boy Advance in 2001. This version was almost identical to the SNES original. It had some minor graphical improvements but the biggest practical change was that you could save anywhere instead of only at certain places.

    Breath of Fire received generally positive reviews and ultimately spawned numerous sequels on various systems. In addition to the Game Boy Advance port, Breath of Fire was also re-released via the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console in 2016. If you want an original copy, you’ll probably have to pay a fairly high price…something close to original retail for a used copy anyway. Emulation, as always, is an option too.

    The image at the top is the intro to the strategy guide in issue number 3 of Nintendo Power Advance for the Game Boy Advance version of the game. Other images are screen shots from the Super Nintendo version.

  • Strider (Sega Genesis)

    The intro to ‘Strider’ on the Sega Megadrive.


    Strider is an excellent early platform game by Capcom. While I am most familiar with the NES version, it was first an arcade game and ultimately ported to a number of systems. The NES version is somewhat unique in that it was developed along side the arcade version whereas other versions were ports of the arcade game though all versions are similar. The NES version was also released exclusively in North America.

    The game is set in 2048 and you play the role of a hi-tech ninja as part of a group known as the Striders. Your goal is to assassinate a mysterious dictator known as the “Grandmaster” who controls the world. The protagonist, Hiryu, has shown up in other games like Marvel vs. Capcom.

    While I played the NES version and it was one of my favorites, the Genesis version released a little later is commonly recognized as the best of the original ports. There were also a number of 8-bit computer ports that, while not as graphically appealing or as good in general as the Sega version, were still very good games. There were also Japanese only ports on the Sharp X68000 and PC-Engine CD-ROM2 with the Arcade Card expansion. Later it was also released for the PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PSP and Xbox.

    There were a couple of sequels and remakes. Strider II or Journey From Darkness: Strider Returns was released for various home computers, Sega Genesis, Sega Master System, and Game Gear. There was also a Strider 2 later released for the PlayStation. More recently, a reboot simply titled Strider was released via the PlayStation Network for the PS3 and PS4, Xbox Live Arcade for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One, and on Steam.

    The above screenshots are from the Sega Genesis version. This is probably the version I would most recommend you try if you have never played but if you are more of an NES fan I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend that one either. That was the one I played and I loved it.