Big Names In Gaming Turn 25 In 2012
You might not know it, but 1987 was one of the most important years in gaming history, with some of today’s biggest and most iconic franchises having their roots in the same year as U2 released The Joshua Tree, Jacko released Bad, and Reagan told Gorbachev to tear down the wall.
Sit back and reflect on how far gaming has come as you realise that every single one of these games is now a quarter of a century old.
Its most recent instalments might not have satisfied all fans of the iconic series, but it is impressive that the very first Final Fantasy was released in Japan in December 1987.
The fact that publishing giant Square Enix (and its previous incarnation, Square) were even able to release acclaimed epics like Final Fantasy VII and HD eye candy like Final Fantasy XIII-2 is even more noteworthy when you discover that the Famicom title was supposed to be the company’s last due to financial problems at the failing Square.
While further Final Fantasy games followed at a steady pace over the next 25 years, the pace was slower for sequels of another huge franchise which saw its beginnings in 1987: Hideo Kojima’s very own Metal Gear.
The series really took off following the massive success of Metal Gear Solid on the Playstation, the pioneering stealth-focused gameplay of the first game paved the way for Gray Fox, FOXHOUND, uber-weapon Metal Gear, Big Boss, and of course Snake himself, to become part of gaming folklore.
This all goes without mentioning a game series that, thanks to its appearance in arcades around the world, transcended the gaming community and became a pop culture icon: Street Fighter.
1987 saw the release of the lesser-played predecessor to the definitive no-gimmicks 2D beat ‘em up, Street Fighter 2, and the world was introduced for the first time to Ryu and his shoryuken. 25 years later, the Street Fighter franchise has found its way onto multiple consoles, seen six separate series of games with countless spinoffs and special editions and even made the transition into film, TV, manga and anime.