Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (Sony PlayStation)

It’s impossible to hurl too many superlatives at Castlevania: Symphony of the Night because it deserves each and every one of them. Is it the best PlayStation game ever made? Is it the best game of the 1990s? Is it the best game ever? These are legitimate questions that gamers and fans of the title have been asking themselves and others since its release in 1997 . . .

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WWF WrestleFest (Arcade)

By the mid-90s, the World Wrestling Federation was on something of a downward spiral.

During the mid-1980’s, company CEO Vince McMahon systematically destroyed the then regional wrestling territories by stealing all of their talent and transforming the business into a nationwide, pay-per-view industry. Plunging all of his finances into a make-or-break event known as Wrestlemania, Vince capitalised on the youth-orientated MTV market by enlisting the services of stars such as Cyndi Lauper, and thereby introducing his own larger-than-life stars to an already established audience . . .

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Revisiting . . . Stephen King’s IT (1990)

In many ways, time has not been kind to Tommy Lee Wallace’s 1990 adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, IT.

Judged in cinematic terms, it is a largely hackneyed portrayal with paper-thin characterisation, second rate acting and contrived storytelling, while the movie tends to gravitate towards melodrama on more than one occasion. Of course, there was no theatrical release for what was a two part TV mini-series, and when you take into account the period in which it was made, the budget it was allotted a the tools at its disposal, you can forgive many of those flaws . . .

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (NES)

The original ‘Ninja Turtles’ release has gotten a lot of stick over the years.

A lot of it is warranted, but there are far more cynical franchise spin-offs out there. The game may have gotten a lot of things wrong, but it wasn’t for a lack of effort. Konami tried something new with a lot of variations in an attempt to set the game apart from other side-scrolling actioners, and if nothing else it was interesting upon first impression . . .

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Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (Arcade)

Capcom have made some classic games in their five decades as developers, but for me they will always be synonymous with the Street Fighter series.

Back in 1991, Street Fighter II: The World Warrior took arcade arenas by storm. After lukewarm reviews for the original Street Fighter coin-op, Capcom upped the stakes by completely revolutionising the competitive fighting game. Of course, the transition from pedestrian punch-out to fluid, fast-paced milestone did not come easy . . .

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Character Battles – Martin Riggs vs John McClane

It is a wholly ridiculous concept, but who hasn’t pondered a hypothetical battle between two of their favourite movie stars, particularly when they possess similar personalities and attributes. We have already had Freddy vs Jason and Alien vs Predator, and while those movies sucked beyond comprehension, it didn’t stop us from flocking to the movies in our legions . . .

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