Legend of Mana is the fourth game in the Mana series. It was once again directed by Koichi Ishii and was published by Square on CD-ROM for the PlayStation only in 1999.
Harvest Moon: Back To Nature is a sequel to the Super Nintendo classic from 1996, this time developed by Victor Interactive Software and first released for the Sony PlayStation in 1999 in its native Japan (2000 for North America and 2001 for Europe).
It is the sixth game in the Harvest Moon series, and the first on the PlayStation.
The third Micro Machines was released in 1997 for the Sony PlayStation. In V3 the environments and vehicles are all 3D-modelled, and the action is displayed at a slightly tilted angle, rather than directly overhead.
The same excellent gameplay mechanics of the previous games have been retained though. Mostly revolving around getting ahead of your opponents in order to push them off-screen.
This 1998 Gremlin/Fox Interactive release for the Sony PlayStation is a fast, tunnel-based shoot ’em up with trippy visuals and a pumping Crystal Method soundtrack. It was designed and programmed by the prolific Tony Crowther.
Game Name, System (Release Date)
Mega Man, Famicom (17th Dec 1987)
Mega Man 2, Famicom (24th Dec 1988)
Mega Man 3, Famicom (28th Sept 1990)
Mega Man: Dr. Wily’s Revenge, Game Boy (26th July 1991)
Mega Man 4, Famicom (6th Dec 1991)
Mega Man II, Game Boy (20th Dec 1991)
Mega Man 5, Famicom (4th Dec 1992)
Mega Man III, Game Boy (11th Dec 1992)
Mega Man IV, Game Boy (29th Oct 1993)
Mega Man 6, Famicom (5th Nov 1993)
Mega Man X, SNES (17th Dec 1993)
Mega Man V, Game Boy (22nd July 1994)
Mega Man X2, SNES (16th Dec 1994)
Mega Man 7, SNES (24th March 1995)
Mega Man X3, SNES (1st Dec 1995)
Mega Man 8, PlayStation (17th Dec 1996)
Mega Man X4, PlayStation (1st Aug 1997)
Mega Man X5, PlayStation (30th Nov 2000)
Mega Man X6, PlayStation (29th Nov 2001)
Mega Man Zero, Game Boy Advance (26th April 2002)
Mega Man Zero 2, Game Boy Advance (2nd May 2003)
Mega Man X7, PlayStation 2 (17th July 2003)
Mega Man Zero 3, Game Boy Advance (23rd April 2004)
Mega Man X: Command Mission, GameCube (29th July 2004)
Mega Man X9, PlayStation 2 (7th Dec 2004)
Mega Man Zero 4, Game Boy Advance (21st April 2005)
Mega Man ZX, Nintendo DS (6th July 2006)
By the time Mega Man reached the Sony PlayStation in 1996 he’d undergone another make-over. This one mostly aesthetic – Capcom going for a different look and feel to the SNES games, and – it has to be said – not looking nearly as good.
Rollcage is a fast, physics-based racing game developed by Attention To Detail and published by Psygnosis in 1999.
Grandia was initially released in 1997 on the Sega Saturn in Japan, and then later in 1999 on the Sony PlayStation.
Only the later PlayStation version received an official English translation (although the Sega Saturn version does have a fan translation, using the same text as the PlayStation version, but was not available in English until the patch was released in March 2019).
Final Fantasy VII is a legendary level-grinding Role-Playing Game, developed by Square and released for the Sony PlayStation in 1997.
While the Final Fantasy series had grown in stature throughout the 1990s, it was this seventh instalment that broke Japanese CRPGs into the mainstream, with its outstanding mix of 3D, polygonal graphics, Full Motion Video, and pre-rendered backgrounds.