Best Arcade Video Games of the 1990s to Remind What Hardcore Gaming Is
What about games, which not only do not enable you to save at will but also do not provide checkpoints, from which you can start playing again an infinite number of times? Those hardcore items are arcade or coin-operated games, which people have been playing on arcade machines all over the world from the 1970s to 1990s. Let us remind you several examples of those almost entirely forgotten now arcades that used to be all the rage in the 1990s.
The game allowed up to six players at once each controlling one of the mutants. In the X-Men, you were engaged in the side-scrolling beat ‘em up action. Each playable character had its unique superpowers, which one could use in addition to standard kicks and punches during the combat. The gameplay was simple yet tremendously enjoyable. Not to speak of the cool atmosphere and funny moments, some of which even became legendary memes like Magneto’s uttering “X-Men, welcome to die!”
One of the most successful arcade games of all time, the Metal Slug spawned numerous sequels and imitations. Again, everything was simple in this side-scroller: you had an arsenal, which was expanded by picking new weapons and power-ups and a seemingly infinite stream of enemies, which you had to shoot. That is why one really had to shoot a lot, almost constantly. However, the feature that made the Metal Slug stand out from many similar games was not the fast-paced and heavy action but a wicked sense of humor.
Mortal Kombat II
Sequel to the legendary Mortal Kombat fighting game that caused a stir and provoked numerous disputes owing to its violent visuals, raised the brutality bar even higher. With the introduction of new characters, the gameplay became more diverse and the series trademark Fatality finishing moves even bloodier and more brutal. It is notable that in response to the controversy caused by the first installment of the series, the developers introduced such non-lethal finishing moves to the franchise as Friendship and Babality.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time
This another licensed title by Konami preserved the TNMT spirit and stayed true to the original characters. The Turtles In Time sent the world-famous quartet of mutant turtles into another time-traveling adventure while having offered an exciting cooperative experience for up to four players and an amazing soundtrack fueling the onscreen rumble.
The Battletoads Arcade stood head and shoulders above the console counterparts owing to much powerful hardware available on arcade machines. This hardware allowed the developers to manipulate large sprites and use tons of pseudo-3D effects as well as implement special dash attacks, precise collision detection, responsive controls and abundance of visual feedback for the player’s actions including context-sensitive attacks. What makes this game so remarkable is its very high difficulty, which increases with your progression through the game. The Battletoads Arcade is even harder to play then the Battletoads 3, which is listed among the most hardcore beat ‘em up scrollers of all time!