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To the Time Machine! 20 Years of Gaming – May Edition

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One thing I do very well is reminisce. I love remembering the good old days and dreaming about games that have come and gone. In this new monthly article, I will look back at games that have highlighted the previous month’s gaming excellence, and then also hop into the time machine to see what was ‘new’ a few years back.


May 2012

To the Time Machine: May - Diablo III

May has come and gone and we saw some really great games released. The obvious kicker for many PC gamers was the long awaited release of Diablo III. Even though many gamers felt that Blizzard’s latest is not as good as it could be, it still attracted high scores and endless hours of our time. The permanent internet connection requirement was a bit of a downer, yet this is becoming less and less of a problem in our connected world.

The other big release in May was Max Payne 3. It has been a long time since Mr. Payne made an appearance, but his new, slightly older, much bolder adventure is bloodier and more entertaining than ever.

To the Time Machine: May - Minecraft

Other titles that deserve a mention include a record best-selling Xbox LIVE Arcade title, Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition, with more units sold in its first 48 hours than most titles can hope to sell in their lifetime. With its addictive mining and building and no clear plot, hours of doing pretty much nothing goes by in this wonderful little world.

Prototype 2 was another big name game released in May, and the battle between James Heller and Alex Mercer reached fever pitch (pun intended). Russell gave it a big score and is his top game of the year thus far.

We also saw a new Ghost Recon game in Future Soldier, and the PlayStation 3 finally received a game worthy of the Move in Sorcery. The Wii also had a great adventure game with Pandora’s Tower – the last of its kind for the ageing console.

May 2007

Let’s hop into the time machine and zoom back to May 2007, a mere five years ago:

To the Time Machine: May - Forza Motorsport 2

Forza Motorsport 2 was released towards the end of May and many gamers rejoiced to finally have a proper racing simulator on their shiny Xbox 360 consoles. The game was later blamed for many consoles giving red rings of death, although this was unfounded.

The Xbox also received a real-time strategy game in Command and Conquer 3, but the console controls let the game down and didn’t sell particularly well.

Mario Party 8 was released on the Wii, seemingly to keep people occupied during this very dry spell with very few game releases. Blizzard saw it fit to also announce Starcraft II in May of 2007 – half of Korea passed out at the news.

May 2002

As we jump back another five years to 2002, we see a few more games that released in May that I cannot believe are now ten years old already. Everyone is playing on Sony’s PlayStation 2 and Nintendo’s GameCube in 2002, while the hardcore gaming scene is still pretty set on playing on PC.

To the Time Machine: May - The Elder Scrolls III Morrowind

First up is the classic role-playing game, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. This is the predecessor of Oblivion and last year’s Skyrim. It is still extremely playable and beautiful.

Final Fantasy XI is released on the PlayStation 2 in Japan, and will be the final Final Fantasy on this platform while also being the first online version of the franchise.

May 1992

To the Time Machine: May - Wolfenstein 3D

Now let’s take a big jump back and look at games from May 1992. In this early stage of the gaming world, people were playing games on PC, Sega Mega-Drive and Nintendo Entertainment Systems.

The most notable release of May 1992 has to be Wolfenstein 3D, the granddaddy of first-person shooters. With its Nazi themes and excellent 3D engine (for the time) it quickly cemented its place as one of gaming’s pioneers.

As we travel back to 2012 we look at the games that released last month and wonder how many of them will be as loved and remembered as Wolfenstein. Did any of those titles change the way we play games? Join me in 2022 to see which games stood the test of time!

To the Time Machine! is a regular El33tonline feature that rounds up the most important videogame releases of the month past month, and jumps back in time to see what other games were released five, ten and twenty years ago to re-discover what we were all playing way back when.

It’s sure to be a fascinating journey through time – look forward to future entries!


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