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PSXE Trenders: The 80s Are Still Radical Here

I had the pleasure of being born in an interesting time.

I made my debut in the world the same year that Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Evil Dead, and Escape from New York hit theatres. Even as a youngster I took full advantage of those colorful, vibrant, and exciting trends. Later on I thought it was all pretty lame (perhaps Zubas should never have existed) but life has a way of endearing the past to us as the years keep passing.

Throughout the 1980s gaming was still finding its identity, it was still more of an amusement or toy than a hobby. Even so, the classics that came out of that time have helped shape the industry today. And just as the weird hairstyles, tight jeans, and square plastic sunglasses have enjoyed a resurgence, so too have 80s inspired trends in gaming returned.

Not everyone gets the appeal of cheesiness, but a lot of folks at PSXE are a little older and a lot nostalgic about these kinds of things. I got the idea for this segment today during a most excellent bit of retro gaming with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Arcade, an endeavor that would have cost me about $20 had I been using quarters at one of those outdated places called an arcade. It just made me think of some titles that deserve an extra thought for anyone who hasn't made the time yet this generation and anyone who wants to recommend their own experiences to others in the community.

Double Dragon was the epitome of NES co-op, well right after Contra maybe, and nothing quite drew a pair of friends or brothers together like an afternoon of hair-pull-kicking your way to victory and saving poor Marian. So I think a good chunk of people were pleased in 2012 to see that Wayforward Technologies (LOL, who?) and Majesco Entertainment (..uhhhh?) were releasing Double Dragon Neon. I had the pleasure of getting this one for free with PS Plus and it really did scratch a nostalgic side scrolling itch for yours truly. I'm planning to play it again soon if I can find the time. FYI: It pulled an 8.0 from PSXE with plenty of favorables.

My personal favorite throwback title was Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. That is a game that is so full of fan service that the term “love letter to fans” fits better there than anywhere else. But fans of what? It's the 80s man. With Michael Biehn, cyborgs, neon skies, synthesized music, cheesy one-liners and as many references to old movies as possible there was just no way to get this game wrong. Some of the best news I've heard is that it could become a franchise in its own right. Well it was more scuttlebutt than news but you can understand my excitement. Blood Dragon scored a tidy 8.3 right here.

Ten or twenty years from now I'll bet some of you will have a twinge of nostalgia for 2013 when you think of your time with Dragon's Crown. It took the good old days of swords and sorcery co-op beat 'em ups and deepened everything into what darn near qualifies as an RPG. Without the paths tread by games like Golden Axe there wouldn't be a basis for such a rousing 2D experience in a 3D age. Dragon's Crown grabbed a very deserving 9.0 right here at PSXE.

There are plenty of other games out there carrying the torch, and I for one am looking forward to the new iteration of Strider. Tell us about some of your favorite 80s games or current games carrying the trend.

Extra points for the first person who identifies the scene in this article's picture and the characters in it.

 

11/6/2013 David D. Nelson

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Comments (18 posts)

Lone Wanderer
Thursday, November 07, 2013 @ 12:45:00 AM
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Its From the 1987 Predator movie. Where Arnold Schwarzenegger's character Dutch is shaking hands with Carl Weathers character Dillion near the beginning of the movie. More like they're sizing each others arm muscles up for the camera. I'd call it the bro flex handshake.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, November 07, 2013 @ 10:13:08 AM

Nailed it :)

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, November 07, 2013 @ 11:02:52 AM

I knew it instantly but it seemed fairer to let a reader get it. ;)

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Geobaldi
Thursday, November 07, 2013 @ 1:11:28 AM
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The 80's will always be the greatest decade for me. Everything has gone downhill culturally since then.

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JohnnyKey
Thursday, November 07, 2013 @ 1:36:59 AM
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Dillon!? You son of a bitch!

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Vivi_Gamer
Thursday, November 07, 2013 @ 6:21:48 AM

Damn, you beat me to it, beat me to it.... It's because of the echo.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, November 07, 2013 @ 10:31:25 AM

*Thug-g-g-g-guh*

"Stick around."

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, November 07, 2013 @ 11:03:32 AM

"I ain't got time to bleed."

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Kryten1029a
Thursday, November 07, 2013 @ 1:39:38 AM
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You don't just turn off the eighties!

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ethird1
Thursday, November 07, 2013 @ 2:32:47 AM
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Get to da choppa!

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frylock25
Thursday, November 07, 2013 @ 2:42:49 AM
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A buddy pointed out that all those old 80s movies were before the political correctness started. Blood Dragon was great. Felt like some old child hood stuff.

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___________
Thursday, November 07, 2013 @ 3:01:49 AM
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greatest gaming era, and its really great to have some current games lay homage to them.
shadow gun and FC3 blood dragon were just so freaking awesome!
its a shame that DNF, well, its a shame.
makes me wish we could get a studio start up as a exclusive reminiscent studio and their soul purpose is to give us a window into the past keep those experiences alive.
out in the sea of developers what better way to differentiate yourself?
sales initially might be a problem, but eh blood dragon dident sell half badly!
once they get there name out there and prove their quality then theres plenty of people out there craving for that old nostalgic fix.

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mk ultra
Thursday, November 07, 2013 @ 3:32:31 AM
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FC3 Blood Dragon was awesome. I've been having a ton of fun with Hotline Miami since plus gave it out. I would have bought that game already had id known it was that good.

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PlatformGamerNZ
Thursday, November 07, 2013 @ 4:18:41 AM
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i wasn't born in the 80's but i did see the N64 and played it a bit and the game cube wihc is ancient now but i also think being through the 90's was pritty awsome and my fav gaes from the early 00's and late 90's so yeah it was a gud time to be alive

happy gaming =)

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Vivi_Gamer
Thursday, November 07, 2013 @ 6:27:31 AM
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I have to admit being in the late 80's the gaming of that generation doesn't appeal to me. To be honest, the earliest I can go back is probably Super Mario Bros 3, anything before that is a bit too old for me to enjoy.

I really started gaming with the Sega Megadive/Genesis and have never been much of an arcade gamer, do people go to the arcades anymore... would be interesting to get some statistics on that.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, November 07, 2013 @ 10:14:52 AM

I'd really love to know how many arcades are left in America, probably 2. All mine closed. I think they still do fine in Japan though.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, November 07, 2013 @ 10:24:42 AM
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I think it will be interesting if GTA Online adds Vice City, even I would have to try it then. It wasn't my favorite GTA game due to mechanics, but it would be cool to revisit with today's tech.

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telly
Thursday, November 07, 2013 @ 1:03:14 PM

Hadn't even considered this possiblity until reading your post. I would be ALL IN on a return to 1980s Vice City.

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