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Resident Evil 2
Birthday: January 21
Genre: Survival Horror
Developed by: Capcom
The game that would push the Resident Evil series into an official franchise, its original version was a disappointment to Capcom, delaying the release of the final product for an entire year. Now considered one of the best video games ever made, the wait and refusal to rush the game as soon as possible after the surprising success of its predecessor has paid off. Greatly: even if you aren't a gamer (or much of a movie-goer), you've probably at least heard of the series.
Dance Dance Revolution
Genre: Music, Exergaming
Developed by: Konami
The Japanese are historically innovative, and DanceDanceRevolution is just one sample of that innovation. The game was praised for its originality and continues to be the reference that spawns many video games inspired by it. The era of the arcade may have waned in North America, but DDR revived the industry in the late 90s and is still prevalent in its country of origin today.
Birthday: March 29
Genre: Survival Horror, Action RPG
Developed by: Square
A sequel to the book of the same name, Parasite Eve was Square's first major American/Japanese collaboration and came amidst the J-horror phenomena (of which expanded to other fiction, such as The Ring). Although the game was considered too linear and had little to no replay value, it received favorable reviews for its unique blend of genres, beautiful graphics for its time, and haunting soundtrack, which used influences from both opera and electronica.
Metal Gear Solid
Birthday: September 3
Genre: Action Adventure, Stealth
Developed by: Konami
Not actually the first game in the franchise (but the first to be released in North America), here we have yet another video game that makes the list of video games considered the best of all time, Metal Gear Solid — the game that arguably helped popularize the stealth genre as well as set the standard for story-to-gameplay ratio. It raked in critical acclaim for its stunning cinematics, melodramatic storyline, and irresistible gameplay, among many other things that essentially every critic creamed themselves over.
Spyro the Dragon
Birthday: September 9
Developed by: Insomniac Games
Spyro the Dragon is the first of the three classic Spyro games by Insomniac. This game was praised for its graphics and high replay value but carries with it a rare example of the sequels doing it better. To be good enough to bring fans Spyro 2 and the more critically acclaimed Spyro 3 makes this a more-than-worthy shout-out.
Birthday: September 12
Developed by: Game Freak
Yellow is a first-generation Pokémon game that is an extended version of the first releases, which were critically acclaimed. This game took elements from the incredibly popular (and currently ongoing) Pokémon anime and was the last video game published for the Game Boy outside of Japan. It was released to be an enhanced version of Red & Blue, but some critics argued against that, stating that the new additions are only barely worth spending money on. Though, Nintendo's formula of releasing the same game under different names still sees massive success to this day.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Birthday: November 21
Genre: Action Adventure, RPG
Developed by: Nintendo
Ocarina of Time was included in a cornucopia of 'best / most influential games' lists after its initial release. It was released to widespread critical acclaim, strong commercial success, and received a number of honors and awards. It came second to Super Mario Bros. as Nintendo's 100 Greatest Games of All Time and holds an incredibly powerful legacy.
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