I was talking with a friend of mine earlier, and we both share a love of a very specific type of game that doesn’t really exist anymore, and we realized that we don’t actually have a name for that type of game, even though there are enough of them that it’s definitely at least like, a sub-genre.
This isn’t the first time I’ve had a conversation like this, so I thought it might be fun to come up with shorthand names for types of games that get grouped into relative “one of those” corrals in conversation. I don’t care about discerning between genres or sub-genres or whatever, but I feel like this is fertile ground for some insert credit-ass puns.
In this case, the type of game we were talking about are those mid-90s first-person mech-shooter dungeon-crawler hallway-labyrinth-'em-ups that were so prevalent on the 3DO and the early days of the Saturn and PlayStation, before more or less blinking out of existence. They’re kind of like much more rigid and simplified versions of King’s Field in a weird way. Genki (famous for the Shutokou battle series) made a bunch of ’em and they all more or less follow the same formula with a few twists between entries. Also almost all of them have comically long names that are different in every territory. Games like:
- Tetsujin/Iron Angel of the Apocalypse
- Tetsujin Returns/Iron Angel of the Apocalypse Returns
- Kileak: The Blood/Kileak: The DNA Imperative
- Kileak: The Blood 2: Reason In Madness/Epidemic
- Beltlogger 9/Brahma Force: Assault on Beltlogger 9
- Deadalus/Robotica/Cybernation Revolt
- Space Hulk: Vengeance of the Blood Angels
- Ghen War
Cause if you just say “first-person mech game” that brings to mind, for me anyway, Iron Soldier, a bunch of budget 32 bit Gundam games, Gungriffon, Starsiege, Extreme Power, Metal Jacket, etc.
We both drew a blank. Any ideas?