Nerdful Things – Who Remembers Steel Harbinger?
Ahhhh, Playstation. Such fond memories. From being chased by infected dogs into the foyer of a mansion on the outskirts of Raccoon City to blasting Xenomorphs in the face with a shotgun. Playstation shaped my late childhood and early teen years.
With countless hours clocked up on the likes of Final Fantasy VII and Suikoden and Suikoden II, it’s no surprise that the original grey console holds a special place in my heart. I classed myself as fairly fortunate in that, as my older brother worked in a video shop (what the Hell is that I hear you young ‘uns cry), I was able to take my pick of any games I wanted and have them free. The cover of Steel Harbinger truly captured my imagination and I would take it home and replay it numerous times.
The graphics don’t do the game justice. It was a truly addictive game replete with FMV sequences that that era of gaming held as an industry standard. Kicking alien ass as a buxom half-human half-alien hybrid never felt so good. Well, there were no other games like it and I don’t believe there have been any attempts since. If they announced a reboot I would get my Fry-face on and offer up my money as well as demanding the devs silence themselves.
To look at it now, I question how I could spend so much time on a game that is as mindless as its graphics are drab. But, back then, we knew no better. This was state of the art. FMV in games was as commonplace as Doom imitations.
I don’t think I could ever emulate the same level of enjoyment and addiction I had as a twelve year old kid engrossed in the violence and the futuristic setting. But the memories will last and I can only hope this gets revisited at some point and made into a killer current-gen/next-gen game that does the original justice as well as give it a new lease of life to compete in the modern day.
What classic games get your nostalgia juices flowing?
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