4. Point Blank Trilogy (Playstation, Namco)
Point Blank’s light-gun cabinet released into American Arcades in 1994 and brought with it a quirky family friendly game that graced gamers with two PlayStation sequels and even a Nintendo DS port. The arcade cabinet consisted of two attached light-guns that the players utilized to shoot targets in a plethora of non-violent mini-games such blasting the wool off of hilariously animated gate hopping sheep or blowing away pieces of garbage being hurled at the games characters Dr. Don and Dr. Dan who are giving a disastrous concert performance. The best way to describe Point Blank is just to call it the “Warioware of Light Gun games”, since each task given is usually off-the-rails wacky and will have each player laughing out loud as their trigger fingers are frantically trying to keep up with the action.
Point Blank features six different types of stages: Accuracy, Intelligence, Memory, Simulation, Visual Acuity, and Speed. The player chooses the desired difficulty which determines how many of these stages must be finished before completing the game. On the standard setting the players will be given 3 lives the entire game, but to make things easier the player is given unlimited ammo (except a select few missions). Lives can be lost several different ways as each mission has a different objective that must be completed.
The PlayStation version of Point Blank was released in 1997 and included an arrange mode, RPG mode, and a handful of other new gameplay missions. It’s sequel, Point Blank 2, was a remaster of the first game and added more stages and a new difficulty. Point Blank 3 was a revamped version of the remastered Point Blank 2 that actually featured a cameo from Splatterhouse’s Rick Taylor!