Saturday, January 28, 2017

Gaming Ads: Acclaim Entertainment

After scanning all of my magazines Acclaim ranks third in total ads with only Sega and Electronic Arts topping them. Although there are some great games based on comic book, movie, and television properties, many people are under the impression that licensed games are terrible. There is a reason for that as many licensed games are terrible, especially those published in the '90s, and Acclaim is one of the companies responsible for that. Founded in 1987, Acclaim churned out a lot of licensed games though you won't see all of them in this update as it published them under a variety of names, including its Flying Edge brand and two companies it acquired in the early '90s: Arena Entertainment and LJN. WWF, The Simpsons, and Spider-Man are three of the biggest licenses Acclaim released games for.

It's worth noting that Acclaim did publish some good games as it handled many of the home ports for Midway's Mortal Kombat and NBA Jam series'. Another highlight is Criterion Software's Burnout and Burnout 2, both published by Acclaim. Fittingly, the last game Acclaim published is based on the WWE wrestling license; Showdown: Legends of Wrestling released in 2004 for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox.

Flickr Album: Acclaim Entertainment


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