OUR FAVORITE GENESIS/MEGA DRIVE GAMES
Editor's Note: This is quite the list of games. If you haven't checked them out yet, you should. There's some real gems here.
Hola, mortals of Earth. Around last week or so, I asked all of you "What is your favorite Genesis or Mega Drive game?", and then promptly, the blog was forgotten after I received a few answers and I lost my faith in the power of humanity. But worry not for those of you who wanted me to put this out, I'm still putting this out on the grill for you to cherish for many generations to come, which should last around 15 minutes give or take until you guys forget and then move onto something else, but I wouldn't blame you because I would do the same.
Sit down, but don't relax because I'm watching you, and read this blog full of best, uh, responses you will ever see in your entire human/spam bot life.
And thankfully, I didn't receive much Sonic, even though I barely received enough text to feed an entire African village for 12 minutes.
Okay, enough messing around, here you go:
I didn't play that much Genesis, so I've never experienced games like Phantasy Star (I do really like Sonic 3 and Knuckles c: ) so I think I'm missing many good choices. That said, my favorite genesis game is Pulseman. I played it on emulators when I was a little person, so nostalgia is a factor (now it's available on VC :D!) I just loved the game since I first played it.
Easy to just pick and play, maybe a little too easy but a really fun game nonetheless, it feels similar to Megaman and that's not a bad thing, specially when you have things like the Volteccer (the original Volt Tackle) and other Pulseman only moves to tell them apart. ... Also the game graphics can get kind of trippy sometimes 0.0 (other times it just looks great, like the forest level). ... Btw, Pulseman 2 would be awesomesauce.
Unfortunately, I....don't have a working Genesis so I'm limited on my choices. But I HAVE played Sonic 1 in full so I'd give it some praise here by being a good competitor with Mario for being the new standard of 2D platforming at the time.
The greatest Megadrive game, or rather, my favourite of them all, is not a title as well known as Sonic, Streets of Rage, or even Ristar. My favourite is a little-known RPG called Sword of Vermilion.
The music is decent and the plot is as good as can be expected from a very old RPG, but I'll save you some time when it comes down to what makes this game worth playing - the combat. Even though it was years before a decent 'Tales of...' game came out, the battles were real-time, and they took place from a side-overhead perspective where you would run around manually attacking your enemies and dodging attacks. Easy to learn, hard to master, it was difficult enough to provide more challenge than you'd expect, but balanced enough that you wouldn't get annoyed.
The game also had a magic system which could help you throw damaging projectiles, strike all enemies, slow down time, heal yourself, and teleport between cities. Progressing was fun too, even though the game became a fairly predictable dungeon-crawler quite quickly. Each area had its own map to collect, secret treasures to find, and some entertaining boss fights. All in all, good game, good RPG, still fun to play today, pick it up on the SEGA Genesis Collection for PS2 or PSP, or check it out on the Virtual Console if you have the time.
Let's say MUSHA. Best damn vertical mecha shooter there is. Made in 1990, yeah, real early. Best music you will hear on the Sega Genesis. Gameplay is excellent. And because of the Genesis' superior processor, no slow down with of its 16-bit sprite based glory.
So many great games for the system, Quackshot, World of Illusion, Ristar, the Streets of Rage and Golden Axe series, anything by Konami, Rocket Knight and Tiny Toons. But my favorite Mega Drive game is one that I've only been playing for about 5 years. That game is PHANTASY STAR 4: END OF THE MILLENIUM. Every time I play that game I notice something new. The battle system is amazing and the soundtrack is epic. Amazing boss fights, awesome characters and a great story and all those little twists and turns that just kept me hooked for the past 5 years. By the way, the SEGA MEGA DRIVE IS BEST SYSTEM... FACT!!!
My personal favorite goes to Gunstar Heroes. I never really grew up with a Genesis per se, but after buying this on the VC, I knew why this game is so special. Sure, the Sonics are good and I want me some Bloodlines, but seriously. 2-Player co-op action, crazy guns, explosions everywhere...you name it. Gunstar Heroes.
Quackshot. A great platformer with fun mechanics and a great atmosphere. I also think it has a number of good ideas in it´s design. A good example is that you travel back and fourth through the stages with new powers to advance. Backtracking made good.
...Sonic CD. Final answer
hmmmmmmm....that's a really hard question, I would say Ristar but...hmm think I would go with Fatal Labyrinth, one of the best rouge-likes I have ever played and I've probably invested more time into it than other Genesis games,
I'm not sure if it's my favorite, but Comix Zone ranks way up high. Liked the concept of progression very much, going through pages :) The fighting was quite good in that too.
My favorite Sega Genesis game was Sonic 2 or maybe even Streets of Rage 2, then I started watching Classic Game Room while I was writing that I wanted to say my favorite Genesis game was Truxton, but the truth is that my favorite genesis game is a sweet non-exclusive. My favorite game on the Genesis is EarthWorm Jim 2 as one I really love platformers and EarthWorm Jim 2 is one of the best out there which leads me to ask “Where is EarthWorm Jim 2 HD”? Now to get back on point, Earthworm Jim 2 is a fun game with bright and colorful graphics which are pretty cool to watch as this is one over the top game which shows through its visuals. Then the gameplay which is pretty smooth, as the control to Jim works without any hiccups at all and having stages in between missions that brings some variety to an already great platformer. One thing that I love about this game is the music, which sounds great which there's not many Genesis games I can say that for as and to me it sounds better than the music in the SNES edition. EarthWorm Jim 2 is not only my favorite game on the Genesis but it’s one of the best games out there and an amazing platfomer.
Blast processing is a marketing term for the fact that the processing speed of the Sega Genesis is over twice as fast as the Super Nintendo, and it's even faster with the Sega CD, so the term is not entirely fiction. Also, the Sega Genesis was totally a better system.
My favorite Sega Genesis game is Sonic the Hedgehog 3. The combination of speed with excellent level design makes for a fantastically enjoyable game, and the branching paths and various item mechanics allow for a large amount of replayability. I like this entry the most for various reasons, including the detailed graphics, most fun level design, and I also liked how the entire game played out like a single long connected narrative.
That...Right there is blast processing, and there are many more stages in the game that use these neat gimmicks, and in fact, this game throws so much variety in how you get to your goal, many levels don't feel like they're from entirely different games. Mario and Sonic always keep their hop-and-bop and their loopty-loop gameplay in check, but some levels go right past that and become either straight-forward, puzzle-oriented, or rather battle heavy. While I would like to say what kind of sneaky tricks this game has to throw at you.
But besides maximizing the use of the console hardware and becoming eye candy, there's plenty of boss fights aboard. Sometimes, you fight one boss, beat it, fight another boss right after only to fight another boss. And each boss doesn't devolve to just simply avoiding a projectile and then attacking like Sonic, no, many boss fights require you to target specific weak points and make creative use of power-ups to win, and in one of the earlier boss fights, you can't even move, you could only attack! It's so action packed at times, but mildy thought provoking as to how much effort went into creating unique enemy concepts and attack patterns.
And the music? Not world shatteringly catchy like Sonic 1 and 2, but the soundtrack has a distinct feel to it, so when you're hear it, you instantly know it's Dynamite Headdy.
I was never a fan of the Genesis soundchip, but the game supplies quite the beats. It doesn't have the catchy riffs and rhythms of Koji Kondo's music or the musical emotion and complexity that Nobuo Uematsu's compositions offer, but it can be considered a classic soundtrack in it's own right, it's well made, and granted, you might play this game a lot, and there will be songs you won't quite be able to forget in this game.
I guess it's Dynamite's Headdy to try both some wacky outlandish concepts that made it so unique, and unique isn't even a strong enough description for all that it throws at you. It's weird, but it's the good kind of weird, and tries varied concepts that keeps the game consistently fresh.
When I first played the game, I didn't expect much. I expected another run-of-the-mill platformer from the 90s, but just like Super Castlevania IV on SNES, I was due for more than my expectations had initially perceived it to be.
Play it yourself, you'll be in the same boat. I just know it. This was made by Treasure after all.
For the people with the SEGA fetish, there you go. It...Could've been better. After all, I didn't receive many entries, and I tempted to delete this blog time and time again because of how little content I received, but I couldn't let those who participated for SEGA's little black machine that could down. I dearly thank those of you who tried to help, you made it possible. Especially Noble who told me not to cancel it, like, twice.
For those of you who didn't participate and are going to put your favorite Genesis/Mega Drive game down...Don't even bother. You had your chance, and if you didn't know...Too bad. Thanks for reading. Fuck you anyway, though.
Come again! :D
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