Saturday, 5 January 2013

My Sega Mega Drive/Genesis Collection

Here's the list of the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis games I own and a brief description.

After Burner II
One of my favourite arcade ports on the Mega Drive. Very close to the original arcade game though the music lacks the lead voices for some reason. I still love this game though, despite its arcade difficulty.

Strangely enough, the Mega Drive version of Aladdin is an entirely different game compared to the Super Nintendo version and features different gameplay and different graphics. Still, both versions are a lot of fun and it makes it worth owning both of them for. I like this version because of the detailed animations and the more Prince of Persia inspired gameplay.

Alien 3
A pretty decent platformer where the goal is to rescue Xenomorph victims on a set of levels. Requires a lot of memorization and retries but the atmosphere is pretty good. This is similar to the NES version but has different music.

Alisia Dragoon
I found out about this game from a review by Pat the NES Punk (which you can check out here if you don't mind a little S&M ;) ) and it's a pretty overlooked classic on the system. Great graphics, great sound and pretty unique gameplay makes this a platformer worth checking out. I haven't finished it yet but definitely plan to.

Altered Beast
A lot of people seem to like this game since it was packed in with the Mega but it's not one of my favourites personally. It's fun and all but I find it a bit boring in the long run and the graphics aren't that good in my opinion. Still, not a bad game, just not one I care for all that much. It's a straight up arcade port where the goal is to traverse horizontally scrolling levels while getting upgrades that make you more and more into an animal, ranging from bears to even dragons. It's an awesome concept but I felt the execution was a tad bit subpar.

A really good sidescrolling shooter that I originally grew up playing on the SNES. While I think the SNES version is superior, I do enjoy this version a lot as well. Great animations and music and it has a lot of great 90's humor too.

A lot of people seem to not like this game much but I think it's a lot of fun. It's not the best platformer by far but I find myself in the mood for it now and then.

Bubsy II
The sequel to Bubsy. Got it mostly for that reason. It's very similar so there's not much to say about it.

Bulls versus Blazers and the NBA Playoffs
A very average basket ball game. Not the best I've played but not the worst. It's pretty bland to be honest.

Castlevania: The New Generation (called Bloodlines in the US)
An awesome Castlevania game for the Mega. Everything here is very high quality and very well done and I love this game. A shame they censored it for Europe though and removed the blood from the game. Still, without blood it remains a great game.

Dragon's Fury
Arguably the best pinball game of the 16bit era. Also known as Devil's Crush and came out on other systems like the TurboGrafx16. Very awesome game with an excellent soundtrack, tight ball physics and badass level design. Highly recommended!

Dune II: Battle for Arrakis
Dune II is by many considered the grandfather of the RTS genre and paved the way for future titles such as Command & Conquer. Unlike Dune 1 which was more of an RPG, this game is a straight up real time strategy game where it's all about gathering resources, building a base and eradicating the opposing factions. An excellent game for the time and I wanted this port mostly to see how a strategy game would fare on the Mega.

Earthworm Jim
Earthworm Jim is a game with a huge cult following and it's easy to see why. It's a really fun platformer with zany humor and excellent graphics and sound for the system. Recommended!

Empire Of Steel (aka Steel Empire)
A shmup featuring blimps.

FIFA Soccer 95
It's soccer. Yaaaaay...

A shmup where you rescue Gaia, hence the name Gaiares. Extremely good soundtrack and graphics that really show off what the Mega is known for!

Galaxy Force II
Not the best mode 7 shooter I've played but you can do worse. I like the graphics a lot.

Golden Axe
A fun beat'em-up game to play with a friend.

The Immortal
An isometric RPG with a lot of bloody death animations. Combat system isn't that well executed and the constant traps can get annoying fast. Still it has its merits.

The Lion King
One of the best movie licensed games of all time in my opinion. Excellent music, graphics and gameplay though some levels can be a bit difficult.

Lotus RECS (Lotus II)
A fun racer with an included level editor. The music could be better though.

M6 (6-in-1 Cartridge)
No picture for this one. It includes 6 games:
Sega Soccer, a soccer game (duh)
Columns, a fun puzzle game that reminds me of Bejeweled or Tetris
Super Monaco GP, a racing game, haven't played it much though

Revenge of Shinobi, a ninja sidescroller
Sonic 1, which needs no description since some people bought a Mega for it and
Streets of Rage, one of the best 16bit beat'em-ups.

Mega Bomberman
Great party game, especially if you have a multitap.

Mickey Mania
Haven't played it yet but I would guess it's a platformer with Mickey.

Michael Jackson's Moonwalker
Despite what people say I think this game is awesome. I love the movie, I love the music and I love the game. It's pretty darn unique and I can appreciate that.
Mortal Kombat II
A classic fighter with some pretty awesome finishing moves.
Olympic Gold
Sports game. Some of the sports are fun, some are not.
PGA Tour Golf III
A decent Golf game.
The Revenge of Shinobi
Ninja sidescroller with a lot of cool graphics.
Rise of the Robots
A mediocre fighter but with some pretty impressive pre-rendered 3D graphics for its time and music by Brian May.

Robocop vs Terminator
This. This is just... fucking awesome okay?

Rocket Knight Adventures
Awesome platformer by Konami. One of the must-haves on the system!

The Simpsons: Bart vs The Space Mutants
I... don't even know.

Sonic the Hedgehog
The system seller. Sonic the Hedgehog is an awesome platformer with great graphics and excellent music. What else is there to say?

Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Like Sonic 1, but better with some new stuff.

Sonic 3
Like Sonic 1 and 2 but better with some new stuff and the ability to have save games (finally).

Sonic Compilation
Sonic 1, Sonic 2 and Dr Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine on one cartridge.

Awesome arcade port with excellent graphics and gameplay.

A fun shooter with some cool graphics and music.

Super Fantasy Zone
A shooter made on LSD.

Super Thunder Blade
Mode 7 shooter, similar to Galaxy Force II but with a helicopter.

Wanted this mostly because I've played the 2012 remake. The original is not as fun in my opinion but it's still a pretty good game.

Haven't played it yet. Platformer with Taz from Looney Tunes afaik.


Zero Tolerance
One of the (very) few FPS's on the Mega Drive. Extremely impressive given the limitations of the hardware.

And Master System games:

Aerial Assault (aka Assault City)
A fun sidescrolling shmup.

Beat up some romans and celebrate with a roasted boar. Excellent platformer!

I am a ninjaaa...

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