Gley Lancer

Gley Lancer

I don’t envy the developers of the legions of shooters in the 90s.  After Gradius and R-Type revolutionized the genre everyone else was left picking up the scraps.  The rare title would come along and innovate but by and large...
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Altered Beast

Altered Beast

Once upon a time new video game systems came with two controllers and a game.  That is a pretty foreign concept to the younger gamers out there who unfortunately missed out.  Usually the pack-in title was a game designed to...
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Snatcher

Snatcher

It is interesting to look at the landscape of the visual novel market now.  If you are a fan of the genre you are completely spoiled, especially on the PC and Vita.  This is an extreme turnaround from the prevailing...
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Golden Axe II

Golden Axe II

Among the early Sega Genesis launch lineup Golden Axe has probably held up the best.  Altered Beast was the flagship title but outside of its presentation the game was average.  I like Thunder Force 2 but half of that game...
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Castlevania: Bloodlines

Castlevania: Bloodlines

Konami were one of the last major publishers to come to the Genesis but did so in grand fashion.  Aside from new IP like Rocket Knight Adventures they also produced great new entries in existing series like Contra Hard Corps...
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Trouble Shooter

Trouble Shooter

I really miss publishers like Vic Tokai. Like a Jaleco or Kemco they never had that breakout hit that gamers would associate with their name. Everyone reveres the bigger publishers like Capcom, Konami, and Square, and rightfully so. But the...
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Splatterhouse 2

Splatterhouse 2

It’s funny to look back at the original Splatterhouse.  It was gory for its time and caused a bit of a stir.  Yet kids like me at the time could play it and no one batted an eye.  We were...
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Rastan Saga II

Rastan Saga II

I really enjoyed the Master System version of Rastan as it was a genre that was almost non-existent on the NES.  I guess the closest comparison would be that Conan game and the less said about it the better.  Although...
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Ghouls ‘N Ghosts

Ghouls ‘N Ghosts

Ghosts ‘N Goblins was among the first NES games I got to play.  Back before I developed a sense of taste in video games I was too young to realize how bad the home port was.  I just knew it...
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World of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck

World of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck

I’ve made fun of 2d platforming mascots that fell off the wagon during the 16-bit era but one of the few that remained consistent is Mickey Mouse.  Regardless of publisher the face of Disney was treated well during that period. ...
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