Sunset Riders

Sunset Riders

Contra III is one of my favorite action games of all time.  It holds up surprisingly well for an early SNES title and considering their later work on the system I had hoped Konami would grace the system with a...
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ESWAT: City Under Siege

ESWAT: City Under Siege

I really liked ESWAT in the arcade but unfortunately never had the chance to play it much because of distance.  So when news of a Sega Genesis version of the game hit I was ecstatic.  Little did I know that...
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Rolling Thunder

Rolling Thunder

Rolling Thunder may be a forgotten series now but looking at the current gaming landscape it was very influential.  All cover based shooters can trace their heritage back to here although that isn’t immediately apparent.  A cover based shooter back...
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King of Dragons

King of Dragons

The King of Dragons is an interesting game.  It was released not long after Final Fight blew the doors off the genre and a legion of imitators followed.  It tried to do more with its mechanics than most of those...
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R-Type

R-Type

Of the many shooters that I have played over the decades I count three that shaped my tastes.  Gradius was one of the first major shooters I ever played.  There’s Zanac, which introduced me to Compile and their penchant for...
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Double Dragon

Double Dragon

I really miss Technos.  As the creators of the modern beat em up with Renegade the legions of titles that followed all owe a debt to their work.  I was not a fan of Renegade but could see that it...
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Captain America & the Avengers

Captain America & the Avengers

I have been a comic book reader for going on 31 years now.  Marvel, DC, Image, IDW, it doesn’t matter the publisher; if it is good I’ll read it.  Games based on comic books have had a long history, some...
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Gradius

Gradius

I’m pretty sure Gradius is one of the first shooters I’ve ever played.  I’m sure that statement applies to a legion of gamers as well.  There were plenty of multiplayer focused shmups on the Atari 2600 like Combat but none...
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Art of Fighting

Art of Fighting

Art of Fighting has always held an interesting position in SNK’s fighting lineup.  No one can argue that Fatal Fury was its bread and butter, to be succeeded by the King of Fighters and Samurai Shodown.  While the series was...
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Final Fight

Final Fight

Final Fight is one of the most popular arcade games of all time.  In terms of its relevance it did for beat em ups what Street Fighter did for fighting games.  It wasn’t the first in its genre but it...
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