The Road Rash titles on the Genesis remain some of my favorite “line-scrolling” racing games of all time. The controls were tight, the combat was fun, the music was catchy, and the track design gave a great three dimensional feel. From the rolling hills to the tight turns, the Genesis games gave a realistic sense of screaming down the highway that few racers of the era could match.
Atari Jaguar. These two words seem to muster up so much controversy amongst the mainstream gaming press. “The controller is horrible” they say, “it’s not really 64-bit.” “Doom doesn’t have music.” For those that own a Jag, most of that disdain is misguided. With that in mind, I present to you the Top 5 Atari Jaguar games.
Sonic Labyrinth is a spin-off title for the Game Gear, debuting in North America in 1995. Unlike Sonic’s traditional 2D outings, Labyrinth is presented in an isometric viewpoint. The gameplay is changed from a speedy platformer, to a slow treasure hunting game. Fans of Sonic have generally been unimpressed with this diversion.
WipEout is a futuristic racing game, developed by Psygnosis and released on the Sega Saturn in 1996, just a few months after the PlayStation version. Despite Psygnosis being owned by Sony, they were given enough freedom to create games as they pleased, and Psygnosis developed games for competing hardware like the Nintendo 64 and Sega Saturn.
Bust-A-Move, known as Puzzle Bobble in the East, is a puzzle game from Taito, debuting in arcades in 1994. The home ports followed shortly thereafter, with both the Neo Geo CD and Super Nintendo versions arriving in 1995. The game was an immediate hit, and continues to spawn sequels and spin-offs to this very day.