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.
The American version of Super Mario Bros. 2 was released in 1988. The game was a critical and commercial success, becoming one of the best selling games on the original NES system. It was also released in 1993 for the Super Nintendo, as part of the All-Stars game pak. Of course as kids, we didn’t know this was a reworking of the Japanese title Doki Doki Panic, but that’s a story for another time.
WWF WrestleMania: The Arcade Game is a fighting game from Midway released in arcades in 1995, with home ports following the very same year.
The game takes the fighting elements from the Mortal Kombat series of games, mixes in some wrestling staples, and adds an NBA Jam style presentation over top, to create a unique fighting game experience.
While Electronic Arts was busy building Road Rash from the ground up for the 3DO, and later the Sega Saturn and Sony PlayStation, they also released an often overlooked title for the Sega CD. This one released in 1995, and unlike its 32-bit counterparts, uses the old Genesis engine, rather than something new.
As I've said in the past, the 16-bit generation of shmups was my favorite. The shooters of this era featured the perfect blend of speed and complexity, without feeling overwhelming. The genre really started hitting its stride and there are dozens of classic titles to choose from. On today's episode of 5 Games we are going to take a look at 5 more, great shmups released on 4th generation home consoles.