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.
Daytona USA is a racing game developed by AM2 and originally released in arcades in 1994. The game was a massive success, and it still isn’t hard to stumble upon working units at bowling alleys, campgrounds, and laundromats, despite the fact arcades are all but dead in North America. It’s a testament to just how popular and timeless the game truly is.
Sonic Blast is the fifth and final traditional Sonic game for the Game Gear, debuting in North America in 1996. The first thing you'll notice about Sonic Blast is the dramatic shift in art direction. Gone are the cartoony worlds of previous games, and in are the pre-rendered 3D landscapes made popular by the Donkey Kong Country franchise.
With Sony's North American launch of the PlayStation 2 having supply issues, Shenmue was Sega's last chance to save it's failing hardware business. The burden placed on Shenmue to be successful, and save the company, was immense. There will never be another game with so much pressure behind it.
Under these circumstances, Shenmue was released to North American gamers in the winter of 2000.