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Interview: Chris Tang (Game Creator)

Interview: Chris Tang (Game Creator)

A winner in both Nintendo’s World Championship and Sega’s “Rock the Rock” tournament, Chris Tang has also had a long and storied career in game development. From Tengen to Capcom and beyond, he’s been involved in some of our favorite titles. We recently chatted with him about his work on the Genesis, Sega CD, and Dreamcast; along with his current projects.

Ecco: The Tides of Time (Game Gear)

Ecco: The Tides of Time (Game Gear)

Sega’s star dolphin made the rounds on the Genesis and Sega CD, and those games came to the Game Gear as well. The second of them, Tides of Time, isn’t a bad game at all, but it seems to lack that special something one would expect at this stage of the series. It’s worth taking a dip in this sea and checking out Ecco’s quest, just don’t expect a major experience.

Policenauts

Policenauts

Hideo Kojima’s Snatcher is often hailed as one of the best reasons to buy a Sega CD. A well-received sequel was released on the PlayStation and Saturn but never made it stateside, depriving fans of a great adventure game. Thankfully, it was finally fan-translated a few years back and we can now enjoy what Kojima himself considers the definitive version.

Kenseiden

Kenseiden

The Master System saw its fair share of sword-slinging action, and one game that many have overlooked is Kenseiden. Though not perfect (and quite challenging), the game is worth spending some time with. Great visuals and a variety of levels are sometimes overshadowed by the stiff gameplay, but there’s fun to be had.

Virtual Hydlide

Virtual Hydlide

The U.S. Saturn suffered early on due to a lack of RPGs, and one of the first released was Virtual Hydlide. The game was a noble attempt at bringing a 3D environment to the genre, but it sacrificed everything the Hydlide series had built up over the years. The result was an adventure better left to rot in a dungeon.


8-Bit Reviews

Ecco: The Tides of Time (Game Gear)

Ecco: The Tides of Time (Game Gear)

Sega’s star dolphin made the rounds on the Genesis and Sega CD, and those games came to the Game Gear as well. The second of them, Tides of Time, isn’t a bad game at all, but it seems to lack that special something one would expect at this stage of the series. It’s worth taking a dip in this sea and checking out Ecco’s quest, just don’t expect a major experience.

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16-bit Reviews

SeaQuest DSV

SeaQuest DSV

THQ’s SeaQuest game tried to capture all the action of the show, and despite some neat visuals and deep gameplay, it kind of sailed under the radar (much like the show itself). The game is not bad at all, and those looking for a new action/strategy game to play might want to find a copy.

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Arcade/Saturn/DC Reviews

Policenauts

Policenauts

Hideo Kojima’s Snatcher is often hailed as one of the best reasons to buy a Sega CD. A well-received sequel was released on the PlayStation and Saturn but never made it stateside, depriving fans of a great adventure game. Thankfully, it was finally fan-translated a few years back and we can now enjoy what Kojima himself considers the definitive version.

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Interview: Chris Tang (Game Creator)

Interview: Chris Tang (Game Creator)

A winner in both Nintendo’s World Championship and Sega’s “Rock the Rock” tournament, Chris Tang has also had a long and storied career in game development. From Tengen to Capcom and beyond, he’s been involved in some of our favorite titles. We recently chatted with him about his work on the Genesis, Sega CD, and Dreamcast; along with his current projects.

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SeaQuest DSV

SeaQuest DSV

THQ’s SeaQuest game tried to capture all the action of the show, and despite some neat visuals and deep gameplay, it kind of sailed under the radar (much like the show itself). The game is not bad at all, and those looking for a new action/strategy game to play might want to find a copy.

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Disney’s Aladdin (Master System)

Disney’s Aladdin (Master System)

Most gamers think of the Genesis or SNES versions when talking about Disney’s Aladdin. There was also a Master System release that actually followed the movie’s plot more closely than its 16-bit siblings. It was a fun game that was a bit too easy but played and looked great. Fans should consider a return to Agrabah for one more romp with Prince Ali.

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Evander Holyfield’s “Real Deal” Boxing (Game Gear)

Evander Holyfield’s “Real Deal” Boxing (Game Gear)

Evander Holyfield’s “Real Deal” Boxing on the Genesis was a fun title that advanced the genre on that console. Unfortunately, its Game Gear cousin ignores that progress and represents a significant step back. Messy presentation and dull gameplay put this one down for the count. Look elsewhere for your portable boxing fix.

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Classic Interview: Rikiya Nakagawa (AM1 Head)

Classic Interview: Rikiya Nakagawa (AM1 Head)

This interview excerpt was originally published in the August/September 2000 issue of the Japanese Dreamcast magazine. While the actual interview is much longer, this translated section includes information specific to Rikiya Nakagawa’s early days at Sega and his work on arcade titles.

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Moving Adventure Psy-O-Blade

Moving Adventure Psy-O-Blade

Visual novels are few on the Genesis, especially in English. Moving Adventure Psy-O-Blade was one of the few that never saw a western release, but thankfully, some hard-working people in the Genesis community have fully translated it. Now, we can finally check out this unique space adventure, lackluster plot and all.

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