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Articles written by: Ken Horowitz

Sounds of Sega: Turbo OutRun (Arcade)

Sounds of Sega: Turbo OutRun (Arcade)

Following up a soundtrack as timeless as OutRun’s was a difficult proposition, but 1989’s Turbo OutRun made an excellent try at it. Its selection of fast-paced themes echoed the new racing style that still leaves fans of the series divided today. Despite the controversy surrounding the changes to the gameplay, this was a great score that deserves some attention.

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Ys The Vanished Omens

Ys The Vanished Omens

The only Ys released on the Master System was a port of the first game, and while it lacks the advanced features of its CD-ROM cousin, it offers an excellent rendition of the classic action/RPG. Adol’s first adventure is one anyone with Sega’s 8-bit machine should play, and it still holds up, even with its somewhat clunky combat.

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Alien Syndrome (Arcade)

Alien Syndrome (Arcade)

Sega’s 1987 sci-fi classic has done the rounds on multiple formats, but the best way to play it is in its original arcade form. Tense and action-packed, the game was a blast to play with a friend, and it hasn’t lost any of its charm or challenge over the years. It remains one of Sega’s arcade best.

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A-Rank Thunder Tanjouhen

A-Rank Thunder Tanjouhen

The Mega CD has plenty of great games that never left Japan, and A-Rank Thunder Tanjouhen is one that fans of anime and visual novels should definitely try. The language barrier may be a problem, but the cool character designs and presentation make it worth the effort. We need a fan translation!

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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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