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Articles written by: Sebastian Sponsel

D2

D2

Warp’s long-anticipated sequel to its 32-bit horror game D finally arrived on the Dreamcast in 2000, and it didn’t live up to fans’ expectations. Its gameplay was slow and tedious, the plot was downright weird, and the story progression was often frustrating. Still, there was something about it that made players forge on to uncover the mystery behind Laura’s final adventure.

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D

D

Warp’s horror title D likely did more to establish the reputation of its creator, Kenji Eno, than it did to advance its genre, but the game is a solid bit of fun. It was challenging and created a great atmosphere, despite some visual shortcomings and linear gameplay. It’s a great example of Eno’s visionary storytelling methods and is definitely worth checking out.

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Champions of Europe

Champions of Europe

With the popularity of soccer in Europe, it’s not surprising that consoles there saw some releases that never made it to North America. Champions of Europe for the Master System is one example, and judging by the gameplay, perhaps it was better left on the other side of the pond. It’s not great, but it has nothing on excellent releases like Sensible Soccer.

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Shin Megami Tensei

Shin Megami Tensei

The Sega CD has a great selection of RPGs, but most were sadly left in Japan. Those willing to brave the language barrier should consider playing Shin Megami Tensei, an installment in the long-running and popular series that was never brought to the West. It’s a great upgrade over the Super Famicom version, and there are FAQs online to help with the plot!

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Speedball (Master System)

Speedball (Master System)

The Bitmap Bros. are renowned for their excellent games, titles that are both well-presented and that play great. Speedball on the Genesis is a great example of that, but the Master System port, done by Mirrorsoft/Image Works, doesn’t fare as well. Everything that made the Genesis version so good is missing, so there’s no reason to bother with this version.

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