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Summer Challenge

Summer Challenge

The Olympics come but once every four years, but you can compete whenever you want with Accolade’s Summer Challenge. It’s not be the best game to represent the timeless competition, but it’s not a bad one, either. There’s a decent selection of events and some impressive 3D visuals, if you can get past the controls and framerate.

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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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Ecco: Defender of the Future

Ecco: Defender of the Future

Ecco’s final outing on a Sega console was a fitting coda to the series. It was beautiful, graceful, and darn hard! Even so, it was an outstanding way to end the series and give Sega’s legendary dolphin the 3D outing he deserved. This is one that should definitely be in any Dreamcast owner’s library.

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Daytona USA

Daytona USA

Roooolling Staaaaaaaaart! The Saturn’s debut racer suffered from a short draw-in distance and some rough graphics, but it played wonderfully and kept those who bought the console at launch glued to their seats for weeks. Even today, if you can get past the visuals, the game is great fun to play. Let’s go away and fly sky high with Daytona!

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Classic Interview: Susumi Hirai (Die Hard Arcade Programmer)

Classic Interview: Susumi Hirai (Die Hard Arcade Programmer)

This 1996 interview with AM1 programmer Susumi Hirai was originally published in the August 1996 issue of Sega Saturn Magazine. It holds some interesting tidbits of information regarding what would become Sega’s most successful American-developed arcade game, and a Saturn classic.

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