Double Dribble on the NES is considered a classic by many, but somehow none of what made that version so special found its way into the Genesis sequel. Brain-dead team AI makes the single-player experience entirely avoidable, and while the eight-player mode may be fun for a while, it can’t save the overall package.
Sequels are expected to be better, but often they’re not. That’s the case with Sampras Tennis ’96, which offered little improvements over the original. In truth, all it mostly adds is frustrating gameplay. There are much better tennis games on the Genesis than this series, so fans would be advised to politely decline Mr. Sampras’ invitation.
The Genesis has become a great platform for homebrew titles, and brand new games have already arrived from companies like Super Fighter Team and Watermelon. Another company, called 1985 Alternativo, continues its series of releases with a brand new puzzle game. While it may not be the next Tetris, SupraKillMinds is still a fun and engaging title worth checking out.
While most Americans are watching football, many around the world enjoy playing cricket. The British sport is played on almost every continent, so it shouldn’t be surprising that there is a Mega Drive version. It also shouldn’t be surprising that it wasn’t released in the U.S. Still, it’s an excellent rendition and a great chance for Genesis owners to learn about this unique and engaging game.
Among the many Genesis soccer games is a title that was never released in North America. Total Football is a competent game that may be worth closer examination, but its quirky control scheme and sub-par feature list may keep more diehard fans glued to their copies of FIFA and Sensible Soccer.