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NBA 2K1

NBA 2K1

Visual Concepts took its ground-breaking NBA 2K game and retooled it for the following season, adding online play and a new Street Mode. The result was the finest basketball game available at the time, and a contender seemingly able to take on anything EA or other publishers had to offer.

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Golden Axe (Arcade)

Golden Axe (Arcade)

Sega’s arcade hack-‘n-slash coin-op spawned a franchise that has lasted for decades and became an instant classic. Released amid a flurry of Double Dragon clones, its fantasy setting and awesome magic effects gave it a strong identity that caused brought in tons of quarters. This is the one that started it all.

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Sonic Chaos (Game Gear)

Sonic Chaos (Game Gear)

Sonic had some special outings on the Game Gear, and they rank all over the spectrum of quality. Sonic Chaos was one release that had potential but that got bogged down by high difficulty, and repetitive gameplay. It’s still worth playing, and being a common title makes it easy to acquire. It’s not Sonic’s best effort, but it isn’t his worst, either.

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College Football’s National Championship II

College Football’s National Championship II

Have you played the first edition of Sega’s College Football’s National Championship? If so, you don’t have much reason to play the sequel. There’s little that’s new to it, and the fabled Sports Talk feature is gone. What remains is a lukewarm follow-up to what was a great college sports title.

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Headhunter

Headhunter

One Dreamcast title that North American owners wanted but never got was Headhunter, which looked to offer sleek and Metal Gear-like gameplay. A European exclusive, it made for an engaging action title that combined action and stealth with a bit of a Blade Runner vibe. It’s one that’s worth the asking price and a game everyone should track down.

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