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    Default EGM Buyers Guide System Reviews and Game Reviews 1989 to 2001

    People complained I put parts or most of this in their thread, so now I'm making it its own thread. EGM system and game reviews from 1989 to 2001. If anybody wants to add to it, please do. This is meant to be Sega related.

    Anyway, one of egm best issues.




    Edit. Just in case anybody is interested.

    Sun Aug 05, 2012 11:30 am

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    - 1993 -
    Game of the Year - Street Fighter II (SNES)

    SNES GOTY - Street Fighter II
    Genesis GOTY - Sonic the Hedgehog 2
    NES GOTY - TMNT 3
    TurboGrafx GOTY - Air Zonk
    Portable GOTY - Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (GG)
    RPG of the Year - Cosmic Fantasy 2 (TG16)
    Sports Game of the Year - John Madden '93 (GEN/SNES)
    Action/Adventure Game of the Year - Super Star Wars (SNES)

    Most Innovative New Game - Out of this World
    Best Graphics - Viewpoint (NG)
    Best Music - Viewpoint (Cart) / Gate of Thunder (CD)
    Best Video Game System - Super NES
    Best New Peripheral - Sega CD
    Best Sequel - A Link to the Past (SNES)
    Most Number of Sequels - Mega Man 5 (NES)
    Best Ending - Street Fighter II (SNES)
    Best New Character - Tails (GEN)

    Hottest Babe - TIE: Chun Li / Blaze (Streets of Rage 2)
    Video Game Babes to Hot for the U.S. - Dragon Knight 2 (PCE)
    Best Licensed Game - Batman Returns (GEN)
    Best Movie-to-Game - Super Star Wars (SNES)
    Best Cartoon-to-Game - Death Valley Driver
    Strangest License - Incredible Crash Test Dummies
    Best Game System That is a Year Late - Super SNES CD-ROM

    Worst Sequel - Home Alone 2
    Best Trick that Didn't Work - Sheng Long in Street Fighter II
    Worst Movie-to-Game - The Rocketeer
    Most Lawsuits - Sega
    Dumbest Lawsuit - Sega vs. Jan Coyle

    Best Game that Never Came out in the U.S. - Parodius (SNES?)
    Best Game Rumor - Street Fighter II for Genesis and Turbo Duo / Street Fighter III for the arcades

    (System Scores - Steve Harris / Ed Semrad / Martin Alessi / Sushi-X)
    NES - 4 / 4 / 4 / 5
    SNES - 9 / 8 / 9 / 9
    Master System - 2 / 2 / 3 / 3
    Genesis - 8 / 8 / 8 / 8
    TurboGrafx - 6 / 6 / 5 / 4
    Neo-Geo - 7 / 6 / 7 / 6
    GameBoy - 6 / 4 / 5 / 2
    Lynx - 5 / 4 / 5 / 7
    Game Gear - 4 / 5 / 6 / 7
    Turbo Express - 6 / 7 / 7 / 6
    Sega CD - 8 / 9 / 8 / 8
    Turbo Duo - 7 / 7 / 7 / 6




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    - 1994 -
    Game of the Year - Samurai Shodown (Neo-Geo)

    SNES GOTY - Street Fighter 2 Turbo
    Genesis GOTY - Aladdin
    Sega CD GOTY - Sonic CD

    TurboGrafx GOTY - Bomberman '93
    Neo-Geo GOTY - Samurai Shodown
    NES GOTY - Kirby's Adventure
    Game Boy GOTY - Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
    Game Gear GOTY - Sonic Chaos

    Best RPG - Secret of Mana (SNES)
    Best Fighting Game - Samurai Shodown (Neo-Geo)
    Best Shooter - StarFox (SNES)
    Best Action Game - GunStar Heroes (GEN)
    Best Sports Game - Madden '94 (GEN/SNES)

    Best Driving Game - Rock and Roll Racing (SNES)

    Best SF2 Wannabee - Clay Fighter (SNES)
    Bloodiest Game - Robocop vs. The Terminator (GEN)
    Best New Character - Aero the Acrobat (SNES)
    Hottest Game Hunk - Goro (Mortal Kombat)
    Hottest Game Babe - Cammy (Super Street Fighter II Turbo)
    Most Hype for a Character - Bubsy

    Dumbest Peripherials - Sega's/EA's four Players Adapter (Genesis)
    Most Controversial Game - Mortal Kombat
    Worst System Launch - 3DO
    Game Company with Worst Reputation - THQ
    Most Improved Game Company - THQ
    Best Trick That Didn't Work - Street Fighter II (Arcade)

    Best Music - Actraiser 2 (SNES)
    Best Sound Effects - Clay Fighter
    Best Animation - Aladdin (GEN)
    Most Lawsuits - Nintendo vs. Atari
    Best Lawsuit Results - Sega vs. Accolade
    Best AD - Clay Fighter

    Best Movie to Game - Aladdin (GEN)
    Worst Movie to Game - Home Alone 2 (SNES)
    Best Game Duo - Pocky & Rocky (SNES)
    Most Sports Sequels - John Madden '94

    (System Scores - Ed / Danyon / Martin / Sushi-X)
    Super Nintendo - 9 / 9 / 9 / 9
    Genesis - 8 / 8 / 7 / 8
    Sega CD - 6 / 7 / 7 / 6

    Turbo Duo - 4 / 6 / 5 / 6
    Neo-Geo - 7 / 8 / 7 / 8
    3DO - 6 / 7 / 8 / 8
    Jaguar - 7 / 7 / 7 / 7
    Amiga CD - 7 / 8 / 8 / 8
    Laseractive - 5 / 5 / 6 / 8
    Philips CD-I - 4 / 6 / 7 / 7
    NES - 3 / 4 / 4 / 5
    Game Boy - 3 / 5 / 3 / 3
    Game Gear - 7 / 8 / 6 / 4
    Atari Lynx - 3 / 4 / 3 / 5
    Turbo Express - 4 / 4 / 3 / 7



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    - 1995 -
    Game of the Year - Donkey Kong Country (SNES)

    SNES GOTY - Donkey Kong Country
    Genesis GOTY - Earthworm Jim
    Sega CD GOTY- Ground Zero: Texas

    3DO GOTY - Road Rash
    Neo-Geo GOTY - King of Fighters '94
    Jaguar GOTY - Tempest 2000
    Game Boy GOTY - Donkey Kong '94
    Game Gear GOTY - Bubble Bobble
    CD-I GOTY - Burn: Cycle

    Best Fighting Game - King of Fighters ' 94 (Neo-Geo)
    Best Shooter - R-Type III (SNES)
    Best Action Game - Super Metroid (SNES)
    Best Sports Game - NBA Jam (SNES)
    Best Driving Game - Road Rash (3DO)
    Best RPG - Final Fantasy III (SNES)
    Best New Character - Earthworm Jim (GEN)
    Bloodiest Game - Mortal Kombat II (Arcade)

    Most Improved Company - Takara
    Hottest Game Hunk - (Tie) EGM's Al Manuel & U.S. Gold's Incredible Hulk
    Hottest Game Babe - Mai Shiranui

    Best Shooter (Japanese) - Macross: Scrambled Valkyrie (SNES)
    Best RPG (Japanese) - Final Fantasy VI (SNES)
    Best Action Game (Japanese) - Dracula X (PCE)
    Best Music Cartridge - Final Fantasy III (SNES)
    Best Music CD - Road Rash (3DO)
    Best Sound Effects - Sparkster (SNES)

    Best Animation - Donkey Kong Country (SNES)
    Worst Movie to Game - Cliffhanger (SNES/GEN)
    Best Movie to Game - Super Return of the Jedi (SNES)
    Best Game Duo - Donkey & Diddy Kong (SNES)
    Best AD - Equniox (SNES)
    Most Appalling Trend - Too Many fighting Games

    Trick of the Year (Arcade) - The Akuma Codes (Arcade)
    Trick of the Year (Home Systems) - Megaman X's Fireball Trick (SNES)
    Most Anticipated Release - Mortal Kombat II (Home Systems?)
    Grossest Character - Boogerman (GEN)
    Worst System Lanuch - Jaguar
    Strangest Game - Agressors of Dark Kombat (Neo-Geo)

    (System Scores - Ed / Danyon / Al Sushi-X)
    Super Nintendo - 9 / 9 / 8 / 9
    Genesis - 7 / 8 / 7 / 7
    Sega CD - 5 / 5 / 5 / 5
    Neo-Geo - 7 / 6 / 7 / 8
    3DO - 7 / 9 / 7 / 7
    Sega 32X - 8 / 7 / 8 / 8
    Jaguar - 6 / 4 / 4 / 4
    Neo-Geo CD - 8 / 8 / 7 / 8
    Philips CD-I - 7 / 8 / 5 / 5
    Lazeractive - 4 / 3 / 4 / 4
    Game Boy - 5 / 7 / 5 / 5
    Game Gear - 6 / 8 / 6 / 7
    NES - 2 / 2 / 2 / 2
    Amiga CD - 2 / 2 / 2 / 3





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    - 1996 -
    Game of the Year - Twisted Metal (PSX)

    SNES GOTY - Chrono Trigger
    Arcade GOTY - Tekken 2
    Genesis GOTY - Vectorman
    Playstation GOTY - Twisted Metal
    Saturn GOTY - Panzer Dragoon
    3DO GOTY - Gex
    Virtual Boy - Red Alarm
    Sega CD GOTY - Lunar: Eternal Blue
    32X GOTY - Virtual Fighter

    Game Boy GOTY - Donkey Kong Land
    Game Gear GOTY - Super Return of the Jedi
    Neo-Geo GOTY - King of Fighters '95
    Jaguar GOTY - Cannon Fodder

    Best Fighting Game - Battle Arena Tochinden (PSX)
    Best RPG - Chrono Trigger (SNES)
    Best Flight Sim - Air Combat (PSX)
    Best Action Game - Yoshi's Island (SNES)
    Best Sports Game - NFL GameDay (PSX)
    Best Driving Game - Ridge Race (PSX)
    Best Shooter - Philosoma (PSX)

    Best New Character - Rayman
    Best Game Hunk - Fo (Toshinden)
    Best Game Babe - Sophia (Toshinden)
    Best Sound Effects - Twicted Metal (PSX)
    Best Music Cartridge - Chrono Trigger (SNES)
    Best Music CD-Rom - Rayman (PSX/SAT?)

    Best Animation - Rayman (PSX/SAT?)
    Beat Peripheral - PSX Memory Card
    Best Movie to Game - True Lies (GEN/SNES)
    Worst Movie to Game - Batman Forever (PSX)
    Best AD - Loaded (PSX)

    Best Game Intro - Philosoma (PSX)
    Worst System Lanuch - Jaguar CD
    Most Anticipated Release Software - Mortal Kombat 3 (Home Version)
    Most Anticipated Release Hardware - Playstation
    Strangest Game - Jumping Flash (PSX)
    Worst Sequel - Batman Forever (PSX)

    Biggest Game Flop - Mazer (by American Lazer Games)
    Most System Peripherals - Sega: Activator, Mencer
    Game on Most Systems - Myst

    (System Scores - Andrew / Mark / Mike / Scott)
    Super Nintendo - 7 / 8 / 7 / 8
    Genesis - 6 / 4 / 5 / 6
    Playstation - 9 / 10 / 9 / 9
    Saturn - 8 / 6 / 7 / 8
    Sega CD - 2 / 2 / 3 / 3
    32X - 3 / 3 / 3 / 2

    Neo-Geo CD - 6 / 7 / 7 / 7
    3DO - 7 / 5 / 6 / 7
    Jaguar - 2 / 2 / 3 / 3
    Virtual Boy - 5 / 6 / 5 / 5
    Game Boy - 5 / 6 / 4 / 4
    Game Gear - 7 / 7 / 7 / 8

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    - 1997 -
    Game Most Bought by EGM staff - Tetris Attack (SNES)

    Worst Game for Kids - Virtua Fighter Kids (SAT)
    Biggest Vaporware - M2
    Game Company with most Promise - Capcom
    Most Killing in a Game - Die Hard Trilogy (PSX)
    Best Sound Effects - Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire (N64)
    Game System with One Foot in the Grave - 3DO
    Hottest Game Hunk - Oliems (Tobal No. 1 / PSX)
    Hottest Game Babe - Lara Croft (Tomb Raider / PSX/ SAT)
    Deadest System of the Year - Jaguar

    Most Addictive Game - Tetris Attack (SNES)
    Worst Sequel - Rise 2 (3DO)
    Strangest Enemy - Walking Butts (PO'ed / 3DO)
    Best Introduction - Gun Griffon (SAT)
    Game That The Pope Wouldn't Buy - Re-Loaded (PSX)
    Full Frontal Nudity - Three Dirty Dwarves (SAT)
    Best Ending - Tekken 2 (PSX)
    Best Print Ad - Sega Saturn
    Weirdest Print Ad - Krazy Ivan (PSX)
    Worst Voice Acting - Resident Evil (PSX)

    Best Packaging - Psychopad K.O.
    Worst Packaging - Psychopad K.O.
    Most Military Propganda - Return Fire (3DO)
    Anti-Drug Message - Black Dawn (PSX/SAT)
    Coolest Fighting Game Move - King's OctopusCombo (Tekken 2 PSX)
    Worst Game Based on a Movie - Congo (SAT)
    Game that Should Have Stayed on the PC - System Shock (SAT)
    Biggest Cross Platform Title - Mortal Kombat Series
    Best Sports Game for People Who Don't Like Sports - Decathlete (SAT)
    Most Educational Game - Baku Baku Animal (SAT)

    Best Television Ad - Crash Bandicoot (PSX)

    (System Scores - Dan Hsu / Crispin Boyer / Shawn Smith / Sushi-X)
    Nintendo 64 - 7.5 / 10 / 9.5 / 9.0
    Playstation - 8.0 / 9.0 / 8.0 / 8.5
    Sega Saturn - 7.5 / 7.0 / 6.5 / 7.0
    Virtual Boy - 3.0 / 2.0 / 2.5 / 2.0
    Game Gear - 5.5 / 4.0 / 5.0 / 8.5
    Game Boy Pocket - 4.5 / 7.5 / 8.0 / 7.0
    Sega Nomad - 7.5 / 6.0 / 5.5 / 7.5
    Super Nintendo - 9.0 / 8.0 / 8.0 / 7.5
    Genesis - 4.5 / 4.0 / 4.5 / 4.0
    3DO - 3.5 / 3.5 / 3.0 / 3.5
    Neo-Geo CD - 4.5 - 4.0 - 5.5 - 5.0




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    - 1998 -
    Game Most Bought by the EGM Staff - Mario Kart 64 (N64)

    Most Addictive Game - GoldenEye 007 (N64)
    Biggest Vaporware - M2
    Best Voice Acting - Oddworld: Abe;s Oddysee (PSX)
    Worst Voice Acting - Mega Man 8 (PSX/SAT)
    Best Middle - Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (PSX)
    Worst Makeover: Pandemonium's Nikka (PSX)
    Back from the Dead - Game Boy (Pocket)

    Games That Should've Stayed on the PC - Hexen
    Games That Should've Stayed in the Acrade - War Gods
    Most Diarrhea in a Game - PaRappa the Rapper (PSX)
    Coolest PR Goodies - E3: Resident Evil Squishy Eye
    EGM's Favorite Non Work Related Activity - Decapitato
    Worst Music - NASCAR '98 (PSX)
    Hottest Game Babe - Tifa Lockheart (FF7/PSX)
    Hottest Game Hunk - John Madden (Madden '98)
    Most Overexposed - Lara Croft

    Best Movie to Game - Goldeneye 007 (N^$)
    Worst Movie to Game - The Crow: City of Angels (PSX)
    Worst Use of a Good License - Fantastic Four (PSX)
    Worst Use of Adam West - Golden Nugget (PSX)
    Most Hype for a Game - Final Fantasy VII (PSX)
    Best Sequel - Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (PSX)
    Most Disappointing Sequel - FIFA 64 (N64)

    Biggest Reason For Missed Deadlines - Goldeneye 007 (N64)
    Best use of Silicon - Lara Croft (PSX)
    Best Cure for Insomnia - Tail of the Sun (PSX)
    Best Intro - Soul Blade (PSX)
    Worst Intro - The Crow: City of Angles (PSX)
    Best Ending - Final Fantasy VII (PSX)

    Game You Need a Ph.D to Play - Carnage Hearts (PSX)
    Best Use of Treats - Harvest Moon (SNES)
    Most Promising Game Company - Rare
    Biggest 180-Degree Turnaround - Acclaim
    Best Print Ad - Final Fantasy VII (PSX)
    Worst Print Ad - Nanotek Warrior

    (System Scores - Shawn Smith / Dan Hsu / Crispin Boyer / John Ricciardi / Sushi-X)
    Nintnedo 64 - 8.0 / 7.0 / 7.5 / 7.5 / 9.0
    Playstation - 9.5 / 8.5 / 9.0 / 9.0 / 9.5
    Saturn - 6.5 / 7.5 / 5.0 / 5.0 / 8.5
    Super Nintendo - 5.5 / 8.0 / 7.0 / 7.0 / 8.0
    Genesis - 4.5 / 5.0 / 4.0 / 4.5 / 7.5

    (Handheld Scores - Shawn Smith / Crispin Boyer / John Ricciardi / Sushi-X)
    Game Boy Pocket - 7.5 / 7.0 / 8.0 / 2.0
    Game.com - 5.5 / 4.5 / 5.0 / 4.0
    Nomad - 8.0 / 6.5 / 7.0 / 7.5





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    - 1999 -
    Game Most Bought by the EGM Staff - Tekken 3 (PSX)

    Best Party Game - WCW/nWo Revenge (N64)
    Biggest Vaporware - N64DD
    Coolest Gosses G. Darius (PSX)
    Worst Use of a License - Spawn (PSX)
    Worst Music - Spice Girls
    Retro Game That Should've Stayed Retro - Pitfall 3D (PSX)
    Best Artwork - Metal Gear Solid (PSX)
    Game Most Likely to Drive You Lnsane - Colony Wars: Vengeance (PSX)

    Game That Should've Stayed in the Arcades - San Francisco Rush (N64)
    Best Butt Shot - Metal Gear Solid (PSX)
    Worst NFL Bliz Rip-Off - NFL Xtreme (PSX)
    Best Showing of Wood - Mokujin (Tekken 3/PSX)
    Best Cure for Insomnia - Legend of the River King (GB)
    Hottest Game Babe - Tiffany (Rival Schools/PSX)
    Hottest Game Hunk - Mokujin (Tekken 3/PSX)

    Most Annoying Character - Brian (Quest 64/N64)
    Best Voice Work - Metal Gear Solid (PSX)
    Worst Voice Work - The Grandstream Saga (PSX)
    Best Voice Work w/o Real Voices - Banjo-Kazooie (N64)
    Most Hype for a Game - Metal Gear Solid (PSX)
    Best Play-by-Play - NHL 99 (PSX)
    Best Sequel - Tekken 3 (PSX)
    Most Disappointing Sequel - Yoshi's Island 64 (N64)

    Best Way to Destroy a Franchise - C: The Conta Advanture (PSX)
    #1 Game We Love to Hate - NFL Xtreme (PSX)
    #1 Game We Hate to Love - Jeopardy! (N64)
    Best Ending - Metal Gear Solid (PSX)
    Worst Ending - Quest 64 (N64)
    Best Intro - Resident Evil 2 (PSX)
    Best Special Effects - Metal Gear Solid (PSX)

    The Fashionably Late Award - Body Harvest (N64)
    Best Reason to Use a Mute Button - Gex 64 (N64)
    Best Use of a Vibrator - Metal Gear Solid (PSX)
    Most Improved - Tecmo
    Best Print Ad - Trubo Prop Racing (PSX)
    Worst Print Ad - Crach Bandicoot (PSX)
    Game Bob Vila Would Enjoy Playing - WWF War Zone (N64/PSX)
    Game Most Likely Yo Take Years To Finish - Zelda: The Ocarina of Time (N64)

    (System Scores - John Davison / Dan Hsu / John Ricciardi / Shawn Smith / Sushi-X)
    Playstation - 9.0 / 8.5 / 9.0 / 9.0 / 9.0
    Nintendo 64 - 8.0 / 8.0 / 7.5 / 8.5 / 7.5
    Game Boy Pocket - N/A / 4.5 / 8.0 / 7.5 / 2.0
    Nomad - N/A / 6.0 / 6.5/ 6.5 / 6.0

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    - 2000 -
    Best Sequel - Soul Calibur (DC)
    Worst Sequel - NFL Quarterback Club 2000 (N64)
    Biggest Vaporware - Nuon
    Most Hyped, Most Delayed - Perfect Dark (N64)
    Best Party Game - You Don't Know Jack (PSX)
    Most Ridiculously Ecpensive Game - Donkey Kong 64 (N64)
    Most Number of Sequels Within a Sequel Street Fighter 3rd Strike (AC)
    Retro Game that Should've Stayed Retro - Centipede (DC/PSX)

    Game Most Bought by the EGM Staff - Soul Calibur (DC)
    Most Innovative Controls - Ape Excape (PSX)
    Worst Use of a License - Superman (N64)
    Coolest Japanese Game (That Will Never Come Out Here) - Pepsi Man (PSX)
    Game Most in Need of a Director's Cut - Lok: Soul Reaver (PSX)
    Most Worthless Accessory - Dance Performer (by Naki)
    Game Franchise We're Most Sick Of - Mortal Kombat
    So Cute It Makes Us Sick - Pokemon Snap (N64)

    Best Reason to Grow a Mullet - NASCAR 2000 (PSX)
    Best Reason for Kryptonite - Superman (N64)
    Most Blantant Pimping of a Mascot Character - Chocobo in Chocobo Racing (PSX)
    Game that Should've Been the Coolest but was Crap - Superman (N64)
    Hottest Game Babe - Soul Calibur Gals (DC)
    Hottest Game Hunk - E-Sak of WWF Attitude (N64)
    Best Dressed - The House of the Dead 2 Crew (DC)
    Best Game for Lesbians - Xena: Warrior Princess (PSX)

    Biggest Comeback - Sonic the Hedgehog
    Most Blantant Rip-Off - Donkey Kong 64 ripping off BanjoKazooie ripping off Super Mario 64
    Hardest Game - Choanki: Great Brother (PSX/JPN)
    Biggest Loser in this Year's Awards - Superman (N64)

    (System Scores - Che Chou / John Davison / Dan Hsu / Chris Johnson / Shawn Smith)
    Dreamcast - 8.5 / 8.5 / 8.5 / 8.0 / 9.0
    Playstation - 9.0 / 9.5 / 8.0 / 9.0 / 8.5
    Nintendo 64 - 9.5 / 8.5 / 8.0 / 6.0 / 6.5
    Game Boy Color - 9.0 / 9.0 / 3.5 / 9.0 / 6.0

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    - 2001 -
    Most Disappointing Sports Title - World Series Baseball 2001 (DC)
    Biggest Time Sucker - RPG Maker (PSX)
    Best Sequel - Chrono Cross (PSX)
    Game You Either Love or Leave - Ecco the Dolphin (DC)
    Hardest Game - Alien Resurrection (PSX)
    Most Disappointing Sequel - Legend of Mana (PSX)

    Hottest Game Babe- Ulala (Space Channel 5/DC)
    Most Innovative - Seaman (DC)

    Hottest Game Hunk - Tony Hawk
    Best Mullet Placement - Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 (DC/PSX)
    EGM Editor's Most Bought Game - Perfect Dark (N64)
    Best Game for Making Your Own Game - RPG Maker (PSX)
    Best Sound Effects - Medal of Honor: Underground (PSX)
    Less Is More Award - Ms. Pac-Man Maze Madness (PSX)
    So Cute it Made us Sick - PS One (Hardware)
    Ad We Never Want To See Again - Sega's Virtua Tennis Ad

    (System Scores - Kraig Kujawa / Dan Leahy / Mark MacDonald / Greg Sewart / Michael Stassus)
    Playstation 2 - 9.0 / 9.0 / 6.5 / 8.5 / 9.0
    Playstation - 9.5 / 6.0 / 9.0 / 9.5 / 8.0
    PC Computers - 6.5 / 7.5 / 6.0 / 6.5 / 8.0
    Nintendo 64 - 8.0 / 6.0 / 5.0 / 7.0 / 6.0
    Game Boy Color - 7.5 / 7.0 / 7.0 / 8.0 / 7.0
    Dreamcast - 9.0 / 9.0 / 9.0 / 9.0 / 9.5

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    Before it seemed that EGM took $ from Nintendo.



    And 365 days after, until 1997/1998.


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    Kick backs and obsessive Street Fighter 2 love.


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    Ha ha.

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    There is no way the SNES is pulling those scores all the way into 1997. Scoring close to the PSX? No.

    I know its the "reviewers" score/opinion, but I found some further evidence to back up my complete dismissal of EGM after all.


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    Those aren't bad marks for the Genesis too, considering the Saturn was almost gone and Dreamcast was on the horizon in 1998.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rusty Venture View Post
    There is no way the SNES is pulling those scores all the way into 1997. Scoring close to the PSX? No.

    I know its the "reviewers" score/opinion, but I found some further evidence to back up my complete dismissal of EGM after all.
    Remember that the buyers' guides these scores appeared in released early in the listed year, so those scores really are for the previous year. And the SNES had a pretty good lineup in 1996! That score was well earned.

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    Poor Master System gets no love.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A Black Falcon View Post
    Remember that the buyers' guides these scores appeared in released early in the listed year, so those scores really are for the previous year. And the SNES had a pretty good lineup in 1996! That score was well earned.
    I just think its insulting to give a system relegated to budget gaming a score close to what was the top system at the time. I don't know how you can have high scores for a system with clearly diminishing game output. They ragged the NES during its final years, but somehow the SNES seems awesome compared to superior systems with far better 3D output? No.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rusty Venture View Post
    I just think its insulting to give a system relegated to budget gaming a score close to what was the top system at the time. I don't know how you can have high scores for a system with clearly diminishing game output. They ragged the NES during its final years, but somehow the SNES seems awesome compared to superior systems with far better 3D output? No.
    Exactly.

    Of course the scores of let's say "what system to get in 1992, check our review" was printed in Dec 1991.

    That year (1992 buyers guide) they ALL stated the snes has horrible slowdown and Genesis is king, then look what happened after.

    But the SNES was getting 8's and 9's while the Genesis was getting 5's and 4's (3 years in a row) in those same 3 years (while basically systems were dying/on life support) snes was still getting 9's, 8's and 7's.

    Sushi X was the only one to give the Genesis a 7 in 1997 when Genesis 3 released, the only 7 in 3 years. Yet SNES got 8's.

    A 16 bit system get's an 8 when the Saturn is slipping ? For, uh, what sfa2 ?

    ABF, what did you think of Bernie statement around 1997 ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rusty Venture View Post
    I just think its insulting to give a system relegated to budget gaming a score close to what was the top system at the time. I don't know how you can have high scores for a system with clearly diminishing game output. They ragged the NES during its final years, but somehow the SNES seems awesome compared to superior systems with far better 3D output? No.
    In 1996, the SNES saw releases in the US including Kirby Super Star, Street Fighter Alpha 2, Final Fight 3, Mega Man X3, Super Mario RPG, Lufia 2: Rise of the Sinistrals, Tetris Attack, and Donkey Kong Country 3. That's nobody's idea of a "budget" lineup, and it's a lot better than, say, the NES's lineups in 1992 or 1993. It may be better than the NES in 1991 too.

    In comparison, about all the Genesis had for major exclusives that year were Vectorman 2, Sonic 3D Blast, and maybe Virtua Fighter 2...
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    EGM`s illogical reviewing from day one kept it from being taken too seriously.


    Quote Originally Posted by A Black Falcon View Post
    Remember that the buyers' guides these scores appeared in released early in the listed year, so those scores really are for the previous year. And the SNES had a pretty good lineup in 1996! That score was well earned.
    It`s not the scores given to the SNES that don`t make sense, it`s how they compare to how they scored everything else all along.

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    3 years, not just 1996.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A Black Falcon View Post
    In 1996, the SNES saw releases in the US including Kirby Super Star, Street Fighter Alpha 2, Final Fight 3, Mega Man X3, Super Mario RPG, Lufia 2: Rise of the Sinistrals, Tetris Attack, and Donkey Kong Country 3. That's nobody's idea of a "budget" lineup, and it's a lot better than, say, the NES's lineups in 1992 or 1993. It may be better than the NES in 1991 too.

    In comparison, about all the Genesis had for major exclusives that year were Vectorman 2, Sonic 3D Blast, and maybe Virtua Fighter 2...
    In 1993, the NES received scores of 4 4 4 5 and for 1994 it received 3 4 4 5

    In 1993, the NES saw releases in NA including Batman Returns, Alien3, Mickey's Safari in Letterland, Zen: Intergalactic Ninja, Tiny Toon Adventures 2, Yoshi's Cookie, Kirbie's Adventure, Battletoads & Double Dragon, DuckTales 2, Mighty Final Fight, Bubble Bobble 2, and Tetris 2.


    Here are quotes from each EGM reviewer (except Sushi-X) that give insight to just how impartial EGM's reviewers were one year (1996?):


    "The Genesis almost always had graphics and sound that weren't anywhere near as good as the Super NES."

    "Still, I can't give the Genesis a very high score because the system doesn't bring a nostalgic tear to me eye like a SNES does."

    "Of course, the system's small color palette and awful sound chip make the Genesis look extremely dated, even when compared to the Super NES."

    "You Genesis fans are going to kill me for saying this, but I never really caught on as to why the Genny was such a big deal. ...I really can't think of many reasons why I'd recommend one to anyone when the Super NES can be found for just as cheap almost anywhere."


    Only the most reality separated SNES fanboy can't see what they literally spell out for readers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Black_Tiger View Post
    In 1993, the NES received scores of 4 4 4 5 and for 1994 it received 3 4 4 5

    In 1993, the NES saw releases in NA including Batman Returns, Alien3, Mickey's Safari in Letterland, Zen: Intergalactic Ninja, Tiny Toon Adventures 2, Yoshi's Cookie, Kirbie's Adventure, Battletoads & Double Dragon, DuckTales 2, Mighty Final Fight, Bubble Bobble 2, and Tetris 2.
    Some of those NES games are good, but most aren't at the level of the 1996 SNES library... but you're right, considering the quality of that library, those NES scores are a bit low. I can understand it though, by 1992-1993 (the years those "1993" and "1994" guides would be for) the NES was seven and eight years old. In comparison, in 1996 the SNES was only five years old. You'll notice that in '97 the SNES's scores definitely decline, both because of the much thinner release list that year, because the N64 had released, and because the system was now beyond five years old (that being a common generational divide line).

    Here are quotes from each EGM reviewer (except Sushi-X) that give insight to just how impartial EGM's reviewers were one year (1996?):


    "The Genesis almost always had graphics and sound that weren't anywhere near as good as the Super NES."

    "Still, I can't give the Genesis a very high score because the system doesn't bring a nostalgic tear to me eye like a SNES does."

    "Of course, the system's small color palette and awful sound chip make the Genesis look extremely dated, even when compared to the Super NES."

    "You Genesis fans are going to kill me for saying this, but I never really caught on as to why the Genny was such a big deal. ...I really can't think of many reasons why I'd recommend one to anyone when the Super NES can be found for just as cheap almost anywhere."


    Only the most reality separated SNES fanboy can't see what they literally spell out for readers.
    Sure, I agree that after 1991, EGM clearly turned against the Genesis (remember that they do say it's the top system in 1990 and 1991, though). No question. But look at their favorite system list... Genesis 1990-1991, SNES 1992-1995, PS1 1996, N64 1997, PS1 again 1998-2000... tracking pretty close to public opinion there, other than a bit lower than average opinion of the Genesis after 1991.

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