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Hands-On: Altered Beast Guardian of the Realms (GBA)

Hands-On: Altered Beast Guardian of the Realms (GBA)

With enhanced graphics, more levels, power ups, and a save feature, the GBA version appears to be better than the Genesis cart we all remember. I only wish that meant more than it does. I guess the most important thing to consider here is whether or not the new version retains the feel and game play of the original. In this case, it does. The problem is, the gameplay of the original was nothing to get excited about.

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Rolling Thunder 2

Rolling Thunder 2

Rolling Thunder 2 takes just about everything the original did well and does it better. Sharper and more detailed graphics, a greater variety of weapons, smarter and more plentiful enemies; all make for a great sequel. Namco adopted an “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality here, leaving the game play intact.

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Quackshot Starring Donald Duck

Quackshot Starring Donald Duck

Of all the characters in Disney’s stable, only Mickey Mouse is more famous than Donald Duck. Movies and cartoons galore have made the rodent’s pal one of the most recognizable figures ever created. I’ve always liked him, probably because he’s the only Disney character who really lets go when he’s pissed. Never one to be taken advantage of, Donald gets what he wants, no matter how much trouble it gets him into.

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Gunstar Heroes

Gunstar Heroes

If there’s one thing clearly understood about owning a Sega Genesis, it’s that Gunstar Heroes must be a part of your library. Say what you will about Treasure and how they’re overrated, untalented, etc; but you cannot deny that this is easily their finest hour on the system and arguably their best game overall.

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Sword of Vermilion

Sword of Vermilion

The first stab at an RPG by the arcade legends at AM2, Sword of Vermilion got some things right and just a tab bit more wrong. The result was a mediocre effort that, while worth playing, isn’t what would be expected by such a talented team. Chalk it up to growing pains?

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