Once a proud example of action/platforming that could tell a story, the Valis series has since deteriorated into a mockery of its former self, like a beauty queen turned crack whore. However, long before it went Hentai, Valis began its downward slide with a game that proved Telenet simply no longer cared. This is what we got instead of a true Valis II port…
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Wolf Team worked on a trio of games that told the story two adventurers out to save the world. Opinions on Anet’s two outings are varied, but people are pretty much in the same boat when it comes to the first game, Earnest Evans. A great idea and some nifty presentation are undone by ridiculous sprite animation and wonky control. This was supposed to rival Indiana Jones but fell short on so many levels.
Renovation was quite a prolific publisher during the Genesis era, and it almost single-handedly kept the space shooter (shmup) genre alive for a long time. Among its selection of quality releases was a port of the Sega CD shmup Sol-Feace, itself a conversion of the Sharp X68000 original. Despite the name change to Sol-Deace and not having the bells and whistles of the CD version, the cart rendition is more than capable of standing on its own. Read the full review for more details.
Renovation brought over a ton of games for the Genesis, many of which found their ways onto other consoles. Exile was an action/RPG that was also available on the TuboGrafx-16 CD-ROM (check out our comparison of the two). While it didn’t boast all the bells and whistles of its CD sibling, the Genesis cartridge had some strengths of its own.
Wolfteam released so many games for the Genesis that it’s a miracle it found time to do anything else. Game after game made its way to our little console, and while some are better than others, most are worth checking out in some way or another. Take Final Zone, for example. With its complex gameplay and isometric view, it probably turned off a lot of gamers, but look deeper and there’s a decent game to be found.