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Hands-On: Panzer Dragoon Remake

Hands-On: Panzer Dragoon Remake

Fans were surprised to learn that the original Panzer Dragoon would receive a remake in 2020. It started out with some hiccups, but updates smoothed out many of the issues and added new features. The result was a great reimagining of a Saturn classic.

Xenocider

Xenocider

The first 3D shooter in almost two decades arrived on the Dreamcast in early 2021. Xenocider combined fast-paced action with presentation and gameplay one would expect from an official release back in 1999. It’s a great shooter romp that shows Sega’s last console isn’t done thinking.

Parodius

Parodius

Konami’s unique blend of shooter action and cutesy humor was a big hit in Japan and Europe and was collected into a great two-game set. Sadly, U.S. gamers never got a release. They missed a solid collection that looked as good as it played. But, that’s what importing is for!

Yogi Bear’s Cartoon Capers

Yogi Bear’s Cartoon Capers

Yogi may be smarter than the average bear, but his Mega Drive appearance was strictly average. The game lacks any major gameplay issues, but its cookie-cutter formula and boring gameplay does little to inspire. Players might find it more fun to look for picnic baskets in their local park than play through to the end.

Enemy Zero

Enemy Zero

Warp’s ambitious, sci-fi survival horror romp was unique on the Saturn but it was also not very exciting. Repetitive environments, vague objectives, and uninspired puzzles take away from the amazing ambiance. Still, you might want to check out Enemy Zero just to experience the tension and fear for yourself.


8-Bit Reviews

Black Onyx, The

Black Onyx, The

Largely unknown to Western games, The Black Onyx is something of a legend in Japan and laid the foundation for many console and computer RPGs to come. It’s quite barebones now, but it’s remarkable that the SG-1000 even got the game, considering it was released well into the Famicom era.

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16-bit Reviews

Yogi Bear’s Cartoon Capers

Yogi Bear’s Cartoon Capers

Yogi may be smarter than the average bear, but his Mega Drive appearance was strictly average. The game lacks any major gameplay issues, but its cookie-cutter formula and boring gameplay does little to inspire. Players might find it more fun to look for picnic baskets in their local park than play through to the end.

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Arcade/Saturn/DC Reviews

Xenocider

Xenocider

The first 3D shooter in almost two decades arrived on the Dreamcast in early 2021. Xenocider combined fast-paced action with presentation and gameplay one would expect from an official release back in 1999. It’s a great shooter romp that shows Sega’s last console isn’t done thinking.

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Hands-On: Panzer Dragoon Remake

Hands-On: Panzer Dragoon Remake

Fans were surprised to learn that the original Panzer Dragoon would receive a remake in 2020. It started out with some hiccups, but updates smoothed out many of the issues and added new features. The result was a great reimagining of a Saturn classic.

continue reading

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