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Vigilante

Vigilante

Irem’s brawling hit came home to the Master System without much of a downgrade, and it even supported the console’s neat FM sound feature. An addition well worth tracking down and adding to any library, Vigilante remains a great example of how Sega’s 8-bit machine could deliver arcade hits.

Water Margin: The Tales of Clouds and Winds

Water Margin: The Tales of Clouds and Winds

Lots of Mega Drive games came out in Taiwan and never left. Thankfully, we’re finally seeing releases of many of these titles, and Water Margin is one worth checking out. A beat-’em-up steeped in ancient Chinese history, it’s a fun romp for two players.

Zillion II: Tri Formation

Zillion II: Tri Formation

The first Zillion game was a wonderful and exciting action title with lots of exploration. Its sequel stripped all of that away and instead gave players a dull and repetitive affair. It might not necessarily be a bad game, but it definitely came up short compared to its predecessor.

Golden Age Game Tournaments: Sega’s Head-On

Golden Age Game Tournaments: Sega’s Head-On

Video game tournaments are nothing new, and Sega has been holding them since the 1970s. One of its first big competitions included the hit game Head-On, where Japanese players competed for prizes. The event helped show the popularity of video games worldwide.

Gain Ground

Gain Ground

Gain Ground was a great arcade experience, and SIMS managed to capture that magic and charm for the Genesis port. Unfortunately, it decided against a U.S. release. Thankfully, Renovation stepped up to the plate and gave us a chance to play this awesome co-op action title.


8-Bit Reviews

Vigilante

Vigilante

Irem’s brawling hit came home to the Master System without much of a downgrade, and it even supported the console’s neat FM sound feature. An addition well worth tracking down and adding to any library, Vigilante remains a great example of how Sega’s 8-bit machine could deliver arcade hits.

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16-bit Reviews

Water Margin: The Tales of Clouds and Winds

Water Margin: The Tales of Clouds and Winds

Lots of Mega Drive games came out in Taiwan and never left. Thankfully, we’re finally seeing releases of many of these titles, and Water Margin is one worth checking out. A beat-’em-up steeped in ancient Chinese history, it’s a fun romp for two players.

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Arcade/Saturn/DC Reviews

Sonic Adventure

Sonic Adventure

After an absence on the Saturn, Sonic returned on the Dreamcast with a new platform adventure. It was hailed and welcomed by many at the time, but the Blue Blur still had a lot of adjusting to do in the third dimension. A disjointed plot and a problematic camera keep Sonic’s first proper 3D outing from being a true classic.

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Features

Golden Age Game Tournaments: Sega’s Head-On

Golden Age Game Tournaments: Sega’s Head-On

Video game tournaments are nothing new, and Sega has been holding them since the 1970s. One of its first big competitions included the hit game Head-On, where Japanese players competed for prizes. The event helped show the popularity of video games worldwide.

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Captain Planet and the Planeteers

Captain Planet and the Planeteers

While not inherently a bad game, it suffers from a wide range of problems that combine to keep the good captain from reaching his full potential. There are some good ideas here, but sadly no amount of heart can make Captain Planet’s Genesis adventure a good one.

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Double Take: Gaiares

Double Take: Gaiares

In this excerpt from his forthcoming book, 100 Greatest Console Video Games: 1988–1998, author Brett Weiss takes another look at one of the most renowned shmups on the Genesis, Renovation’s Gaiares. What makes the game so popular? Why is it so damn hard? Read on and see!

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The Sonic & Sega Fan Jam Is Back!

The Sonic & Sega Fan Jam Is Back!

After a four-year hiatus, the Sonic & Sega Fan Jam is back! A Kickstarter badge pre-sale has been launched for the event, which will be held in Marietta, GA this November. Get ready for the return of one of the Sega fan community’s coolest events!

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Sonic Chaos

Sonic Chaos

Sonic had several outings on the Master System, some good and some bad. Sonic Chaos falls somewhere in the middle. Feeling more like basic training than a challenge, the game never really seems to get going. The result will leave many wanting more.

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Interview: Randy Breen (Road Rash Creator)

Interview: Randy Breen (Road Rash Creator)

Road Rash creator Randy Breen sat with us to talk about the landmark franchise on Sega’s consoles, his time at Electronic Arts, and where he thinks the game industry stands today. It’s a great, in-depth chat with the mind behind one of the most beloved series on the Genesis.

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