Author: Kurt Kalata

Genesis Reviews

Ys III: Wanderers from Ys

When Wanderers from Ys was first released on the Turbo Grafx-16 CD-ROM, fans were taken aback by the change in gameplay style. Why had Falcom messed with the formula? Why make it a side-scroller? Needless to say, many gamers turned their back on the game, and it remains something of the black sheep of the franchise to this day. Even with later ports to both the Genesis and SNES (as well as the MSX and even the NES), it still gets no respect. The irony is that Ys III is actually a competent little action/RPG that deserves to be played.

Genesis Reviews

Flashback: The Quest for Identity

It’s been ported to just about every platform on Earth, but it’s always just as grand. Delphine Software’s Flashback: The Quest for Identity set a new standard in just how much could fit into a cartridge, and it showed us that a great story, wrapped around excellent gameplay, was the true way to create a classic.

Genesis Reviews

Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi

Everyone likes Ninjas; it’s a fact that not even the 1980s could erase. Genesis owners got treated to a ninja trilogy rivaled only by perhaps Tecmo’s Ryu Hayabusa on the NES. The second game in Sega’s famous series, Shadow Dancer, was altered from its arcade release but still played and looked great on our beloved 16-bit box.