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Mark's Top 25 Sega Genesis Games - Page 4


#10.
MEGA BOMBERMAN
(a.k.a. BOMBERMAN '94)
Mega Bomberman
#10.
MEGA BOMBERMAN
(a.k.a. BOMBERMAN '94)
Mega Bomberman

Hands down my favorite version of Bomberman on any system. In this version you get these creatures called Roos which hatch from eggs and give different abilities (green has speed, blue kicks bombs across blocks, yellow kicks blocks, purple can jump over blasts if timed right, and pink does the hokey-pokey dance for some reason). The game supports the 4-Player Multitap for the Genesis and had so many options when it comes to multiplayer, from the stages to being able to make your Bomberman look different.


#9.
CRUSADER OF CENTY
Crusader of Centy
#9.
CRUSADER OF CENTY
Crusader of Centy

Sega's answer to The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. This game is amazing and has you playing as a young boy with a sword that can be thrown. Along his quest, he gains the ability to talk to animals and they join him in his cause to rid the world of monsters. The animals can be combined with your sword to do different effects (the penguin can turn your sword into an ice blade, for example). Unfortunately, this game is super rare in that it was published by Atlus near the end of the Genesis's lifespan. If you can track it down, you will have the Genesis's answer to Zelda. It is similar to another Genesis game called Beyond Oasis, but I feel Crusader of Centy is more Zelda-like and initiates a comfy and charming presence like its Nintendo cousin.


#8.
VECTORMAN
Vectorman
#8.
VECTORMAN
Vectorman

One of the last games to hit the Genesis (this and Vectorman 2), this game is challenging and fast-paced. You play as a trash robot who comes back to find the planet being taken over by a rogue machine named Warhead who threatens humanity. This game has a very interesting techno soundtrack and oozes style. Controlling Vectorman is a breeze, with controls so tight that when you die, you have no one but yourself to blame. I prefer the first one because the second one ramps up the difficulty so much that it drops the fun factor for me a bit. Both are excellent examples of the power of the late stage Genesis and could be conisdered challengers to Donkey Kong Country to some degree.


#7.
SHINING FORCE
Shining Force
#7.
SHINING FORCE
Shining Force

I like Shining Force more than Final Fantasy Tactics. I like Shining Force more than Advance Wars. I like Shining Force more than Fire Emblem. Yes, I mean it. Where do I even start with this game? From beginning to end, it is strategy RPG polished so well that I can't put it down. Everything from the colorful graphics to the intense turn based combat is done so well. I love growing my army of eccentric warriors, including a talking jellyfish mage, Centaur archers, a werewolf, a ninja, a robot, and a battle hamster thrown in as a joke. Please, if you love strategy RPGs, give this one a try. This game started my love for the genre and feels like action figures mixed with Chess. One of these days, I will get around to playing the sequel, but for now it remains in my top 10.


#6.
SPLATTERHOUSE 3
Splatterhouse 3
#6.
SPLATTERHOUSE 3
Splatterhouse 3

This game caused me horror and anxiety as a kid. That's right, a 16-bit game horrified me on a personal level. In this 3rd installment in the franchise, you play as Rick again as he races to save his wife Jennifer and son David from demonic forces attacking their home. He dons a mask that gives him Hulk-like powers and makes him resemble Jason from the Friday the 13th series. The mask is also alive, and you aren't sure if it actually intends to help you or not. You are given a clock to finish each level. If you do poorly, your wife and child suffer graphic and grisly fates splashed in front of the screen in 16-bit glory. This game is the definition of metal and once again comes equipped with a spooky soundtrack that makes SNES kids take note.

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-Mark Steenburn 4/24/2017

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