Sega Mega Drive or Genesis was a pivotal moment in gaming and a golden age for Sega. In this list, we take a look back at the best Sega Mega Drive games.
The Sega Mega Drive – known as Genesis in the US – propelled Sega into its golden age in terms of games and hardware. He boldly claimed that “Genesis does what Nintendo doesn’t”, and while that was technically incorrect grammar, it was a catchy slogan that held true for most of the Mega Drive’s life.
Where the nes and SNES were filled with platformers and JRPGs, the Mega Drive opted for action, fighting and drama games. Ultimately, the console had as many beloved titles as Nintendo, and even though Sega is no longer in the console market, their impact cannot be denied.
Thunder Force IV
It’s a gem of a side-scrolling action game and is one of the best examples of how much detail the Mega Drive can handle compared to the SNES. In the US, this game was known as Lightening Force, and we don’t know if that was misspelled on purpose. While not technically a platformer, it certainly gives Sonic the Hedgehog vibes when playing, but much more intense.
It wouldn’t be a Sega console without some excellent Castlevania games. Bloodlines isn’t as well-regarded as other games in the series, but if you went back to it now, you’d be surprised at how well it holds up. The open exploration that Symphony of the Night brought to the series is not
It’s not around yet, but it has great level design and fun combat.
Sports! There are a few sports games to choose from on this generation of consoles, but none of them quite capture the feel of their respective sports as they eventually would. That said, EA Sports has certainly had a good run with games like NHL ’94. If you prefer the more arcade era of sports games then this will be a welcome blast from the past.
Before movie-related games became a cursed stomping ground where terrible cash-ins were, 16-bit consoles released some excellent platformers. You can pick the ones you like, The Lion King and Duck Tales were awesome, just to name a few. However, Aladdin stands head and shoulders above them all. The animation was exquisite thanks to the movie animators working on the game, which very few other games can claim.
The Spooky Star IV
If JRPGs were your jam in the 1990s, then Nintendo consoles were probably the best bet for you. However, that doesn’t mean Sega was completely missing out, and the Phantasy Star series is proof of that. The fourth entry is arguably the best RPG on the Mega Drive, and any longtime Nintendo fan might want to see what they were missing.
Streets of rage 2
Moves, combos, action, light animation, you name it, Streets of Rage had it. It would take generations for side-scrolling brawlers to even come close to the level of this game. It nails all the powerful feelings this genre should convey.
Mortal Kombat 2
In the wake of one of the many “video games cause violence” outrage that sweeps the mainstream media from time to time, many companies have shunned Mortal Kombat’s gory stare. Not Sega though, and red liquid ran all over the screen in one of the best fighting games of the time, winning people over with its more beginner-friendly control scheme.
At a time when arcade games and console ports kind of sucked, Strider broke the mold by releasing just as well as it did in cabinets. All the hack and slash action won over audiences in droves, but it never really took off as a lasting franchise. Capcom tried to bring it back in later years, but maybe the memories are best left alone.
Despite the bright and colorful look, Gunstar Heroes is quite a chaotic and violent experience, in a fun way. You can play this side-scrolling shooter co-op, and you’ll be glad you did as you blast through waves of enemies with all sorts of weird and wonderful bonuses. It might not be the first game that comes to mind when someone says “Mega Drive”, but it’s worth checking out.
Sonic 3 and Knuckles
All of the Mega-Drive Sonic the Hedgehog games are the best the console has to offer, but if we had to pick our favorite, the massive nature of Sonic 3 & Knuckles would win out. The three classic titles were the perfect example of how to iterate and develop a concept from game to game without having to change too much each time. Sonic is sadly a bit of the laughing stock of the gaming world now, which might explain why he’s been off to Hollywood for the past few years, but it’ll still be fun to reminisce about the good old days.
Written by Ryan Woodrow on behalf of GL HF.
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