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SEGA GENESIS REVIEWS


U.S. Gold - For GENESIS
Strider Returns
Game Type | Game Size | Release
Action | 8 MB | Sept 1993
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Since the success of the well-received Genesis port of Strider, many fans had high hopes for future titles. We at PPM were ecstatic to learn of a sequel in development. Yet, the final product is lacking in more areas than one. Strider Returns was not created by the same developers as the original, and once that fact is known everything comes into focus. The graphics took a nose-dive from Strider's 1990 outing, the controls feel somewhat sloppy, and the action is merely so-so. An abundance of digitized voices is a pleasant treat, however. Rent it if you're a die-hard fan of the ninja platformer, otherwise steer clear and replay the original.


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Sega - For GENESIS
Shinobi III
Game Type | Game Size | Release
Action | 8 MB | Sept 1993
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Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master comes to Sega Genesis with more challenging action than ever before. The Neo-Zeed criminal syndicate is taking over! Only Shinobi can take them on, sword in-hand. We found the latest entry in this beloved series much improved over 1991's Shadow Dancer in nearly every way (see, Strider II, you CAN improve upon a great title!) Players will discover smoother action scrolling, stronger bosses, new attacks, and some killer riding segments to boot. The premier Sega Ninja gets our vote of confidence, and we can say without a doubt it's worth a look or two, or three.


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Sunsoft - For GENESIS
Aero the Acro-Bat
Game Type | Game Size | Release
Action | 8 MB | August 1993
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Move over Sonic (and Bubsy.. and Sparkster...) here comes the official Sunsoft mascot, Aero the Acro-Bat!, in his very own 16-bit adventure on the Genesis. Aero is a nimble circus bat, capable of launching himself with an aerial drill attack and shooting star-shaped weapons at his many enemies. Stopping the nefarious Edgar Ektor from ruining our big-top fun is this batty hero's mission. So, Aero, what separates you from the furry competition? Beyond the flashy character design and amusing level arrangements, we struggle to come up with an answer. A commendable first foray, indeed - but we hope for more in the inevitable sequel!


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Arena - For GENESIS
Mortal Kombat
Game Type | Game Size | Release
Fighting | 8 MB | Sept 1993
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The arcade smash hit comes to a living room near you courtesy of two splendid console ports. Acclaim released their somewhat controversial interpretation of Mortal Kombat on SNES, bringing forth groans of disappointment from fans due to its lack of blood and gore. Worry not, with a special code, blood and gore can be unlocked in the Arena translation on Genesis! It's all there, just as you remember. Some voice samples are a bit choppy and the graphics are noticeably lesser quality than the original, but the Genesis version, with a six-button controller, easily surpasses the SNES'. "Get over here!" and play it today.


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Sonic Soft - For GENESIS
Shining Force
Game Type | Game Size | Release
RPG | 12 MB | July 1993
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Off in the mythical land of Rune, our fearless hero, Max, is sent on a journey to put an end to the notorious Commander Kane and prevent the return of dragons. Shining Force is meant as a sequel to 1991's Shining in the Darkness, yet this cart is an entirely different beast. This RPG takes place on a grid-based battlefield, and has the player strategically move and interact with characters not unlike a chess board. Each party member has his or her own unique skillset, personality, and leveling system. If you enjoy titles like Dragon Warrior, then this will absolutely be up your alley! Give it a try!


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Sega - For GENESIS
Jurassic Park
Game Type | Game Size | Release
Action | 8 MB | August 1993
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Making its roaring debut on the Sega Genesis, Steven Spielberg's dino-tastic film makes its way to the video game front. Jurassic Park is being advertised as an action-packed thriller matching the likes of Flackback, using state-of-the-art Silicon Graphics computer technology and stop motion photography. The game is quite fun but not Delphine level. This licensed title gives the player the choice to play as a human or a dino and set out on a platforming adventure either to rescue trapped visitors or escape the facility. Atmospheric graphical eye candy aplenty, but subpar gameplay and controls hurt its score.


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Sunsoft - For GENESIS
Blaster Master 2
Game Type | Game Size | Release
Action | 8 MB | June 1993
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This sequel to the cult classic run-and-gun NES title, Blaster Master, has all of the welcome upgrades we expect from the latest 16-bit-ers without losing any of the original's charm. You control Jason, a small infantryman nestled inside of a lightweight tank named SOPHIA, and have the option of traversing the colorful, graphically diverse landscape either on-foot or in your vehicle. It does play far more like an NES game than a Genesis cart and chooses not to push the envelope in any department, but take that as you will. We've found this one is quite a fun and addicting arcade-like platformer.


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Konami - For GENESIS
Rocket Knight Adv.
Game Type | Game Size | Release
Action | 8 MB | August 1993
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Move over Sonic and Bubsy, here comes a new face on the mascot scene. Rocket Knight stars an ambitious, speedy possum named Sparkster chock full of personality and abilities (and awful cuddly too). Our possum friend uses a special jetpack to boost across the screen and damage enemies, and like all possums, he can use his tail to hang upside-down! Konami's sprites are very well animated, the gameplay is exemplary, and with over 30 levels, there is plenty to work through on this cart. As far as action-platformers are concerned, Rocket Knight is among the best in our book. Highly recommended for all ages.


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Delphine - For GENESIS
Flashback
Game Type | Game Size | Release
Action | 12 MB | Feb 1993
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Delphine Software strikes back with a brilliant iteration of Flashback for the Genesis. Utilizing cinematic polygon graphics much like the lauded Out of This World, this new quest pits man vs. mystery as you see to learn more about a strange alien planet. We're astounded that all six fun and memorable levels could fit on a standard Sega cart. Unless you have a pricey PC, this is the version to get.


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Sega - For GENESIS
Cool Spot
Game Type | Game Size | Release
Action | 8 MB | April 1993
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A video game based on the 7-Up mascot? In most cases, we would share your skepticism. Yet Cool Spot is no less thrilling and rewarding as any other action platformer on the market. As the aforementioned red spot, collect soda bottles and mounds of dots on your way to rescue some kidnapped friends. This one's nothing complex or groundbreaking, but it's commendable all around.


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Sega - For GENESIS
X-Men
Game Type | Game Size | Release
Action | 8 MB | April 1993
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Smash up Magneto's minions and take control of one of four X-Men superheroes; Cyclops, Wolverine, Gambit, or Nightcrawler. Graphics and animation for an 8-Meg cart are OK, but this isn't the greatest comics-based game available on the Genesis. If you're a die-hard fan of the genre, you may love this one, but otherwise the choppy, lackluster side-scrolling gameplay is a major turn-off for us.


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Sunsoft - For GENESIS
Superman
Game Type | Game Size | Release
Action | 8 MB | Dec 1992
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Not a bird, ne'er a plane. The Man of Steel himself makes his way to the Sega Genesis courtesy of Sunsoft (the makers of Batman). As Superman, fight the baddies with your ultra super powers and safe Metropolis from the forces of evil! This game is extremely challenging, requiring fast reflexes, albeit faithful to the comic hero.


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Sega - For GENESIS
Chakan
Game Type | Game Size | Release
Action | 8 MB | Dec 1992
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Based upon the comic book of the same name, Sega's eerie title Chakan: The Forever Man is a challenging romp through dark lairs and bat-infested castles. If you are up for a Genesis platformer with tons of slashing and thrashing, plus a hearty tinge of frustration, this may be worth picking up. At least you have unlimited lives!


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Konami - For GENESIS
TMNT Hyperstone
Game Type | Game Size | Release
Brawler | 8 MB | Dec 1992
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For all you SEGA cats who felt left out with the sweet Turtles cart on the Nintendo platform, the wait is over at long last. Hyperstone Heist is quite a lot like the SNES title, including all four of our favorite Heroes in a Half-Shell, yet the game is a touch short for our taste and our reviewers found the cart too easy! TMNT is out now!


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EA - For GENESIS
Road Rash 2
Game Type | Game Size | Release
Racing | 8 MB | Dec 1992
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Take a long ride on the ol' highway with the long-awaited sequel, Road Rash 2 from Electronic Arts. This game improves on basically everything from the original classic, giving the player fifteen new bikes to choose from and split-screen, two-player action! You gotta play ruthlessly to make it to the top! Do you have what it takes?


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SEGA - For GENESIS
Ecco the Dolphin
Game Type | Game Size | Release
Adventure | 8 MB | Dec 1992
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Something smells like tuna! Is it Sunkist's Charlie? No, it's Ecco the bottle-nosed dolphin, a sea-dwelling creature tasked with protecting his family and friends from a mysterious force. This unique title allows the player to control the dolphin itself through some beautiful, albeit challenging, levels. Take a ride with Ecco asap for a brand-new experience!


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SEGA - For GENESIS
Sonic 2
Game Type | Game Size | Release
Platformer | 8 MB | Nov 1992
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Sonic fans, your prayers have been answered! The blue devil is back and, indeed, better than ever. This sequel comes packed with a wallop from the start, flaunting corkscrew spins and loops a'plenty. Doctor Robotnik's robots plague the wilderness, and with eiter one or two players, you can bounce them to oblivion. Nearly everying is improved, from music to level design. Believe the hype, players!


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SEGA - For GENESIS
Sports Talk Football
Game Type | Game Size | Release
Sports | 12 MB | Nov 1992
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Play as your favorite NFL team and try your darndest to win on the ol' grid iron. Madden has its merits and its die-hard fans, but our sports crew found this game a surprising close-match. Character and announcer voices keep the realistic feel, and a fair variety of plays as your disposal keep the replay value high. ST FB does well with the task, but in truth you may want to hold on for Madden '93.


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Virgin - For GENESIS
Global Gladiators
Game Type | Game Size | Release
Platformer | 8 MB | Oct 1992
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In this Virgin Games adventure, take control of Mick and Mack as they look to rid the world of a goop-infested species of monsters. Despite the obvious cash-grab nature of this McDonalds-licensee, the game itself is solid enough. The gameplay is fair for a standard platformer and the sound design is nothing to sneeze at. Is it worth the price tag? Our reviewers aren't sure.


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RazorSft - For GENESIS
Death Duel
Game Type | Game Size | Release
Action | 8 MB | Oct 1992
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In the year 2140, You, the last duelist of the Federation, must eliminate the alien scum taking over the galaxy! This is a first-person shooter game, meaning you will likely wish you had access to a light gun of some sort to take down the baddies. There are plenty of stages and ways to upgrade your arsenal, but the lack of variety leaves this a fun rental, but not much else.


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