I never owned a Genesis in the 90's, but just picked one up at a yard sale. What games should I be on the hunt for? I'm down for anything classic that holds up, or really is of any historical significance. Lay it on me people.
Streets of Rage 2. Gunstar Heroes.
I notice several recommendations for Comix Zone. I've played it recently, and it does not hold up. To a lesser extent, neither does Golden Axe. But I seriously doubt if anyone would want to play Comix Zone for more than five minutes.
The Megadrive/Genesis has a lot of good shmups which still hold up very well. Try to get Fire Shark, Thunder Force 3 and 4, Hellfire, Gynoug, Steel Empire, Truxton, Elemental Master, Zero Wing, Grind Stormer, Sagaia, Twin Hawk. Some of them might be a bit expensive, some of them aren't.
Shadowrun, Tiny Toons, Phantasy Star II, III and IV, Landstalker, Beyond Oasis, Warsong, Contra: Hard Cops, Sonic 3D, Streets of Rage 3, Rocket Knights Adventures, Gunstar Heroes, Earthworm Jim, Flashback, ToeJam & Earl, Ecco the Dolphin, Lost Vikings, Rock & Roll Racing, Castlevania: Bloodlines, TMNT: TT, TMNT: HH, Altered Beast, Ghouls & Ghosts, Revenge of Shinobi, Space Harrier II, Golden Axe, Mortal Kombat games -uncensored, unlike the SNES games-, Afterburner, Michael Jackson's Moonwalker, Strider, Ghostbusters, The Lion King, OutRun, Road Rash, Splatterhouse, Zombies ate my Neighbors, Street Fighter 2, Puyo Puyo, Sonic Spinball, Samurai Showdown, Lunar, Doom Troopers, Mega Bomberman, AAAHH! Real Monsters, Pirates! Gold...
I enjoyed playing Road Rash back in the day on the Genesis. Late at night, after having too much sugar, I would load up the Hawaii map and find the highest hill that had a sign on it, drive straight into it, then watch and laugh while my guy flailed his arms in the air before landing. Simple pleasures. An actual game to play for fun? I enjoyed Zombies Ate My Neighbors.
Dynamite Headdy is, straight up, the best platformer ever made.
Streets of Rage 2 is the best game ever made, period.
Oh and whatever you do, do NOT play Sonic 3 and Sonic and Knuckles separately. They're intended to be one game and should only be played as such.
The core Sonic games (1, 2, 3 & Knuckles), Landstalker, Phantasy Star 2 and 4.
This and Shining Force, Rocket Knight Adventures, Granada, that Batman/Robin game, Ranger X, Pulseman, and a billion other obscure games that I'm sure nobody listed in this thread.
I'd say get Ecco The Dolphin. I only recommend it because it was one of my first Genesis/Megadrive games and when that black hole appears in the sky out of nowhere I freaked out, turned the game off and didn't go to the beach for months. Man when I was, like, 5 years old that shit was terrifying. Good stuff.
Honestly, it's not an amazing game, nor does it hold up as well as say Sonic The Hedgehog 2 or, if you ask me, Vectorman, but it's worth seeing though at least once.
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