beat-em-up

Golden Axe (Video Game Review)

Video Game Review
Golden Axe
Sega Genesis
1989
Developed by: Sega
Published by: Sega

Golden Axe is a bad game. Why Sega felt it necessary to release this along with the launch of the Sega Genesis makes no sense. While the game does show off what the system is capable of graphically (although this game isn’t giving Sonic any run for its money in the speed department), the gameplay is dull and broken. There are much better beat-‘em-ups on the Genesis and even if there wasn’t, it’s the type of game that parents should buy for their kids to get them to stop playing video games.

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Altered Beast (Video Game Review)

Altered Beast

Video Game Review
Altered Beast
Sega Genesis
1989
Developed by: Sega
Published by: Sega

If you want a good reason for why it took two years for the Genesis to become successful, it was because prior to the release of Sonic the Hedgehog in 1991, the pack-in title for the system was Altered Beast. Although, I was never a huge fan of the arcade game, I never expected the console version to be quite as bad as it is. It looks ugly for a 16-bit game and sounds even worse. Thankfully the game is very short. So at least there’s one positive thing about this title.

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Pirates of Dark Water (Video Game Review)

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Pirates of Dark Water
Video Game Review
Super Nintendo
1994
Developer: Sunsoft
Publisher: Sunsoft

The Super Nintendo had a couple of genres that were oversaturated. The beat-em-up category was one of them. There isn’t a place for mediocre brawlers on the system. Sunsoft tried to do what other companies had been able to do with licenses like Ninja Turtles and Batman had done and take a television/movie license and turn it into a good side-scrolling beat-em-up. The problem was that Pirates of Dark Water wasn’t all that great a game and it was based on a TV show that didn’t have all that large an audience. It’s one of those forgotten games on the SNES that is probably best left to obscurity.

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