Sega Genesis

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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Weekly Video Game Post – March 26, 2010

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  • Jamie Gore and Roberto Panetta (of OKConsole.com)
  • Nintendo is releasing a new DS…again
  • People need to stop buying war shooters. It’s starting to get absurd
  • Seriously? Battlefield: Bad Company 2 > Bioshock 2? Makes no sense!
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Columns (Video Game Review)

Video Game Review
Columns
Sega Genesis
1990
Developed by: Sega
Published by: Sega

Other than Soviet Russia, the only group to benefit strongly from Tetris is Nintendo. Even though Atari made the arcade version and various other Tetris games were available for multiple platforms, Nintendo reaped the rewards of having two of the best versions available: one for the NES and one for the Game Boy. Since Sega wanted to battle Nintendo in every genre imaginable, they did their best to try and take on the behemoth that was Tetris. Sega touted Columns as a Tetris killer. It was more complicated, had more features, and, most importantly at the time, was exclusive to Sega. Meaning, if you wanted to play Columns, you had to buy a Genesis. The problem is that Columns was such a bad game that nobody was going to spend the money to buy a Genesis just to play Columns. It played like a bad arcade port, was a horribly designed puzzle game, and wasn’t all that fun (whereas Tetris was the complete opposite).

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Super Thunder Blade (Video Game Review)

Video Game Review
Super Thunder Blade
Sega Genesis
1989
Developed by: Sega
Published by: Sega

When a console launches, the console’s manufacturer tries to make sure that the best software possible makes it to launch. How Super Thunder Blade made it through the launch window makes absolutely no sense. It’s not even a third party game since Sega was the company that made it. There’s a reason why nobody cared about the 16-bit Sega Genesis during the NES days until Sonic showed up; because of garbage like Super Thunder Blade.

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