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.
Well, it almost drove me insane between the editing issues and the podcast but the first Weekly Video Game Newsletter is out. I apologize in advance if there are any formatting issues as Word was giving me a major headache. The feature article for this week’s issue goes over all the big titles that are supposed to be released in the second quarter of 2010 (April through to June). There are also several reviews and Hall of Fame write-ups that were already featured on this site so you can take them with you to read on the go if you have a Kindle or some other e-book. There’s also a really interesting look at just how bad Sega’s sales have become. People complain about the Sonic games but it looks like all their games are garbage.
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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.
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.
Sonic the Hedgehog Video Game Review Sega Genesis 1991 Developer: Sonic Team Publisher: Sega
There are some who immediately discount Sonic the Hedgehog because of how the game was created. Sonic was created by Sega to make a title that could be more popular than Mario. Sonic was going to be the poster child for 16-bit gaming whether the final product was any good or not. Luckily for Sega and all the gamers out there, Sonic the Hedgehog is an incredible fun 2-D platformer. The game is built for speed which both helps and hurts at the same time. Sonic the Hedgehog is the pinnacle of gaming for the Sega Genesis.
Hall of Fame Inductee Frogger Original Release: 1981 (Arcade) Designer: Konami Publisher: Sega, Gremlin
It’s weird how the simplest of concepts that have no business of becoming popular find their way to the front of the mass-market audience. Konami’s Frogger is an example of this. Considering it was released in 1981, an era where the best games involved shooting at things or had at least more than one screen, Frogger was very modest in contrast. It only had one screen and the goal was to get a frog to run across traffic to go home. On paper it sounds like a dud. In reality, it’s a game that became an icon in the industry.