As I mentioned in previous posts, I was less and less enchanted with the state of modern gaming. I found modern games uninteresting, I was thinking that the best gaming was in the past. I read an internet article about the best video games by decade, and I read about games from the 1990's. There were the usual suspects represented, but there were also a fair amount that I had never heard of. This was the period of time when I was in college, and was primarily interested in playing in my band than video games. I knew the Playstation was popular; some of my friends had one. There were a bunch of games on this list for a system called the Sega Saturn. I had a Sega Genesis in high school, but I never heard of this Saturn. I thought it was odd that I never heard of this system, but I chalked it up to not paying attention.
Intrigued, I sought information on the net. Apparently, gaming in America in the mid-1990's was all about 3 dimensions. 2D was not good enough, everything had to be 3D. Enter the period of blocky 3D. There were almost no games released in the United States that weren't 3D. This was not the case in Japan, where a plethora of excellent 2D games were continuously churned out for the Saturn and Playstation. I stumbled across a YouTube channel called Classic Game Room, where retro video games are critiqued. After watching several reviews on Saturn games, I was convinced that I would have more fun with this system than I would with any modern system. You see, I always enjoyed video games that were short, action-packed, and easy to pick up. I favored genres such as shoot'em ups, platformers, arcade ports, fighting games, puzzle games, run'n guns, and the like. Genres like these were best represented in 2D, in my opinion. Growing up, I had many of these types of games on my 8-bit NES and 16 -bit Genesis. I remember back then wishing that they were more arcade-like, and not so graphically limited...Enter the Sega Saturn. An unjustly scrutinized console, it was a 2D powerhouse. It was truly capable of matching arcade-like graphics and action, more so than the Genesis ever could. The problem with it was that it was anachronistic. It was the 2D pinnacle in a time when 2D was no longer in style.
|The misunderstood Sega Saturn|
|The Action Replay Cart, a valuable resource for any Sega Saturn owner|
|Capcom's awesome lineup of Saturn fighters|
|The Saturn controllers have the finest D-pads|
|Some of the more sought-after shooter titles on the Saturn:|
Hyperduel, Radiant Silvergun, Battle Garegga, Cotton 2, Blast Wind, Batsugun
There is a whole dramatic storyline behind the Saturn's launch and demise, but that is a story for another time. I just wanted to let people in on the 2D magnificence that is the Sega Saturn. The most misunderstood console that practically nobody played.
|more great shooters:|
Metal Black, Sengoku Blade, Sonic Wings Special, Strikers 1945, Gekirindan, Shienryu, Thunderforce V, Darius Gaiden*, Donpachi, Dodonpachi, Soukyugurentai, Strikers 1945 II
|compilation packs of shooters: Gradius Deluxe Pack, Sexy Parodius, Gokujou Parodius, Thunderforce Gold Pack I, Salamander Deluxe Pack II, Jikkyou Oshaberi Parodius, Twin Bee Deluxe Pack, Thunderforce Gold Pack II|
|even more shooters: Darius 2, Kaitei Daisensou, Kyukyoko Tiger 2 Plus, Arcade Gears Gun Frontier, Guardian Force, The Game Paradise, Kingdom Grandprix, Layer Section II, Steam Hearts, Skull Fang, Gunbird, Layer Section*|
|not so by-the-book shooters: Assault Suit Leynos, Wolf Fang, Panzer Dragoon*, Fantasy Zone, After Burner II, Macross, Sol Divide|
|compilations were common: Capcom Generation 1 (194X series), Capcom Generation 2 (Ghosts 'n Goblins series), Capcom Generation 4 (commando series), Sonic Jam*, Outrun*, Space Harrier*, Sega Rally*, Gale Racer|
|beat'em ups and action platformers: Dynamite Deka (Die Hard Arcade)*, Dungeons and Dragons Collection, Metal Slug, Elevator Action Returns, Shin Shinobiden*, Hissatsu, Clockwork Knight 2*|
|Bomberman*, Bubble Bobble, and Bust a Move|
|Anyone up for light gun games (not on HD tvs): Area 51*, House of the Dead, Virtua Cop*, Virtua Cop 2*|
|some non-capcom fighters: Fighting Vipers*, Virtua Fighter 2*, Fighters Megamix, Real Bout Special, Fatal Fury 3, Fatal Fury Real Bout|