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GAF Votes: Sega Genesis Top 10 games

redcrayon

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Streets of rage 2
Phantasy Star IV
Soleil
Shining Force 2
Sonic The Hedgehog 2
Streets of Rage
Dynamite Headdy
Toejam and Earl
Contra Hard Corps
Earthworm Jim
Street Fighter 2: Champion edition

The Megadrive isn't a console I go back to very often, but Streets of Rage and Phantasy Star will always have a place in my heart.
 

nkarafo

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1: Sonic 3 & Knuckles
2: Comix Zone
3: Vectorman
4: Sonic 2
5: Aladdin
6: Earthworm Jim
7: Sonic 1
8: Dynamite Headdy
9: World of Illusion
10: Lion King
 

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1. Gunstar Heroes
2. Earthworm Jim
3. Sensible Soccer
4. Micro Machines 2
5. Sonic 2
6. Road Rash 2
7. Jungle Strike
8. Syndicate
9. Sonic
10. Virtua Racing
 
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1. Phantasy Star 2 - unforgettable, groundbreaking JRPG
2. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 - perfect platformer
3. NHL '94 - most fun sports game ever
4. Gunstar Heroes - one of the most intense action games to this day
5. Streets of Rage 2 - best ever beat 'em up
6. Street Fighter 2 CE - as close to arcade perfect as you could expect
7. Shining Force - showed how great SRPG could be
8. Contra: Hard Corps - the best Contra game
9. Flashback - blew people away, not just the rotoscoping either
10. Gaiares - so many good shooters on Genesis, had to have one



picking only 10 is brutal
 
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I've only read the first page and where is Wonder Boy in Monster World in these lists?

Keep reading, they're on pages 2, 3 & 4 :)
 

djtiesto

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It'll be fun to see what the results are gonna be for this. Loving all the Phantasy Star mentions so far :) My list:

1. Phantasy Star 2 - my favorite RPG ever. The amazing ending and dystopian future storyline, the insanely difficult dungeons, addicting plot twists, great music and art style.

2. Phantasy Star 4 - the biggest and baddest RPG on the platform. The manga-influenced cinematics still look great, the electronic inspired soundtrack was awesome, and the characters were memorable. Only problem is that it was a bit on the easy side compared to the other PS games.

3. Gunstar Heroes - may very well be my favorite run n gun ever... it's just oozing with creativity. From the dice maze, to the memorable boss battles (Seven Force) to the frantic 2 player mode...

4. Sonic 3 and Knuckles - the height of the Sonic series, some of the most amazing visuals and music on the platform.

5. Streets of Rage 2 - I'm not really a beat-em-up guy but this game is spectacular... such a great leap over the original, and one of the greatest soundtracks in gaming history. I'm willing to bet it's because of the SOR series that I love house music so much.

6. Shining Force 2 - the original was my intro the SRPGs, this game takes everything great about the first one and adds to it. Creative battles (like the battle on the chess board), a long quest, with plenty of characters to join you and a story filled with twists and turns.

7. Landstalker - challenging isometric platformer with tons of great puzzles... felt extremely satisfying when I finally beat it.

8. Rocket Knight Adventures - best game starring Sparkster, it's got great boss fights, catchy music, clever level design (the level where you need to use the reflections of the platforms to guide you is great), and a unique steampunk aesthetic.

9. Shinobi 3 - aesthetics are on point, and the game ditches the slower-paced style of the others for a more nimble and agile character that is very fun to play.

10. Air Buster - a fairly orthodox shooter, but it's got an appealing atmosphere and soundtrack.

Runners up: Warsong, Shining Force 1, Alien Soldier, Sonic 2, Crusader of Centy, Traysia, Alisia Dragoon, Castlevania: Bloodlines, Contra: Hard Corps, Shadow Dancer, Ranger-X, Thunder Force IV

One of my favorite libraries of all time and seriously underrated.
 

FF Seraphim

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1. Phantasy Star 4
2. Shining Force 2
3. Gunstar Heroes
4. Ranger X
6. Landstalker
7. Streets of Rage 2
8. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and Knuckles
9. Revenge of Shinobi
10. Rocket Knight Adventures
 

FF Seraphim

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It'll be fun to see what the results are gonna be for this. My list:

1. Phantasy Star 2
2. Phantasy Star 4
3. Gunstar Heroes
4. Sonic 3 and Knuckles
5. Streets of Rage 2
6. Shining Force 3
7. Landstalker
8. Rocket Knight Adventures
9. Shinobi 3
10. Air Buster

One of my favorite libraries of all time and seriously underrated.

lol holy shit our lists are so similar
Sorry for the double post!
 

IronicSonic

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1. Alien Soldier
2. Soleil
3. Sonic 3 and Knuckles
4. Phantasy Star IV
5. Streets of Rage 2
6. Contra: Hard Corps
7. Gunstar Heroes
8. Super Street Fighter 2
9. Virtua Racing
10. Vectorman
 

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1. Mega Man: Wily Wars
2. Castlevania Bloodlines
3. Gunstar Heroes
4. Sonic 2
5. Sonic 3 & Knuckles
 

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1. NHL 94
2. Sonic 2
3. Lion King
4. Sonic the Hedgehog
5. Super Hang-on
6. Gunstar Heroes
7: Mickey Mouse: Castle of Illusion
8. Streets of Rage 2
9. Aladdin
10. Ecco the Dolphin
 

therealPeterman

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10. Golden Axe
9. Toe-Jam and Earl
8. Madden '92
7. Ghouls 'n Ghosts
6. Sword of Vermilion
5. Zombies Ate My Neighbor
4. Splatterhouse 2
3. Gunstar Heroes
2. Phantasy Star 2
1. Revenge of Shinobi
 

MegaSackman

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Back to an era were my taste wasn't yet developed and I liked every shit I play. :)

1- Sonic & Knuckles
2- Spiderman & Venom: Maximun Carnage
3- Death and Return of Superman
4- Earthworm Jim 2
5- Castlevania Bloodlines
6- Robocop Vs Terminator
7- Rock N' Roll Racing
8- FIFA International Soccer
9- Road Rash III
10- Columns III

Honorable Mentions:

1- International Superstar Soccer Deluxe
2- Ren & Stimpy: Stimpy's Invention
3- Golden Axe III
4- Splatterhouse 3
5- Mortal Kombat II
 

M.Steiner

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1. Sonic the Hedgehog 2
2. Ecco the Dolphin
3. Sonic the Hedgehog
4. Castle of Illusion
5. Theme Park
6. Dynamite Headdy
7. Jungle Strike
8. Earthworm Jim
9. Streets of Rage 2
10. Ristar

Honorable Mentions:

Golden Axe
World of Illusion
Bubsy
QuackShot
The Lion King

Whilst I'd played games before it, the Mega Drive was my first real console (which I got for my 8th Birthday) and what really kicked off my love for gaming. Such fond memories of those games and of that time, really need to replay some of them.
 

Azure Phoenix

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1: Sonic 3 & Knuckles
2: Cool Spot
3: The Adventures of Batman & Robin
4: Dr Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine
5: Ayrton Senna's Super Monaco GP II
6: Micro Machines 2: Turbo Tournament
7: Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster’s Hidden Treasure
8: Power Drive
9: Road Rash II
10: Cosmic Spacehead

Honourable Mentions
Gunstar Heroes
Streets of Rage 2
Alisia Dragoon
World Of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck
Haunting Starring Polterguy
Snake Rattle n' Roll
Zool
Krusty's Super Fun House
Arrow Flash
Michael Jackson's Moonwalker
Snow Bros.

Boy that was harder than I thought it'd be (hence all the honourable mentions), although as a Mega Drive collector I guess it was always going to be. Such an incredible catalogue of classics and obscure gems.
 

Rymuth

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In no order

  1. Aladdin
  2. Earthworm Jim 2
  3. Jurassic Park
  4. Ecco the Dolphin
  5. Castle Of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
  6. Home Alone
  7. Jungle Strike
  8. Desert Strike
  9. Spiderman Vs Venom: Maximum Carnage
  10. Rambo 3
 

thelatestmodel

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1. Toejam and Earl - still throw it on every now and then, one of the best chillout games ever. Magic.

2. Streets of Rage 2 - just the best beat 'em up ever.

3. Sonic 2 - I don't know, it just feels the best to me, it's my favourite Sonic to play.

4. Sonic 3 and Knuckles - Just pipped by 2.

5. Road Rash 2 - the best Road Rash, holds up extremely well today.

6. Another World - a solid conversion with nothing really lost from the Amiga original.

7. Decap Attack - pretty unique, feels amazing to play.

8. Mutant League Hockey - I feel like it's the best hockey game on the system, NHL 94 may have a real life setting but it's just slightly less fun to play.

9. Desert Strike - does a really great job of setting the scene and making you feel like you're a combat pilot with a job to do.

10. Gunstar Heroes - comes a little lower in my list than some people. Although I do love it I just don't find myself playing that often.


Honorable mentions:

Mega Lo Mania - I love Sensible games so I was kind of drawn to it, and they did an excellent job of handling the mouse to joypad conversion.

Speedball 2 - I just love Speedball 2, and this is a near-perfect conversion. I prefer playing on a Megadrive pad to playing with a joystick.

Starflight - I can just tell this is packed with goodness, but I also know I haven't scratched the surface yet as I've only put a couple of hours in. It's one I'm definitely going back to and then it might make my top 10.
 
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  1. Alien Soldier
  2. Earthworm Jim 2
  3. Shinobi 3
  4. Sonic 3 & Knuckles
  5. Streets of Rage 2
  6. Sonic 2
  7. Earthworm Jim
  8. Pulseman
  9. Mickey Mouse: The Great Circus Mystery
  10. Tiny Toons Acme All-Stars

Honerable Mentions
Street Fighter II Championship Edition
Stimpy's Invention
Beavis and Butthead (Genesis ver superior)
Chiki Chiki Boys
Story of Thor/Beyond Oasis
TMNT: Hyperstone Heist
 

McBradders

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1. Gunstar Heroes
2. Streets of Rage 2
3. Sonic 2
4. Thunderforce IV
5. Story of Thor
6. Revenge of Shinobi
7. Ranger X
8. Comix Zone
9. Joe Montana's Sports Talk Football
10. Streets of Rage
 

AlteredBeast

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Paring down my list, so far what I have, will make final ordering and cuts in a minute:

Beyond Oasis
Bio-Hazard Battle
Castlevania: Bloodlines
College Football USA ‘96
Contra: Hard Corps
Flashback: Quest For Identity
Gaiares
Ghouls And Ghosts
Gunstar Heroes
Land Stalker
Light Crusader
Lightning Force: Quest For The Darkstar
Micro Machines
Midnight Resistance
Mystic Defender
Mystical Fighter
NBA Jam: Tournament Edition
NBA Live ’95
Out Of This World
Out Lander
OutRun
Phantasy Star 2
Phantasy Star 4
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventures
Ranger X
Revenge Of Shinobi (The)
Road Rash 3
Rolling Thunder 2
Rolling Thunder 3
Shadow Blasters
Shadow Dancer
Shadowrun
Shining Force 2
Shining In The Darkness
Shinobi 3
Sonic The Hedgehog 2
Sonic The Hedgehog 3
Street Fighter ll: Special Championship Edition
Streets Of Rage 2
Streets Of Rage 3
Super Baseball 2020
Super Off-Road
Super Street Fighter ll
Sword Of Vermilion
Syndicate
Tecmo Superbowl
Thunder Force 2
Thunder Force 3
Vector Man
Wonderboy In Monsterworld
X-Men
X-Men 2: Clone Wars
Y’s III
 

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1. Sonic the hedgehog 2
2. Sonic the hedgehog 3 and Knuckles
3. Shinobi 3
4. Flashback: Quest For Identity
5. Alien Soldier
6. Land Stalker
7. Wonder Boy in Monster World
8. Contra: Hard Corps
9. Streets of rage 2
10. Castlevania Bloodlines

Honourable Mentions.
x Gunstar Heroes.
x. Earthworm Jim 2
x. Toejam and Earl
x. Another World
x. Sonic The Hedgehog
x. Golden Axe 1&2

Haven't played any of the Phantasy Star games or classic SHMUPs like Thunder Force 4 or Herzog Zwei.
 

ElTopo

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10 is a pretty hard number for me, I can easily do a top 20. But here goes:

1: Gunstar Heroes

2: Sonic 3 & Knuckles

3: Contra: Hard Corps

4: Splatterhouse 3

5: Castlevania Bloodlines

6: Comix Zone

7: Ristar

8: Shinobi 3

9: Earthworm Jim

10: Golden Axe
 

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Only counting originals, since arcade ports were beaten by their source material (yet still fantastic). Shadow Dancer is the exception to the rule because it was not only way better than the arcade version, but had little in common besides the dog partner.

10. Batman
9. Shadow Dancer
8. Wonder Boy in Monster World
7. Dynamite Headdy
6. Sonic the Hedgehog 2
5. Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse
4. Streets of Rage 2
3. Gunstar Heroes
2. Revenge of Shinobi
1. Sonic the Hedgehog
 

ElTopo

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Only counting originals, since arcade ports were beaten by their source material (yet still fantastic). Shadow Dancer is the exception to the rule because it was not only way better than the arcade version, but had little in common besides the dog partner.

Golden Axe is a case where the port was superior to the arcade original. Same with Mercs by Capcom.
 

Neff

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Golden Axe is a case where the port was superior to the arcade original. Same with Mercs by Capcom.

I'm not so big on Mercs either way but the Mega Drive version of Golden Axe is vastly inferior imo despite the extra features.
 

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1. Shinobi 3
2. Streets of Rage 2
3. Gunstar Heroes
4. Thunder Force 3
5. Rocket Knight Adventures
6. Truxton
7. Castlevania Bloodlines
8. Ghouls and Ghosts
9. Gaires
10. Sonic 2
 

Camwi

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This thread made me realize that I didn't play nearly enough Genesis games.

1. Shining Force 2
2. Phantasy Star 4
3. Sonic 3
4. Sonic 2
5. Sonic
6. Shadowrun
7. Ecco the Dolphin
8. Zombies Ate My Neighbors
9. Shining Force
10. Ecco: The Tides of Time
 

ElTopo

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Yes way!

I'm not so big on Mercs either way but the Mega Drive version of Golden Axe is vastly inferior imo despite the extra features.

Arcade version of Golden Axe looked a little prettier and had a few extra frames of animation but the added features to the home port ( I.E. the extra level, the horde mode, being able to play with 5 units of health instead of 3) set it above the arcade original.
 

Phediuk

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1. Thunder Force 4
2. The Adventures of Batman and Robin
3. Dynamite Headdy
4. Alien Soldier
5. Contra Hard Corps
6. Mega Turrican
7. Castlevania Bloodlines
8. Thunder Force 3
9. Revenge of Shinobi
10. Subterrania
 

bjork

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1. Pirates! Gold
2. Phantasy Star II
3. Streets of Rage 2
4. Super Monaco GP
5. Tommy Lasorda Baseball
6. Aladdin
7. Columns
8. Mega Bomberman
9. Target Earth
10. WWF Raw
 
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1. Sonic 2
2.streets of rage 2
3.sonic 3 and knuckles
4.guns tar heroes
5.contra hard corps
6.xmen 2
7.golden axe
8.death and return of superman
9. Alien soldier
10. NBA jam hangtime
 

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1. The Adventures of Batman and Robin
2. Contra: Hard Corps
3. M.U.S.H.A.
4. Lightning Force/Thunder Force 4
5. Sonic 2
6. Streets of Rage 2
7.Gunstar Heroes
8. Castlevania: Bloodlines
9. Gaiares
10. Tiny Toons: Buster's Hidden Treasure
 

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Shining Force 2
Soleil/Ragnacenty/Crusader of Centy
Landstalker
Story of Thor
Quackshot
Fatal Labyrinth
Dynamite Headdy
Gunstar Heroes
Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster’s Hidden Treasure
Battletoads
 

Recall

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1. Streets of Rage 2
2. Streets of Rage
3. Micro Machines Turbo Tournament '96
4. WWF Wrestlemania: The Arcade Game
5. Aladdin
6. Phantasy Star II
7. Vector Man
8. Streets of Rage 3
9. NBA Jam TE
10. Golden Axe
 

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1 Street of rage
2 Street of rage 2
3. Mega Bomberman
4. Road Rash 2
5. Golden Axe
6. Revenge of Shinobi
7. Sonic and knuckles
8. Aladdin
9. Quackshot
10. Castle of illusion

Didn't have a lot of games but these are the ones I can remember best. Local coop use to be so good.
 

Morrigan Stark

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Whoever picks Altered Beast is a fool, I tell you. That's not a good game and never has been.
Yup. You can tell they're people who didn't actually own a Genesis and play their actual good games. ;)

Same with Golden Axe, tbh



I've only read the first page and where is Wonder Boy in Monster World in these lists?
*cough*

With the superior 100 posts per page, I'm on page 1!
 

WarWolf

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1. Warsong
2. Shining Force
3. Shining Force 2
4. Sonic The Hedgehog
5. NHL 94
6. Golden Axe
7. Sunset Riders
8. Golden Axe 2
9. Mercs
10. Aladdin
 

MrBadger

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1. Sonic 3&K
2. Streets of Rage 2
3. Ristar
4. Dynamite Headdy
5. Rocket Knight Adventures
6. Vectorman
7. Streets of Rage
8. Sonic the Hedgehog
9. Castlevania Bloodlines
10. Gunstar Heroes

There are so many Megadrive games I love that I've probably forgotten something really obvious. Top 5 are definite, the rest will probably change when I remember some amazing game I forgot about
 

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I should try my Genesis to see what still works. :/

1-Flashback: Quest For Identity
2-Strider
3-Target Earth
4-Sonic
5-Lost Vikings
6-Robocop Vs Terminator
7-Street Fighter ll: Special Championship Edition
8-Mortal Kombat
9-Earthworm Jim
10-TMNT: The Hyperstone Heist
 

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1. Ristar
2. Phantasy Star 4
2. Sonic 2
3. Rocket Knight Adventures
4. Ghouls 'n Ghosts
5. Alien Soldier
6. Mega Turrican
7. Gunstar Heroes
8. Shinobi III
9. Wonder Boy in Monster World
10. World of Illusion
 

Xer0

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1. Flashback: The Quest for Identity
2. Mortal Kombat 2
3. Aladdin
4. NBA Jam
5. NHL '94
6. Road Rash
7. X-Men
8. Tom Lasorda Baseball
9. Streets of Rage
10. NBA Live '95