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GAF Votes: Sega Genesis Top 10 games

Reila

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1. Sonic 3 & Knuckles
2. Sonic the Hedgehog
3. Ecco The Dolphin
4. Sonic the Hedgehog 2
5. Streets of Rage

Not going to make a Top 10, a Top 5 is more than enough.
 

megashock5

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Still my favorite console of all time.


1. Fire Shark
2. Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse
3. Sonic the Hedgehog
4. Strider
5. Ghouls & Ghosts
6. Castlevania Bloodlines
7. Streets of Rage 2
8. Shadow Dancer
9. Comix Zone
10. Kid Chameleon
 

vongruetz

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1. Lakers v Celtics
2. Starflight
3. Golden Axe 2
4. Sonic
5. Castle of Illusion
6. Dune
7. Aladdin
8. Earthworm Jim
9. NHLPA 93
10. Williams Arcade Hits

My honorable mentions are Golden Axe, Flashback, an Altered Beast.
 

Hotsuma

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1. Sonic 3/Sonic and Knuckles
2. Streets of Rage 2
3. Gunstar Heroes
4. Contra Hard Corps
5. Phantasy Star 4: End of the Millennium
6. Gauntlet 4
7. Shinobi 3
8. Streets of Rage
9. Ms. Pac Man
10. Revenge of Shinobi

Honorable Mentions; Outrun, Streets of Rage 3, Sonic 2, Mic and Mac; Globial Gladiators, The Adventures of Batman and Robin, Moonwalker
 

LordCiego

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The order changes depending of the day.

1- Dynamite Heady
2- Gunstar Heroes
3- Sonic 3 & Knucles
4- Sonic 2
5- Sonic
6- Soleil - Crusader of Centy
7- Story of Thor - Beyond Oasis
8- Shining Force 2
9- Light Crusader
10- Super Street Fighter 2
 

leatherhat

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Tough decisions:

1. Shining Force 2
2. Sonic 2
3. Road Rash
4. Shining Foce
5. Phantasy Star 4
6. Sonic and knuckles
7. Mortal Kombat 2
8. Streets of rage
9. Shinobi 3
10. Shining in the Darkness

Should be noted that the top 4 are among some of my favorite games of all time with SF2 being my favorite.
 

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1. Ghouls'n Ghosts
2. Contra: Hard Corps
3. Thunder Force IV
4. Strider
5. Alien Storm
6. Gunstar Heroes
7. Streets of Rage 2
8. Aladdin
9. Super Hang-On
10. Shadowrun
 

ienjoyrawfish

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1: Sonic 3 and Knuckles
2: Landstalker
3: Street Fighter II
4: Gunstar Heroes
5: Streets of Rage II
6: Sonic the Hedgehog
7: Sonic the Hedgehog 2
8: Contra: Hard Corps
9: Thunderforce III
10: Ristar
 

WITHE1982

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1. Flashback
2. Streets Of Rage 2
3. Sensible Soccer
4. Gunstar Heroes
5. Toejam & Earl
6. Decap Attack
7. Rocket Knight Adventures
8. Sonic 2
9. Mega Turrican
10. Zombies Ate My Neighbours

Honorable Mentions (so close to making the list)
Light Crusader
Shining In The Darkness
Desert Strike
Quackshot
Earthworm Jim
Beyond Oasis
World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck (best co-op game of all time)
 

Kjell

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01 - Streets of Rage 2
02 - Sonic the Hedgehog
03 - Ristar
04 - Dragon's Fury
05 - Thunder Force IV
06 - Gunstar Heroes
07 - Monster World IV
08 - The Story of Thor
09 - Light Crusader
10 - Rolling Thunder 3

Honorable Mentions - Burning Force, Castlevania: Bloodlines, Soleil, Shining Force II, Super Fantasy Zone, The Revenge of Shinobi.
 
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  1. Beyond Oasis
  2. Landstalker
  3. Thunder Force IV
  4. Streets of Rage 2
  5. Shinobi III
  6. Gunstar Heroes
  7. Ranger X
  8. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles
  9. Shining Force II
  10. Rocket Knight Adventures
 

Laevateinn

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1. Shining Force
2. Shining Force 2
3. Phantasy Star 4
4. Sonic 3 and Knuckles
5. Streets of Rage 2
6. Castlevania: Bloodlines
7. Wonder Boy in Monster World
8. Shinobi 3
9. Toejam and Earl
10. Aladdin
 

KalBalboa

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What is so special about the 27th anniversary? I've seen 10th, 20th, 25th, 30th, 40th, 45th, 50th, 60th, 75th and 100th as being considered important, but 27th, 28th, 29th etc?

I noticed this happening with the 16th anniversary of the Dreamcast this year, which was the same day at the Playstation's 20th. It felt very "Me too!"

Anyway, I need to cultivate my ten. Let me get on that.
 

Shane

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There a lot of great games in the OP list that I played on Amiga only, so I've left them out. Here's my gut reaction list:

  1. Splatterhouse 2
  2. Streets of Rage 2
  3. Alisia Dragoon
  4. Sonic 2
  5. Shadow of the Beast
  6. Zombies Ate My Neighbors
  7. Rock ‘N’ Roll Racing
  8. Mega Bomberman
  9. Micromachines
  10. Mutant League Hockey
 

bishopcruz

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1. Bubsy 2
2. Sonic the Hedgehog 2
3. Sonic and Knuckles
4. Mortal Kombat 2
5. NBA Jam
6. Fun ‘N’ Games
7. Jungle Book
8. Tiny Toon Adventures: Acme All Stars
9. Triple Play ‘96
10. Pac-Man 2: The New adventures

Wait, what?

Anyhow, my list:

1. Phantasy Star 2
2. Streets of Rage 2
3. Sonic the Hedgehog 2
4. Revenge of Shinobi
5. Gunstar Heroes
6. Castlevania: Bloodlines
7. Strider
8. Gaiares
9. Phantasy Star 4
10. Ghouls and Ghosts

The order is mutable save PS2 at #1, as that is one of my favorite games of all time.

Honorable Mentions:
Fatal Labyrinth, Castle of Illusion, Earthworm Jim, Land Stalker, Alisia Dragoon, Sonic the Hedgehog, Streets of Rage and a lot more.

And you know what all these games have in common? They weren't on any of the recent Top 100 games of all times lists by Edge and IGN. Man that just irks me.
 
1. Sonic the Hedgehog 2
2. Earthworm Jim
3. Mega Bomberman
4. Outrun 2019
5. Super Fantasy Zone
6. Pulseman
7. Thunderforce IV
8. Streets of Rage
9. Golden Axe 2
10. Rocket Knight Adventures

Special mention to this delightful piece of shit that I love and hate:

 

Heero5

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Gunstar Heroes
Streets of Rage 2
Shining Force
Rocket Knight Adventures
Sonic 3 + Knuckles
Castlevania Bloodlines
Contra Hard Corps
Musha
Sonic 2
Ranger X
 

Kjell

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And you know what all these games have in common? They weren't on any of the recent Top 100 games of all times lists by Edge and IGN.

A grand total of 0 SEGA games made it into IGN's "Top 100 Video Games of All Time" list :-(
 

Danthrax

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My top 10:
  1. Sonic 3 & Knuckles
  2. VectorMan
  3. Earthworm Jim 2
  4. Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  5. Sonic the Hedgehog
  6. VectorMan 2
  7. Aladdin
  8. Mortal Kombat
  9. Ristar
  10. Streets of Rage 2

Honorable mentions (the next five, basically):
Streets of Rage 3
Streets of Rage
Comix Zone
Earthworm Jim
Golden Axe 2

The rest of my list among games I've played enough that I feel like I can rank them:
Golden Axe
The Lion King
Sonic 3D Blast
Fatal Labyrinth
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
Jurassic Park
Sonic Spinball
Alien 3
Animaniacs
Revenge of Shinobi
Battletoads
Test Drive 2: The Duel
ESWAT: City Under Siege
Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster's Hidden Treasure
Ecco The Dolphin
Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
Altered Beast
Star Trek Next Generation: Echoes From The Past



If we're not repeating game series, then this would be my top 10:
  1. Sonic 3 & Knuckles
  2. VectorMan
  3. Earthworm Jim 2
  4. Aladdin
  5. Mortal Kombat
  6. Ristar
  7. Streets of Rage 2
  8. Comix Zone
  9. The Lion King
  10. Fatal Labyrinth
 
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1) Herzog Zwei
2) Starflight
3) Streets of Rage 2
4) Phantasy Star IV
5) Gain Ground
6) Road Rash II
7) Castlevania Bloodlines
8) Gunstar Heroes
9) Rolling Thunder 2
10) Revenge of Shinobi

Best I could muster, but I hate settling on just ten.
 
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Under the bed...
1-Toejam and Earl
2-Contra: Hard Corps
3-Phantasy Star 4
4-Shining Force 2
5-Shadowrun
6-Roadrash 3
7-Somic Spinball
8-Street of Rage 3
9-TMNT: Hyperstone Heist
10-Toejam and Earl 2: Panic on Funkotron
 

Mupod

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Gunstar Heroes - if someone asked me what my favorite game of all time was from the day I played this in the early 90s until now, this would be the answer. I don't think I need to say any more.

Alien Soldier - obviously did not play this when it was new because it didn't come out in NA, but it's an incredible game all the same. A tough learning curve, but I can't think of a 2D sidescroller that gives you control of a more powerful player character. It's everything great about Genesis action games.

Contra: Hard Corps - total insanity to me that Contra 3 gets far more recognition than this. It's the best Contra game. Hard as balls, but fair as you have plenty of tools like the slide and general bullshit from Browny if you use him. The branching paths make it great to replay, I don't really consider myself a speedrunner but there was a time when I liked this game enough to speedrun/1 life it on certain paths. Music is extremely badass too.

Thunder Force 4 - I didn't play this until this year, when I found it at a yard sale (as Lightening Force). I couldn't put it down, it's a tough challenge but not impossible and is just really well designed. It has that 'magic' to it. Oh and one of the best game soundtracks I've ever heard helps a bit.

Rocket Knight Adventures - found this one in a Blockbuster bargain bin when I was a kid. There were ads in comic books that made it look cool and it was $5 so why not. Best $5 I ever spent.

Phantasy Star IV - Honestly if you like RPGs and haven't played this you kind of suck.

Sonic 2 - mostly a nostalgia thing I guess. Probably played this more than any Genesis game.

Shining Force 2 - been a real long time since I played it, but I loved it back then. I might give it another run through.

Shinobi 3 - Not much to say, just a kick ass game.

S3&K - pretty much obligatory.

Notable other games:

Streets of Rage 2 - I'll be honest I haven't played it all that much. But I've listened to its soundtrack more than I've played a lot of games.

I still haven't played Castlevania Bloodlines, I'm saving it for next week. Castlevania in October is kind of a thing I do.

I LOVED Road Rash 2 as a kid. Haven't gone back to it since then, doubt it holds up much though.
 

GrayDock

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1 - Sonic 2
2 - Revenge of the Shinobi
3 - Streets of Rage 2
4 - Kid Chameleon
5 - Sonic
6 - Streets of Rage
7 - Road Rash 2
8 - Jungle Strike
9 - Lakers Vs Celtics
10 - El Viento
 
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1. Lakers v Celtics
2. Starflight
3. Golden Axe 2
4. Sonic
5. Castle of Illusion
6. Dune
7. Aladdin
8. Earthworm Jim
9. NHLPA 93
10. Williams Arcade Hits

My honorable mentions are Golden Axe, Flashback, an Altered Beast.

Man, good call. Joust, Defender, my introduction to Sinistar (and subsequent nightmares)... really good collection.
 

crowphoenix

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1. Shining Force 2
2. Landstalker
3. Zombies Ate my Neighbors
4. Toe-Jam and Earl
5. Jungle Strike
6. Comix Zone
7. Steel Empire
8. Rocket Knight
9. World of Illusion
10. Zero Tolerance

HM: Greendog
 

KalBalboa

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  1. Sonic The Hedgehog 3
  2. Comic Zone
  3. Vectorman
  4. Ristar
  5. Earthworm Jim 2
  6. Kid Chameleon
  7. Jungle Strike
  8. X-Men
  9. Terminator 2: The Arcade Game
  10. Sonic The Hedgehog


Honorable Mentions:

Greendog
Ghostbusters

 

KlytusImBored

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This is my top ten - which changes depending on what day you ask me...except MUSHA:

1. MUSHA
2. Streets of Rage 2
3. Castlevania Bloodlines
4. Beyond Oasis
5. Revenge of Shinobi
6. Shining Force II
7. Shining in the Darkness
8. Phantasy Star II
9. Thunder Force II
10. Strider
 

tav7623

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1. Castlevania Bloodlines
2. Streets of Rage 2
3. X-Men 2: The Clone Wars
4. Sonic the Hedgehog 2
5. Aladdin
6. Mortal Kombat II
7. Spider-Man & Venom: Maximum Carnage
8. Sonic & Knuckles
9. Shinobi 3
10. Earthworm Jim 2

Honorable Mentions:
Jurassic Park: Rampage Edition
Pocahontas
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3
PGA Tour 96
Sonic Spinball
 

entremet

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This thread shows me how much more I have to explore of the Genesis library.

Still haven't played Ristar or the Konami Genesis games.
 

K.Jack

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I think this is my order:

Gunstar Heroes
Streets of Rage 2
Shining Force 2
Sonic 2
Mutant League Hockey
Lightning Force (Thunder Force IV)
Phantasy Star IV
Thunder Force III
NFL '96
Techoclash

Me thinking of all the classics I had to omit:


I'm not doing 'Honorable Mentions', because it'd be like 20 games.

Shout out to Air Buster, it just couldn't fit into my top 10, but I loved it to death.
 

F-Pina

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1. Contra: Hard Corps / Probotector
2. The Story of Thor / Beyond Oasis
3. Streets of Rage 2
4. Sonic the Hedgehog
5. Dynamite Headdy
6. Virtua Racing
7. Robocop vs Terminator
8. Micro Machines
9. Eternal Champions
10. Sonic 2
 

discoalucard

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1. Gunstar Heroes
2. Streets of Rage 2
3. Sonic 3 & Knuckles
4. Castlevania Bloodlines
5. MUSHA
6. Shadow Dancer
7. Rocket Knight Adventures
8. Contra Hard Corps
9. Phantasy Star IV
10. Shinobi III
 

kswiston

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My memory is very rusty when in comes to Genesis games, and I haven't played all of the classics, despite having had a system when it was current, and having like 3 versions of the Sega Genesis collection. That said:

1) Shining Force 2
2) Sonic 2 (Mostly nostalgia putting this over S3&K)
3) Phantasy Star IV
4) Sonic 3 and Knuckles
5) Streets of Rage 2
6) Mortal Kombat 2
7) Castlevania Bloodlines
8) Ecco the Dolphin
9) The Lion King
10) Earthworm Jim
 

Sir_Crocodile

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My top ten MD games would be:

1) Story of Thor (Beyond Oasis in the states I think)
2) Sonic 3 & Knuckles
3) Zombies Ate My Neighbours
4) Speedball 2
5) Streets of Rage 2
6) Jungle Strike
7) Aladdin
8) Sparkster
9) Space Harrier 2
10) Mickey Mania

Honourable mentions:

Castlevania: Bloodlines
Mega Bomberman
Mega Turrican
Earthworm Jim
Shining Force 2
Sonic 2

Story of Thor is simply one of the finest Action RPG's in the history of video games. Only Zelda 3 outstrips it imo
 

Morrigan Stark

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1. Sonic 3 & Knuckles
2. Sonic the Hedgehog
3. Ecco The Dolphin
4. Sonic the Hedgehog 2
5. Streets of Rage

Not going to make a Top 10, a Top 5 is more than enough.
smh

This thread shows me how much more I have to explore of the Genesis library.

Still haven't played Ristar or the Konami Genesis games.
Ristar is my favourite platformer of all time. It's such a joy to play through.

Story of Thor is simply one of the finest Action RPG's in the history of video games. Only Zelda 3 outstrips it imo
I like it better than Zelda 3... :D
 

Krappadizzle

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1. Ranger X
2. Sonic 3
3. X-Men 2: Clone Wars
4. Earthworm Jim
5. Ecco the Dolphin
6. Bonanza Bros.
7. NHL 95'
8. Streets of Rage 2
9. Aladdin
10. Zombies Ate My Neighbors

Honorable mention to Jungle Strike and Comix Zone. An honorable mention to the Sega Channel service as well, ahead of its time.


Damn the Genesis had some great games. It was tough to narrow it down to ten and even tougher to place them in a 1-10 list.
 

zero shift

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This thread shows me how much more I have to explore of the Genesis library.

Still haven't played Ristar or the Konami Genesis games.

Most of the best games for the Mega Drive aren't the "essential" blockbusters like Toe Jam and Earl, Streets of Rage, Sonic, and Mortal Kombat II. The best Mega Drive games tend to be the more niche games that you really have to dig to find. Battle Mania II, Panorama Cotton, Ranger X, El Viento, Pulseman, and The Adventures of Batman and Robin are just a few games that come to mind that comfortably trump most of the Mega Drive games that usually lead these lists.

I feel that this is why so many people feel that the Super Nintendo was flatout "better" than the Mega Drive. Because while most of the Super Nintendo's best games had mainstream popularity, most of the Mega Drive's best games were pretty rare
 
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1. Sonic 3 and Knuckles
2. Castlevania: Bloodlines
3. Shining Force
4. Beyond Oasis
5. 6-Pak (Hey, you listed it -- Sonic 1, SOR1, Revenge of Shinobi, and Columns in one cartridge??)
6. Streets Of Rage 3
7. Toejam And Earl 2: Panic On Funkotron
8. Zombies Ate My Neighbors
9. Monster World IV
10. Mega Man: The Wily Wars (even if they forgot to resize Proto Man, they're acceptable 16-bit upgrades to three of the best games ever made, now with saving)
 

KevinCow

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So 1 and 2 are going to be Sonic 2 and Sonic 3&K, right? Skimming the lists, it looks like it to me. But which order, that's the question.
 

zero shift

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So 1 and 2 are going to be Sonic 2 and Sonic 3&K, right? Skimming the lists, it looks like it to me. But which order, that's the question.

Sonic 1 should really be at the top of the Sonic games. The best by far IMO. The other games focused too much on going fast and various gimmicks rather than crafted and polished level design.
 

MrDoctor

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The OP is a bit confusing to me. Is this strictly a NA list? No Mega Drive allowed?

edit: all you people voting MUSHA over Truxton are criminals
 

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1. NHL95
2. NHL94
3. Sports Talk Baseball
4. FIFA
5. NBA Live 95
6. ATP Tennis
7. NHL Hockey
8. Alien Storm
9. Madden 95
10. Gunstar Hero
 

oneida

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The OP is a bit confusing to me. Is this strictly a NA list? No Mega Drive allowed?

edit: all you people voting MUSHA over Truxton are criminals
musha is way more popular, probably due in part to its market value :/ it is really good though. i think i agree that truxton is better.
 

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No order, equally weighted:

  • Sonic 2
  • Dinosaurs for Hire
  • Aladdin
  • Primal Rage
  • Vectorman
  • Shinobi 3
  • Golden Axe
  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
  • Sonic 3d Blast
  • Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3