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GAF Votes: Sega Genesis Top 10 games

Soltype

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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

It can be from any region, I had Battle Mania Daiginjou on my list.
 

dead souls

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Not too sure about the order (it's really tough to decide) but here goes:

1. Phantasy Star IV
2. Sonic the Hedgehog 2
3. Streets of Rage 2
4. Castlevania Bloodlines
5. Shining Force II
6. Beyond Oasis
7. Phantasy Star II
8. Shinobi III
9. Sonic the Hedgehog
10. Golden Axe
 

Zero-Crescent

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1. Pirates! Gold
2. Shadowrun
3. Sonic 3 and Knuckles
4. Streets of Rage 2
5. Shinobi 3
6. Sonic the Hedgehog 2
7. General Chaos
8. Quackshot
9. Phantasy Star IV
10. Phantasy Star II
x. Comix Zone
x. Monster World IV
x. Road Rash 2
x. Michael Jackson's Moonwalker
x. Sonic the Hedgehog

Honestly, Pirates! Gold and Shadowrun frequently switch places for me, since I like them both so much. Pirates! Gold is a really great version of Sid Meier's classic game, with various usability improvements like an in-game map and the removal of some annoying capture scenes. Shadowrun is a great attempt at translating the P&P RPG experience, with plenty of randomly generated events and missions, providing a surprisingly dynamic and open experience. Sonic 3 and Knuckles was bigger and more varied than the previous entries, with some nice set-piece moments, and I quite liked how differently the characters played. Streets of Rage 2 is probably one of the greatest beat-em-ups out there, and unlike its kin in the genre, it actually holds up pretty well to this day due to its special moves and varied environments. Shinobi 3 is a well done fast-paced action game, backed by a fantastic soundtrack and nice visuals.
 

Spectre

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1) Streets of Rage 2
2) Rocket Knight Adventures
3) Sonic 3 & Knuckles
4) Wonder Boy in Monster World
5) Castle of Illusion
6) Sonic the Hedgehog 2
7) Ghouls 'n Ghosts
8) Golden Axe
9) Shinobi 3
10) Sparkster

Crazy difficult to narrow it down to 10 and then order them. Seems as though I missed playing a whole bunch of well loved games as well, may have to return to the system one day.
 

FrozenCell

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1. Sonic 3 & Knuckles
2. Dune - the Battle for Arrakis
3. Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3
4. Monster World IV
5. Beyond Oasis
6. Streets of Rage
7. Second Samurai
8. Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
9. Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster’s Hidden Treasure
10. Ecco the Dolphin

 

Suzzopher

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No particular order
Streets of Rage 2
Thunderforce IV
Sonic 2
Phantasy Star IV
Shinobi III
Strider
Genstat Heroes
OutRun
Micro Machines 2
Castlevania the New Generation
 
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Alien Soldier
Musha
Sonic 2
Streets of Rage 2
Hellfire
Truxton
Gunstar Heroes
Shining Force 2
Revenge of Shinobi
Contra Hardcorps

Very dificult list, amazing games library...
 

Warren Ellis

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Sonic 3 & Knuckles
Gunstar Heroes
Rocket Knight Adventures
Landstalker
Phantasy Star IV
Wonder Boy in monster world
Earthworm Jim
Micro Machines 2
Street Fighter 2 the champion edition
Contra hard cops
 

PRiSMiWi

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SPEEDBALL 2
HERZOG ZWEI
Rocket Knight Adventures
Sonich & Kuncles
Lion King
EarthWorm Jim
Super Hang-ON
James Pond 3: Operation Starfish
Mutant League Football
Robocop vs. Terminator
 

Cc23830

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My favourite games on the genesis ( megadrive here ) are ones i actually owned as a kid, nothing fancy like these rpgs and such.
1. Sonic 2
2. Rocket knight adventures
3. Streets of rage
4. Road rash 2
5. Streets of rage 2
6. Tony toons
7. Street fighter 2
8. 2 crude dudes
9. Speedball
10. Skitchin
 
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In this order (best to least)

1. Sonic and Knuckles
2. Streets of Rage 2
3. Ristar (note: sad to see this game overlooked by some. It would've been extremely popular had it not been released so late in the Genesis' lifetime)
4. Sonic 2
5. Revenge of Shinobi
6. Gunstar Heroes
7. Sonic the Hedgehog
8. Streets of Rage
9. Shinobi 3
10. Battletoads And Double Dragon: The Ultimate Team
 

MrDoctor

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1. Twinkle Tale
2. Contra: Hard Corps
3. Phantasy Star IV
4. Shining in the Darkness
5. Monster World IV
6. Sonic 3 and Knuckles
7. Gleylancer
8. Puyo Puyo 2
9. Shinobi III
10. Langrisser II
 

jwhit28

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  1. Sonic 2
  2. Sonic 3&K
  3. NHL 94
  4. Streets of Rage 2
  5. Decap Attack
  6. Street Fighter II′: Champion Edition
  7. NBA JAM TE
  8. Ms. Pac Man
  9. Toe-Jam and Earl
  10. Vectorman
 
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In no order:

Revenge of Shinobi
Shining Force 2
Landstalker
Thunder Force IV/Lightening Force
Streets of Rage 2
Phantasy Star IV
Castlevania Bloodlines
Gairies
Pirates: Gold!
MUSHA

honorable mention:
Sword of Vermillion
Castle of Illusion
Valis 3
Thunder Force 3
Sonic 2
 

Zen Mu

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1. Phantasy Star 4
2. Phantasy Star 2
3. Gunstar Heroes
4. Shining Force 2
5. Beyond Oasis
6. Ristar
7. Revenge of Shinobi
8. Thunderforce IV
9. Strider
10. Altered Beast
 

IrishNinja

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gotta try that second samurai one

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.

wow, lazy list is lazy

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.

eh we barely had a thing for it this year, vs the 15th last year...was there even a thread?
not like DC doesn't deserve it though...

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.

history will vindicate 3/SK as > 2, one day
 
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Ghouls & Ghosts
Super Shinobi
Strider
Forgotten Worlds
Thunder Force III
Golden Axe
Rambo III
Herzog Zwei
Elemental Master
Shadow Dancer

Brought back some good memories thinking about these games. Need to play some of them again, maybe this weekend.
 

Fiveshift

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1. Toe jam and Earl.
2. Kid Chameleon
3. General chaos.
4. Skitchin
5. Beavis and Butthead (sega version)
6. Sonic 2
7. NBA Jam
8. RBI Baseball '93
9. Mortal Kombat (Sega Version)
10. Aladdin (sega version)

Glad someone had General Chaos in their top ten! I bought the multi tap for that game @ funcoland, still have it and four controllers.

1. General Chaos
2. Sonic Spinball
3. Road Rash 2
3. Mortal kombat
4. Sonic 2
5. Sonic 3

Sadly did't have and can't remember any more games than that.
 

Sami+

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Motherfucking Sonic 3 & Knuckles as number one for sure. I didn't play much Genesis at all and won't pretend to make a full list because it'll just be Sonic, but I want to throw a number one vote at one of my all time favorites.
 

K.Jack

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Glad someone had General Chaos in their top ten! I bought the multi tap for that game @ funcoland, still have it and four controllers.

1. General Chaos
2. Sonic Spinball
3. Road Rash 2
3. Mortal kombat
4. Sonic 2
5. Sonic 3

Sadly did't have and can't remember any more games than that.
Wanted to put General Chaos in my list so so badly, but I just couldn't find the spot. I used to wreck shit with the 2-man Commando squad.

I should probably go back and kick something out to get it in there.
 

woopWOOP

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Man, how did I almost miss this thread for an entire week.
Haven't played a lot of Genesis games (for instance I never played the Phantasy Star games yet, so I can't vote for those in good conscience), so here's a pretty mainstream list I suppose:

1. Sonic 3 & Knuckles
2. Sonic 2
3. Ristar
4. Rock 'n Roll Racing
5. Gunstar Heroes
6. Out Run
7. Flicky
8. Kid Chameleon
9. Rocket Knight Adventures
10. Dynamite Headdy

Honorary mentions to Golden Axe 2, Marvel Land, Castlevania: Blood Lines and Samurai Shodown.
 

Eegah

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In no order:

General Chaos
Mortal Kombat II
Mortal Kombat 3
Earthworm Jim
Earthworm Jim 2
The Lion King
6 Pak (if that counts)
Sonic the Hedgehog
NHL '94
College Football's National Championship

Those days were back when I used to play sports games, and man were there some good one on the Genesis.
 

noquarter

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Ok, my list of based on me playing then when it came out, so not a lot of the hidden gems will be on here. As a kid these where my favorites and I still enjoyed then replaying them.

1. Shining Force - got me hooked on SRPGs. Really like the promotion system and spent forever playing my first time through. Then I realized I could Egress and grind. Played it again on the GBA when it released and still enjoyed it, as well as on the Genesis Collection on 360. Probably my most played Genesis game.

2. Decapattack - rented this not knowing what it would be and enjoyed it a lot. Was one of the few games I beat when renting it and still bought when I found it.

3. Sonic 2 - everything with this game was better than Sonic 1, IMO. Tails was a cool sidekick and the Casino Night Zone was one of the coolest levels ever. This game actually made me feel OK not owning a SNES and SMW at the time.

4. Streets Of Rage 2 - loved the music and characters.

5. Gunstar Heroes - good graphics and music, a two player run and gun. Good times.

6. Shining In The Darkness - a dungeon crawler and in the same universe as Shining Force. Came out earlier, but didn't play it til later. Thought for the type of game it was a little easy, but still a good time.

7. Quackshot featuring Donald Duck - a Disney game not by Capcom that is good. Like using your weapon to also platform. Fun times.

8. Phantasy Star 3 - really enjoyed playing through more than one character. Also the first Phantasy Star I played, somehow playing it after FF3 even though u didn't own a SNES at the time.

9. Mortal Kombat - A,B,A,C,A,B,B

10. John Madden Football - I don't know what the yellow tab is for, but no SNES games had it and the game was only on the Genesis, so it must have helped make that game what it was.

There are so many good games on Genesis, BioHazard Battle, Landstalker, Road Rash, Tiny Toons Busters Hidden Treasure, Contra Hard Corps, Mutant League Series, and more that could be on this list, but back in the day these were probably my favorite ten. At least I have very fond memories of them and still occasionally play them.
 

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1. Sonic 3 & Knuckles


Everything about the original, but better. Catchier (Michael Jackson!) music, richer graphics, better-developed gameplay with more power-ups and "cinematics" and interactive elements. Plus the whole lock-on concept just felt stupidly cool, especially when you threw a Game Genie into the mix.

2. Sonic the Hedgehog


The second video game I ever played, and it still holds up today (I just beat it again recently on iOS). Ridiculously fluid, vibrant, and melodious, with diverse environments, brilliant bonus stages, and a killer core concept that people still clamor for almost a quarter-century later.

3. McDonald's Treasure Land Adventure


It looks so silly at first glance, but Treasure's adver-game proved one of the most ambitious titles on the system. Defined by bizarre enemies and manic, fever-dream level design, featuring everything from haunted world-trees to shadowy conga-lines of ballerina bunnies.

4. Castle of Illusion


Expansively imaginative, this game always felt like an epic journey even if it could be beaten in a half hour or so. Such a wide range of worlds to explore, with an evocative score, creative boss battles, and charming sound design.


5. Aladdin


An excellent conversion of the film, retaining the wit and visual gags with a challenging platform design spanning long and complex levels, plus a nice assortment of bonus games to mix things up.

6. The Lion King


Not quite as faithful to the film's tone, but makes up for it with great music, colorful environments, and a cool African-inspired interface.

7. Ristar


A nifty platformer with some unique gameplay mechanics.

8. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie


My first fighting game was the original 2 v. 2 Power Rangers title, but this sequel expanded its scope markedly with a full-fledged campaign across multiple large environments and an assortment of bosses.

9. Ghouls 'n Ghosts


I'll admit, I never got past the first level, but that's what makes this such an infamous title, right?

10. Altered Beast


My first ever video game. Lacks the charm of some of these other title (especially Sonic, which was a well-deserved replacement launch title), but you'll never forget your first.

Dishonorable mention: Fantasia. That shit was just awful.
 

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  1. Phantasy Star 4
  2. Beyond Oasis
  3. Phantasy Star 2
  4. Gunstar Heroes
  5. Sonic The Hedgehog 3
  6. Shining Force 2
  7. Tiny Toon Adventure: Buster's Hidden Treasure
  8. Ayrton Senna’s Super Monaco GP 2
  9. Micro Machines
  10. Shining Force
 

thiagosimoes

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I hope I'm not too late.

1. Phantasy Star IV
2. Sonic the Hedgehog 2
3. The Lost World: Jurassic Park 2
4. Mega Bomberman
5. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie
6. Super Street Fighter II
7. Rock 'n Roll Racing
8. Monster World IV
9. Beyond Oasis
10. Barver Battle Saga
 
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Post 385 is the last I'll count. I should have the results soon. Still not sure if I should post it here or in a new thread.
 

vongruetz

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10. Altered Beast



My first ever video game. Lacks the charm of some of these other title (especially Sonic, which was a well-deserved replacement launch title), but you'll never forget your first.

Dishonorable mention: Fantasia. That shit was just awful.

People like to crap over Altered Beast for not being a good game, but I remember playing it for the first time and being blown away. After years of playing on the NES, Altered Beast was a graphical revelation. It was simply amazing. For the first time the actual look of an arcade game was now possible on a home console. My friends and I played it endlessly.
 

neonxaos

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1 Streets Of Rage 2
2 Sonic The Hedgehog 2
3 Gunstar Heroes
4 Sonic The Hedgehog
5 Super Street Fighter ll
6 Phantasy Star 2
7 Forgotten Worlds
8 Shining Force
9 Golden Axe
10 Eternal Champions