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Rank the Top 5 Sega arcade games of all time

pramod

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Now that Sega is making its big comeback to the arcades, what would be your top 5 best Sega ARCADE games of all time?

My list would be:
1. Daytona USA
2. Golden Axe - probably the most perfect arcade game Sega has ever made. Its easy for anyone to pick up and not impossible to beat.
3. Space Harrier
4. Outrun
5. Shinobi

I think 3-5 for me are interchangeable. All legendary games.
 

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1. Virtua Fighter 4
2. Virtua Fighter 3
3. Scud Race/Sega Super GT
4. OutRun
5. Space Harrier
 
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SSfox

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Not sure if those got dem arcade releases, but here's my top:

1- Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution
2- Street Of Rage 2
3- Shinobi 3
4- Golden Axe
5- Sonic 3
 
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Neff

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5. Moonwalker
4. Virtua Fighter 2
3. Star Wars Trilogy Arcade
2. Shinobi
1. Space Harrier
 
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Faithless83

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This is impossible for me.

No initial D nor House of the Dead so far?
 

Naibel

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Still no mention of any lightgun games. No people of culture here confirmed.

I won't bother doing a top 5, a single series, never mind genre, could take more than one spot! Try top 20.

Eh, I've always been more into racers and fighting games. House Of The Dead 2 would have been #6.
 
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Romulus

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This is impossible for me.

No initial D nor House of the Dead so far?

There's only a few posts above yours. And I mean, there were people that stayed away from lightgun games in the arcade so its safe to assume that's who they were. I had friends who just played virtual fighter. They're not wrong or unworthy sega fans. Hell kids today don't even know what a video arcade is, lets not divide us even further.
 
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Romulus

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Eh, I've always been more into racers and fighting games. House Of The Dead 2 would have been #6.

Same, probably #8 or 9 for me. Light gun games were great at first I just found myself going back to racers and fighters.
 
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Romulus

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Still no mention of any lightgun games. No people of culture here confirmed.

I won't bother doing a top 5, a single series, never mind genre, could take more than one spot! Try top 20.

Lol complaining that 5 isn't near enough for a list, but also complaining that lightgun games aren't in the lists. Makes no sense.
 
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Senhua

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1. Golden Axe
2. Dynamite Deka 2
3. Aliens
4. D.D. Crew
5. The House of the Dead

Honorable mention:
Altered Beast
Shinobi
 

Soltype

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5.Crazy Taxi
4.Virtua Fighter 3
3.Outrunners
2.Virtua Fighter 4
1.Daytona USA
 

Orta

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1. Crazy Taxi
2. Outrun 2
3. Sega Rally
4. Afterburner
5. House of the Dead 2
 

kunonabi

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If we're talking personal favorites:

Virtual Fighter 4: Final Tuned
Virtua Cop 3
Giant Gram 2000
Alien Syndrome
Beach Spikers
 
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Goro Majima

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House of the Dead
Crazy Taxi
Golden Axe

I’m not a huge fan of a lot of arcade games.

For me the best SEGA games have been stuff like the Yakuza series, Total War, Binary Domain, and Skies of Arcadia.
 

Gp1

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Arcade is all about the experience, so the cabinet maters

Daytona USA (those huge 8 player machines were awesome)
Scud Racer
Sega rally
G-Loc
Virtua Fighter (2 or 3)

Honorable mention Revenge of Death Adder
 

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Daytona USA
G-LOC
Virtua Racing
Sega Rally 2
Ferrari F355 (with 3 screens)
 

Faithless83

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There's only a few posts above yours. And I mean, there were people that stayed away from lightgun games in the arcade so its safe to assume that's who they were. I had friends who just played virtual fighter. They're not wrong or unworthy sega fans. Hell kids today don't even know what a video arcade is, lets not divide us even further.
That's why I said so far. LOL
Also I think SEGA was (along with Capcom and SNK back then) and still is king in arcades. So many genre defining games under their belt.

I'll try to contribute to the thread a little, with some series that come to mind that I believe everyone should check out. In no particular order:

Daytona USA
SEGA Rally Championship
The House of the Dead
Virtua Cop
Virtua Fighter
Virtua Tennis
Virtua Racing
Virtua-On
Golden Axe
Altered Beast
After Burner
Hang On
Shinobi
Initial D
Gunblade NY

I've spend so much time in arcades during the 90's and early 2000's, that's really hard for me to point out top 5. There is so much good stuff that would have to be left behind.
 
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synchronicity

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They've had lots of great stuff, but for me it's Virtua Fighter (all versions) and then everything else.
 

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Hard to not think of the games that made the largest impact on me when I was younger...
  • House of the Dead
  • Virtua Cop
  • Virtual On
  • Virtua Fighter
  • Golden Axe
 

Old Retro

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Outrun
After Burner II
Golden Axe
Shinobi
Space Harrier

for pure nostalgia's sake:
Zaxxon
Congo Bongo
Monaco GP

would have been top 5 if legendary titles didn't exist:
Daytona USA
Altered Beast
Thunder Blade <<< should have won Nobel Prize for cabinet design
Hang On <<< see above
Virtua Fighter
 

dan76

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Only 5! Here goes

House of the Dead 4
Outrun 2
Star Wars Trilogy Arcade
Vampire Night
F-Zero AX

Just missing out:
Wonder Boy
Space Harrier
 
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Cravis

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House of the Dead
Daytona USA
Die Hard Arcade
Virtua Tennis
Golden Axe - Revenge of Death Adder
 

Coily

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shuffle order

Outrun
Afterburner
Virtua Fighter 4
Daytona USA
Super Hang-On
 

Sintoid

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  1. Out Run 2006
  2. Out Run
  3. Super Hang-On
  4. After Burner
  5. Power Drift
These are my most loved "dedicated cabinet"

My most loved "jamma" are

  1. Wonder Boy
  2. Wonder Boy in Monster Land
  3. Shinobi
  4. Flash Gal
  5. Teddyboy Blues
 

Max_Po

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DAM, I wouldn't pay to stream any of those ....
I have RetroArch set up on Switch
 

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5. House of the Dead
4. Golden Axe
3. Virtua Tennis
2. Streets of Rage 2 (I know it's mostly considered a console game but it was on arcades and it counts)
1. Virtua Fighter 2
 
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Harry Tung

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Sega Rally
House of the Dead 2
Virtua Fighter 2
Crazy Taxi
Virtua Cop

Outrun and Afterburner deserves a mention too.

Sega and AM2 fucking killed it back in the day.
 

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1. Crazy Taxi
2. Outrun 2
3. Afterburner Climax
4. Virtua Fighter 2
5. The House of The Dead 2

Honorable Mention: Buck Rogers: The Planet of Zoom
 
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