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Posted on Feb 13th 2021 at 01:00:00 PM by (EZ Racer)
Posted under top 20, nes, snes, genesis, pc, n64, playstation, nintendo, ps1, mario, zelda

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So after taking much of 2020 to look at some of the best games for several different home console systems of the 70's, 80's, and 90's, it only seemed natural to kick off 2021 with a list of the best of the best.

The results are based off of 5 participants:

EZ Racer

Voters were encouraged to list all their best games if they couldn't get it cut to 20, and a few lists took advantage of that. Games from all systems released as 5th generation consoles (N64, Playstation 1, Sega Saturn) and prior were eligible. Japan exclusives were also eligible, along with PC titles released in 1999 or earlier.

In all, there were 89 games that were considered among the best of the early video game generations, and rather than list the also-rans separately, I thought it woulld be fun to list every game in order. My thought is that all these games are considered exceptional by at least one person, so if your looking for ideas for something to try, it might be for you as well.

Before getting to it, thanks to those who participated this month, and all who made lists in 2020. It's been a lot of fun, and look forward to a lot more in '21! If you're a GameCube fan, check out the link for the next list coming up- http://www.rfgeneration.c...m/index.php?topic=19495.0

So here are your Top 20...er top 89 games as voted on by RFGen members!

Continue reading RFGen Top 20 plus? Games of the Early Years

Posted on Apr 12th 2020 at 12:00:00 PM by (EZ Racer)
Posted under genesis, sega, sonic, streets of rage, shining force, top 20

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"Genesis Does what Nintendon't!"

But let's get more specific, what are the games that best show what the Genesis does?

Continue reading RFGen Top 20 Games- Sega Genesis Edition

Posted on Aug 17th 2019 at 12:00:00 PM by (bombatomba)
Posted under CRPG, Console, Dungeons and Dragons, Genesis, Warriors, Hidden Gem

It really feels like I've been cranking away at JRPGs for a while now, and I feel like I need a bit of a break, so I decided to turn to my second (and most recent) RPG love: the CRPG.  But what to play?  Ultima VI?  Nope (and for a reason we can discuss another time, if you want).  Witcher 3?  Nah, I don't really want to start anything new (and possible very long). 

So what to do?  Ah, maybe something from my past, something I have already played but largely forgotten, but also I can play on my recently hacked PS Vita.  After a few days it came to me:  Dungeons and Dragons - Warriors of the Eternal Sun (Eternal Sun) for the Sega Genesis!

Continue reading Dungeons & Dragons - Warriors of the Eternal Sun

Posted on Feb 22nd 2019 at 01:00:00 PM by (NeoMagicWarrior)
Posted under Disney, Genesis

Join me in the climb to the top of Pride Rock for Neo's "A Brief Look At" series!

This month, we check out The Lion King for Genesis, a game which is ubiquitous with ridiculous difficulty.

Check out more of Neo, and the rest of the RFGeneration stream team at http://Twitch.tv/RFGeneration

Posted on Mar 24th 2018 at 12:00:00 PM by (SirPsycho)
Posted under Australia, nintendo, nes, snes, sega, genesis, game gear, gameboy, game boy

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In the middle of the 1970s, there were small game development studios popping up all over the world. In Melbourne, Australia; in 1977, one of those companies was Beam Software. Their initial games were developed for the home computers of the early 1980s, and they scored a whopper of an early hit in 1982's The Hobbit. At the tail end of the 80s, they finally made the move into home console development for the NES. A couple early stinkers in the two Back to the Future games did not slow the company down, and they started to get contracts to port arcade games to the console. In the early 1990s, there was a shift in the company's audio staff which saw Gavan Anderson and Tania Smith working on music and audio, but Tania ended up leaving to go on a world tour, and she asked Marshall Parker to be her replacement. Marshall was already 38 years old when he joined Beam Software in 1990, making him one of the older composers even at that time.

Continue reading Composer Compendium: Marshall Parker

Posted on Aug 24th 2017 at 12:00:00 PM by (singlebanana)
Posted under Playcast, Shining Force II, Genesis, playthrough, July, 2017, Duke, Collectorcast

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Join RF Generation Playcast hosts, Rich (singlebanana) and Shawn (GrayGhost81), and the prodigal son, Duke.Togo of the Collectorcast, as he returns to discuss Shining Force II for the Sega Genesis. This month's Playcast tackles one of the more well know RPGs of the 16 bit era. In this episode, we discuss the game's mechanics, its colorful characters, the enemies and bosses, and the changes made from the original. How did Shawn fair with this being his first introduction to the series?  Has Rich hooked up his PS4 yet? And how many enemies did Duke wreck with his Super Peter? The answers to these questions and many more in this month's episode of the RF Generation Playcast. You won't want to miss it! 

As always, we are happy to hear your thoughts on this game on our discussion page (linked below). We will respond to your comments and are always happy to discuss the game more. We hope you enjoy our show.  Please be sure to rate and write a review of the show on iTunes to help us increase our listenership. Thanks for the listen!

Episode 40 discussion thread: http://www.rfgeneration.c...m/index.php?topic=18102.0

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Continue reading Episode 40 - RF Generation Playcast

Posted on May 14th 2016 at 12:00:00 PM by (singlebanana)
Posted under Sega, Genesis, traitor, Nintendo, Console Wars

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Recently, there has been talk between Sony and Microsoft about implementing cross-platform gaming.  Though no sort of agreement has been reached yet, and there is only speculation as to what these talks have consisted of, even the slightest notion that these two video game giants have taken the idea into consideration is HUGE!  The climate for console developers has drastically changed over the course of time, and while Nintendo still goes its own way, it does so without feeling the need to get into squabbles or spend millions in advertising to inflict insult upon its competition.  But, as we all know, this hasn't always been the case.

As a child of the 80's, I remember these targeting ads well and can look back today and see their overt influence over the console choices made by my classmates and I.  The feud that Nintendo and Sega started was hotly contested and equally debated on the playground in my day. Nintendo's dominance in my community was so pronounced that no one dared to admit to owning a Sega console for fear of ridicule.  What gaming system you owned or didn't own could have socially ruined you among your peers.  If you owned a Sega, no one wanted to come over to your house because they couldn't bring their games over, and there wasn't a chance that you could swap games for a few weeks (...sometimes to never have your games returned, but that's another matter all together).  In reality, it was a somewhat milder form of bullying, and let's be honest, it still exists among some fanboys/fangirls today.

Continue reading Call Me Traitor

Posted on Sep 4th 2015 at 10:00:00 AM by (singlebanana)
Posted under review, Sega, Genesis, retro, Crack Down

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I know that some of you are probably disappointed that this isn't a glowing review of Crackdown on the XBox 360. I'm sure that's a great game, but having never played it, I'd like to talk about another game of the same name released on the Sega Mega Drive & Genesis by Sage's Creation in 1990 & 1991 respectively.  Crack Down is a port of the original 1989 arcade title of the same name that was developed by Sega for their Sega System 24 arcade board. The game was also ported to the Commodore Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, ZX Spectrum, the Wii Virtual Console (PAL & Japan only), and most recently (2010), the Genesis/Mega Drive version was made available on Steam.

Continue reading Banana's Rotten Reviews: Crack Down

Posted on Sep 13th 2014 at 05:52:41 AM by (retrosportsgamer)
Posted under John Madden Football Championship Edition, John Madden Football Championship Edition, Genesis, Sega, Madden Football

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Pre-owned Madden football games are everywhere.  When you have a series that has been churning out a title every year for twenty years, there are a lot of discarded games to be peddled at flea markets or garage sales.  With a massive supply built across almost every console for gaming generations now, the previous editions of Madden football have an almost nonexistent resell value.  Outside of this mass production, there is one title that is not common and is one of a number of sports titles that hold value for collectors.  John Madden Football Championship Edition was a rental store exclusive released in 1992 for the Sega Genesis and it is the Holy Grail of Madden Football games.

Continue reading The Holy Grail of Madden Football Games

Posted on Jul 22nd 2014 at 06:38:05 PM by (SirPsycho)
Posted under yuzo koshiro, ancient, sega, genesis, mega drive, action, adventure

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Beyond Oasis is an action/adventure game developed by Ancient for the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive. It was released quite late in the system's lifecycle, late 1994 for Japan and 1995 everywhere else. Since Ancient was founded by Yuzo Koshiro, it also includes a soundtrack composed by him. This is most likely Sega's answer to The Legend of Zelda mixed with some Mana series, since there are many similarities in gameplay design, puzzle solving, and progression.

Continue reading Psychotic Reviews: Beyond Oasis

Posted on May 18th 2011 at 04:31:07 PM by (dsheinem)
Posted under Frogger, Genesis, SNES, Frogger, Majesco, Hasbro

Ah, the 16-bit era.  The two major systems in North America during those years were home to amazing shmups, RPGs, platformers, fighters and pretty much every other genre.  What title would finally hold the honor of closing out the retail market?  What magnum opus could serve as the cross-platform release to end the glory days of 2D gaming?  The answer, surprisingly, was Frogger.

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Frogger, of course, had been a hit when it launched in arcades in 1981. In the years afterward, it would be ported to every computer and home console imaginable.  According to Wikipedia, for example, there are over 20 Frogger clones for the ZX Spectrum alone.  There was certainly not a frothing demand for a Frogger game when Majesco and Hasbro collaborated to bring the game to the Genesis and SNES in 1998, but that is exactly what they did.  By most counts, Frogger was the final retail release for both of these systems.

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The Genesis and SNES versions, respectively

The two games are actually quite different in terms of graphics and playability.  The Genesis port of Frogger is widely hailed as one of the best ports the game has ever seen, and though it fails to really take advantage of the Genesis hardware, it is extremely faithful to the arcade version.  It offers no high score tables, no difficulty settings or other options, but it is nonetheless Frogger.

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My copy of this game shows how cheap the Genesis packaging had become by the end of the Genesis lifespan.  Long gone, of course, were the clamshell cases...but this is even cheaper than the slide out cardboard games from the latter half of the Genesis run.  Theres also a lot of red border and text surrounding the box art, something which detracts significantly from the look of the packaging.  From the pictures available of the SNES box (I dont have a copy), it looks like there is a little more uniformity with the rest of the library.

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Even Frogger himself looks depressed by this shoddy port

The SNES box art may have been the best part about that release of the game, as not only are the updated graphics a travesty for the eyes, but the control and sound are a mess as well.  It seems that the folks at Majesco wanted to make a different version of the game for each console  but it is hard to imagine what they were thinking with the SNES port. 

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As an interesting footnote, Frogger received a near-simultaneous release on the PlayStation and PC as these 16-bit versions.  These versions place Frogger in 3D perspective and offer a lot of interesting additions to the game.  The PS1 port is especially worth a look, if you are a fan of Frogger (it even spawned a sequel).

Posted on Jun 13th 2010 at 07:20:36 PM by (Paully3433)
Posted under Review, Genesis, Retro Gaming, Classic Gaming, Altered Beast, Sega

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Altered Beast
Platforms: Sega Genesis, Various Other Platforms

Publisher: Sega
Developer: Sega
Release Date: August 1989
Genre: Beat 'em Up
Number of Players: Up to 2 Players at same time
ERSB Rating: N/A


"Rise from your Grave" The first words of the game Altered Beast for the Sega Mega Drive & Genesis, still rings into my head whenever I plug my Genesis in and hit the button. I was first exposed to this classic side scrolling beat 'em Up gem by my uncle who had the first generation Genesis. If you had one of them, you usually had this game that was one of the first releases for the Genesis. When I was young, I never could get passed the 4th or 5th stage even though I had watched my uncle beat it through many times. Leave me alone I was only six!!


The story starts off kind of strange. Basically you're a dead Roman soldier that gets resurrected by the man, the myth, the legend, one and only, Zeus himself. Before you can even smell that fresh air, you are told to go rescue his daughter. He is Zeus and he can't even rescue his own daughter? You must seek out Neff, Lord of the Underworld, to claim your prize.
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Game Play

As you start the game you look like any other normal old-school Roman stud. You can use two options to bust your way through the levels, kick and punch. You can also jump which can be useless. There is also a button combo, down and punch, which lets your lay on your can and punch up to get the flying creatures. As you stroll through the levels you will run into brown and blue two headed lions or wolves or something. When you kill the blue ones, a "Power-Up", yes it even says it, will come out and if you get it, you will change in appearance slightly. Your muscles will get pimped out and you continue on. When you get three of these blue Power-Ups, you will turn into an "Altered Beast" I guess you could say. The first stage is a wolverine type thing, second a green dragon and so on. Each can shoot or do something unique to that creature. Once you are in your beast character and you encounter Neff in the level, you will engage in a boss battle to win that level. Most are easy enough and are pretty sweet and fun to take on, specially the second level with the freaky eye thing that sends eyes out all over the screen. But overall the game lacked any depth and was very quite linear, gain three Power-Ups and go kill the boss. Very few other things to do and the lack luster on the side fighting really didn't jump out and make you want to play it all day. Another flaw was that it was fairly short in length. With a good sit down you could finish it with out much trouble in a hour or less.

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Sound and Graphics

The sound for Altered Beast was for the most part outstanding for its' time. It had voices which few games did at that time. In fact this was one reason why it was such a hit at Arcades. Talking on games back in the day was really a stand out feature to sell the game. The graphics were on the fair side with most 16-bit games looking similar.

Unknown Facts

Altered Beast: Guardian of the Realms was released on the GBA in Nov. of 2002
Project Altered Beast for the PS2 was canceled in the US even though it was released in Europe and Japan. What a shame!
Altered Beast can be found on the Virtual Console for the Wii and XBLA for XBOX 360.
Tiger Electronics released a hand held version in 1988.

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Overall I would in fact recommend the game Altered Beast to anyone who likes a good Beat-em up game or is a fan of classic Sega games. It can be found at good prices, usually $5-6 dollars and is worth the hour or so you will stick into it. I personally believe you will enjoy this game and love taking a chance to replay one of the older great games out there.

Posted on Jul 4th 2009 at 12:27:30 AM by (ga5ket)
Posted under Review, Mega Drive, Genesis, Sega

E-040-S-05150-A.jpgXenon 2 was one of my staples back in the University days, although then I played it on a pc. Now I've got the Mega Drive version I find it's almost identical, from the pounding Bomb the Bass track Megablast to the Super Nashwan firepower upgrade that's totally useless.

The game is a vertically scrolling shooter, with just about everything including the scenery being an enemy. Find yourself trapped in a cave and as the screen scrolls to the bottom and no way to back out and you've lost a life. As is common with most of these shooters the enemies arrive in predetermined waves and always fly the same pattern, which means that to extract the best out of the level you have to play it and play it and play it so that the patterns become second nature.

Each swarm of enemies destroyed creates bubbles on screen that when collected translate into money that you can then use for upgrades, some of which can be found floating around various levels anyway.

E-040-S-05150-A_04.pngThere's a real knack to getting the best firepower for each level and the game restricts you to what you can carry, for example you can't have both side and rear guns, but you can have an insane amount of front facing weaponry. Some of the levels have a plethora of side attacking enemies, some come from the rear.

Each level ends with a boss fight, and it's really only here that the game shows any break from swooping attack patterns as the bosses, whilst usually stationary, can actually aim and take proper shots at you. Each one has it's own weakness to be discovered, and once you do it's pretty straightforward to repeatedly exploit this until it explodes into a mass of bubble coins.
E-040-S-05150-A_03.pngDuring each level and again at the end you're able to visit the shop to buy and sell upgrades and it's vital that you make the right choice here - buy a side shot on a level where everything happens behind you and it makes for a very frustrating experience indeed.

The game is quite short, taking about and hour to play to the end, but the memorization required to achieve anything like a decent high score is phenomenal and will take many more hours.

I'd thoroughly recommend it to anyone wanting to play a simple shooter that doesn't require the reflexes of todays shmups, and fancies a bit of 80s electronica as background. A word of warning though, the only music track is Megablast, and after about 30 minutes of playing it my kids told me to 'turn that damn noise off'. I expect they'll be shouting at me to get off their lawns next.

Posted on Jan 30th 2009 at 12:45:35 PM by (Nionel)
Posted under Review, Genesis, Sonic

Sonic 3D Blast, also known as Sonic 3D: Flicky's Island, was released for the Sega Genesis in November 1996. In this game, Dr. Robotnik has discovered birds called Flickys, these birds are from a different dimension and have the ability to travel to different areas through large rings. Robotnik decides to turn the Flickys into robots and use these abilities to help him find the Chaos Emeralds so he can use their power to conquer the world. Later Sonic arrives on Flicky Island and is shocked to find that all the Flickys have been turned into robots, he then decides that he must stop Robotnik and rescue the Flickys.

Continue reading Retro Review: Sonic 3D Blast

Posted on Jan 26th 2009 at 09:28:32 AM by (Nionel)
Posted under Preview, Pier Solar, Genesis, RPG

Pier Solar and the Great Architect is an entirely new Japanese style RPG currently in development for the Sega Genesis by Watermelon Development, a group who is dedicated to breathing some new life into the long dead console by releasing some new and original content.

Continue reading A Look Ahead: Pier Solar and the Great Architect

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