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Meta-Review: Phantasy Star IV – Sega Genesis/MegaDrive

Sega has developed a small handful of solid RPG franchises such as Shining Force and Skies of Arcadia, but if there is one Sega RPG series that has the largest cult following, it would be Phantasy Star. The Phantasy Star series made its debut on Sega’s 8-bit Master System, but it had 3 sequels on […]

Meta-Review: Shenmue – Dreamcast

In the peak of Sega’s creativity, legendary developer Yu Suzuki was finally able to release the long-awaited and heavily-hyped project that was started on the Sega Saturn’s hardware, but was able to thrive on the Dreamcast’s extra power. Shenmue defied traditional gaming genres and took elements from a number of game types. It features strong […]

Games That Defined the Sega CD

The Sega Genesis was a killer console in its day and even though the Genesis add-ons got a bad reputation, the Sega CD actually had a number of worthwhile games to amuse those who invested in one (the 32X wasn’t as bad as you might think either). Looking back over the Sega CD game library, […]

Meta-Review: Snatcher – Sega CD

I’m always fascinated by cult clasic games. I can’t help but be drawn in by titles that the majority of gamers have only heard in passing, but genuinely derseve to be played to their fullest extent. Snatcher is the classic example of a low-profile game that comes out during the final days of a short-lived […]

Meta-Review: Crystalis – NES

When you think of SNK, 2D fighters and Metal Slug games probably come to mind. However, you may be surprised to know that one of SNK’s first successes was actually an RPG for the NES that rivaled Zelda In SNK’s Crystalis, the mechanics and story are best described as the precursor of SNES’s Zelda:A Link […]

Shining Force III Premium Disc Translation

Shining Force III was one of the crowning jewels for the Sega Saturn and is one of the best strategy RPGs ever from the folks at Sega. However, there was a Scenario 2 and 3 in addition to a Premium Disc that never made it outside of Japan. KnightOfDragon has released his patch for Shining […]

Classic Franchises That Actually NEED a Resurrection

As a follow-up to my Games That Actually NEED A Sequel and further inspired by this post at Siliconera, I wanted to discuss a few classic game franchises, that while they did have at least one sequel, they haven’t surfaced in quite a while. And even though there are a small handful of older franchises […]

Classic Game Franchises We May See Again Soon

In today’s extremely competitive gaming marketplace, publishers have been shying away from taking risks in developing new characters and franchises. However, there are a number of older franchises that have been absent for quite a while, but are just now starting to show signs of pleasing fans one more time. Here are a handful of […]

Games That Defined The Dreamcast

The Sega Dreamcast obviously was not a strong commerical success. However, that was not because of a lack of quality games. Sega excelled at having games that were unique, addictive, and just plain fun. (Watch G4’s Coverage of Dreamcast history) The Dreamcast also had some strong support from a number of big publishers such as […]

The History of Shining Force

Sega-16 has a exceptional article about the history of Sega’s Shining Force series. It goes into depth about various aspects of these tactical RPG games. From the article’s intro: “Very few RPG series stand the test of time. Sure, a few sequels might spring up here and there over the course of a few years, […]

Panzer Dragoon for PS2 – New Screenshots and Info

Back in July of ’05, I mentioned that Sega was working on a graphically enhanced version of the first Panzer Dragoon game (originally for the Saturn) for the PS2. Since the original was a great game, but had rough graphics, I was very interested in this upgrade. Today, Famitsu magazine released some new screens of […]

Game Reprints – Good or Bad For Collecting?

I have just finished reading one of the most interesting gaming articles I’ve read in the last month or so. Siliconera’s “The Business of Reprints” discusses a new company that legally reprints rare games. It involves a hot topic among game collectors as it benefits gamers that missed out on some high-quality, rare games, but […]

Meta-Review: Namco X Capcom – PS2

Namco x Capcom is a game that has quite a hardcore buzz around it. We still haven’t heard any news on it coming out of Japan, but I know for a fact that it would sell well if it did. I believe Namco is making a huge mistake if they do not export it. This […]

Best Playstation RPGs – Level Up On The PS1 (PSX)

There is no doubt that if you are an RPG fan, you should either own a Playstation or have ePSXe running on your computer. While there are many more RPGs worth playing, here are some of the most popular on the PSOne. Final Fantasy VII (eBay) Final Fantasy VIII (eBay) Final Fantasy IX (eBay) Final […]

Essential Imports: The Best Import Dreamcast Games

As we all know, Sega gave up fairly early on its last two consoles. In the case of both the Dreamcast and the Saturn, many of the great games came at the end of their life and many didn’t make it to the US. Here’s a rundown on ones that we missed out here in […]

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