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  • Streets Of Rage (Sega Genesis)

    Streets of Rage for the Sega Genesis


    Next to platform games, side-scrolling beat-’em-ups were one of the most popular genres of the 8-bit and 16-bit eras. Streets of Rage, Sega’s answer to Capcom’s Final Fight, was one of the biggest. It was initially developed for the Sega Genesis, Sega Master System (PAL only) and Game Gear.

    In Streets of Rage, you play the role of one of three police officers in a city controlled by Mr. X’s crime syndicate. You must progress from level to level by clearing the streets of his thugs. Eventually you will face Mr. X himself. There are only three buttons for this game; one to jump, one to attack and one to perform a ranged attack from a vehicle. Combined with other movements, various attacks are possible and each playable character has slightly different attacks. There are also various weapons to pick up along the way.

    While Streets of Rage started life on the Genesis and Sega Master System, it eventually found its way to a variety of other platforms. The first re-releases were on the Genesis itself as part of both the Sega Classics Arcade Collection for Sega CD and the Sega Genesis 6-PAK. Later, it was included in Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. In 2012 it also became available on Xbox Live Arcade. The latest releases include a few different Steam release for the PC along with a Nintendo 3DS release.

    For those that enjoy this genre, this is definitely one of the top choices along with games like Double Dragon and Final Fight. Streets of Rage was popular enough to spawn two sequels on the Genesis which were also quite popular. Oddly though, after 1994 the series went into hibernation and there were no more official releases. That’s about to change, however, with Streets of Rage 4 due out in 2020 for the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The good news is that it sounds like the play mechanics will be largely the same. It will still be a side-scrolling beat-’em-up albeit with updated graphics and some new features. At least they aren’t turning it into a 3rd person 3D action adventure game that seems to be the fate of most older franchises.

  • MEGA (January 1994)

    Source: MEGA – January 1994

    MEGA was a U.K. published magazine dedicated to the Sega Genesis or Mega Drive as it was called there along with its various add-ons. Why was the name different anyway? MEGA wasn’t particularly long lived lasting only about 3 years between October 1992 and October 1994. The January 1994 issue includes:

    • What Are You Playing At?
      • Chances are, you’ll either already have, or will seriously be thinking about buying, one of the ten most scrumptious games of ’93. What are they? Well, turn to our feature, which starts on page 16, and you’ll find out.
      • Each of the games has a lovely two-page spread, in which we give you a bit of history on the game, a review, some tips, and various other relevant bits and bobs.
      • And don’t forge, to find out all about the Saturn Console, and what you can expect to see in 1994, turn to page 66, where our second feature begins.
    • Regulars
      • Mega City – MEGA asks Sega why sequels are often a disappointment. Plus all the usual hot news from home and abroad.
      • The Charts – Same old crap, and precisely the same packaging. Yes, it’s the sad charts page. Funny it ain’t.
      • Mega Play – No change here, thank goodness. Just the best tips section in the universe.
      • Arena – And this is the bit that no other Mega Drive mag offers: wacky challenges to breathe new life into those tired old carts.
      • Mega Retro – This month, Jon Smith takes a look at the development of the platform shoot-’em-up. He rates every game in the genre and picks out some historic moments along the way.
      • Back Issues – Missed any of the previous 15 issues of MEGA? You have? Well, you’ll be wanting to order some back issues then. Get ’em while they’re still available.
      • Top 100 – The top 100 Mega Drive games of all time, the top 10 Mega CD games, and our fabulous Tips List. What a wonderful section.
      • Subscribe – Subscribe now and you get happiness, eternal life, and a Ferrari. Well, actually you get a copy of MEGA GOLD and an editor’s newsletter each month, but whaddya want fer nothin?
      • Previews – This month: Eternal Champions, Dragon’s Lair, The Incredible Hulk, Jammit One On One Basketball, Rage In The Cage, Young Indy, Pele and Greatest Heavyweights.
      • Mega Mouth – Andy Dyer searches through his bulging mail sack in the hope of finding something other than another “When’s Street Fighter 12 coming out?” type letter.
      • Shut Down – And this, dear friends, is the dreadfully inaccurate, and completely speculative look at what we may, or may not, be covering in the next issue. Accurate it ain’t, but we like to think it’s mildly amusing.
    • 15 Reviews!
      • Terminator CD
      • Dragon’s Revenge
      • Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
      • The Lost Vikings
      • Dune 2
      • Aero the Acrobat
      • Boxing Legends of the Ring
      • F117 Night Storm
      • Toe Jam and Earl 2
      • Rolling Thunder 3
      • Spider-Man Vs. The Kingpin
      • Round-Up
    • More of the Same? – MEGA takes a look at game sequels and asks a couple of industry peeps if they’re not a bit on the poor side.
    • What’s In Store For 1994? – The latest Saturn news, plus a rundown of what all the major software houses have planned for next year.
    • Landstalker Solution – Part One – Introducing the first part of our brilliant solution to the best Mega Drive role-playing game of all time. Part two next month…

    …and more!

  • Tengen (Sega Genesis)


    Source: Sega Visions – Issue Number 6 – Fall 1991

    Tengen is a label that Atari used to publish games on non-Atari systems. They are perhaps best known for releasing unlicensed games on the NES and a number of decent games on the Sega Genesis. This ad features three games for the Genesis.

    Pit-Fighter is a conversion of an Atari arcade game of the same name. Pit-Fighter wasn’t really a great game even in its original arcade form. However, its novelty was the used of digitized actors for the fighters. Of the various conversions, the Sega Genesis version is probably the best. Despite its relative mediocrity, there are a number of ways that Pit-Fighter can be played. The best legitimate way to play it is probably to pick up a copy of Midway Arcade Treasures 2 for the GameCube, PS2, or Xbox, a copy of Midway Arcade Treasures Deluxe Edition for Microsoft Windows, or a copy of Midway Arcade Origins.

    RoadBlasters is another arcade conversion and is one of my favorite arcade games. I remember spending quite a bit of time playing this one at a local bowling alley. Game play is somewhat similar to a more advanced Spy Hunter. Basically, you drive a weaponized futuristic car and attempt to blow s