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  • Battletech (Sega Genesis)

    BATTLETECH: A GAME OF ARMORED COMBAT
    Extreme Entertainment Group
    Mega Drive / Genesis
    1994

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    Battletech was the first Battletech game released for the Sega Genesis and it was released in early 1994. The same game would be released in late 1995 for the Super Nintendo but retitled MechWarrior 3050. Except for the titles, the games are nearly identical.

    The game is an action strategy game played from an isometric point of view. This is definitely not a game for the casual gamer as it is very difficult. Dedicated fans of strategic gameplay and the Battletech world will enjoy this one with some patience. The Genesis version of the game has better controls and animation while the Super Nintendo version has better graphics overall. This game can be played single player or in two-player cooperative mode.

    There are no remakes or other versions of this game so emulation or an original Genesis or SNES cartridge are your only options if you want to give it a try. Given the additional frustration level of poorer controls in the SNES version in an already difficult game I would have to recommend the original Genesis version as the one to play.

    Images above are all related to the Sega Genesis version of the game.





  • Ghostbusters (Sega Genesis)


    The original Ghostbusters movie is one of THE classic action comedies of the 1980s. So if you haven’t seen it go do that now. The Ghostbusters game I remember best is the one based on the original movie and created by Activision in 1984 for the Commodore 64 and various home consoles of the time. While the Sega Genesis version still bears an Activision copyright, it is newer (1990) had completely different developers and is a completely different game. It also isn’t based directly on the original movie but is more of a sequel of sorts. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad game though.

    The Sega Genesis iteration of Ghostbusters is a pretty standard side-scrolling platform/run and gun type game. In terms of gameplay it is not quite as original as, well, the original, but it is fairly well done and the graphics are certainly improved. I would say it’s slightly above average for the genre but I find the Ghostbusters theme appealing. Oddly, you can choose from only three of the four original Ghostbusters as playable characters (Winston is missing for some reason).

    While the original Ghostbusters game has a variety of ports for the Atari 2600, Sega Master System and others, this particular iteration of Ghostbusters is unique to the Genesis. There are no remakes, ports or direct sequels so if you want to play this version you’ll need a Genesis and cart or you’ll have to resort to emulation.

    Ghostbusters (Sega Genesis)

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  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – Crossroads of Time

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    Source: Next Generation – Issue Number 9 – September 1995

    Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – Crossroads of Time was an action adventure game for the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis based on the Star Trek: DS9 TV series. It was released in 1995 which would have been around the third season of the show and still pretty early in the series.


    Genesis

    At the time the game was released, it received pretty mixed reviews. The graphics, sound and general atmosphere were praised for being very good and true to the show. The gameplay on the other hand left a little more to be desired. Action scenes were mostly simplistic, repetitive and the controls somewhat awkward. The rest of the game played more like a puzzle game. Fans of the show will probably get some enjoyment out of it but otherwise it wouldn’t hurt to skip this one.


    SNES

    If you do seek this game out, the only way you can get it is for the Genesis and Super Nintendo. It hasn’t had any newer releases that I am aware of. Of the two, the Super Nintendo has somewhat better graphics but both are pretty good in this department and the gameplay is more or less the same. I’ve always been a little surprised that there weren’t more console Star Trek games in the age of Next Generation and DS9 but this is one of only a few choices available at the time and none of the others was based on DS9.