Panzer Dragoon (1995, Team Andromeda for Sega Saturn)

Panzer Dragoon (1995, Team Andromeda for Sega Saturn) When I think of Panzer Dragoon, one word comes to mind: atmosphere. It presents a world that is vast, teeming with lost civilizations and buried histories and countless life forms that struggle for survival. Its visual and art design owes much to French comics artist Moebius as … Continue Reading

Dragon Force (1996, J-Force, Sega and Working Designs for Sega Saturn)

Dragon Force (1996, J-Force, Sega and Working Designs for Sega Saturn) Whenever I play Dragon Force, I am easily overwhelmed by the scale of this world and the challenge in leading armies against eight kingdoms composed of dozens of generals, thousands of soldiers and a dozen military classes, all while managing domestic politics, rogue elements, … Continue Reading

Virtua Fighter 2 (Sega Saturn)

Virtua Fighter 2 (1995, Sega AM2 for Sega Saturn) Virtua Fighter 2 is the greatest videogame ever made for Sega Saturn. It is the system’s greatest critical and commercial success, especially in Japan, where Sega was most successful, competing evenly against Sony for several years and even beating Nintendo. The arcade game was an enormous … Continue Reading

Virtua Cop (Sega Saturn)

Virtua Cop (1995, Sega AM2 for Sega Saturn) Virtua Cop is the third of Sega’s blockbuster trilogy that revitalized the Sega Saturn in Christmas 1995, giving the troubled system a second chance at life. Such an idea must sound strange, considering the machine was launched in May that year, but Sega found themselves reeling from … Continue Reading

Choro Q Park (Sega Saturn)

Choro Q Park (1998, Nextech for Sega Saturn) Choro Q Park is a charming little kart-style racing game that is based on those adorable little Penny Racer cars that were a fixture in my childhood. They were called “penny racers” because you could attach a penny to the trunk of the tiny cars and when … Continue Reading

Bokan to Ippatsu: Doronbo Kanpekiban (Sega Saturn)

Bokan to Ippatsu: Doronbo Kanpekiban (1997, Banpresto and Tatsunoko for Sega Saturn) Bokan to Ippatsu: Doronbo Kanpekiban (translated as “Time Bokan: Doronbo Perfect Version) is a member of a videogame sub-genre known as “cute-em-ups,” which were popular in the 1990s on home systems such as the PC Engine/Turbografx-16 and Super NES. If you have ever … Continue Reading

Fighters Megamix (Sega Saturn)

Fighters Megamix (1997, Sega AM2 for Sega Saturn) Question: Is Fighters Megamix the definitive Sega Saturn fighting game? Does it surpass the mighty Virtua Fighter 2? Let the debates begin. Fighters Megamix is a perfect summary of everything I love about Sega: a bright and bold visual design, accessible gameplay that contains boundless depths, and … Continue Reading

Guardian Heroes (Sega Saturn)

Guardian Heroes (1996, Treasure for Sega Saturn) By nearly all accounts, Treasure’s Guardian Heroes is just about the greatest thing to happen to Sega Saturn, a 2D spectacular dazzles the eyes, ears and itchy trigger fingers of all players. Nearly all modern polls of Saturn’s finest games ranks this title among the very top, a … Continue Reading

Shienryu (Sega Saturn)

Shienryu (1997, Warashi for Sega Saturn) Sega Saturn is blessed with a thousand great shoot-em-ups. Shienryu (“Purple Flame Dragon”) is one of the genre’s best titles and a personal favorite of mine. It boasts excellent graphics, superb weapons, endless waves of enemies and boss battles that are challenging yet never overwhelming. It delivers everything you … Continue Reading

Super Tempo (Sega Saturn)

Super Tempo (1998, Red Entertainment and Aspect for Sega Saturn) Thank God for Red Entertainment and their madcap stubbornness. I have no idea what inspired them to create a wildly goofy, genre-hopping 2D videogame, a style all but extinct in the year of groundbreaking 3D hits like Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Half-Life and … Continue Reading