Sega. Sure, when we think of this, a few key words pop up: Sega Genesis, Sonic the Hedgehog, the Dream…cast? What was that failed system?
Well, forgetting that failure of hardware and the downfall of Sega as a console competitor, the company has made some really great games. Here is a compilation of the greatest of their greatest and how they could be brought back into this great age of video gaming.
I remember playing this game on the NES back in the day. Sure, people remember the Marios and such, but what kid didn’t remember Battletoads? I think the reason it sticks there is because it was so dang difficult. There were great funny characters, good 2d battle sequences, funny attacks, and difficult racing segments. (It was this that really ticked me off as a kid… we never could beat this one sequence…).
People like a good brawler game, but this has cool characters with cool moves. It has lots of variation in gameplay.
Why bring it back? This would work really nicely on a handheld system, quick gameplay with variation. However, on the major consoles, it would be a pretty picture.
This game has a lot of potential for an RPG/Action game. The gameplay in the original was you on a 2D fight to save a girl. Your main attacks at the beginning are a kick and punch, but that changed as you progressed. You grabbed powerups and soon you became an “Altered Beast.” Your attacks improved, and your character changed to a demon of sorts.
A lot of games focus on you upping your fighting stats with weapons, but this could be a whole new arena. I could picture you collecting points to improve your stats/skills and level up as your character changed to a new beast.
The upgrades could be linked to what type of beast you became.
Space Channel 5
This was a bizarre space dance rhythm game that needs a redo. The lead character was Ulala, this space reporter lady who saved hostages and stuff by dancing. Yeah! Right on!
Controls then were limited to up down left right and so on. Now, with the breakthrough of Kinect, the Wii, and the Playstation Move, there is some real opportunity to make a more immersive game.
Ecco the Dolphin
This game has a lot of potential for a rerelease. On the Sega Genesis, this game was a cool 2D game where the protagonist was a dolphin. You swam around, found hidden lagoons, attacked sharks, and found magical glyphs.
The game came out on the Dreamcast as a 3D venture, but it was too difficult. to play, and not nearly as fun as the original.
I think it is high time an HD remake came out of this classic. The environments would be stunning, especially as a 3D game.
So you’re on a strange planet and you’re running straight to the horizon with a jetpack and a massive gun.
This was a fast frantic game, where you had to maneuver your character on the screen to blast a constant barrage of enemies attacking you.
This would make a cool remake for any mobile gaming system, and would play sweet if there was an upgrade system for weapons and such.
In an age where remakes are arriving from yesteryear, why not choose the best?
Here’s hoping Sega brings these titles to a console near me.