The Sega Genesis was a great system with some great games. Limited by the sixteen bit graphics, these games were still in-depth and fun to play. If they were to re-release these games with modern graphics and some tweaks in the game play, I would certainly by them again.
1: Dune: The Battle for Arrakis
Based on the Dune books and movies, this game was a real time strategy game. You needed to harvest spice to pay for everything in the game: troops, buildings and vehicles. You also had to avoid or kill the giant worms that guarded the spice and fight other factions. With today’s improved graphics and processors, the game could be more intense. Aadd a large research tree and you have a game that can compete with the modern real time strategy games.
2: Nobunaga’s Ambition
This in depth strategy game was one of the early micro management games. While there was not much to the graphics, the depth of detail in the provinces’ maintenance was considerable. This game needs to be remade with better graphics, and perhaps a better combat system. The combat in this game was completely uncontrolled. You said where to fight and if your guys were better than their guys you won. No tactics involved. Add some tactics and graphics to the game and you have a great game.
Starflight was a exciting exploration game. You took your spaceship and went out in the galaxy. While there you met other alien species, strip mined planets, and of course fought in space combat. There was an overall plot to the game that you are trying to solve that has kind of a creepy ending. Put this game on a modern system with better controls and this game would rock.
Who can forget Populous? This was one of the first god games. You have little control of your followers but you can affect the land. You can change the land to make it better for your people or use your destructive power to try to wipe out the opposing god’s followers. The more followers you have and the less he has allowed you to do more things faster and better that he could. Wipe out all of his followers and you win. Bump up the graphics, add more things for your followers, and maybe some more powers for you, and this game would be an awesome modern game.
5: Buck Rogers: Countdown to Doomsday
Yes, that’s right I said Buck Rogers. Before you make fun of me, play the game. Buck Rogers had a great character generation system, with random rolls instead of the point allocation that you find in today’s games. This was also one of the first games to have you pick skills that impacted the game. Add to that a D&D type combat with some space combat thrown in and you have a game that is all well-rounded adventure game. What they need to do for this game in today’s standards would be to add more to the length of the game, as well as increasing the amount of levels you can attain for your character. As always the graphics would need to be revamped.
6: Battle Master
In Battle Master you and your troops run around killing and conquering areas. This was a very simple hack and slash game but required a bit of thought since you would get overwhelmed by the enemy if you just charged in to fight. Conquering each section of the map gained you that area, and the goal was to take them all. You also had troops with you to help fight. This would be a great first person shooter game, well ok, first person hacker game. This needs to be redone with better graphics and a first person perspective.
7: Power Monger
Power Monger is similar to Populous, the look and feel are the same. The difference here is you actively tell your people to attack the enemy and slowly conquer each town. Once this is accomplished you take over an area and move on. This game could also use an overhaul in graphics and perhaps add some research to improve the challenges of the game.
8: Phantasy Star
Phantasy Star was one of the first RPG games and while not difficult to play, had a large world and in-depth plot line. Add to that a combination of fantasy and sci-fi and you had a great game series that provided months of enjoyment value. For this game again upgrade the graphics, add more content and provide the overall improvements that modern games have.
This game was one of the greatest games of its time. Syndicate was a strategy game set in the future where you used up to four agents to conquer an area. While this could usually be done by killing the enemies, there were subtler ways of winning as well. One of the ways was to convert the local populous into joining your side by a special machine that brain washed them. Grab enough of them and you could convert the local police to your side and even some of the enemy. Once an area was conquered, you would gain an income from that area and could improve weapons and cybernetics on your agents. This game wouldn’t need much to make it a great modern game. A bit of graphics and perhaps some expansion on technology in the game and this would be a best seller in the strategy arena.
This game was my favorite game for Genesis. This version was far superior to the Super Nintendo version and stayed true to the pen and paper version of the game. Based in the future, when magic and technology are both in the world, you are fighting the good fight against the evil mega corporations. Using magic, guns, and even computer hacking, this game was well put together and fun to play. Add more to the game content, use the original pen and paper rules and put more random roles in the game, and of course improve the graphics and I will stand in line at midnight to buy the game and play it. They did make a modern version of the game but it is simply a poor first person shooter and has no depth or plot in the game.
Source: My personal experience