Throwback Thursday: Second Chances for Sega...Revisited.
I'm not nearly as consistent the writer has I would like to be. Frankly, I'm not nearly as consistent a person as I would like to be. Case in point: my occasional contributions here at Gaming With Swag. In May 2016, I wrote an article about my strained relationship to the Sega Genesis and provided a list of games that I would be willing to play to get a more complete experience of the system and its catalog. Well, it's 2017 now, and I think it's about time I start on some of these games.
(For context if you don't read the original article, CJ grew up a Nintendo kid who thought Sega was for jerks who play Mortal Kombat and punch him in the hallways. He stopped playing video games almost entirely after the Nintendo 64)
I started with Ecco the Dolphin. This game was a huge disappointment. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but what I got I did not particularly like. It was probably my own fault for having any expectations at all. I will always appreciate the commercials for this game, but I don't really care to give the game anymore of my time.
X-Men - I love this game. I did not get to play very long, but I intend to play much more. For the parts I played so far, I loved it, but the difficulty has kept the later levels out of my grasp. The Jim Lee and Chris Claremont character designs in addition to the "danger room" set up created an awesome and nostalgic experience. Plus it was a fairly intuitive game. Big win for Sega on this one.
Jurassic Park - I played as the raptor through a couple levels. Then the game froze. I was pretty disappointed when it did, too; I was having a good time. I think I'll chalk this up as another win despite the small sample size. Even 20 years after the games release, I can say that the experience of pretending to be a raptor was a fun one. And unique to boot. So boom. Two wins.
Disney's Aladdin - Like I said in May 2016, the SNES version was pretty great, but this version did indeed seem to have better coloration, animation, and overall gameplay. Given that Aladdin is one of my favorite films, I wish I would've given this game a chance back in the 90's. It may have turned me over to Sega even sooner. Another solid win for an excellent platforming adventure.
Honorable mention: GOLDEN AXE II. I put this in front of Streets of Rage 2, because I frankly have no interest in Streets of Rage. I'm a huge fan of Lord of the Rings, so GA2 seemed like a really good fit. Unfortunately, the six button controller I have for the system could not be read by the game, and the entire arrow control pad was gone, forcing me instead to control the characters via the top 3 buttons and the top trigger. It was nearly impossible to control the characters, and it was a bummer because the game looked really fun and awesome. I am going to give Sega a pass on this one because frankly I'm sure I would've liked it had I played. (Editor's Note: By pressing and holding the "Mode" button on a 6-button controller before powering on the system will force the controller to go into 3-button mode, which some older games require. CJ will be reviewing Golden Axe II in a separate post because it is amazing.)
So of the five games I played, FOUR BIG WINS, and the only one that I didn't like I was warned that I would not like in advance but played anyway. So what does this mean? Well, I will be going into 2017 with the knowledge that Sega was a pretty good system that has some pretty good games. Teenage C.J. and his prejudices missed out on some very fun game play, cool graphics, and fun experiences.
Let this be a lesson to all of us.