These are the games that are about as close to arcade perfect as
you can get on the mega drive. Definatley recommended if you enjoy
the genre or if you have your mega drive in an arcade cabinet (or
even use arcade sticks).
first megadrive game i ever played, and still one of my favourites,
even if it does look a little crusty and isnt exactly the hardest
game youll ever play (still harder than some games though), the
2 player co-op story modemore than makes up for this, which is
why its in this list. Especially memorable are the "wise for
you gwaave" voice over. If you own a mega drive then you probably
already own this. If not, what are you waiting for ?
Streets of Rage
fantastic 'beat-em up' game, also with a quality 2 player mode.
This game sees you take on crime in a city loaded with it. You get
to choose between 3 different cops; the guy, the girl and the black
guy. All are pretty much the same, but the girl can kick further
(i suspect she does less damage though). Taking on crime has never
been easier thanks to the addition of some handy weapons, including
poles, knifes and bottles. Also pretty easy to find, and you should
be able to get it pretty cheap.
Ghouls and Ghosts
of the best arcade conversions on megadrive, and stil just as good
as it was 10 years ago (maybe even better). Only real complaints
are a sort of ordinary 2 player (one at a time), and the fact that
your commited to a landing spot after you jump. Still heaps better
than the nes and master system versions, but still has that stupid
blue flaming baseball weapon...
Thunderforce Series (2,3,4)
bogglingly difficult in areas, the thunderforce trilogy are pretty
much the best side-scrolling-shoot-everything kind of game for the
megadrive. The first game isnt on mega drive (i beleive its on an
8-bit console, but dont quote me on that), so youll have to start
with the second game, in which you have both top down and sidescrolling
levels. The top down levels were scrapped for 3 and 4, but the hella
hardness is still there. Not frustrating, but diffictult. and thats
allways a sign of a good shooter. Too bad they are all 1 player