You may remember this past August when I discussed some of my favorite Sega Genesis games. Or probably not. I know I barely remembered it myself. Here’s a handful more that I have fond memories of playing a lot of during the mid-90s.
Some of these games aren’t even that good but the internet was still young and luxury for most people at the time so even if there would have been a million video game review sites, I had no way to access them to warn me about some of these titles. Of course, renting games was a good way to go but in those days. Sometimes though I would buy a game and just hope for the best.
Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage (1994, LJN)
“Maximum Carnage” is easily one of the worst Spider-Man story lines ever produced. Now here’s a bad game to go with it. The game is a repetitive and uninspired side-scrolling beat’em up but the character design is really cool and the game does a great job of feeling like a comic book. The biggest draw of this game for me was the chance to play as Venom. There will never be a Spider-Man game that matches up to the greatness of the arcade classic Spider-Man: The Video Game!
Landstalker (1993, Sega)
Originally released in Japan in 1992 under the cooler title of Landstalker: The Treasures of King Nole and featured cooler box art as well.
I guess they were going for more of a Legend of Zelda look with the U.S. release (probably the reason I bought it) and the game isn’t too far off from being that in my opinion. Except for the fact that I didn’t find it to be very good. The game has gotten fairly decent reviews, but I could never figure out what to do exactly and the isometric perspective and gameplay resulting from it was extremely annoying to me. I picked this one up used from a rental place called Video World.