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Saturn REVIEWS: The List (Update)


With the Saturn, Sega have completely dropped of the console space in a lot fo the world. Sony were dominating with the Playstation, and Nintendo's late entry into the market with the N64 completely buried them. In many ways, the decisions Sega made prior to the Saturn era, and during it, have greatly contributed to the downfall of the company.

This is why, the Saturn has a bum reputation even among Sega fans. It killed their beloved company and have setup the Dreamcast to fail.

However, the system still has its fans, and its 2D abilities are considered the best by some of its fans. It's position as the third prong in the console war meant that it could take some risks with its games, and meant that it didn't need to chase the graphical power race between Nintendo and Sony.

Regardless, I have not played any Saturn game before, and that's why I am very intrested coming into this review series. I want to be pleasantly surprised with offbeat games, hidden gems, and generally have a good time.

Like with my other review series, I am going to use a top 100 list as a basis for my reviews, this time again from Retro Sanctuary:
Top 100 Saturn Games from Retro Sanctuary

So, I am going to review games that interest me from that list from 100 to 1. Like with my other review list, I am not going to review:

  1. Games I already played (does not apply here).
  2. Sports and Racing games; these genres have only gotten better with time.
  3. Multiplayer Focused games, so that takes party and fighting games off the mix.
  4. Genres and games that don't interest me at all, I am simply terrible at shmups.


  • Games in bold are games I am going to review.
  • Games in crossed bold are games I would normally review, but have finished before.
  • Games in bold italics are games I would review but have better ports in other fifth generation systems.
  • Games in italics are games I would normally review but have been better remade to future generations systems.
  • Games that are crossed are games that I will not review.
  • All other games are ones that I am still undecided on whether to review or not.

The List:

  • 100- Bug!.
  • 99- NBA Action. (Sport)
  • 98- Street Racer. (Racing)
  • 97- Gex.
  • 96- Hexen. (Early FPS)
  • 95- The Horde.
  • 94- High Velocity. (Racing)
  • 93- Pandemonium.
  • 92- Madden 98'. (Sport)
  • 91- Blazing Heroes/Mysteria.
  • 90- Grid Runner. (Multiplayer Focused)
  • 89- Crusader: No Remorse.
  • 88- Amok. (Early FPS)
  • 87- Astra Superstars. (Fighting)
  • 86- Mass Destruction.
  • 85- Alien Trilogy. (Early FPS)
  • 84- Tempest 2000. (Shmup)
  • 83- World Series Baseball. (Sport)
  • 82- Steep Slope Sliders. (Sport)
  • 81- Shining Wisdom.
  • 80- Soviet Strike.
  • 79- Rayman.
  • 78- Manx TT Superbike. (Racing)
  • 77- Decathlete/Athlete Kings. (Sport)
  • 76- Die Hard Arcde/Dynamite Deka. (Beat 'em Up)
  • 75- Guardian Force. (Shmup)
  • 74- Bubble symphony.
  • 73- Sim City 2000.
  • 72- Enemy Zero.
  • 71- Gungriffon. (Early FPS)
  • 70- Last Bronx. (Fighting)
  • 69- Mega Man 8.
  • 68- Mech Warrior 2. (Early FPS)
  • 67- Need for Speed. (Racing)
  • 66- Elevator Action Returns.
  • 65- Herc's Adventures.
  • 64- Sega Worldwide Soccer 98'. (Sport)
  • 63- Puyo Puyo Sun. (Puzzler)
  • 62- Iron Storm.
  • 61- Virtua Cop. (Early FPS)
  • 60- Magic Carpet.
  • 59- Magic Knight Rayearth.
  • 58- Baku Baku Animal. (Puzzler)
  • 57- Dungeons and Dragons Collection.
  • 56- Silhouette Mirage.
  • 55- Puzzle Bobble 3. (Puzzler)
  • 54- Space Hulk.
  • 53- Real Bout Special. (Fighting)
  • 52- Warcraft 2.
  • 51- Layer Section/Galactic Attack. (Shmup)
  • 50- Croc.
  • 49- House of the Dead. (Early FPS)
  • 48- Albert Odyssey.
  • 47- Magical Drop 3. (Puzzler)
  • 46- Sexy Parodius. (Shmup)
  • 45- Theme Park.
  • 44- Samurai Shodown 4. (Fighting)
  • 43- Death Tank Zwei. (Multiplayer Focused)
  • 42- Super Puzzle Fighter II. (Puzzler)
  • 41- DoDoniPachi. (Shmup)
  • 40- Dark Savior.
  • 39- Deep Fear.
  • 38- Legend of Oasis.
  • 37- Thunder Force V. (Shmup)
  • 36- Twinkle Star Sprites. (Puzzler)
  • 35- Dead or Alive. (Fighting)
  • 34- Battle Garegga. (Shmup)
  • 33- Daytona CE. (Racing)
  • 32- Kings of Fighters 97'. (Fighting)
  • 31- Metal Slug.
  • 30- Worms.
  • 29- Guardian Heroes.
  • 28- Vampire Savior. (Fighting)
  • 27- Virtual On.
  • 26- Batsugun. (Shmup)
  • 25- Mega Man X4.
  • 24- Command and Conquer.
  • 23- Shining the Holy Ark.
  • 22- Burning Rangers.
  • 21- Quake. (Early FPS)
  • 20- Hyper Duel. (Shmup)
  • 19- Marvel vs. Street Fighter. (Fighting)
  • 18- Soukyugurentai. (Shmup)
  • 17- Virtua Cop 2. (Early FPS)
  • 16- Dragon Force.
  • 15- Saturn Bomberman. (Multiplayer Focused)
  • 14- Duke Nukem 3d. (Early FPS)
  • 13- Fighters Megamix. (Fighting)
  • 12- Wipeout XL. (Racing)
  • 11- Shining Force III.
  • 10- Tomb Raider.
  • 9- Powerslave/Exhumed. (Early FPS)
  • 8- Radiant Silvergun.
  • 7- Resident Evil.
  • 6- Street Fighter Alpha 3. (Fighting)
  • 5- Nights into Dreams.
  • 4- Panzer Dragoon Zwei.
  • 3- Sega Rally. (Racing)
  • 2- Virtua Fighter. (Fighting)
  • 1- Panzer Dragoon Saga.

Requested Reviews:

  • Shinobi Legions (Requested by Ghoane).

So, which of these games were never played by Chris Carter?

Outside of List Reviews:

This list is only based on the Retro Sanctuary list, and might be missing some lesser known games. As always, I welcome any suggestion of games I should be playing, whether they are in the list or outside of it.

Please note if any of the games above that I am thinking of playing are worth it in any way. Games in bold I will review unless someone gives me a compelling reason not to.

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About Lord Spencerone of us since 5:57 PM on 01.12.2014

Hello all, I am Lord Spencer, your friendly neighborhood royalty. Yes, the ancient bloodlines are letting absolutely anyone in these days.

Being the lurker that I am, I have been following Destructoid for more than four years. Well, its 3 AM where I live now, and I just plunged in getting HUGE in the way.

Here is hoping for a fun time.

Oh yes, here is a little more info about me that is probably not as interesting as I think it is:

-I owned and played about 1000+ games.
-I owned and read about 2000+ books (I counted comic books I read as a kid so this is not as impressive as it sounds).
-I absolutely love Legos.

Out of all the games I played, I only regret playing a few. I am a big fan of gaming, and thus I really like most of what I play.

Seeing as my top 10 games of all time would change depending on the day you ask me, I am just going to put in Random games I don't think are in anyone's top 10 list:

-Blood Will Tell
-Mega Man Legends 2
-Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon
-Donkey Kong Country 2
-Suikoden 2

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