What with the poor selection of games that shipped with the Playstation Mini last year, and it’s critical and commercial panning, we are more than a little worried for Sega’s Mega Drive Mini. This isn’t to say that it will be bad, just that it needs to be far better than Sony’s offering.
So, we’ve combed back through the history of the console, all the way back to 1988, to pick our six games that really should be on the upcoming blast from the past.
Streets of Rage
Kind of a personal pick, as most would likely choose the second game over the first, but if push came to shove the first title in the series is just the more tightly made experience. The first steps through the impossibly crime-ridden streets as Axel, Adam and Blaze were a special mix of cartoon violence, absurd specials, and late 80s/early 90s synths.
As we’ve said before on this very site, the charm of Streets of Rage lies in the simplicity of it. There are only three buttons, but these can be combined in a myriad of ways that keep the gameplay interesting but not overly taxing. Also, if you wanted any more reason to want to play this again – just watch those police assistance specials again on Youtube.
Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf
How many people out there had absolutely no idea what they were supposed to be doing in this isometric wartime helicopter game? We spent hours flying around the various desert-based maps, shooting enemies or being shot down by them, with little direction nor care about gaining any guidance. It was just easy to lose yourself in this game.
Really, this deserves to be on the Mini just because of the gameplay in it. The controls are actually incredibly tight, and if you aren’t a