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Crack Down (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Crack Down (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

The situation is critical. The evil Doctor K has created an army of deranged replicants in order to take over the world, and only two can stop him - Andy Attacker and Ben Breaker - the top soldiers of the CIA's special Crackdown force.

No, this game is not related to the Xbox 360's Crackdown! Hardly anybody seems to know this game, despite it being...

ESWAT: City Under Siege (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

ESWAT: City Under Siege (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

All is not well in Cyber City. Criminals are running amok - looting, pillaging and raping the city of all its worth.

This was one of the first games I ever loaded into my Megadrive and it still sticks in my memory as one of the best action platformers for the machine. Although it isn't a conversion of the arcade game of the same name (neither was the Master System version, strangely), Megadrive..

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Sonic and Tails are back for another adventure as they again battle the evil Dr. Eggman (AKA Dr. Robotnik), who is desperately trying to collect all the Chaos Emeralds in order to rebuild his Death Egg.

After the sublime Sonic 2 Sega decided to stick with the same tried and tested formula for the sequel – a move that disappointed many fans that...

Landstalker (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Landstalker (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

After hearing of the legendary treasure of King Nole, the elvish treasure hunter Nigel undertakes a quest to gather various pieces of the famed loot.

Landstalker is an action RPG released in 1993. It's got an isometric view, something which is quite rare in games, and sounds a bit dated. So does it still hold up? In the game you are Nigel, a treasure hunter who rescues a fairy called Friday from a..

Ghouls 'n Ghosts (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Ghouls 'n Ghosts (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Arthur must go forth to save his beloved Princess and destroy the root of all evil!

When you look at this game today, it's hard to believe that it was one of the very first Megadrive releases. Sega did an amazing job of reprogramming the Capcom arcade original for their 16-bit console - the port isn't quite arcade perfect but you have to look closely to spot the (minor) differences. Graphically..

Shining in the Darkness (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Shining in the Darkness (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Dark Sol has vowed to reign over the enchanted Kingdom of Thornwood, and only you can stop him.

Anyone who has played the Atari ST classic Dungeon Master (or one of the many clones that appeared in its wake) will know full well that first person RPGs can be a hell of a lot of fun. Back when Sega first announced Shining in the Darkness (often called...

Dynamite Headdy (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Dynamite Headdy (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Headdy, the central protagonist of the game, is the star of the Treasure Theatre production of Dynamite Headdy.

Treasure has already secured its place in history as a purveyor of "gamers' games", encouragingly flying in the face of the accepted practice of style over content to provide such stone-cold classics as Radiant Silvergun, Ikaruga and Gunstar Heroes. Among the batch of early..

Shining Force (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Shining Force (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

In ages long forgotten, Light fought Darkness for control of the world.

Although Shining Force takes place in the same universe as fellow Megadrive/Genesis epic Shining in the Darkness, the games themselves couldn’t really be more different. Whereas SitD is a first person dungeon crawler, Shining Force is a turn-based strategy title more akin to Nintendo’s excellent Fire Emblem series, or the..

Ecco: The Tides of Time (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Ecco: The Tides of Time (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

In this sequel to Ecco the Dolphin, everyone's favorite underwater hero must battle the Vortex Queen and her hive of drones.

Good old Ecco the Dolphin, after saving his dolphin chums from an invading alien race you would have thought he could have just spent the rest of his life in peace spinning a ball on his nose! These plans were shattered when the queen of the Vortex took it upon herself to..

Golden Axe II (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Golden Axe II (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Not long after the malign reign of Death Adder has ended, another evil rises.

When I first clapped eyes on Golden Axe 2 as a lad I was over the moon. Being a massive fan of the original I simply could not wait to play this. Graphically, it looked even better than the original and promised to be the sequel I was waiting for. Sadly, it actually turned...

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Dr. Eggman (aka Dr. Robotnik) is searching for the Chaos Emeralds to fuel his new Death Egg engine.

Any gamer worth his or her salt will remember the day Sonic 2 was released. Cheekily dubbed 'Sonic Twos-Day' (it was released worldwide on a Tuesday, you see) it became a massive seller for Sega and cemented Sonic's position as one of the most popular...

ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

During ToeJam and Earl's trip back home, a number of Earthlings hitchhiked on their spaceship and are now infesting planet Funkotron.

The original ToeJam & Earl was a quite a big hit for Sega at the time so it was a no-brainer than a sequel should be released. With the success of Sonic the Hedgehog it must have seemed like a logical step to reinvent ToeJam & Earl to be a 2D side-scrolling..

Kid Chameleon (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Kid Chameleon (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Karma karma karma karma karma chameleon.

The first thought that enters your head when playing Kid Chameleon is probably 'Mario Clone'. The game steals ideas from Nintendo's finest, such as jumping on the heads of enemies and bashing item boxes from below. It's not the first game to copy Mario and it certainly won't be the last, but back in the early 90's when the Sega/Nintendo war was at its..

Streets of Rage 2 (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Streets of Rage 2 (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

The city has once again returned to its former nightmarish state, with the city streets, roads and parks swarming with criminals.

For many of our readers this game will need no introduction. If you haven't yet played Streets of Rage 2 then you are in for a treat. Simply put this is probably the best scrolling beat-em-up available on any console. Yes it is that good! Sega didn't do just a lazy..

Wonder Boy in Monster World (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Wonder Boy in Monster World (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Monster World was a peaceful, happy place until one dark day when an army of BioMeka monsters invaded.

If you have played Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap on the Master System you will know exactly what to expect here. The Wonder Boy series is famed for its confusing naming conventions; to clear it up this is the last Wonder Boy game on the Megadrive to get a release outside of Japan. It features..

Virtua Fighter 2 (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Virtua Fighter 2 (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

The intrepid fighters return to the World Fighting Tournament.

Virtua Fighter 2 remains one of the best one-on-one fighters in the history of videogames. When it was originally released it destroyed the competition, and even today (after three updates) hardcore fans feel that Sega has never really bettered the classic brawler. But before you all get too excited, this isn't the superb Saturn version..

Vectorman (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Vectorman (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

More than a load of old balls?

OK, so the main character is compromised of green balls, don't let that make you overlook one of the better 'run and gun' games to hit the Megadrive / Genesis. The shallow premise for the game is that humans have ruined the planet Earth and left the subsequent tidy-up job to their robots. You assume the role of the titular Vectorman, who has to contend with the rather..

Beyond Oasis (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Beyond Oasis (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

You are the young Prince Ali in a desperate fight to defeat the evil that is threatening your island empire, Oasis.

This was another late Megadrive/Genesis release but thankfully it avoided the fate of games like Comix Zone and sold pretty well at the time. It's easy to see why - graphically it's one of the best looking games on Sega's 16-bit console. It looks even better in motion, with some..