A couple of honourable mentions to some games that just didn’t make it were Star Control, Gunstar Heroes, Red Zone and Desert Strike.
Think of Gemfire as a predecessor to the Heroes of Might and Magic series. In Gemfire, you governed a land by negotiation, sabotage, hiring of troops, feeding the masses and generally trying to keep everybody happy. When it came to time to attack of defend the terrioties, it swapped to a turn based game. You had individual units and sometimes you would have a wizard that could cast devasting spells. A fantastic fantasy game which was ported from the PC and also onto the SNES.
9) Zero Tolerance
After the Wolfenstien and Doom craze of the 90’s, you would never have expected a clone of this to appear on the Megadrive. Lo and behold Zero Tolerance. An alien race has taken over your spacestation and the Earth, it is up to you to save everybody. This game had 3d movement, guns guns guns and a crappy flame thrower. Unique characters with special skills. So advanced for it’s time and a great game. Released near the end of the megadrive run, this is a hidden gem.
8) NHL ’94
Never watched or played Ice Hockey, don’t have that much interest in it, but this game is just perfect. It has perfect controls, perfect sound perfect graphics. It makes you feel like you are playing ice hockey by how everything moves so fluid. Every check, pass, fight and goal just feels so right. EA were on a winner here gameplay wise but somehow went down hill after this one. If you can, grab a mate and play against each other. Second best thing in the world sober!
This game made you feel like you had an arcade at home. Just the look and sound made you feel that you were starting up an arcade machine. From the manical digitized laugh of evil madman, to the colours and paralax of the city scapes made you feel like you were there with Strider, protecting humanity from the oppressive evil forces. And this game had big bosses! Some bigger than the screen itself! Forget the new Strider they released a couple of years ago, do yourself a favour and play this version.
6) Dune 2: The Battle for Arrakis
A pioneering game straight off the bat. If we didn’t have this game, alot of later games would have only been a twinkle is someones eye. OMG, the soundtrack, the graphics, the controls and the life saving missile defence turrets! To play a part in the DUNE universe and to make a difference would be any sci-fi nerds (like me) dream. To play as the Atriedes, the Harkkonen, or even the fictious and made up Ordos, scrambling across the desert harvesting the spice Melange and wrestling for control via military hardware and dodging worm attacks. If you are a fan of any RTS, give is a shot. He who controls the spice, controls the universe!