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    Default Top 20 Sega Saturn Games

    Discuss.

    General rule with these lists: if you think a top twenty game is missing, then let us know what game to drop in place of it. Present your argument well, get it seconded, and it could affect the list... nay, the entire cosmic balance! Really.

    For the FULL list of Saturn games, check HERE.

    Astal
    Dragon Force
    Fighters Megamix
    Guardian Heroes
    House of the Dead, The
    Magic Knight Rayearth
    Nights
    NightWarriors
    Panzer Dragoon Saga
    Panzer Dragoon Zwei
    Saturn Bomberman
    Sega Rally Championship
    Shining Force III
    Shining the Holy Ark
    Sonic 3D Blast
    Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo
    Virtua Cop 2
    Virtua Fighter 2
    Virtual On
    Winter Heat

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    Ok....
    Replace virtua fighter 3 by virtua fighter 2
    Replace Winter heat (which really sucks) by Sega Rally.

    I don't like Sonic R either, I suggest replacing it by Tomb Raider.

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    I'm assuming US only here? as Radient Silvergun is a top 5 easily.. and the Cotton games.
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    Yeah I think the saturn will have to be an exception to US only rule, simply because of the sheer number of good japanese games.
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    Default well,

    ...if he were counting imports*, that list would need to be longer, lol.

    i'd replace hotd 2 with enemy zero- ez is actually quite scary, while hotd is actually quite...a mess (still fun, though)

    i'm glad sega rally didn't make the cut- not too many of the saturn racing games were all that good!...=^P

    *(actually, gun griffon 2 only came out in japan- we'll ass-u-me you meant the u.s. gun griffon, damn fine game that it was)

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    Sonic R is actually a decent little game if you give it some time. Virtua Fighter 3 should indeed be 2, not 3! Otherwise, I'm in agreement with the list... except, I still think that Bug is such an underrated game, and deserves a spot on here too...
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    Virtua Fighter 3 came out for the Saturn? In the U.S.???

    Oh, replace Fighting Vipers with Fighters Megamix. And where is Sega Ages Volume 1? And Super Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo? And Bust-a-Move 2 Arcade Edition?

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    It seems Joe digs out this list every other month?! Or am I experiencing Deja vu?

    I'd axe Fighting Vipers. Its just too ugly, though great fun. Fighters MegaMix is much superior to FV.

    I'd axe Sonic R. It was nice in its day, but I think it has low replay value. Once I unlocked everything, which took 1 week, I never played it again except during the "remember Saturn!" sessions periodically over the years. I'd replace Sonic R with Sega Rally, which is still such a great racing game, and seemed amazing that it could even be pulled off on Saturn, at the time. Sega Rally was the BEST Saturn racer. Too bad it doesn't support the analog pad. (digital control is great though).

    I'd axe House of the Dead too, but that's just me. It's a rush job, though it is probably great fun. I'd pick Astal to include in the list. Astal is great to me because it's a type of game you never see anywhere else -- 2D, high color, good characters and music, great animation. Astal doesn't have a lot of replay value either, but it's special to me, and not surprisingly Astal hasn't aged much since its in beautiful, colorful 2D and not colorless & choppy Saturn 3D.

    Finally, I loved Saturn Tomb Raider, but I would never say its one of the best 20. I guess I'm saying this because Tomb Raider was on several platforms, and the PSX and PC versions looked noticeably better than the Saturn version. Still, I applaud Core for what they did .. too bad they never duplicated the first one.

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    Default welllll...

    tomb raider was being developed for the saturn first, from what i recall- i think it should stay; it's still one of the best action-based adventure games ever. the ps/pc versions look much better, but i think only the saturn version kept the cool water distortion effect...

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    can this list be split top 20 US/top 20 Import?

    I want to make a list, not sure what is what with this system ..... seems like all the good games are not US
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    I always liked Burning Rangers for its unique gameplay and clever concepts. The voice-directed navigation was a great idea, and I'd love to see it used in a sequel. Of course, the game looked a bit rough, though I think it's more deserving of a spot on the list than House of the Dead, Sonic R, or Die Hard Arcade.

    And where's the original Panzer Dragoon?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chunky
    can this list be split top 20 US/top 20 Import?

    I want to make a list, not sure what is what with this system ..... seems like all the good games are not US
    This is the US list (the complete list can be found at http://www.digitpress.com/lists/saturn.pdf) - if you want to do an import list, feel free to start the topic... anyone! I don't have enough expertise with Saturn imports to "run" that thread.

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    I suggest the inclusion of SUPER PUZZLE FIGHTER II TURBO.One of the best puzzle games ever.

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    I'd like to second the suggestion of Astal. The 2D characteristics of the game (although very linear) are beautifully rendered. The music compliments the visual fantasy that the Saturn has no problem showing. The story is solid, the characters are voiced very well, and the cinema scenes are drawn in the traditional anime style. But again, the graphics are the highest aspect of the game. Each stage has its own mystical themes such as illuminated caves, volcanic eruptions, swirling clouds, and crystal palaces. We also get our fair share of well animated bosses ranging from giant weeds to fiery dragons. Despite the easy challenge and linear layout, I think Astal should be on the list too.
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    FYI!

    If you want to chat about your favorite Saturn IMPORTS (assuming you're in the USA), check this out:

    http://www.digitpress.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6622

    That is all.

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    Default Top Saturn Games

    Good list.

    I'd have to agree that Sega Rally was the best driving game available for the system.
    Saturn Bomberman is still one of the best versions of the game ever. Just for the sheer number of players you have at the same time.
    I'd kick Sonic R off the list. Sonic 3D Blast was better than that game.
    Although not a Saturn exclusive, Mass Destruction was a blast to play. Well worth the 10 bucks it cost me. Nothing like cruising around in a tank blowing up buildings.
    Gun Griffon 2 was released in Japan only. It's a great game but unfortunaltely didn't feature any cool opening movies like the original.



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    PLEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASE PUT IN SEGA RALLY!

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    Default top 20

    top 20 eh...
    ( these arent in any order)

    1 Enemy Zero
    2 Shinning Force 3
    3 Burning Rangers
    4 NiGHTS
    5 Three Dirty Dwarves
    6 Magic Knights Rayearth
    7 Clockwork Knight
    8 Sonic R
    9 Virtual On
    10 Virtua Fighter 2
    11 Fighting Vipers
    12 Sega Rally
    13 Astal
    14 Guardian Heroes
    15 Sonic 3D Blast
    16 Panzer Dragoon
    17 Panzer Dragoon Zwei
    18 Panzer Dragoon Saga
    19 Albert Oddyssey
    20 Grandia

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    I'd say replace Mega Man 8 with Galactic Attack. Why? Though Mega Man 8 is a better version then the playstation one, as far as mega man games it just seemed to be on the weaker side. Galactic Attack is one of the few shmups released stateside, and is a great, hard one at that. Whenever I play my Saturn I always have to pop that game in for a go.
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    I would not include Tomb Raider in there, I mean, you could not even do that sexy handstand in the Saturn version
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