Before I start, of course these are my personal choices and no doubt yours will differ depending on the ones you have played, however be sure to share your favourite games.
My all time favourite console has to be the SEGA Mega Drive. There were just so many titles that captured my imagination and unfortunately for them, emptied my parents wallet, that it was hard not to fall in love with this plastic shell that housed the power and scope allowing 2D gaming to really shine.
SEGA has released a fair few titles on the Xbox Live Arcade not to mention other consoles, but now you have the opportunity to really experience the good old days of some truly exceptional gameplay that still has me enthralled. Announcing the ‘SEGA Mega Drive Ultimate Collection’ available on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 at some point in early 2009.
If it wasn’t for the arcade game Golden Axe, I doubt I would be as interested in gaming as I am today. Heck I might not have even become a journalist! The original Golden Axe managed to open my eyes up to a world of immersive imagination of wonders and all for just 20p a go. I fed coins into that arcade machine faster than a speeding bullet and all just to satisfy my lust for adventures into bizarre yet wonderful worlds.
If hearing that Sonic the Hedgehog coming to Xbox Live Arcade wasn’t enough to warm your cockles, well how about Golden Axe making a next generation return to the Xbox 360 and PS3 in 2007:
SEGA Entertainment today warmed old school gamers’ hearts with the announcement of a great, beloved side-scrolling classic remake with Golden Axe for next-generation systems.
Designed for Xbox 360 and PS3, Golden Axe is in development by the newly acquired San Francisco studio, Secret Level. The new game is created with action-RPG elements and awesome old favorite aspects such as the ability to recruit allies, fight in ranged battles, charge into close combat, or mount freaky fantastical creatures and blast through enemy lines.
The new storyline is very similar to the ancient 1989 side-scroller: A band of “Riders” embark on a quest to crush and defeat the enemy before their race becomes extinct. Doesn’t exactly sound deep, but does it need to? Players can wield fantastic weapons or cast magic spells to pummel mindless hordes of enemies.
Ahhh the memories of playing this classic, which I played at both the arcade and on my SEGA Mega Drive (Genesis). Just need World of Illusion, Quackshot and Sonic 2 to appear on Xbox Live Arcade now and I will be a very happy gamer.
Link: Golden Axe Lives!