Note: Before I begin, I apologize for any formatting problems. This is my first post and I’m still getting comfortable with the editing system :)
The Saturn, despite being constantly overshadowed by Sony’s behemoth called PlayStation, was blessed with some truly incredible games. Unfortunately, many of those games have died with the system and have yet to be reborn on a current system or service to allow those who never owned a Saturn to play them.
Here are my top 5 Saturn games that I would give my left analog stick to see arise from the ashes:
5. Dark Savior
This game really caught me by surprise. I honestly don’t even remember why I bought it, but it ended up quickly becoming one of my favorite Action/Adventure/Role Playing games. Its 3D isometric gameplay was innovative (although it lead to occasional cheap deaths in short platforming sections of the game) and the story line was complex but incredibly intriguing. But the single most impressive thing about this game was the fact that the game wasn’t over once you beat it the first time – you would immediately begin the game again but in a different, yet in some ways parallel story line. This can happen up to 4 or 5 times depending on how each prior run is executed.
This parallel, ever evolving story design is what makes this game a must-play for anyone.
4. Nights into Dreams…
Ok, I know that this one technically got a sequel, but it’s just not the same. What I want is the original Nights that gave me chills as a teen. The music, the beautiful childhood 3D dreamscapes, the lightning fast flying gameplay – heck, I even want to see that annoying egg timer that “woke” you out of the dreams when you got caught by it on foot. This is the first game that I literally dreamed about playing before I got it (ironic, I know). The 3D controller was, although a bit lacking ergonomically, innovative for the Saturn. This game is, for me, still as fun to play now as it was when I first played it.
Oh, and if this game was ever re-released now, I’d demand Christmas Nights to be packaged in as well!
(I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that the Japanese got a remake of this game for the PS2. Epic fail for us Americans…)
3. Burning Rangers
Another great game developed by Sega’s legendary “Sonic Team”. Unfortunately, Burning Rangers was released towards the end of the Saturns ill-fated lifespan and because of that it fell by the wayside for many. It’s too bad, too because you’d be amazed at how much fun it is to be a futuristic fireman. The game even included a random level generation system that was unlocked after beating it once. Talk about replay value!
2. Legend of Oasis
The prequel to Beyond Oasis for the Genesis, Legend of Oasis is, without a doubt, one of the finest adventure games EVER. I don’t know how else to put it. This game is absolutely fantastic. The story is engaging, the fully orchestral music is almost unparalleled, the animation and graphics are beautiful… I could just go on forever. Playing this game is truly a delightful experience. And as a bonus, you could even play with a friend in a sort-of-cheat-but-not-really co-op mode. (You could randomly spawn in a semi-transparent clone of your character that is controlled by Player 2) Nothing better than sharing the love, right?
1. Panzer Dragoon Saga
Was there really any doubt that this game would be number 1? Really? I don’t know if I should even explain why… If you don’t know, then you should go find a Saturn, a very expensive copy of Panzer Dragoon Saga and play this game RIGHT NOW. I don’t even care if you are on the operating table getting open heart surgery. Life is not worth living without this game.
That being said, this game is truly epic. Spanning 4 discs (at the time, that meant something! ^_^ ) Saga carried the player through one of the best RPG experiences ever developed. It rivals FFVII for my favorite game of all time. I loves me some Panzer Dragoon Saga.
A side note related to Panzer Dragoon Saga:
When the game was first released in the US, we only received 6000 copies across the entire country! I actually saw one on a Babbage’s shelf (yes, Babbage’s) the week it was released and, as you can imagine, was very excited. I ran to the ATM in the mall I was in to grab some of that green stuff and, by the time I got back to the store, the copy had sold. My unicorn had escaped me.
Years later, I had saved up some more money and bought a copy on ebay for almost $200. I played it, I fell in love, I treasured it.
And then… I pulled one of those idiotic moments that are so common in teendom: I “needed” some money so I sold my beloved for ~$165 on ebay. I regret that sale to this day.
My Saturn gently weeps.
That’s my list of Saturn games that I would love to see reborn again for a current gen system (or downloadable service). What games would you guys pick?