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Old 08-22-2003, 06:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Best console game no one's ever heard of?

When I was college a friend had a TurboGrafx 16 and there was a game for it called Military Madness. It was an old-school, hex-based turn-based strategy game for domination of the moon, and it was THE most addictive thing ever. A sequel was released for the Playstation, called NECTARIS, and you can sometimes find it on Ebay. It's not too hard to find the ROM and a TG-16 emulator.

What are some other sleeper hits that few of us may know about?
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Old 08-22-2003, 08:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 08-22-2003, 08:54 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Oh lord, ICO was one of the best games I've ever played. When it ended much too soon I just sat and watched the end credits in stunned awe. Great game.
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Old 08-22-2003, 10:39 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Old 08-23-2003, 08:28 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Ico was a truely unique experience, the only game I've ever played where I had a real desire to save the princess, not just beat the game

Kagero was great, oringinal, and fun on the ps1 (not the sequel)

Carnage Heart was fun for a while, but was a bit too hard to really be ranked as one of the greats. ps1

Poy Poy-prehaps the greatest muli player game ever made imo, also ps1.

The original Legacy of Kain...was never sure if diablo came out before this or not, but either way. ps1

The Horde. God I loved this game. I would kill to be able to play this game without haveing to buy a Sega Saturn and track this piece of Kirk Cameron goodness down.
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Old 08-23-2003, 09:28 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Devil Dice was awesome, they're coming out with a sequel called Bombastic in about a week. mmm rolling dice around as a little devil, who would think it could be so fun.
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Old 08-23-2003, 07:51 PM   #7 (permalink)
body harvest on N64. it was insanely difficult (for me at leats...) but suprisingly fun. and im pretty sure most everyboldy hasnt heard too much of it
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Old 08-23-2003, 08:54 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Vib Ribbon is good. It's a PS2 game for Japanese consoles only. Good fun.
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Old 08-23-2003, 08:57 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I second Vib Ribbon. They're coming out with a sequel too. Here's another thread with more info: http://tfproject.org/tfp/showthread....threadid=23773
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Old 08-23-2003, 10:48 PM   #10 (permalink)
echo teh dolphin, great game
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Old 08-24-2003, 12:07 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Word on Poy Poy. That game was the reason I bought the multitap.

it's not THAT rare, but Blazing Lazers (Gunhed in JP) on the TG16 is great.

And the newer school kids might not be hip to the brilliance that is River City Ransom, so i'll note that as well.
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Old 08-24-2003, 06:32 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Great call burgerdog, I still play River City Ransom at least once a week. Also, while probably not a rarity, Every one of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms games have been amazing peices of work. Definitley an aquired taste, but if you love micromanagement with a story, then there is no better.
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Old 08-24-2003, 08:05 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Shining the Holy ark, great little rpg. My poor saturn exploded before I could beat that thing.

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Old 08-24-2003, 08:45 AM   #14 (permalink)
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OK, I ran across this game one time about three or four years ago, and I've never forgotten it.

Has anyone else ever heard of The Unholy War? That game was awesome. Its kinda hard to explain. It always reminded me of chess kinda. You had this small army of different creatures, and you would try to take control of the board. Whenever you met up with your opponent, there would be a battle, a battle that you would actually fight. I can't remember much about it, but I loved it, and I never saw it again.

Anyone else played it?
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Old 08-25-2003, 01:32 PM   #15 (permalink)
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The best game I've played that no one else did/heard of is easily Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem for Gamecube. Besides Metroid Prime, it's easily the best game out for it. Check it out on Gamecube, you won't be disappointed.

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Old 08-25-2003, 01:44 PM   #16 (permalink)
super hunchback for game boy.
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Old 08-25-2003, 09:23 PM   #17 (permalink)
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it's not THAT rare, but Blazing Lazers (Gunhed in JP) on the TG16 is great.
I still play this game. Best shooter ever.
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Old 08-26-2003, 07:47 PM   #18 (permalink)
Comix Zone for the Sega Genesis - Easily one of my favourite Genesis games. Basically you play as a comic book artist trapped in his own comic book. It's a beat-em up type game with a good dose of originality.

It also came out for the PC too.

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Old 08-27-2003, 09:23 AM   #19 (permalink)
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destiny of an emperor on the original NES
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Old 08-27-2003, 09:29 AM   #20 (permalink)
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Originally posted by crow_daw
Has anyone else ever heard of The Unholy War?
Yeah Unholy War is a lot of mad fun. Might remind you of chess if you played Archon way back when? It's essentialy that without the chess lol.

Thought of a couple more:

PS2-The Adventures of Cookies and Cream-not sure if this was popular or not, but my wife and I played it (it's 2 player co-op), and was one of the funnest things we'd done. Kinda reminded me of NES's Snake Rattle n Roll.

PS1-Return Fire-I challenge anyone to play this game and not think it's the best 1v1 fun ever. It's capture the flag crossed with squad based strategy, sorta, with over 100 maps I think. You have 4 each of helicopters, tanks, jeeps, and missile laucher vehicle thingies, plus preplaced turrets walls, etc. You must find and locate your opponents flag (there are decoys across the map, too) and bring it back to your base (only the jeep can carry the flag) Mad, wicked, fun.
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Old 08-27-2003, 04:04 PM   #21 (permalink)
Bombastic is gonna be a sequel to Devil Dice?! Sweet. That was a great puzzle game. I could play it all night, but I could also get non-gamers *cough*my girlfriend*cough* to play it, too.

I second Military Madness, too. There was a summer when I was about 12 that I was away from home and played the hell out of that.

And I've got one to add: Hexxagon. It was a shareware game from way back. I couldn't even remember the name, but this thread made me look it up. AND, I just found a Flash version of it too. Happy happy happy.


Edit: woops, wrong url.
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Old 08-27-2003, 06:01 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Shadowrun (Sega Genesis version is way better than SNES version)
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Old 08-27-2003, 10:15 PM   #23 (permalink)
Frequency/Amplitude for PS2 and Eternal Darkness for GameCube.
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Old 08-27-2003, 10:20 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Intelligent Cube, PS1

You're this guy standing on this platform made of cubes in the middle of empty space. Cubes tuble down the platform towards you, and your job (if I remember correctly) is to blow up all the cubes before they reach the end. Then there are special cubes, that will blow up in a radius, or can't be blown up. Oh, you also have to avoid being squished as you blow up the cubes. It doesn't sound very fun, but it is so damn addictive.
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Old 08-28-2003, 05:33 AM   #25 (permalink)
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I'd say Terranigma for SNES, even though many people have heard about it. It beats Zelda anyday

Other good SNES games who never made it to the US or Europe are Secret of Mana 2 and Tales of Phantasia
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Old 08-28-2003, 05:36 AM   #26 (permalink)
PS1 - Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

I'm not sure if it's popular or not. But I really really enjoyed playing it. one of the best 2d games out there.
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Old 08-28-2003, 07:27 AM   #27 (permalink)
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Herzog Zwei for genesis, the first real time strategy game
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Old 08-28-2003, 09:23 AM   #28 (permalink)
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Baseball Simulator 1000 for the NES. As a kid we were bored of Basesloaded, this game was the same except it had six different fields with different dimensions, about thirty different ultra powers, and you can even play a 162 game season. It also has a create a player mode, and this game was released back around 1989. You can give ratings to each of the players’ attributes, and you can assign a player’s ultra powers.

We thought it was cool for a crappy NES.
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Old 08-28-2003, 09:44 AM   #29 (permalink)
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that sounds pretty advanced for an NES game
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Old 08-28-2003, 05:45 PM   #30 (permalink)
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oh by far gunstar hereos, i could play that game for hours on end
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Old 08-28-2003, 10:17 PM   #31 (permalink)
Freddy Pharkis Frontier Pharmacist for the PC. One of the greatest old style sierra adventure games ever. I loved this game though no one has really heard of it. Great game if you can find it.
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Old 08-29-2003, 12:17 AM   #32 (permalink)
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Amen to Gunstar Heroes. Get a best friend to play with you. Won't leave the room for days.

Dynamite Headdy was great, too. Hard as hell, though.
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Old 08-29-2003, 02:02 AM   #33 (permalink)
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Most of the games that I love were pretty popular, but I'm going to have to agree with the guy that sad Shadowrun for genesis... It was definitely better than the SNES version, and it was one of my favorite RPG's for a long time. I had a huge obsession with it, I even made a website dedicated to it.
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Old 08-29-2003, 04:31 PM   #34 (permalink)
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I'd have to say Rez, rather difficult to explain so i'll link to a review


Anyone else played it?

Also liked Ikaruga
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Old 08-29-2003, 04:36 PM   #35 (permalink)
Einhander for the Playstation. That game kicked ass.
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Old 08-30-2003, 05:43 AM   #36 (permalink)
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holy crap if i could find a copy of einhander i'd crap my pants,

but as shooters go i'd have to say that the anything made by (now-defunct) working designs like fighting force V and raycrisis.

also going way back, best crossover genre game ever: guardian legend for the NES. it's a shooter!! no it's a adventure title!! no it's a shooter!! i was so confused and happy
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Old 08-30-2003, 09:17 PM   #37 (permalink)
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Super Street Puzzle Fight II Turbo (I think that’s the name) on the PS1 was one of my favorite games few heard of. I talked friend into playing it after I bugged him shitless. We plaid for, oh, five hours straight.

Einhander was one of the best shooters ever on the ps1. Vagrant story rocked, too; my third or forth fave game ever.

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Old 08-30-2003, 09:43 PM   #38 (permalink)
Beyond Oasis for the Genesis. It was an action/adventure game in the above-head perspective like Zelda. The bosses were huge and you could even do special attacks.

Zombies Ate My Neighbors was also one of those addictive 2-player games.
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Old 08-31-2003, 06:29 AM   #39 (permalink)
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really i didnt like beyond oasis or zombies ate my neighbors
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Old 08-31-2003, 07:12 AM   #40 (permalink)
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Definitely "On The Ball" and "Rock 'n Roll Racing" for Snes. Man, we wasted MANY a day on those two...
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