best sega saturn games?

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#1 Posted by icedout06 (305 posts) -

been lookin to expand my sega saturn collection so just lookin for peoples favorite games on the system

#2 Posted by codezer0 (15898 posts) -
If you can, try to find one of those combination import enabler/RAM expansion cartridges for the Saturn, so that you don't have to spend time juggling between them. The added bonus is that then you can play the Japanese versions of X-men vs. Street Fighter and MSH vs. SF in about as close to arcade-perfect as any console at the time was physically capable of. I still remember in the issue of GamePro (keep in mind, it was still before I had a computer and internet to be able to look stuff like this up), that there was one of these third-party cartridges featured that did triple duty: - import enabler to play other-region Saturn games on any given saturn - 4MB RAM expansion - Backup memory cart for saves. At that point, all it was technicaly missing was the ability to load up gameshark/Action Replay codes. The Gamesharks and AR's for the Saturn also took care of enabling play of non-region-matching games on a Saturn, but obviously couldn't provide the RAM expansion, while just bare RAM expansion cartridges didn't have that import enabling capability, even though they could work on any Saturn that could physically accept the thing.
#3 Posted by Sparticus247 (2368 posts) -

An awesome game is Virtual On. Still pick that one up every now and then to this day.

#4 Posted by Dariency (9406 posts) -

Games I've played that were good (at least):

Sonic 3D Blast
Clockwork Knight
Daytona USA
Bug!

Games I haven't played yet but should be good:

Clockwork Knight 2
Rayman
Astal
Darius Gaiden
Sonic Jam
Panzer Dragoon
Panzer Dragoon Saga (very rare and pricey though)
Burning Rangers (also rare and pricey)

#5 Posted by LP4EVA2005 (8585 posts) -

Guardian Heroes

X-men Vs street fighter (IMO its better then Marvel vs Street fighter)

Street Fighter Alpha 3

Last Bronx

#6 Posted by codezer0 (15898 posts) -

Guardian Heroes

X-men Vs street fighter (IMO its better then Marvel vs Street fighter)

Street Fighter Alpha 3

Last Bronx

LP4EVA2005
I would put an asterisk on SFA3 in that you should ideally only get it supposing you do have the 4MB RAM expansion cart for the saturn. At that point, it is indeed worth it.
#7 Posted by Giancarlo (859 posts) -

A lot of great games already mentioned. Here's a few that I really like:

Dragon Force

Virtua Fighter 2

Daytona USA (Yeah, the graphics are terrible, but it plays great).

Astal (one of the first games released. Has an amazing art style).

Virtua Cop 1/2 (Still some of the best rail shooters).

#8 Posted by NamelessPlayer (7729 posts) -
[QUOTE="codezer0"]If you can, try to find one of those combination import enabler/RAM expansion cartridges for the Saturn, so that you don't have to spend time juggling between them. The added bonus is that then you can play the Japanese versions of X-men vs. Street Fighter and MSH vs. SF in about as close to arcade-perfect as any console at the time was physically capable of. I still remember in the issue of GamePro (keep in mind, it was still before I had a computer and internet to be able to look stuff like this up), that there was one of these third-party cartridges featured that did triple duty: - import enabler to play other-region Saturn games on any given saturn - 4MB RAM expansion - Backup memory cart for saves. At that point, all it was technicaly missing was the ability to load up gameshark/Action Replay codes. The Gamesharks and AR's for the Saturn also took care of enabling play of non-region-matching games on a Saturn, but obviously couldn't provide the RAM expansion, while just bare RAM expansion cartridges didn't have that import enabling capability, even though they could work on any Saturn that could physically accept the thing.

If you can find an Action Replay 4M Plus (looks like this), then you don't have to worry about tradeoffs-it pretty much does everything. Region bypass, 4 MB RAM expansion, Flash backup memory that won't die out like the Saturn's internal SRAM when that CR2032 goes (though it doesn't work as seamlessly or directly as the official Sega save backup cart), AND Action Replay codes!
#9 Posted by DeafNYCPlayer (2307 posts) -
Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo Nights Street Fighter Zero 3 X-Men Children of Atoms Marvel Super Heroes
#10 Posted by codezer0 (15898 posts) -
If you can find an Action Replay 4M Plus (looks like this), then you don't have to worry about tradeoffs-it pretty much does everything. Region bypass, 4 MB RAM expansion, Flash backup memory that won't die out like the Saturn's internal SRAM when that CR2032 goes (though it doesn't work as seamlessly or directly as the official Sega save backup cart), AND Action Replay codes!NamelessPlayer
Wow, that's even better than what I thought it would be like. But as I understand it, unfortunately these couldn't support the direct save feature that an official saturn memory cart would support, because the programming in the console meant that once it recognized the cartridge as a direct-save capable memory, then that's all it would allow... and thus the ability to load that extra software couldn't execute anymore.
#11 Posted by NamelessPlayer (7729 posts) -
[QUOTE="NamelessPlayer"]If you can find an Action Replay 4M Plus (looks like this), then you don't have to worry about tradeoffs-it pretty much does everything. Region bypass, 4 MB RAM expansion, Flash backup memory that won't die out like the Saturn's internal SRAM when that CR2032 goes (though it doesn't work as seamlessly or directly as the official Sega save backup cart), AND Action Replay codes!codezer0
Wow, that's even better than what I thought it would be like. But as I understand it, unfortunately these couldn't support the direct save feature that an official saturn memory cart would support, because the programming in the console meant that once it recognized the cartridge as a direct-save capable memory, then that's all it would allow... and thus the ability to load that extra software couldn't execute anymore.

That's what I meant by "not working as seamlessly/directly as the official Sega backup cart". Thus, for some games that have a crapload of save data that just won't fit into the internal save RAM at all, not even giving you time to restart the console and shuffle files in the cart's interface, you'll still have to have one of those official Sega carts.
#12 Posted by x-2tha-z (8904 posts) -
Shinrei Jusatsushi Taromaru Radiant Silvergun Panzer Dragoon Saga Sengoku Blade Metal Slug Battle Garegga Those are my favourites.
#13 Posted by chefstubbies (2583 posts) -

Panzer Dragoon, Zwei and Saga

Shining Force 3

Shining Wisdom

Shining the Holy Arc

Dragon Force

Dark Savior

Lunar Eternal: Blue & Silver Star Story

#14 Posted by ArmoredCore55 (23874 posts) -
I like Sonic R and Sonic 3D Blast the best.
#15 Posted by Arach666 (23042 posts) -

I like Sonic R and Sonic 3D Blast the best.ArmoredCore55
Always nice to see someone giving love to Sonic R,it wasn´t as bad as most people claim.

Also,

Shining force 3

Dragon force

Burning Rangers

Guardian heroes

Panzer dragoon saga

Bug!

Worldwide soccer 97/98

Fighters megamix

Sega rally

Daytona USA/CCE

Shinobi X

Tunnel B1

Exhumed(powerslave)

Blast chamber

Nights

VF2

House of the dead

VC2

Radiant silvergun

#16 Posted by GulliversTravel (3062 posts) -
Its a great system with a number of must-have titles for anybody, but most of the quality titles are in specific genres that you might not enjoy,
#17 Posted by slvrraven9 (9239 posts) -

[QUOTE="ArmoredCore55"]I like Sonic R and Sonic 3D Blast the best.Arach666

Always nice to see someone giving love to Sonic R,it wasn´t as bad as most people claim.

Also,

Shining force 3

Dragon force

Burning Rangers

Guardian heroes

Panzer dragoon saga

Bug!

Worldwide soccer 97/98

Fighters megamix

Sega rally

Daytona USA/CCE

Shinobi X

Tunnel B1

Exhumed(powerslave)

Blast chamber

Nights

VF2

House of the dead

VC2

Radiant silvergun

thank GOD, someone said Guardian Heroes!! also Nights Darkstalkers (nightwarriors revenge. for the fighting fans) and i also agree abotu virtual on. that was one of my fav games of all time...
#19 Posted by NamelessPlayer (7729 posts) -
[QUOTE="Arach666"]

Guardian heroes

slvrraven9
thank GOD, someone said Guardian Heroes!!

You must have missed this one.

Guardian Heroes

LP4EVA2005
Anyway, Guardian Heroes is on my "MUST GET" list, but the eBay prices are still rather high, sometimes even higher than some NEW games. Not Panzer Dragoon Saga/Radiant Silvergun-level egregiously price-gouged, but still a bit much for me to spend on one game.
#20 Posted by fubbal (460 posts) -

Panzer dragoon 1 and 2,virtua fighter 1 and 2,sega rally championship,clockwork knight 1 and 2,bug and bug too,shining force 3, Dragon force,Astal,Knights,Guardian heros, and from what I hear panzer dragoon saga although I have never played that one.All the rest are really good games even now.

#21 Posted by rawsavon (40002 posts) -

DragonForce
-one of my most favorite games (on any system)

#22 Posted by iwilson1296 (2214 posts) -

avoid metal slug for saturn and get the metal slug collection on ps2 if ya have one.

#23 Posted by LDSCM84 (47 posts) -

Burning Rangers, Dragon Force, Daytona USA, Xmen vs. Street Fighter and Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter (a perfect arcade port with the 4mb cartridge), and Panzer Dragoon.