Finished Linkle Liver Story. 2D Zelda clone. Translated last month. Sweet, short and saccharine. Nice soundtrack. Weapon crafting. Polygonal bosses/gfx. A lot like its forebear, Ragnacenty aka Soleil. Entirely linear, extremely easy, too few puzzles, aimed at kids, etc. but still good fun.
Good talk, would you give your list of gems on the system ?
Sure. Games like Gungriffon, Ghen War, Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story 1-3, Golden Axe: The Duel, Princess Crown, Ninpen Manmaru, SteamGear Mash, Sea Bass Fishing, Keriotosse, Hercs Adventures e.t.c
Basically anything that was mainly exclusive to Saturn or better on that Saturn or that wasn't overly common back in the day I would call a Saturn Gem. Which is why I wouldn't consider Pandemonium/Magic Hoppers a gem. It's too vanilla, common and obvious to be a Saturn gem. Everyone had that game back in the day. That does not mean that it isn't a great game, I just don't consider it a Saturn gem. There are plenty of other unsung Saturn masterpieces worthy of that title.
I'm playing Lupin 3rd: Sage of Pyramid at the moment. It's like Tomb Raider, but with mini stages rather than a large stage. It's pretty cool. Clunky as hell, but I'm actually having less control issues so far than with Tomb Raider and, as such, I'm actually having more overall fun with it.
I'm only halfway through though, so we'll see if it starts getting silly later on.
Nah. A Gem is just a good game that Saturn owners should think about playing. Pandemonium is pretty cheap and the quality of the game is pretty damn good. The PSX version may be better (I don't know), but that hardly matters. I don't have a Playstation, and I imagine a lot of Saturn owners don't, so there's absolutely no reason to not mention a game because of that.
A Gem is a gem, regardless of system availability or whether one version may be slightly superior to another.
My thoughts exactly. And as to the version comparison, I've recently reached the reviews for the Saturn version of Pandemonium! in my researches of vintage gaming magazines, and there's a pretty universal consensus that it is one of the best PlayStation-to-Saturn ports. Some even say it's better than the original version, not something you hear said of a port very often. I haven't played the PlayStation version myself to confirm, but this makes sense to me given Crystal Dynamics' track record with the Saturn: The Horde is a flawless conversion of the 3DO game, Saturn Gex is actually better than the 3DO and PlayStation versions, etc.
Exclusivity is ultimately just a disadvantage to the gamer, so to say that only exclusives can be gems doesn't make sense.
"It's not who does it first, it's who does it best!" - Mark Gruenwald
Like I do every six months or so, I fired up Touring Car and analog pad. This time, I started with the Opel and switched to the Toyota. It was surprisingly playable. I was actually gobsmacked how well I did, tbh. Maybe it's because I've been hammering Dirt Rally and the new Gran Turismo on PS4 that I've actually gotten some muscle memory for fast, twitchy racers? I don't know, but STC seems more playable nowadays. Hey, only 20 years later, but better that than never