follow us:

Latest News

Injustice, Hitman, and more coming to PS+ in December
Earlier in the week we reported the PS4 games that would be free for PS Plus member in December. Sony released the full list of games, including PS3 and PS Vita.... [read more]
Start your December with a Game of Thrones adventure
For those Game of Thrones fans who wished for some relief for their lack of deceit and violence until the show returns to HBO, then prepare yourself this December to return to Westeros. ... [read more]
Ubisoft apologizes for AC Unity debacle with free games and DLC
If you're like many players of Assassin's Creed Unity, you probably experience a mess of problems within the game. To make amends, Ubisoft will compensate owners of the game.... [read more]

Latest Articles

An Open Letter to 2K Sports - How 'Bout Them Spurs?
I saw your latest trailer for NBA 2K15, and I had to simply shake my head. As an avid San Antonio Spurs fan, you know that team that won the NBA Championship last year, I was disappointed with their exclusion from the trailer. After re-watching trailer, I realized that they ... [read more]
gamescom 2014: Sony shows off more indie games and hidden Silent Hill game
Lots of games ranging from AAA to Indie along with some shocking surprises were revealed at this year’s Sony Press Conference at gamescom in Cologne, Germany.... [read more]
gamescom 2014: Microsoft comes out fighting
After falling behind Sony again and again, Microsoft finally put on a show for gamers at gamescom 2014 to remind everyone that they are still in the fight.... [read more]

Latest Reviews

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Review
If Batman: Arkham Asylum placed Rocksteady Studios in god’s shrine, then I can say with utmost confidence that it’s Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor that is a shining example for a great future that’s ahead for Monolith Productions. Shadow of Mordor has surprised the h... [read more]
Destiny Review
After creating one of the most iconic sci-fi first-person shooters with the Halo series, Bungie partnered with Activision to create their massive new IP, Destiny. Destiny is a multiplayer action shooter with heavier emphasis on RPG elements like character customization, prog... [read more]
The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 5 "No Going Back" Review
When Telltale Games announced the second season of The Walking Dead, fans of the first season were wondering where Telltale was going to take the series. By focusing on Clementine, the second season went in a different direction than the TV series or comics have gone. It was... [read more]

Latest Videos

8-Bit Eric: Retron 5 Unboxing
Hyperkin's Retron 5 is a retro gaming powerhouse that can play NES, SNES, Super Famicom, Genesis, Mega Drive, Gameboy, Gameboy Color, and Gameboy Advance games. Find out what you get in the box with this video from 8-Bit Eric. ... [read more]
8-Bit Eric: Hyrule Warriors Review
8-Bit Eric reviews Hyrule Warriors for the Wii U, a new hack and slash game based on the Legend of Zelda that is a spinoff of the Dynasty Warriors series. How does this game hold up? ... [read more]
8-Bit Eric: Favorite Video Game Rentals
8-Bit Eric takes you back to his childhood to look at some of the games he loved to rent. ... [read more]
The Saturn
Posted on October 18, 2008 by Oscar Gonzalez

THE SATURN: SO DEAD BUT SO DAMN GOOD

Back in 1996, I had a dilemma. I had just graduated high school and I was facing the biggest choice of my life, the Saturn or the Playstation. On one hand, I had Sega's new system that had some awesome games including my favorite fighting game Virtua Fighter. Then you had the Playstation that had some cool games but had, in the future, the Final Fantasy series. Like many people did, I went with the Playstation and never looked back. It was until 2001, that I was checking out some games at the now out of business gamestore chain called Gamefellas, where I saw Shining Force 3 for the Sega Saturn. I had read reviews back when on how SF3 and Panzer Dragoon Saga where amazing games for the Saturn but the stories of the rarity of these games had become well known so I thought I would never see them. Once I saw that SF3, the memories came back of all the Shining Force games I had played in the past.

Shining Force 1 blew me away when I first played it on my Genesis. Rather than sprites fighting each other, you had these anime type fights on a battlefield with 12 characters of your choice. It was almost too much for me since I loved the idea of having a whole army to fight with each their own character rather than typical soldiers. I had only rented the game but I did beat it. Then for the next year after beating it, the game was never seen again at my local rental store so I didn't get a chance to play it again. Sadly, my Genesis had died thanks to my uncle to the possibility of playing it again was even less likely. That summer, I had my first summer job and with that money I purchased a Sega CDX(portable cdplayer/genesis/sega cd) and was determined to play it again. I finally did as well the sequel which amazed me even more. To complete the series, I played the Game Gear version: Shining Force Sword of Hajia, and Shining Force CD for the Sega CD. All of them provided me with hours upon hours of enjoyment.

Seeing that SF3, I knew I had to buy it and a Saturn, which I did. Once again, the game went far beyond my expectations and has become my favorite game of all time. The only sad part is that SF3 for the US was one part of a three part series. The other two parts never were released in the US and the series has an amazing story where each game intertwines with each other at certain points giving you three viewpoints of this gigantic story. Missing out on two-thirds of this story still upsets me today. But once I had the Saturn, I was going to play those hard to find games even if it meant spending $100+ on them.

Lucky for me, I had been given a video game guardian angel. A kid name Reggie who worked at another video game store that was bought out by Gamestop, called Gameworld, had given mercy to a novice Saturn gamer. I went to that store hoping to find a rare Saturn game but he said it was not a chance to find them in stores. He then bragged a bit about how he had multiple copies of these rare games. I was amazed and had given him a queue that I was wiling to purchase a copy of Panzer Dragoon Saga. He agree to relinquish one of this copies, I think he had 3, for $80 which was a deal I couldn't resist. For those who don't know, Panzer Dragoon Saga is one of the best RPGs ever created and as expensive as it can be, you should try to check it out. A year later, Reggie came to my store, Circuit City, and while talking about Saturn games again, I mentioned that I wanted to play Dragon Force. Once again, taking pity on me, he was willing to part with one of his copies for my used copy of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. Without hesitation I accepted and now I had three of the rarest games on the Saturn.

I went through some money problems and had to sell PDZ and SF3, for about $200 on ebay. I had kept Dragon Force because I never finished it. Several months later, more money problems had lead me to sell my copy and while I had tried to beat the game, the battery on the Saturn had gone dead and I couldn't save a game. It was a sad time because I loved the game. The huge battles were so much fun and were very addicting so playing it for several hours straight was no problem. I still ended up selling the game with a promise that I would get the game again. Unfortunately, I was robbed not long after and all my systems were stolen including the Saturn. So with my recent purchases of the Wii and Nintendo DS, along with my buddy giving me his old Dreamcast, I decided to fulfill my promise. So on to ebay I went and purchased both Dragon Force and a Saturn.

Originally blogged on 7/5/08

Oscar Gonzalez - Editor-in-Chief og (@) original-gamer.com | all author's articles

What's your most anticipated game for December?

Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX
The Crew
Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
Game of Thrones - A Telltale Games Series
Dungeon Defenders II
The Talos Principle
View Results - View Comments

Podcast


Let's get this holiday season started


Dragon Force Review

My Video Game History

Game of the Year Talks

Other Gaming News From The Web