5. Comix Zone
It’s actually stunning that Sega by no means tried to show Comix Zone right into a franchise simply primarily based on the idea alone. A comic book guide artist who’s trapped inside his personal creation and has to defeat hordes of enemies, preventing from panel to panel? It’s a improbable concept that lends itself to countless new sequels and gameplay mechanics. Comix Zone can be some of the visually putting video games of the 16-bit period that knew precisely the right way to lean into the comedian guide aesthetic
Sadly, the sport bought poorly attributable to its launch late within the lifecycle of the Genesis, although Sega has by no means been shy about re-releasing Comix Zone. Odds are for those who personal any type of Sega compilation, you’ll be able to play it proper now, however a follow-up has by no means been greenlit. Nevertheless, Sega did announce a movie adaptation in 2022, and if that ever sees the sunshine of day, we’d lastly get a long-awaited remake or sequel.
Vectorman was the uncommon console unique that arrived on the finish of the Genesis’ lifespan that was really a important and industrial success. Everybody cherished the character, the vector graphics and animation have been among the many greatest on the console, and it was an general enjoyable shooter-platformer. A Genesis sequel (that, sadly, wasn’t fairly nearly as good) even hit a yr later.
Greater than some other sport on this listing, Vectorman appeared poised to be Sega’s subsequent massive franchise. At one level, a 3rd sport within the sequence was even deliberate for both the Saturn, Dreamcast, or PS2. The PS2 model was even proven off at E3 2003, with these in attendance making constructive comparisons to Halo. Sadly, inner restructuring at Sega of Japan killed the challenge just a few months later, and ever since, Sega appears to have no real interest in reviving the once-promising character. Bummer.
3. Past Oasis
The Genesis and SNES have been in such a heated rivalry, that every console needed to have some type of response to the opposite’s massive exclusives. There have been countless debates in schoolyards about whether or not Sonic or Mario had the higher video games. However strive although they could, Sega by no means fairly put out a sport to rival A Hyperlink to the Previous. Don’t get me flawed, Past Oasis is actually good. It’s glorious by itself deserves with its distinctive Arabian setting and magic assaults which can be really extra paying homage to Secret of Mana. However it’s simply not fairly Zelda good. Then once more, not a lot is.
However Past Oasis was adequate to warrant a sequel on the Saturn a pair years later. In fact, nobody performed The Legend of Oasis as a result of solely roughly 50 Saturn consoles have been ever bought in the US. Due to the obscurity, Sega is perhaps reluctant to fund a brand new Oasis sport, but when it simply constructed on what was already right here and moved it into 3D, it might be actually fascinating to see how it might evaluate to fashionable motion RPGs.