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Top 10 Games of 1994

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I’m continuing my quest to do a top 10 list for every year I’ve been gaming. Here’s part 5 of my top 10 game list. 

10. Killer Instinct

I remember getting my ass handed to me by my older sister in the arcade at this game. I only beat her a single time before the old arcade room shut down. My favorite character was Sabrewulf and I used to play this game for hours. It’s aged horribly since then, but I can’t deny the fun I had growing up on this classic fighting game.

9. Breath of Fire II

Breath of Fire II is the sequel to Breath of Fire. We continue our adventure with Ryu and save the world. This game isn’t a huge leap forward for the series, but it’s still really enjoyable and I really enjoyed getting to know the characters of this world.

8. Earthworm Jim

Earthworm Jim is a gem. I love this game and I’ve played through it many times. I have fond memories of running, and gunning my through various stages while jumping over gaps, avoiding traps, and killing bosses. It’s aged well and is still enjoyable to play today.

7. The Elder Scrolls: Arena

The game that started the iconic series is number 7 on my list. Arena is the only Elder Scrolls game that lets us explore all of Tamriel. It’s a technical mess, has shitty gameplay, and mechanics, but I can’t deny that it has some sort of charm over me. I enjoyed this game a lot and if you want to see how The Elder Scrolls got started try it out.

6. Beyond Oasis

Beyond Oasis is like Sega’s Secret of Mana. It can’t compete with it, but it doesn’t need to. This game is fun, has lasting appeal, great gameplay, and looks good too. I was lucky enough to have both a Sega, and Snes growing up and this game was one I played regularly.

5. Donkey Kong Country

Donkey Kong Country is one of the best platformers of all time. If I made a top 10 list in that genre it would be high on it. This game hasn’t aged as well as some of the others, but it still has solid gameplay, animations, and excellent level design. This is one game I think everyone should play if you’re into this genre.

4. Mega Man X2

The X series in Mega Man has always been my favorites. X2 didn’t change at all from a gameplay perspective, but it didn’t need to because the first one played absolutely perfect in my opinion. This game is excellent and I miss the days that Capcom released Mega Man games…

3. Earthbound

When I started making this list I already knew this game would end up somewhere on it. Earthbound released in a time where everything was either fantasy or sci-fi. An RPG that took place in the real world was unheard of and this game knocked it out the park. Earthbound is a classic and it’s a shame that Nintendo hasn’t done anything with it in years.

2. Castlevania: Bloodlines

Bloodlines is the only Castlevania game to be released on the Sega Genesis. It was a huge deal at the time because the other games were on Nintendo platforms. Bloodlines also changed Castlevania. We weren’t inside a massive castle trying to fight our way to Dracula. We were traveling all over the globe fighting evil. It had two playable characters, John Morris, and Eric Lecarde. I won’t go into much detail about the story, but I really enjoyed this game and it’s one of my favorite Castlevania games.

1. Super Metroid

Super Metroid is probably my favorite Metroid game of all time. Some times I switch it with the first Metroid Prime game, but it depends on my mood. Super Metroid is the third game in the series. Super Metroid has an excellent soundtrack, graphics, gameplay, and boss fights. It introduced new moves that would change the series moving forward. Super Metroid is absolutely perfect in my book and if you haven’t played this game you should.

You can find parts 1 through four below:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

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    Jul 05, 2017 3:46 am

    There are some great choices in there! Earthworm Jim is a long term favourite of mine too. Loking through the games that cmae out in 1994, my own list would likely include Sonic 3 & Knuckles, and possibly Haunting Starring Polterguy though that may have been 1993 thinking on it), but that’s largely because the 90’s were all Sega for me.

    • Omar Jackson
      Jul 05, 2017 1:30 pm

      I was lucky enough to have both Sega, and Nintendo in the 90s so I played a good variety of games growing up. I wanted to add Sonic, but cut it out at the last minute for The Elder Scrolls 🙂

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        Jul 05, 2017 3:48 pm

        In fairness, The Elder Scrolls is also a great choice. The 90’s had some real gems. I only owned Sega as far as consoles went (though it was nintendo for handhelds for me). I had a friend on the save street who had Nintendo consoles though, so I got to play both.

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    Jul 05, 2017 10:50 am

    1994 was such a good year for gaming!

    • Omar Jackson
      Jul 05, 2017 1:29 pm

      It really was. So many classics released that year.

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    Imtiaz Ahmed
    Jul 05, 2017 10:54 am

    awesome, Super Metroid is easily my favourite game of all time. From a nostalgic perspetive to comparing it to modern game design, it truly did wonders telling a story without any dialogue or cutscenes, and it’s level design it superb. Easily a game i can pick up and play anytime. Can’t wait for this to be playable on the Switch one day.

    • Omar Jackson
      Jul 05, 2017 1:29 pm

      At least we’re getting a new Metroid Prime for the Switch and classic one for the 3DS :). This is a good time to be a Metroid fan :). I think this game would make my top 20 if I ever did a list like that.

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    Jul 06, 2017 1:30 pm

    Can’t beat the early 90s and the 16-bit aesthetic!

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