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  Bug  
 

Whilst many consider Mario 64 to be the first proper foray into 3D platforming, games like Jumping Flash on the PS1, and this game, Bug, represent the real early attempts at putting platformer's into 3D. Bug has you walking around the 3D world in a hop and bop style manner (jump on the enemies to defeat them). It was very impressive at the time, even being considered by some reviewers as a landmark release, but unfortunately its not dated that well, these days the gameplay is a little bit on the rigid side in comparison to what you'd expect, and it can be quite unforgiving at times. Definitely worth trying if you run into it cheap though.

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  NBA Action  
 

A good basketball game which gives you a nice amount of different moves that can be strung together fairly smoothly, and has some impressive (for the time) graphics.

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  Street Racer  
 

Whilst its no Mario Kart, Street Racer is a fun, colourful, and playable kart racer, there's lots of courses, and well designed characters, not to mention a manic, and very fun 8-player split screen mode!

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  Gex  
 

This 1st game in the Gex series was a very solid 2D platformer. The game is a good length, includes a lot of variation, some nice graphics with loads of different, and interesting environments, and a few of its own unique ideas (apart from the usual hop and bop gameplay Gex can stick to walls and the ceiling). The repeating voice overs get to be a bit much after a while but all in all this is a very playable game.

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  Hexen  
 

One of the earliest of the Doom clones to arrive on PC and it was very well ported to Saturn (unlike Doom itself which was crap). effectively this is Doom style corridor shooting set it medieval times, but there's also a few RPG elements thrown in for good measure to keep it unique.

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  The Horde  
 

The Horde is a strategy game where you harvest crops, invest in new weapons and build defences to help you protect your village and fight off "the horde", a bunch of monsters who like to smash building down and eat farmers. The game is a mixture of timer based sections where you build traps and harvest crops etc, and real time action sections where you actually run around yourself killing the Horde monsters.

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  High Velocity  
 

This is a good racing games with some nice colourful graphics, and gameplay, it doesn't really shine that much (only three tracks and one opponent) but doesn't do anything particularly wrong either, worth checking out for fans of the genre.

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  Pandemonium  
 

Here we have a pretty good platform game that uses an impressive looking combination of 2D gameplay running with 3D background designs. Pandemonium is challenging, has a good length, and nice music, its from the same people as Gex.

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  Madden 98'  
 

Basically, its the usual great Madden gameplay, but with improved options and new features over the previous releases.

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  Blazing Heroes/Mystaria  
 

One of the earlier Strategy RPG to make it to the Saturn, but still a very worthwhile one, with interesting characters, well judged strategy balancing, and a good plot. Its certainly not Shining Force III, but being that its one of the cheapest RPGs on Saturn, whilst also one of the better ones its most assuredly worth picking up.

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  Grid Runner  
 

A simplistic game where you have to tag the other player then try to collect as many flags as possible before being tagged yourself (with priority reverting back to the other player), there's all sorts of other elements such as floor boosters, and you get a selection of different moves too. Where Grid Runner really excels is its 2-player mode, which is a lot of fun.

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  Crusader: No Remorse  
 

Crusader is a PC port of an isometric mission based action game, you creep around the levels dispatching the guards, and solving puzzles, there's shops to buy better equipment from, and FMV's detailing the story as it takes place.

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  Amok  
 

3rd person shooting action set in a dystopian future, Amok is a very smooth, fast, and impressive mission based game which has you blowing up bases and rescuing prisoners of war. Even more impressive is that the game manages to feature a very commendable, smooth running split screen co-op mode.

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  Astra Superstars  
  The Saturn has so many good 2D fighting games on it that its easy to lose some of them in the glut. Astra Superstars isn't one of the most balanced of the fighting games on the system, but it is quite unique, with you playing in mid air at all times with flying characters. Its a lot of fun, but is a bit overpriced these days unfortunately.
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  Mass Destruction  
 

An action game of brainless destruction, Mass Destruction is fairly reminiscent of the 3DO's Return Fire (albeit without the crowning 2-player mode). Its a pretty fun mission based (though each mission effectively boils down to blow crap up) warfare game. This version of the game was the best one available, due to its better visuals and smoother frame rate.

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  Alien Trilogy  
 

Alien Trilogy was a good early console Doom clone when arriving on PS1, running very well, sticking close to the film source material and oozing with atmosphere. Probe did a pretty good port here, nearly all the PS1 stuff is intact and reportedly it manages to do this even though its only using one of the two Saturn CPU's! with the respectable job they did here, and with Hexen, its a shame they (or even better Lobotomy) hadn't been given the job for the Doom port too.

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  Tempest 2000  
 

Revamped version of the arcade classic where you control the ship at the front of the screen and fire into the background. The new presentation is great, and the core gameplay hasn't aged a bit.

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  World Series Baseball  
 

At its time of release this was pretty much the best Baseball game ever, it had fantastic graphics, and the voice clips for commentary were pretty faultless too.

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  Steep Slope Sliders  
  SSS is a smooth snowboarding sim which had some really impressive graphics and excellent controls for its time. The game set a good few bench marks on its arrival, but unfortunately now days its a little dated and lacks incentive to spend time with. Still worth checking out though.
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  Shining Wisdom  
 

Probably the weakest of the Shining games on the Saturn, with Wisdom Camelot decided to change pace and go with a Zelda style adventure experience, and to be fair they did a pretty decent job of it because the gameplay is well done for the most part. But where the problem is, is that Wisdom was originally designed for the Mega Drive, and unfortunately this really shows, not only with the lacklustre graphics, but with the dodgy 3-button controls. Not to be too down on it though, as really this is a long and involving game, and pretty soon you start to look past its faults, its just a shame it didn't try to make the most of the hardware a bit more.

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