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#90: Rush 'n Attack

Company: Konami    System: NES

People outside of the US might know this game as Green Beret. But during the 80's in the US, if you were playing as some sort of soldier killing enemies, they just had to be dirty rotten commies who had a death ray or missiles that were threatening life, liberty and the pursuit of slicing people with a knife... USA! USA! USA!

Anyway, the cheesy blue knife the protagonist uses to dispatch the baddies aside, Rush 'n Attack was one of the few arcade-to-NES conversions that not only managed to be a decent translation, but actually surpass its' arcade brother in terms of length and difficulty. Konami's platformers at this time were pretty tough, and this one is no exception.

Even if you bust out a Game Genie, Rush 'n Attack will frustrate you and then inspire you to make just one more try.


#89: Sega Bass Fishing

Company: Sega    System: Dreamcast

I'm sure that most of you would rather poke needles in your eye rather than play a fishing game. And given the fairly dismal nature of the games that have popped up over the years, I can't say that I blame you.

But Sega Bass Fishing, combined with the Dreamcast's ingenious fishing controller, is one of the more addictive games put out on the little white box. Wisely, the game for the most part dispatches with the tedious part of fishing (actually finding where the fish are) and insteads concentrates on the eternal tug-of-war between a man and his fish. Plus, you don't have to worry about your beer getting warm.


#88: Desert Strike - Return to the Gulf

Company: EA    System: Genesis

This game was somewhat controversial at the time, since it dealt with the US going back to the Persian Gulf to take out a terrorist leader who bore more than a passing resemblance to Saddam Hussein. That aside, Desert Strike was one of the most inventive games of the day, blending a flight simulator with an arcade shooter that created an addicting package.


#87: Arkanoid

Company: Taito    System: Arcade

An update of Atari's Breakout that maintained the simplicity of the original game, but added new dimensions with various power-up and inventive level designs. A great example of how sometimes the simplest games can be some of the most fun.


#86: Cabal

Company: TAD    System: Arcade

With it's 2-player simultaneous play, fully destructable levels and unique trackball contol, Cabal remains one of the most satisfying shooting games ever. Oh yeah, the swank end-of-level dance doesn't hurt any, either.


#85: Hacker

Company: Activision    System: Apple II

A game that comes with no instructions and whose title screen is a login prompt might not sound all that great. But Hacker was one of the most successful early attempts at bringing the player into the whole "cyberpunk" world. The game seems simple -- almost too easy -- at first, but as "the feds" drew in closer to you, many players had to resist the temptation of ripping the disk out of the drive to get rid of the evidence.


#84: Super Dodgeball

Company: Technos    System: NES

A lot of video gamers hated dogeball in school, but most everyone who played this souped-up version of the favorite of sadistic gym teachers loved it. Once again, this is an example of how simplicity can be a good thing when it comes to games. Whip a ball at someone, knock them down, wash, rinse, repeat... it's not complex, but it's sure as hell a lot of fun.


#83: The Terminator

Company: Virgin Interactive    System: Sega CD

Movie-to-game conversions are usually a dicey deal, but The Terminator was one of the first that was actually a great game. The game offered solid action and great graphics, and the new medium on the Sega CD allowed for the use of actual clips from the movie, as well as an awesome soundtrack that fully used Q-Sound, an early form of surround sound.


#82: Tokyo Xtreme Racer

Company: Crave    System: Dreamcast

The best games give back the gamer as much as they put in, and Tokyo Xtreme Racer is a great example of that. Many gamers will blow this game off as a simple racer, but those who give it a bit of time will find a racing game that has a ton of depth, but doesn't bog down the player with minuta like many racing sims end up doing. Plus the game looks great and moves fast as hell.


#81: Pit-Fighter

Company: Tengen    System: Genesis

Another example of a controversial entry in this list, since most people think Pit-Fighter is a huge pile of poo. I will agree that it isn't the most polished game (the SNES version is among the worst games on that system) but Pit-Fighter, with its' digitized graphics, multiple characters, simultaneous play, interactive crowds and, most importantly, tons of weapons, was one of the most violent and fun fighting games of its' day.