The Story of Thor (Beyond Oasis)

The Story of Thor

The first instalment into the Oasis series of RPGs, The Story of Thor (known in America as ‘Beyond Oasis’) was a late release for the Mega Drive that some consider to be Sega’s answer to the ‘Legend of Zelda’ series.

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Seiken Densetsu: Final Fantasy Gaiden

Seiken Densetsu FFG

For those of us from Europe this game will always be known confusingly as ‘Final Fantasy Mystic Quest’, and for others in America its ‘Final Fantasy Adventure’, however in truth this game is at its best using its Japanese title ‘Seiken Densetsu: Final Fantasy Gaiden’ marking it as the first entry into the massively popular ‘Mana’ series.

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Monster World IV

Monster World IV

The last game in the Wonder Boy series sees it dropping the ‘Boy’ and focussing instead on a female protagonist named Asha. Luckily the ‘Monster World’ title still very much applies and the game manages to pay fitting tribute to the legacy of the series whilst doing a few of its own things.

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Wonder Boy in Monster World

Wonder Boy in Monter World

The Sega Megadrive didn’t have a massive amount of RPGs available to its users. In fact once you’d completed the Phantasy Star and Shining Force series you’d be hard pressed to find another genuinely brilliant franchise. This is where the Monster World series steps in, bringing with it a rarer take on the concept of an RPG, the RPG/Platformer fusion.

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Mars War Logs

Mars War Logs

A word of caution, this game opens with a fairly harsh sequence in which a large ugly man attempts (and fails) to rape a new inmate in their prisoner of war camp. It’s horribly written, cliche and akin to some of the worst prison dramas you will ever see. The language used is foul and visceral and a jeering crowd of onlookers don’t help the matter. If you can stomach this as a scene setting exercise and move past it you will find that nothing else in the game is even remotely as nasty. If you can’t then I would suggest that this is not the game for you.

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