Obviously by what's rated, I haven't gotten my hands on all of the Jaguar titles out there.
I'm particularly regretful of the newer releases (Battlesphere, Hyperforce, Protector, and the
older 'new' release Worms sum it up). Also, I'm pretty sure many of you may think my scores are harsh..
But, I am trying to be realistic here, and have compared the games I've played to what the standards of games are today.
The Jag still has plenty of good games, but most simply aren't impressive as they were five or six years ago.
Anyways, I'd just like to point out a particular few that stand out in my mind--ones that, aside from the newer releases listed above
that I'm sure are worthwhile, should be picked up by any new Jaguar gamer:
Flashback: The Quest for Identity is quite a good 2D experience that's never really been duplicated. Though not as good as the 3DO and Sega CD versions, as it was lacking the CG cutscenes and excellent CD soundtrack, it had its own touches, such as some added details on particular levels (The scraped-up and trashy looking walls of stage two in the Jag version compared to the flat, plain looking ones in every other version). Despite not being the best version, it's still an experience that should not be missed out on by any gamer. Tempest 2000 is still an arcade remake done like no other. Despite not being nearly as impressive looking (for obvious reasons) as its big brother, Tempest 3000, it's still an intense experience, with funky graphics, and pounding music that actually sounds better than the officially released soundtrack. The only thing keeping it now from being what it was back in the day is its framerate--Typically smooth, it can sometimes get low at times when the action is at its most chaotic. DOOM is an excellent port of the PC game, and is without a doubt, one of the two best console ports of the game (The other being the more 'complete' PSX version). The graphics and textures are still some of the best on the Jag--though of a lower resolution than the PC game, everything is textured and the game always runs at a smooth framerate, features most Jaguar games are usually forced to be strong in only one category or the other. The original sound effects are a plus (As other versions used remade, less-powerful sound effects), and had there been a more solid network connection and music during gameplay, Jaguar DOOM may have been the best console version available. DOOM on the Jaguar is without a doubt, a top-tier game, as DOOM is DOOM.. and DOOM has never, since its PC release in '93, gotten old. The last less-talked-about titles I felt notable are Raiden and Zool 2. Raiden is a decent port (in its own way) of the classic arcade shooter, and though not perfect in any way (As in reality, it was a port of the hacked-up PC version), it's a game that holds much playability. It never slows down, and has that addicting kind of gameplay this type of game is good for.. It's a title that hasn't aged since its release, and is still a solid shooter by today's standards, holding up better than any other version, aside from the arcade-perfect Playstation game. Zool 2 is another similar one in that respect--it's a title that can be compared to Sonic the Hedgehog in the sense that it is seemlessly never aging, with its great sounding music, sharp 2D graphics, and fast-paced gameplay. It's one of those games that, despite the difficulty, no Jaguar gamer's collection should be without.
-Austin Mackert, 5.5.2002