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5 Best SEGA Games of All Time, Ranked

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In 1965, Sega released its debut game, Periscope, which was a big-system, arcade game. Little did Sega realize, that one game would kickstart the long-standing and notable career that we know of the company today. You could argue that Sega is a godfather of gaming, owing to its early involvement in video games conception. Like the impact the Sega Genesis and all of its games had on us when we were younger; those were genuinely simpler days. And we'd like to relive those glory days by ranking the five best Sega games of all time.

All of these games have had a huge impact on our childhood, making for some of our earliest and fondest gaming memories. They are, without a doubt, classics, with the majority of them dating from before the year 2000. But that's because some of Sega's most well-known games were released early on and were groundbreaking at the time, and we haven't forgotten about them. So, if you're ready to feel nostalgic and a little old, here are our picks for the five best Sega games of all time.

 

5. Crazy Taxi

Without a question, one of Sega's best games is a bizarre one, but it's just this that made us fall in love with it in the first place. That game is no other than Crazy Taxi, and well we won't go for a ride, we'll surely take others for a spin again. Crazy Taxi seemed more like a frantic roller coaster, ducking and weaving through traffic, hitting insane jumps, all while racing against the clock. However, it is precisely that chaotic environment that draws us into the game.

For some, the hecticness of Crazy Taxi was a haven of serenity. Overall, the game was a terrific way to decompress because it didn't need much thought, just a lot of reckless driving. Plus, you could rock out to iconic bands like The Offspring and Bad Religion while driving, which contributed to the stress-relieving effect. All of your hatred and anger from the outside world was alleviated by driving Crazy Taxi. We know that seems odd, but it's undeniably true; it's why the game is still kicking around and available to this day.

 

 

4. Gunstar Heroes

You may not remember the Best Action Game of 1993, but you'll surely the game that won that award, Gunstar Heroes. The game was released for the Sega Genesis that year and quickly became a worldwide success for its constant fast-paced combat. You hardly had time to catch your breath as you sped through the side-scroller, never knowing what will appear at any given second. The game was constantly throwing curveballs at you and keeping you on your toes.

Gunstar Heroes laid the groundwork for a slew of subsequent games. It demonstrated that the more fast-paced and chaotic the gunplay is, the more exciting the gameplay will be. Almost every game developer was attempting to replicate Gunstar Heroes' constantly unhinged style. However, no one truly could, which is why the game stands out as one of the best Sega games of all time. It's also why it's still playable today on Steam, almost 30 years later.

 

 

3. Yakuza 0

It makes no difference whether it's the 1990s, 2000s, or 2010s; Sega knows what makes a game great. Which they demonstrated during the 2000s with the launch of the Yakuza series. The first game was one of Sega's most prominent, kickstarting their first notable crime-stopping action-adventure series. Then came Yakuza 0, in 2015, proving yet again Sega's concept can still compete with the best of the best.

The game was a refreshing addition to the series, acting as a prequel to the rest of the games in the franchise. The plot was dramatic at times but also comical, and each character seemed like they had substance, which helped to bring the whole atmosphere to life. And, speaking of coming to life, the cityscape of Toyko in 1988 was masterfully depicted. Finally, there's the fighting, which isn't spectacular but is unquestionably entertaining. We have to give credit to the whole series, but surely Yakuza 0 is one of the best Sega games of all time.

 

 

2. Streets of Rage (Series)

There are a lot of notable Beat ‘Em Up titles, but one that stands out as one of the best is Streets of Rage. Debuting in 1991 with the original game, and still standing tall today with Streets of Rage 4 in 2020. Sega is proving once again, that they make video games that last the test of time. However, most of us expected Streets of Rage to carry on, as Beat ‘Em Ups never really lose their flair.

To be honest, we can't think of a single title in the series that is particularly poor. They all do an excellent job of providing an addictive button-clicking experience that never stops bringing the action. Which seems to be the theme revolving theme of our picks for the best Sega games of all time. Constant and crazy action that always has us engaged at the edge of our seats. This was something that was present in every Streets of Rage game, offering credit to the whole franchise. As a result, the game is rightfully regarded as one of the best Sega games of all time.

 

 

 

1. Sonic the Hedgehog (Series)

Best SEGA games of all time

You probably could've guessed it, but Sonic the Hedgehog, in his entirety is our number one pick. The original Sonic the Hedgehog series, with two and three, included, comfortably pulls the major portion of this. But we can't forget about Sonic & Knuckles, which was also a great game. Oh, and Sonic CD, of course, classic. Okay, so we practically have to credit the entire series because there are so many notable titles in the that we can't possibly recognize them all.

But the reasoning why remains the same. We have Sega at their best and purest with Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. The majority of the games are fast-paced, free-flowing, and always engaging, if not a little bit chaotic at times, causing us to hit the brakes. It's what made Sonic so popular back in the day, and it's what keeps us coming back now. That's also why we couldn't be more excited for Sonic Origins' release on June 23, 2022, as it's bringing back Sega's best games of all time.

 

So, what's your take? Do you agree with our top five? Are there other Sega games that you feel should be on this list? Let us know in the comments below or over on our socials here!

Riley Fonger is a freelance writer, music lover, and gamer since adolescence. He loves anything video game-related and grew up with a passion for story games such as Bioshock and The Last of Us.