Neo Geo Games We Want On PSN
10. Shock Troopers
We really miss top-down shooters that didn’t revolve around space combat. We’re talking about shooters from the 80’s that saw flesh and blood humans wading into bullet hell such as Mercs and Sega’s Rambo titles. Shock Troopers is a similar premise and while it may not set the world on fire graphics-wise, it’s still a riot today.
9. Fatal Fury Special
Fatal Fury? So low in this list? Yes, because it’s in no particular order young skim-reader. It’s quite simply the best Fatal Fury title in the series if you don’t count Garou: Mark of the Wolves in the series canon. The characters are superb, the foreground-background fighting dynamic is inspired and the visuals are chunky and detailed. Still, it’s just not Street Fighter is it?
8. Super Sidekicks 2
It’s essentially a side-on, Japanese iteration of Sensible Soccer, complete with all the refined gameplay and colourful visuals you would expect from that series. We have fond memories of pumping our pocket money into the arcade version for hours, so an online-enabled re-release would be perfect for playing with mates.
7. Bust-a-Move 2: Arcade Edition
There’s about a million Bust-a-Move games doing the rounds across countless formats, but this is perhaps the beast of the bunch. The sight of two cutsey dinosaurs popping brightly coloured bubbles may be enough to make any Call of Duty fan puke in his lap, but this is an insanely addictive and polished puzzler.
6. SNK Vs Capcom: SVC Chaos
SNK beat-em-ups have a great reputation, but they owe a lot to Street Fighter II. You can imagine then, that the powerful reaction to SNK Vs Capcom exceeded the strength of several nuclear blasts, saw the stock market crash and subsequently cured everyone on earth who happened to have a cold at the time. Yes, it’s brilliant.
5. Samurai Shodown II
Samurai Shodown took SNK’s accomplished fighting skill and transferred it to a weapon-based format. The combat system is insanely deep, with dodge manoeuvres and a risk-reward parry system. The prize for daftest character name goes to the old fighting monk Nicotine Caffiene. We’re amazed he lived into old age with a name like that.
4. Metal Slug 2
We get the metal, but where are the slugs? There’s a camel with a minigun attached to it, but there’s no insects to speak of. Oh well, Metal Slug 2 is easily the best in the series, throwing your military badasses into bullet hell, battling robots, legions of troops and weirdly, an invading alien race who look suspiciously like Taito’s Space Invaders. Lawsuit?
3. The Last Blade
Regarded among critics and purists as one of the best fighting games the Neo Geo had to offer, The Last Blade is a stunning beat-‘em-up set in 19th century Japan. A spiritual successor to Samurai Shodown, the combat is incredibly deep, offering two fighting styles per character. It’s like Soul Calibur without the backbreaking cleavage.
2. King of the Monsters
Godzilla games have always been crap. As much as we love the wanton destruction of densely populated cities by paper mache lizards, their place is not in video games. King of the Monsters is the exception to the rule, a balls-out brawler that pits gigantic monsters against each other in deadly combat. Your weapons are skyscrapers. Need we say any more?
1. Garou: Mark of the Wolves
Quite simply one of the most revered beat-‘em-ups in history, Mark of the Wolves was both the start of a new generation of Fatal Fury, and a fitting end of the series. Set ten years after the death of baddie Geese Howard, the new combatants are superb, particularly Geese’s estranged son Rock. It’s a technical marvel, which pushed the Neo Geo console to the limit.