Aug. 14, 1989 Best Game: Altered Beast
The 16-bit Genesis was Sega's most successful console, waging an epic war with the Super Nintendo with an aggressive marketing campaign (''Genesis does what Nintendon't'') that made video games seem cool for the first time (relatively speaking). Though Sonic the Hedgehog was its breakout star and was eventually packaged with the system, it originally came with a port of Altered Beast
, a popular arcade beat-'em-up where you could transform into a variety of giant beasties to do some major damage. If you were in middle school in the early '90s, this was pretty awesome
. The game had huge sprites and digitized voice samples (''Welcome to your doom!''
), which was mind-blowing at the time.