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Which has the better library (No imports)

  1. 3DO (3 votes [5.88%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.88%

  2. Sega Saturn (48 votes [94.12%])

    Percentage of vote: 94.12%

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#1 JaguarVision OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Oct 22, 2017 2:48 PM

(poll) So with going by the native library for both these consoles, which of the two system actually had the better Library? Both have a slew of imports, but if you were just an average joe in the 90's you were likely buying from a U.S. shop and not imported games very often if at all. 

 

Personally I would consider to have the best library of the two. Why?

 

3DO: Need For Speed (best version), Slayer, Gex (slightly better version), Arcade Samurai Showdown, Best version of SSF2T at the time, Killing Time, Star Control 2, Exclusive enhanced Star Blade, Road Rash 3DO, Blade Force, Space Hulk (more stable version, cleaner image), and FlashBack CD.

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I feel that the 3DO had both familiar big names and new names to its roster and that invited a lot more variety and a more structured library. But for the Saturn I feel that it was mostly just shoddy ports (for the most part not always) of Segas arcade software and a few outliers. A lot of Saturn games, especially in 3D, had that same brownish/gray grainy filter look. Not to mention 3DO had third party (as well as more exclusives than people think) on lock, which the Saturn had trouble getting while its japanese competitor Sony had gained most of the third party support. Even with Imports I would argue the same thing though the Saturn gains a bit in that regard but this thread is without imports so...

 

Saturn: Virtua Cop, Virtua Fighter, Megaman 8, Daytona. Deep Fear, Panzer Dragoon Saga, Fighting Vipers, Last Bronx, Bug!, Burning, Magic Carpet, and Guardian Heroes

 

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One thing I would give the Saturn is Sega throwing around similar engines for fighting games in their arcades allowed them (and third parties) to bring a good number of 3D ones to the Saturn. Which is a genre that's lacking on the 3DO. As well as 2D side scrolling shooters. However 3DO basically got everything else due to third party relationships and their own studios aiming for a variety of genres.(when mentioning 3DO assume high-end panasonic machine not any other format of 3DO released)

 

 

 

 



#2 spacecadet OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Oct 22, 2017 3:47 PM

Saturn by about a mile.



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Posted Sun Oct 22, 2017 3:50 PM

Saturn, by precisely 5,280 feet.

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Posted Sun Oct 22, 2017 4:02 PM

Sounds like you just aren't familiar with the Saturn library. The Saturn has much more familiar big names and new names to its roster and that invited a lot more variety and a more structured library than the 3DO.

The Saturn has a much better version of SSFIIT, along with the other SFII's, and SFA, SFA2, X-Men COTA, Marvel Super Heroes, etc.

The brown/gray filter thing isn't true. You just haven't seen many games.

There are too many Saturn games to list that weigh heavy against what the 3DO got, let alone how many of those 3DO games still made it to Saturn, let alone how many genres the Saturn covers so much stronger and how many genres the 3DO doesn't really cover at all. Never mind 10 player gameplay, online gameplay, analog control, so many accessories, quality light gun gameplay, etc.

I love the 3DO, but you can only reverse engineer an argument like this by being intentionally ignorant of the Saturn.


BTW: the native libraries of these consoles would be Japan only for the Saturn.

Edited by Black_Tiger, Sun Oct 22, 2017 4:04 PM.


#5 Flojomojo OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Oct 22, 2017 5:00 PM

Saturn Saturn Saturn. It's not even close, even if you put the (stupid, artificial) restriction of "no imports" on it.

#6 SignGuy81 OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Oct 22, 2017 5:11 PM

I had the Genesis, Sega CD, and the 32X.  I wanted the Saturn so bad but I never managed to get one.  My next console instead was a PSOne which I didn't get until the PS2 came out.  I got it instead because I was more familiar with it by that time because it is what I played at my friends houses, and by the time I got mine they had all got the PS2.  I didn't know anyone who had a Saturn or a Dreamcast when it came out.  I would have still liked to have had a Saturn if I could have afforded one when it came out.  I never heard much at all about the 3DO so did it really have many games to play?  Who even had one?



#7 Black_Tiger OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Oct 22, 2017 5:43 PM

I got a 3DO before it was discontinued and appreciated it like pretty all consoles.

I was about to buy a 3DO new when the surprise Saturn launch happened, so instead I wound up with a Saturn and some great games to play for months before the Playstation launched.

One more thjng to take into account is that the Saturn does 240p RGB out of the box, but the stock 3DO is stuck at 480i s-video.

#8 Austin OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Oct 22, 2017 6:06 PM

As much as I like the 3DO, even just the USA Saturn library alone absolutely destroys it. Sorry, 3DO.



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Posted Sun Oct 22, 2017 7:57 PM

This really needed a poll?  It's like one step away from comparing the Saturn to the CDI.  :lol:  This reads like someone is WAAAAY into the 3DO kool-aid and is grasping at straws.

 

Saturn Bomberman on its own is more enjoyable than the entire combined 3DO library.  That's not an exaggeration.  ;-)

 

and space hulk?! blech... Saturn has Duke Nukem 3D, Quake, and Power Slave.  Yeah....


Edited by keepdreamin, Sun Oct 22, 2017 7:59 PM.


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Posted Sun Oct 22, 2017 8:04 PM

Okay I just done my research the 3DO has far better library because it has quite a few adult games I just found out.  EDIT:  Hands down


Edited by SignGuy81, Sun Oct 22, 2017 8:08 PM.


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Posted Sun Oct 22, 2017 8:28 PM

It's clear OP has absolutely no clue about the Saturn.  Deep Fear was never released stateside,. that would be an import   :ponder: .  We did get Resident Evil, don't see that in the 3D0's library...

 

Bug! and Magic Carpet?  that's scraping bottom of the saturn barrel.  odd choices, when there's:

 

Nights, Dragon Force, Sonic Jam, Street Fighter Alpha, Alpha 2, SF Collection, Astal, Tomb Raider, Virtual-On, Sega Rally Championship., Shining Force 3, Shining the Holy Ark, Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo, Earthworm Jim 2, panzer zwei, decathlete, Herc's Adventures,



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Posted Sun Oct 22, 2017 9:28 PM

It's clear OP has absolutely no clue about the Saturn.  Deep Fear was never released stateside,. that would be an import   :ponder: .  We did get Resident Evil, don't see that in the 3D0's library...
 
Bug! and Magic Carpet?  that's scraping bottom of the saturn barrel.  odd choices, when there's:
 
Nights, Dragon Force, Sonic Jam, Street Fighter Alpha, Alpha 2, SF Collection, Astal, Tomb Raider, Virtual-On, Sega Rally Championship., Shining Force 3, Shining the Holy Ark, Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo, Earthworm Jim 2, panzer zwei, decathlete, Herc's Adventures,


Better than the rip off that is Resident Evil, 3DO has the actual Alone in the Dark 2!

Seriously though, Dr Hauzer is a cool tech demo for 3DO and although I haven't been able to try it yet, I like how fast it moves and it is a console exclusive at least (like Deep Fear and Enemy Zero).

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Posted Sun Oct 22, 2017 9:47 PM

Both great systems in their own way, but the Saturn had the better library. I'm probably in the minority that has played the 3DO more than the Saturn. I played the heck out of the two D&D games and the 3DO had my favorite version of Road Rash.

My Saturn sometimes freezes too, maybe that's why I don't play it as much. I'm not sure if it's because of the GameShark, laser, or "back ups". After a restart it's usually fine, but it's pretty annoying. I traded Vice City for it from a guy in class in high school years ago and thought that was a bargin. I noticed black goo leaking out of it a few years later when I stored it in a bag, though it's dry now and very hard and not as tacky. Maybe I should try and clean it out somehow or get a new system. I have no idea what will dissolve the mystery substance. I have a high percent of isopropyl alcohol that I used on a q tip, but only a tiny bit was absorbed.

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#14 keepdreamin OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Oct 22, 2017 9:52 PM

"Not to mention 3DO had third party (as well as more exclusives than people think) on lock, which the Saturn had trouble getting while its japanese competitor Sony had gained most of the third party support. Even with Imports I would argue the same thing though the Saturn gains a bit in that regard but "

 

 

"saturn gains a bit"  :lolblue:   that might be the understatement of the year.

 

lol, Japan saw over 1100 Saturn releases.



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Posted Mon Oct 23, 2017 8:41 AM

Hilarious. The 3DO has entire genres unrepresented like shmups. Galactic Attack, Saturn wins. And, this will upset 3do fans but even top tier games for that don't trump the best games on the Jaguar, even if that is only 2 games, let alone bringing the superior-to-both Saturn into the discussion.

#16 keepdreamin OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Oct 23, 2017 9:19 AM

Of course there's no way to verify. But I would bet it was very likely by the late 90's there were more people stateside actively enjoying the Saturn import scene, than those still messing about with the 3DO. I say this based on the proliferation of the Action Replay 4in1, and the fact my local game store had Saturn imports front and center in the display cases. Domestic 3DO titles were tucked around the corner in a dark area of the store.

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Posted Mon Oct 23, 2017 9:22 AM

Saturn. It's not even a competition. Back when they were both current, relevant consoles, the Saturn blew it away.

 

While I didn't have a 3DO at launch, one of my best friends did. It was awesome, and we played the crap out of games like Samurai Showdown, Starblade, Quarantine, Return Fire, and Crash and Burn. A lot of the other games for it felt like enhanced mediocre Sega CD games, and didn't really hold our attention. 

 

But when the Saturn came out... oh man! It was incredible, and playing those Sega 3D games at home was unreal! A few of my friends got it at launch, and we were treated to good ports of Sega's best arcade games. Virtua Fighter 2, Virtua Cop, Sega Rally, Fighting Vipers, Daytona... I could go on and on. And then the 3rd party games started flowing in, especially the Capcom games. Darkstalkers, X-Men: Children of the Atom, the Street Fighter Alpha series, and more! It was like having a real, current arcade machine in your living room. Then, there were original games like Guardian Heroes, Panzer Dragoon, Alien Trilogy, and more. They felt like REAL games and not tech demos like some of the 3DO games felt.

 

And for the record, I have both consoles and like them both for what they are. I have zero import titles for the Saturn. I should probably do something about that. 



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Posted Mon Oct 23, 2017 9:38 AM

I love my 3DO & have played it a LOT over the years but if I had to be stranded on a desert island with either or the other it would without question be the Saturn.

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Posted Mon Oct 23, 2017 10:38 AM

Anyone else surprised this poll is still this close? I love my Saturn and less familiar with the 3DO library, but if this is the complete list, then even the American Saturn library alone trounces the 3DO. it looks like the 3DO in America got a total of 100 or so games? 


Edited by derFunkenstein, Mon Oct 23, 2017 10:39 AM.


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Posted Mon Oct 23, 2017 11:29 AM

Anyone else surprised this poll is still this close?


Well, define "close" - it's 18 to 1 as I write this. And that "1" was the first vote, and was there already when I wrote my reply, so I think we know who cast that vote.



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Posted Mon Oct 23, 2017 11:31 AM

Well, define "close" - it's 18 to 1 as I write this. And that "1" was the first vote, and was there already when I wrote my reply, so I think we know who cast that vote.

 

That's what I mean. There are only 18 people on these forums who think the Saturn library was clearly superior. :lol:



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Posted Mon Oct 23, 2017 12:28 PM

 

That's what I mean. There are only 18 people on these forums who think the Saturn library was clearly superior. :lol:

 

I almost didn't bother voting because the question seemed kind of weird to me. Like, is this really a serious poll? So maybe some people just didn't feel a need to even click that button.



#23 Flojomojo OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Oct 23, 2017 1:37 PM

Here's an old variant on this discussion: http://www.rfgenerat...iplayer-555.phpThe poster points out that there were 21(!) games that were on both the 3DO and the Saturn (most of these were on the "multimedia PC" of the day, too)

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Some of these actually play better on the 3DO than on the Saturn. 

 

However, none of these are things I particularly wanted to play in 1995, especially when Saturn was bringing proper arcade ports like Sega Rally, Virtual On, Virtua Fighter 2, House of the Dead, and many quality Japanese games, which are sorely lacking on the 3DO. 

 

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There were 245 Saturn games released in the United States, and importing was easy.

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Posted Mon Oct 23, 2017 3:51 PM

 

I almost didn't bother voting because the question seemed kind of weird to me. Like, is this really a serious poll? So maybe some people just didn't feel a need to even click that button.

 

Seeing as it isn't April Fools... My best guess is a certain someone has a put a significant amount of time and money into the 3DO.  The 3DO pile was being looked over, and this person was hit with a wave of despair and self doubt.  This "poll" was some sort of odd attempt at a self reassurance measure.  :sad:



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Posted Mon Oct 23, 2017 5:52 PM

I bought both, when new: Goldstar 3DO, then later a Saturn(ver2). 3DO had a handful of excellent titles, but Saturn had more of what I wanted to play in spades.

 

Granted, not all titles for both were available near me then, but I did love Road Rash, Doom, Wolfenstein 3D (still the best port IMHO), Madden Football, & Gex on 3DO. The Saturn had most of those and so much more. :)

As requested, I left out imports, but I had access to then easily since my brother was in the Navy and stationed in Japan then.  :grin:

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