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Home Console - Media Format: CD-ROM - Controller Slots: 2 - Release Year: 1995

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published 01/08/2009 | TheGame2k2
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Pro Good Graphics, Great Multiplayer and a Pretty Decent First Controller
Cons Short Game Library and a Short Life
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"Imaginative System That Didn't Last Long"

The Saturn was Sega's fifth generation effort. I review on five categories, Design, Controller, Graphics, Multiplayer, and Game Library.

The design of the Saturn is pretty basic, it's pretty a black (and white) square box. The features on the system is that it has two controller slots and one of the more interesting features is that it is compatible for both CD's and Cartridges, which is very unique.

The original controller for the Saturn resembled greatly to the later editions of the Genesis controller. It was a great looking controller, it was small and easy to use. There was also a different controller, which was an almost all round controller that was not only difficult to use but hard to look at.

The Saturn's graphical capabilities were actually very good. I've often said that the Sega's last two systems (Saturn and Dreamcast) were way ahead of their time because Sega tried to use technology that developers had trouble developing off of but when games did push the system to its limits they looked beautiful. One of the big issues that developers had with this system is some of the shapes in the games, some enviroments had oddly shaped rocks or trees. Character models however, were on par with the Playstation and the colors on the Saturn were a little brighter.

Multiplayer is very much like the Playstation, the system for the most part offers two player multiplayer for most of its games. And just like the Playstation, multiplayer suffers from slowdown and framerate issues but if you can look past that part multiplayer can be a blast.

The Saturn's video game library is rather small considering it was around for 4-6 years on the market (4 in America, 6 in Japan). This system did rather well when it came to genres, most of them were pretty well covered on this system. But again, when you compare the Saturn's game library to the N64 and the Playstation, it doesn't even come close.

Overall, the Saturn ends up being another console by Sega that makes people wonder "What Could Have Been", if Sega had given a little more time for their last two systems, which were great systems, maybe their console business would still be around.

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Home Console - Media Format: CD-ROM - Controller Slots: 2 - Release Year: 1995

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Type: Home Console

Console Type: Sega Saturn

Long Name: Saturn

Production Year: 1995

Media Format: CD-ROM

Max Number of Players: 2

Manufacturer: Sega

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