Consider for a second what genre dominated consoles like the Sega Genesis, and really, all of the Nintendo systems up to the Wii. It was the platformer. Some of the most iconic games of all time came from the platforming genre. Seriously, think of all of the amazing platform games over the years. The Super Mario Bros. series, the Sonic The Hedgehog series, the Mega Man series, the Shinobi series, The Metroid series (before Metroid Prime of course), and there’s many, many more. Of course, our #tbt’s are not about the best games, but more about some our favorites. So, when it comes to my favorite platform game of all time, I’d have to go with the absurdly underrated, Vectorman 2.
The original Vectorman released in 1995 for the Sega Mega Drive/Sega Genesis. The story is actually pretty interesting, I mean, for a Sega Genesis, run and gun platformer. You play as something known as an “orobot”. It’s the year 2049 and humans have gone out into space to try and colonize other planets. While they’re on their voyage, they have left behind these “orobots” to clean up the mess they have made on Earth. Vectorman is an “orobot” who has come to Earth to clean up toxic sludge, but he soon realizes all of the other “orobots” are being controlled by something known as Warhead. It’s up to Vectorman to destroy this Warhead and save the Earth from imminent destruction.
Vectorman 2 continues off where the original Vectorman leaves off. This time, Vectorman’s ship gets destroyed by a missile and he crash lands on a part of the Earth completely overtaken by mutinous insects. Needless to say, you’re not playing Vectorman for its engaging story, you played Vectorman for it’s excellent platforming elements, and the fact that you could change form to take on enemies. It was also a fairly good looking game running on 3D animations. Remember, this was a Sega Genesis game!
Vectorman 2’s gameplay was actually pretty solid. The game featured some decent platforming with above average controls. There was a double jump feature for Vectorman and the ability to shoot one of four different weapons, up, down, left, right, and any given diagonal. Vectorman also had the ability to transform into three different insects including a Rhino beetle, a fire ant, and a “shield bug” of sorts. These transformations gave Vectorman unique abilities to fight with. While the game was fairly simplistic in design, it offered a fairly decent challenge. The game featured a pretty sizable campaign as well with twenty two levels spread across seven parts.
Of course, there have definitely been better platforming games out there, but for me growing up, this was one of my favorite. The graphics and gameplay at the time was something I hadn’t seen before and the game offered a lot of replayability. The game has since been re-released multiple times on multiple platforms; most recently on the Sega collection for Xbox 360 and PS3. I would definitely recommend playing both Vectorman and Vectorman 2 for the sake of nostalgia, and they’re actually pretty good games in their own right.