1986 Game of the Year


Here’s how it works. I’ll list the nominees (up to 5) and then choose the game of the year and runner-up. The games chosen have to be games that I’ve played. They don’t have to have been played at the time, but they do have to be within the year noted in the title.

This column will be the same as NeonNinja’s 1996-2007 Game of the Year posts.

NOMINEES (Note: all games are the arcade versions)
Ikari Warriors
Out Run
Tiger Heli

1986 Game of the Year: Ikari Warriors
Runner-up: Out Run

Coming off of the 1985 film Rambo: First Blood Part II, it should come to nobody’s surprise that a number of video games were made for the arcades that were very loosely based off of the movie. Ikari Warriors was great in this respect and also had the ability for simultaneous play for two players along with the rotary joysticks. I didn’t play it much, but it was fun when I did.

Out Run was available in a number of arcades so I was able to play it a lot more. This game was less of a racer and more of a driving game. It’s definitely one of the more memorable Sega games outside of Sonic. Victory Run (TG-16) is very much in the same style with the addition of the ability to upgrade the car.

Previous entries: 1985

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