When it comes down to classic games for the Sega Genesis the Thunder Force series is something that instantly comes to mind when people think about the 16 bit era of gaming. Even though, the Thunder Force series was not as popular as other Sega titles such as Sonic the Hedgehog and Streets of Rage it was definitely a fun title to play if you were a fan of the rail shooting genre of gaming. The last Thunder Force game that we ever got from Sega was back in 2008 when Thunder Force IV was released for the PlayStation. While some people may have good opinions about Thunder Force IV others would agree that the series is better suited as a 2D 16-bit side scrolling game opposed to the utilization of 3D graphics.
Not only that the Thunder Force series had interesting storylines involving the Galaxy Federation and the ORN Empire that really drew people into the game. Looking back at the Thunder Force series now its probably one of those things that many retro gamers took for granted growing up in the 90’s. While the latest game Thunder Force IV did not do too well in terms of sales did does not mean that there are many people who are not interested in the series itself. If Sega wanted to revive the Thunder Force series one of the things they should do includes reverting back to the 16 bit graphics and 2D gameplay that made it popular to begin with. Second, Sega would have to effectively market the game in a way that would grab the attention of both retro and modern day gamers. However, that is a task which is easier said than done considering the fact that the landscape of the gaming industry has changed dramatically since the early 90’s. While rail shooters seem not existent when it comes down to mainstream video games reviving a title like the Thunder Force series would make it stand out from all the other RPG’s and first person shooter titles that are very popular today.