You guys are going to hate me for saying this, but I say Metal Slug 3. While it is indeed an awesome game, I personally think Slug X is the best Slug game, and there are quite a few Neo titles I prefer over any of the Slug games.
Reviews like in the new Gamefan where they claim that it is the best neo game ever is just a little much.
BUT - controversy aside... some other highly overrated Neo games, in my opinion, include:
Twinkle Star Sprites
Money Puzzle Exchanger
Super Dodge Ball
I actually like those games (except for TSS, which I didn't really like at all), I just think people think they are better than they really are.
Metal Slug 3: I paid CND $500 for a sealed copy, and I now wonder why. I haven't played through the whole game yet, but only Metal Slug has really impressed me. MS3 is just the same old thing, but spiced up to a new level. I find I force myself to play it more than I really care to, after having spent that kind of money. And the GameFan review was worthless. That issue was a waste of money.
Other than that, Samurai Shodown 2 (it's terrible), Metal Slug X, MD 2 & 3 (I love them but they are over-rated) and the Last Blade series.
I know I'm gonna catch flames hotter than Kyo Kusanagi's but the most overrated Neo game ever is Last Blade 2. This was first time I've ever kicked myself for spending $300 on a game. Maybe my hopes were too high but LB2 is struck with bad case of sequelitis (and the sick thing is it's only on the second game).
New Characters: Lame and unimaginative.
Kojiro: Lame rip-off of a lame rip-off.
Setsuna: Cool look with Capcom style (aka lame and unimaginative) moves. Yawn.
Hibiki: I have a sword but I don't wanna cut. Boo hoo hoo! Shut up slut.
Old Characters: Most of the cast was funner on LB except for (Akari, Shigen, Juzo, Amano).
Moriya: Double yawn.
Boss: With Kaede, Moriya, and Yuki being so lame it's no surprise that Kouryu is lame too.
Basically: This game should have been the bomb but at best it's just an average sequel. How many fighting games 2's and haven't blown the first ones out the water. KI2 is the only one I can think of. LB had so much promise that second one should have been the 2nd coming of SS2.
Well I have to disagree with the criticisms of MS3 and MSX. All of the MS games are incredible, they're animated, interactive arcade works of art. Backgrounds, characters, animation, explosions, debris, music, atmosphere, style, humor, sound effects . . . they all fit together better on this series than on any other action/platform games ever released.
As for most overrated games: Ninja Master's is certainly on my list, among others.
Bah, your all crazy! Money Puzzle Exchanger & MS3 are probably some of the most wonderful examples of a great game play & attention to detail. ummph....
Well for the record & I know I'll be slapped around by yall.. Last Blade & Last Blade 2 are the most overrated games on the neo IMO. What a total borefest. Its Samurai Shodown the boring chronicles. Great animation & atmosphere, lame game play & even lamer characters. Yuck! I'll never understand why SNK shoveled that to us when they could have been working on SamSho5. Man, will we ever get another 2d update to that wonderful series. Magical Drop 2&3 are also over rated. I like them, but its just too simple compared to MPE. I also feel Metal Slug, MS2, & MSX are all over rated. They are ok. Not as good as the Contra series IMO. I felt that MS3 was the first Slug that was as good if not better than Konami's efforts.
The only problem with Contra is that Konami couldn't figure out what they wanted to do with it. Ever play that game on Playstation calle Contra Legacy or something like that and they give you 3D glasses to put on. What the hell is that all about??? I thought Rad Racer was the only piece of crap that came with 3D glasses.
No way! World Heroes was great! Well going back to the original now, it's not all that good. WH2 is a cheesefest, but a blast, and may just be my favourite ADK game. WH2J was pretty fun, but had a very poorly explained storyline, with many important details left out. I never got my fix of WHP, so I shan't say much, but from what I have played of it I really liked it. But then it had no new regularly selectable characters, and non-personalized backgrounds. Anyhow, given the path it followed the series' time was up by that point, leaving the WH minions like me with nothing more to look forward to. I always loved playing characters based off real, historical figures. Kim Dragon most of all.
I'll have to agree with lump here and say Magician Lord. This is mostly due to the horrible controls. Maybe in 1990 this game would have been great, but I don't think it's stood the test of time well.
Next up is Pulstar. It's way too hard for its own good. I know some people can get through this game with little problem, so maybe I just suck.
I like a challenge and all in a game, but it's hard for all the wrong reasons. This game IS all about recognizing patterns and making sure you don't make 1 tiny mistake. If you do, you're dead, and you have to restart earlier in the board. Pulstar would be much better if either a) you could take more than 1 hit before dying or b) your next life began immediately where you died (ala Metal Slug).
Now, this is my first post here, so please don't beat me up too badly.
Just kidding man I totally agree with you on the Magician Lord. Maybe if they came out with an updated version people would like the origanal more. But Pulstar is a very hard game and its ok but it isn't the best.