Console: Super Nintendo
In an era where space battles were popularized by Hollywood blockbusters, numerous space-based shoot-em-ups rose to the top of the charts. One of these was Axelay, which combined vertical and horizontal ship combat in hostile alien worlds. Much like Super Ghouls ‘n’ Ghosts, this game was known for being particularly difficult in later stages. Aside from some Mode-7 graphics flaws, the game was otherwise faultless in the way of visuals. The impressive array of weapons were implemented well, and the boss battles were both complex and entertaining. In the era of space shoot-em-ups prior to modern 3D visuals, Axelay certainly commanded a great deal of respect and attention.