I wrote an article about a game I love called Down Load (and a bit about its sequel). I’ll link it here if people want to read about the game in more detail or see a lot of screenshots.
It’s a challenging side scrolling shooter, and it just has a fantastic look and sound to it. It’s a great bridge between 80s and 90s anime cyberpunk despite it being a sidescrolling shooter with a few cutscenes and I find it really impressive for that.
Unfortunately it often gets forgotten about even among PC Engine fans, and is generally only known online for its infamous game over screens:
Anyway the game and its sequel completely own IMO.
The sequel isn’t quite as raw or dangerous feeling but it’s still really good, with a crazy plot about the bad guys trying to save Hitler’s brain like in the film They Saved Hitler’s Brain. But it has an A+++ soundtrack you can listen to here (skip to about 1m54s and go from there):
They ripped off the SPINAL TAP song Rock 'n Roll Creation but in general this is a really CD quality metal soundtrack for gaming with a lot of positive sounding chiptunes scattered in between, I love it.