I’m sorry to say that River City Ransom is one of those games whose significance I failed to properly appreciate at the time. I borrowed it from a classmate, finished it in an afternoon, returned it the next day, and promptly failed to think about it again for years. The problem, I suspect, is that I never bothered to try it with another player, so it seemed like just another slightly open-ended action game, except shorter and easier than something like Faxanandu. If only I’d had a friend to play with, I’d have better appreciated the fact that it was a lot like Final Fight or Double Dragon except with actual substance… and the ability to chuck your friend at bad guys.
I learned my lesson, though. These days, I savor games. Sip, not gulp.