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Predator 2 was released for the Sega Megadrive in 1992 by Arena Entertainment and developed by Perfect 10 Productions. It was an Isometric scrolling shoot ’em up based on the Predator 2 movie. You play as Lt. Harrigan and have to save hostages that the drug dealers have captured to offer as trophies for the Predator and ultimately defeat the Predator himself.   

Title: Predator 2
System: Sega Megadrive
Publisher: Arena Entertainment
Developer: Perfect 10 Productions
Released: 1992
Genre(s): Isometric scrolling shoot them up


Most games based off a movie license don’t tend to be very good, this game, however, is quite the different story as it combines locations from the movie with fun run and gun action and the one objective of rescuing hostages before taking on some kind of level boss, whether it’s drug dealers or the Predator himself.

Pretty basic stuff, but with little details added to create more tension and a sense of urgency as the predator will pick off the hostages if you don’t rescue them fast enough and even hunt down you if you waste too much time.

Too many deaths on your hands and its game over. You’ll be relentlessly gunning through a crowd of drug dealers to reach that hostage at any cost. You can also pick up a variety of weapons, including some of the Predator’s own weapons to use as well.

Time to get a move on!

PRESENTATION

Great opening screen and in between each level there are images taken from the movie that are used to great effect. Very basic options and a handy password system.

Opps! One less hostage to rescue!

GRAPHICS

Good sized graphics and nice animation. There was a decent attempt at making each level based off scenes from the movie, even back in the day I thought the graphics were quite good and time hasn’t changed my opinion. There is a nice variety between each level design too, so it never feels too stale.

SOUND

The sound is a standout for me, each level gets its own music theme and I think each one does an excellent job at creating the appropriate mood. Some of the music really adds a sense of urgency. The gun sound effects are good too.

RESPONSIVENESS

On Emulator and console, the controls are very responsive! Even if you don’t need to be too precise when playing this game, it’s still refreshing to have responsive controls.

LASTABILITY

Once you beat this game I don’t think you’d need to go back and play it too often, but, it is still very enjoyable I found to play it from time to time as the programming and graphics are just that good.

OVERALL

Even although this game isn’t too deep, it’s still a joy to play and is well made, it captures the feel of the movie quite well, it’s a shame they never made the first movie in the same type of format, as I think it would have been just as fun to play. Overall this is a fun game based off a movie license.

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Cyborg Justice was released in 1993, published by Sega and developed by Novotrade. You play as a Cyborg who’s original organic body was heavily damaged in a spaceship crash and still functioning brain is then placed into the new robotic body, when the memory wipe process fails, you escape and seek out revenge against the controlling brain overlord!  

Title: Cyborg Justice
System: Sega Megadrive
Publisher: Sega
Developer: Novotrade
Released: 1993
Genre(s): Side-Scrolling Beat ’em up

This game was a pretty good hidden gem back in the day, I loved the fact you got to create your own cyborg before starting the story mode, there were plenty of weapons and leg types to choose from, you could eventually find a combination you were happy with. Plus great gameplay like being able to rip off the enemies torso and then use that torso to replenish your own health and add extra lives too!

A bit of a steep learning curve to master some of these techniques, but it is definitely worth the perseverance. plenty of different punches, kicks and flying attacks to learn and try out. More interaction with the environment would have been nice and also the lack of different backgrounds doesn’t help.

PRESENTATION

Nice presentation intro and a small amount of options, including arcade mode or duel (VS) mode. You get the gist of the story, but some text would be nice to help explain.

Battle to the death!

GRAPHICS

Big sprites that are superbly animated, the animation where you tear enemy robots limbs off are my favorite. Only downside is that there are only a few different backdrops and they are just different colours to add variety.

SOUND

The sound is fairly good, the music is a bit basic, but it never tends to get too repetitive. The attack sound effects are great too if a little bit on the quite side.

RESPONSIVENESS

On Emulator it’s a little difficult to play due to the control setup, this is one game I prefer playing on the original console even if Sega controls can be a little dodgy themselves. They are fairly responsive, only the jumping is difficult and thankfully you don’t have to do much jumping.

LASTABILITY

This game is best played with more then one player. Two player co-op you can really have a blast with a friend ripping the enemy apart (literiaty!) I think once you beat this game by yourself, you probably wont rush back to play it again, but the final boss is quite challenging and requires some skill to reach him and defeat the mini bosses along the way.

Brutal!

OVERALL

I always enjoy playing this game every now and then and with my brother, it’s good fun to create your own cyborg and then do battle with various combinations of robot enemies. The controls do take a bit of time to master, but once you do, it only increases the enjoyment, there’s nothing like pulling off an enemies’ arm and stealing their weapon for your own use and then take off their torso after that! brutal!

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Terminator 2: Judgement Day was released for the Sega Megadrive in 1993 by Flying Edge and developed by Bits Studios. It was a side-scrolling shoot ’em up and driving game based on the Terminator 2 movie. You play as the T-800 and have to find and protect a young John Connor and his mother Sarah Connor from the T-1000.

Title: Terminator 2: Judgment Day
System: Sega Megadrive
Publisher: Flying Edge
Developer: Bits Studios
Released: 1993
Genre(s): Action-Adventure

This game is most likely always confused with the more popular T2: The Arcade game which was also ported to Sega and Nintendo around the same time.

This game had the potential to be a fun and enjoyable game, but quite a few things hold it back, like no continues at all and incredibly frustrating driving controls and navigation in the driving levels themselves.

Plus the difficulty really ramps up after you rescue Sarah Connor (the following driving level is one of the hardest parts of the game if you haven’t memorized the best way to get there.)

At least it follows the plot of the movie quite closely and you get to visit pretty much all of the important locations in the film. (with the exception of the future war, which would have been a nice touch.)

PRESENTATION

As basic as it gets. Some nice artwork for the Endoskeleton head before the title screen, but the rest is quite drab even the final images when you finish the game are very washed out and boring to look at.

GRAPHICS

The graphics for this game are serviceable at best. Black is used a little too much during night levels and some of the background sprites are just plain uninspired and ugly. The Terminator and other characters look quite nice and are animated well and the explosions look pretty nifty. Some levels like the first one, for example, are nicer to look at than others, say the steel mill. The isometric driving levels graphics are quite small but decent to look at.

SOUND

The sound effects in this game are decent at best. The gun sounds kind of sound like gun sounds and the explosion sounds are ok. What really doesn’t sound that good is the music. As far as I can tell there are only two tracks, one for the side-scrolling parts and one for the driving parts, the side-scrolling music is really repetitive and gets old real fast. The Driving one, not so much, because you’ll be too distracted by the frustrating driving controls and difficulty of each part to notice the music much.

RESPONSIVENESS

On Emulator the game responds ok and on the actual Sega Mega Drive itself the responsiveness isn’t much worse. There is a slight delay between pressing the fire button and the guns actually firing too.

LASTABILITY

If you manage to get to any of the later levels not using an emulator or cheats you are doing well for yourself. After you finish this game, you most likely won’t want to play it again anytime soon.

OVERALL

Terminator 2: Judgment Day is not that great of a game, it has some flashes of brilliance, but, overall it’s a bit of a mess, I was lucky to be able to rent it back in the day from my local video store and at least it wasn’t bad paying $5 to have it for a few days and when said video store was selling it picking it up for next to nothing. I wouldn’t recommend paying too much for a copy of this game with the box, better off just playing it on emulator as the ability to save as you go really helps to get through some of the tricky parts.

 

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Alien 3 was released for the Sega Megadrive in 1992 by Arena Entertainment and developed by Probe Software. It was a side-scrolling shoot ’em up based on the Alien 3 movie. You play as Ripley and have to save the prisoners on Fury 161 from becoming hosts for more aliens and then escape the planet.  

Title: Alien 3
System: Sega Megadrive
Publisher: Arena Entertainment
Developer: Probe Software
Released: 1992
Genre(s): Side-scrolling Shoot ’em up

The funny thing about this game is instead of just one alien in the game there are many as well as larger Guardian Aliens (that serve as boss battles) and facehuggers too. So, it’s a lot like they combined Aliens and Alien 3 together as Ripley also has a number of weapons to use too (Pulse rifle, flame thrower etc) and presumably hasn’t been impregnated by an alien herself either.

Throughout each level, there are a number of ammo and health pick-ups as you go through both quite quickly if you aren’t careful. Each level also has a timer which counts down and you have to free all the prisoners and exit the level before it runs out.

You get a few different difficulty levels (easy, normal, hard) and up to nine tires to finish the game. There is no password system so you have to finish the game in one sitting unless using an emulator to save your progress.

PRESENTATION

As soon as you start up the game it matches the Alien 3 movie tone quite well. Even if there is no elaborate intro, it replicates the feel of the movie decently. There are a few options to play with difficulty settings and the amount of continues can be set too.

GRAPHICS

The graphics are quite large and the overall tone matches the gloomy, dark themes of the film quite nicely. The Animation of the sprites is top notch! There is also a good amount of visual difference between each different level tile set and the sprites for the aliens are a particular standout for me.

SOUND

All the sound effects in the game are clear and crisp. The music is quite good too, I never found it too repetitive because the levels are fairly short, but I don’t know if it successfully matches what you would expect from Alien 3, if this was an Aliens game, it would be great!

RESPONSIVENESS

Obviously, if you are playing this game on emulator the controls are going to be a lot more responsive than using a gamepad on a Sega Megadrive. However, I still didn’t find too much of a delay, jumping was fine, moving around was fine, sometimes using a ladder, in the air ducts was a bit clunky (even on emulator). There is a small delay depending on which weapon you use, for example, the grenade launcher takes a brief moment to fire so you have to keep that in mind etc.

LASTABILITY

If you are really committed, you could finish the game in half a day, as long as you remember where each prisoner is hiding it’s pretty easily finished without too much trouble. It’s still a fun game even if it gets a bit repetitive in the middle, there are a couple of levels where you just have to reach the exit or just free the prisoners that break up the running and gunning a little bit as well. If you beat this game once, I don’t think there would be a rush to go back and do it again.

OVERALL

Alien 3 is a great example of a fun ‘run and gun’ title for the Sega Megadrive, it’s also a good example of how to effectively use a movie license. Even if it’s more similar to the previous movie then the one it’s meant to be based on! The game has great graphics and soundtrack plus the gameplay is enjoyable too. I feel the level design is varied enough not to get too repetitive and the different sections of each level, like air ducts to crawl through and moving platforms, help keep the gameplay fresh. The best out of the Alien 3 series of games for Sega and Nintendo and one of the more decent games based on the Alien franchise.

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