Monday 28 March 2022

NAM-1975 (Neo Geo AES / MVS review)

Developer: SNK
Publisher: SNK
Released: 1990

NAM-1975 is a third-person gallery style shooter that was later released on the Neo Geo CD (1994).

+ Wide range of enemies with unique attack patterns and figuring out who poses the biggest current threat is part of the fun.

+ The ability to rescue hostages and then have them join you in battle is a terrific idea that rewards you for good play.

+ Dropped items from downed opponents results in a neat risk-reward element, as trying to collect them can put you in danger.

+ Cut-scenes add a dramatic element that leans heavily on isolation and the feeling of being overwhelmed.

+ Despite lacking a second analog stick for aiming, the controls are decent and both evasive moves work exceptionally well.

- However, the default cursor speed is a little too slow and a few options for changing it would have been appreciated.

- Only six brief stages are included, and the poorly acted voice-over recordings suffer from popping and clipping.

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