Friday 27 May 2022

A/X-101 (Mega CD / Sega CD review)

Developer: Genki, Micronet
Publisher: Absolute Entertainment
Released: 1994

A/X-101 is a Full Motion Video (FMV) rail shooter that's exclusive to Sega's CD platform.

+ While your arsenal is limited, being able to charge shots for max damage or use the weaker burst mode enhances strategy.

+ Your shield regenerates health when avoiding damage which is a great gameplay mechanic that rewards skilled players.

+ Boss fights have an epic feel and the battle arenas are foreboding and visually appealing.

+ Presentation is fantastic and it's clear that tons of work went into making the 3D cut-scenes as detailed as possible.

- However, the cut-scenes take priority over gameplay and the action is frequently interrupted by them in rapid succession.

- It's incredibly hard to see incoming projectiles due to the grainy FMV and the result is many cheap hits.

- The constant droning sound of your vehicle is irritating and the music is too loud compared to the voiceovers.

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