Monday 7 August 2023

Who Shot Johnny Rock? (Sega CD review)

Developer: American Laser Games
Publisher: American Laser Games
Released: 1994

Who Shot Johnny Rock? is a light-gun game that was first released in the Arcade in 1991.

+ Presentation and film noir setting is excellent, plus unlimited continues are available to keep you playing.

+ Some scenes are randomised on each play-through, and the game allows you to choose the order you tackle most stages.

- Enemies give you no grace period to spot them before they start shooting, leaving memorisation to overtake skill.

- FMV quality is heavily pixelated and it's tough to see smaller enemies that are lurking deep in the background.

- Warehouse stage is dreadful, as there's no immediate distinction between innocent civilians and armed bad guys.

- Using a standard controller is slow and hampers progress, while the Konami Justifier is occasionally laggy.

- Video and sound have a tenancy to splutter along, which is distracting and makes the port feel unoptimised.

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