Tuesday 19 September 2023

Action Fighter (Sega Master System review)

Developer: Sega R&D 2
Publisher: Sega
Released: 1986

Action Fighter is a top-down driving / shoot-em-up game that was originally released in the Arcade in 1986.

+ Driving concept has promise and neatly meshes the action of Bump 'n' Jump (1982, Arcade) and Spy Hunter (1983, Arcade).

+ Transition when landing or going airborne is good, and the ability to change vehicles is a fun way to add variety.

- Doesn't give you any chance to settle in, as there's no difficulty options and the action is rock-hard from the get-go.

- Enemies are total bullet sponges and the fact they take multiple shots to destroy makes you feel endlessly under-powered.

- Shoot-em-up areas suffer from white bullets that tend to blur into the cloud-based backgrounds for cheap hits.

- End of stage bosses have little imagination and they each involve repeating the same attack pattern ad nauseum.

- Once you've beaten the opening mission there's nothing else to see, as no new ideas / locales are thrown into the mix.

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