Thursday 30 November 2023

RoboCop Versus The Terminator (Sega Mega Drive / Genesis review)

Developer: Virgin Games
Publisher: Virgin Games
Released: 1993

RoboCop Versus The Terminator is an action game that was also released on the Sega Master System and Sega Game Gear in 1993.

+ Level design's heavy use of verticality is engaging, and there's many secret areas to hunt down for helpful items / weapons.

+ Like Contra III: The Alien Wars (1992, SNES), the ability to switch between two weapons gives you real strategic flexibility.

+ Allows you to play slowly and methodically, or brazenly reckless, in part due to the 8-way fire which gives you total control.

+ Neat graphical flourishes, such as trash blowing through city streets, and a cool lighting effect when RoboCop fires his gun.

- Later stages are ridiculously difficult, and the sheer number of enemies and projectiles borders on absurdity.

- Slowdown is present in crowded areas, which isn't ideal in a twitch-based game where your instant reactions are key.

- Some bosses can be complete bullet sponges if you have the unfortunate occurrence of losing your powerful weapons.

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