Friday 29 December 2023

Chicago Syndicate (Sega Game Gear review)

Developer: Sega
Publisher: Sega
Released: 1995

Chicago Syndicate is an action game that's exclusive to Sega's 8-bit handheld.

+ Promising core concept that features an open-ended stage order where careful consideration of gang strength is required.

+ There's an incredible amount of attacks to choose from, which encourages experimentation to find your preferred moves.

- However, most attacks are under-powered, so you'll likely stick with the same 2-3 moves that do the most damage.

- Enemies are total sponges to both hand-to-hand and weapons-based attacks, which makes combat an infuriating chore.

- You'll often need to wait a second or two for an animation to trigger, which leaves you wide open to receiving damage.

- Poor level design (with copy-pasted sections) and some garish colour schemes where foes blend into the backgrounds.

- Does a bad job of explaining how to fully clear stages and learning the correct way to progress isn't immediately intuitive.

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