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Lethal Xcess - Wings of Death II

version: pal - year: 1991 - developer: eclipse - publisher: eclipse - format: a500, 2 disks - condition: near mint - rarity: hard to find

Review - Curiously cross-compatible with the Atari ST, Lethal Xcess (LX) features more sprites on screen, bigger enemies and enhanced weapons compared to Wings of Death.

Actually, LX was probably headed to the top to snatch the crown of best shooter on the Amiga. Unfortunately, something went wrong in the process and the highly innovative weapons system of the prequel got inexplicably replaced by a generic futuristic spaceship. Also, by tossing even more enemies and bullets at the player, LX feels unfairly hard and rather frustrating. In the last stages, if you lose a life and regress to the basic weapons set up, the game becomes nearly impossible. Being in control of a bulky, slow and underpowered ship will inevitably lead you to your doom while swarms of insectoid ships will flood the screen. And the occasional slowdown won't help you much either.

There are only about 5 levels this time around, but they are long (maybe too long?) and not too exciting. Actually, the only thing that should have been improved compared to the first game is the only thing that remained unchanged: finish the game fully powered up and you start the next stage with the basic weapon! This gets even more annoying here since Lethal Xcess is significantly harder than Wings of Death.

In the end, LX is not the sequel I was hoping for. It's still a decent game and one of the better shooters on commodore's machine it certainly doesn't match Wings of Death in terms of visuals or gameplay.

Bottom line: Above average sequel to one of the best shooters on the amiga...7/10

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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