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Alien Soldier

version: jp - year: 1995 - developer: treasure - publisher: sega - format: mega drive, 16 mbit cartridge - condition: mint - rarity: very

 

A-EARTH WAS IN TERRIBLE CRISIS
IN THE YEAR 2015.
THE SHADOW OF THE EVIL TERROLIST
GROUP CALLED SCARLET BLOCKED THE
WAY TO THE OUTSIDE UNIVERSE FOR
HUMAN BEINGS.

MEMBERS OF SCARLET CONSIST OF
ARTIFICIAL CREATURES CREATED BY
A-HUMAN USING SUPER GENETIC
ENGINEERING. THEY ARE THE SECRET
SOCIETY INTENDED TO DESTROY THE
ENTIRE HUMAN RACE.

IN ADDITION TO THE HIGH
INTELLIGENCE AND STRONG FIGHTING
POWER, THEY HAVE SPECIAL
ABILITIES CAPABLE OF PARASITIC
EXISTENCE WITH HUMAN BEINGS,
ANIMALS AND MACHINERY. BY USING
THESE ABILITIES, THEY CONQUERED
A-HUMAN AND WERE ABOUT TO OBTAIN
SUPREMACY OVER A-EARTH.

A-HUMAN PLANNED TO ASSASSINATE
EPSILON-EAGLE, THE BOSS OF THE
SCARLET GROUP WITH A SPECIAL
COMBAT GROUP CAPABLE OF USING
SUPER POWER DESPATCHED SECRETLY.

THE SUDDEN ATTACK BY THE GROUP
USING ITS SUPER POWER SERIOUSLY
DAMAGED EPSILON AND SUCCESSFULLY
THREW HIM INTO THE TIME SPACE
CONTINUM WHITCH HAD BEEN
LIBERATED BY USING SUPER POWER.


LATER, AS XI-TIGER GAINED POWER
FROM SCARLET BY TAKING ADVANTAGE
OF THE CONFUSION, TERRORISM
TOWARD A-HUMAN BECAME MUCH MORE
VIOLENT.

ON THE OTHER HAND, THE HATRED
TOWARD XI-TIGER WITHIN THE
SCARLET GROUP BECAUSE OF THEIR
CRUEL ACTS BECAME BITTER AND
VOICES FOR RESTORATION OF EPSILON
BECAME STRONGER.

XI-TIGER WHO WAS ISOLATED FROM
OTHER GROUP MEMBERS DECIDED TO
ASSASSINATE EPSILON. IN ORDER TO
LIBERATE THE SPACE TIME CONTINUM,
THEY ATTACKED THE A-HUMAN'S
RESEARCH LABORATORY WHERE BOYS
AND GIRLS WITH SUPER POWER WERE
KIDNAPPED.

AT THAT TIME, XI-TIGER SENSED THE
EXISTENSE OF EPSILON IN ONE OF
THE BOYS. HOWEVER, HE COULD NOT
READ THE EVIL WILL FROM EPSILON
WHO WAS A PARASITE OF THE BOY'S
BODY. XI-TIGER WAS MUCH CONFUSED
AND TOOK A GIRL AS HOSTAGE AND
DEMANDED EPSILON TO RELEASE THE
BOY.

THE BOY WHO WAS BESIDE HIMSELF
WITH RAGE, CONVERTED HIS BODY
INTO EPSILON.

A BIRD-MAN WITH STEEL WINGS TOOK
OVER THE BOY'S WILL.

IN HIS MIND HIS REAL NATURE,
HUMAN JUSTICE, BATTLED WITH THE
FOREIGN FORCE.

XI-TIGER SENSED UNKNOWN POWER IN
EPSILON AND ESCAPED AFTER KILLING THE GIRL.


---EPSILON SPEAKS---
I'LL NEVER LET YOU GO, XI-TIGER!!

THERE IS AN ANOTHER BIRD-MAN WHO
HAS EPSILON'S BODY. HOWEVER, HIS
WILL IS FULL OF EVIL AMBITION AND
NOBODY KNOWS HIS REAL INTENSION.

HE ALSO FLEW AWAY, CHASING AFTER

 

Treasure really squeezed the MOTOROLA 68 000 to the last bit to create the ultimate action game for MD!

 

Rescue the teddy bear, and he will drive you at high speed on the boat, seriously

Review - Towards the end of the Mega Drive life span, Treasure came out with an amazing action title that somehow passed unnoticed.

In the Era of the rise of the 32 bit machines, the videogames press was (understandably) focused on 3D gaming, the next frontier. As of myself, I remember seeing this game on the shelves of a local game shop, but the weird looking cyber bird hero didn't impress me much. Years later, Alien Soldier made a come back and started selling for really high prices, especially the Japanese version.

In effect, the Japanese version was manufactured in limited quantity and featured some hilarious English mistakes, in the typical tradition of old school Mega Drive games. Apparently, the Pal version fixed the mistakes.

Besides this, when firing up Alien Soldier for the 1st time, it is immediately clear that it is one of Treasure's best efforts I can remember. The intro is excellent (I love the main tune in there!), while the graphics and the sound effects really put the Mega Drive hardware to use.

Even digitized voices are light years away from what the Mega Drive sound chip usually treats us with. Forget about the garbled voices of Thunder Force II and wait until you hear that sexy female voice saying "Alien Soldier" ;)

The game is basically a side scrolling action game in which every level is a Boss fight. The 1st few minutes of play can be confusing since controls seem to be a bit complex. But after a few tries, you'll be able to perform a decent amount of moves. I really learned to perform impressive things by the time I reached the incredibly tough Level 20. To be victorious in that stage, it takes perfect mastering of all of the controls! One thing that really impressed me is the rhythm of the action. Firing never stops, and gameplay is very dynamic. Some boss fights will seem impossible but by choosing the right weapons (you can pick among 6 of them), and by spotting the boss patterns, you should be able to go on. If you are up for a serious challenge, I suggest you hunt down this game. The Mega Drive swan song could hardly be any more beautiful.

Bottom line: Treasure's programmers put their heart into this game and it will become apparent to you once you sink deep inside A-Earth universe. 10/10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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