Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Games Played 04/18/2009

Crimson Tears - PlayStation 2
Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection - PlayStation 3
Too Human - X-Box 360


Kaitei Daisensou (1995)
Developer: Sims Co., Ltd.
Platform: SegaSaturn
Purchase Date: 05/08/1997

This epic stage completely and utterly destroyed the Saturn.

Just like Irem's R-Type series, Kaitei Daisensou - also known as In the Hunt - is a deliberately slow paced shooter. In this game, you control a submarine that can be equipped with a variety of torpedoes/missiles/mines and though most of the threats come from underneath the ocean, there are times when you have to destroy enemies that are located out on the land and in the air. The game is beautiful with detailed 2D backdrops, creative bosses, and fantastic animations but this arcade port suffers a tremendous amount of slowdown, especially when there are too many things are happening on the screen. The third stage where you are chased by a giant stone creature is almost unplayable because of this. I am sure that the SegaSaturn is capable of handling this monstrosity and I believe that the blame falls upon developer Sims that handled the port. Kaitei Dainsensou is not the best shooter from Irem but it should have been as entertaining as it was in the arcades.

LIBRARY STATUS: 2 out of 5

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