R720 with Syrinx – Gameplay

Hey Folks,

As a die hard Thunder Force fan, anything remotely related to this game series is of great (extreme) interest.

Everybody I’m sure have heard of Segagaga a quirky simulation of … well saving Sega from its own demise! I bought the game many moons ago but never really played it, mostly because my Japanese skills are limited 😦 And obviously without decent japanese knowledge it’s almost impossible to play.

Many of you may know that Segagaga contains a number of mini-games, one of interest for today is R720 with Syrinx.

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R720 with Syrinx is kind of a spoof shmup where you have to defeat Sega characters and Sega consoles as bosses.

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It’s a fairly short game but the interesting thing from a Thunder Force point of view is that one of the ships you can pilot is Syrinx which was gonna to be the main ship for Thunder Force VI on the Dreamcast. Now we’ve all seen the Thunder Force VI trailer for the Dreamcast but surprisingly it  is also included as an video introduction to Syrinx and co before you get to play R720.

We also all know that Thunder Force VI for Dreamcast was sadly cancelled in 2001 and that a struggling Tecnosoft was bought by Pachinko maket Twenty One Company. Ultimately Thunder Force VI was (re-made?) released on the PS2 on October 30, 2008.

Hyakutaro Tsukumo

An interesting fact is that the game contains music from Hyakutaro Tsukumo who composed music for a number of Tecnosoft games and Thunder Force VI for Dreamcast. The OST for TFVI DC came out in 2001 under the title Broken Thunder. This music was also re-used in the Doujin shmup Broken Thunder released back in 2007.

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Segagaga was released on March 29, 2001 along with R720 with Syrinx so around the time Thunder Force VI was cancelled and 2 days before Sega decided to discontinue the Dreamcast. So here we have a ship and a partial OST from Thunder Force VI Dreamcast, the mistery deepens. Given the events and dates it’s safe to assume that R720 with Syrinx is more of a tribute rather than a preview of Thunder Force VI DC right?

Anyway today, I decided to take matter into hands and play this alleged tribute to a game I was so looking forward to on the Dreamcast. Don’t get me wrong I love Thunder Force VI on PS2 but it doesn’t have the finesse or the Tecnosoft touch of previous episodes.

So after a little bit of tinkering with Dreamcast saves downloaded on the internet, here I am playing R720 with Syrinx 🙂

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Here is the outcome of my playing session in glorious 1080p, the game is in 4:3 but the video should be clear enough for you to appreciate this little gem, obviously a lot of videos on this have been made in the past but I really wanted to do my own 🙂

Enjoy and see you next time!

 

Retro Core – PC Engine, Megadrive & Rise of the Tomb Raider loses the plot…

Hey Folks,

Yakumo from SegagagaDomain has put together a great Retro Core episode on the NEC PC Engine. In this issue some hardware presentation and HuCards game reviews. Well worth watching 🙂

In this show we take a look at the many different forms of hardware as well as the following games.

Hana Taaka Daka (はなたっかだか)
City Hunter (シティーハンター)
Ninja Spirit (最後の忍道)
Knight Rider (ナイトライダー)
Doraemon: Meikyū Daisakusen ( ドラえもん迷宮大作戦)
Son Son 2 (ソンソンⅡ)
Override (オーバーライド)
Valkyrie no Densetsu (ワルキューレの伝説)
Gomola Speed (ゴモラスピード)
Dragon Egg (ドラゴン エッグ)
Metal Stoker (メタルストーカー)
Parasol Stars (パラソルスター)

Yakumo has been doing Retro Core and Battle of the Ports videos since… well the dawn of time 😉 You can, if you wish support him here on Patreon.

Also, the previous episode on the Megadrive is also excellent, well worth watching:

Finally, I recently started playing Rise of the Tomb Raider on PC, great game, I had a funny bug moment, last night… I threw one of these handmade cluster grenades by mistake into what looks like a pallet, seems like the grenade didn’t appreciate getting stuck in a piece of wood and started to act… well weird:

That’s all for now, see you next time…

Unknown Neo Geo Fighting Game Prototype (Gameplay)

Hey Folks,

I’m sure you’ve heard about the recent release of an unknown NeoGeo fighting prototype. While there are a lot of talks and debates about its origins on NeoGeo.com, I’ve been quite eager to try it…

Looking at the Mame development page it seems that the support for this game isn’t coming out until Mame 0.173 is released which is at the end of this month.

Patience isn’t a virtue I always possess so I decided, after a little research to compile my own version of Mame 🙂 And here is the result of an hour of compilation:

The game really is at the prototype/beta stage… There is no sound for starters, although I’m not sure whether it is an emulation issue or an issue the game itself. Some of the sprites are unfinished or missing and there is no single player mode so it’s really player vs dummy… But that’s expected with this sort of material.

It is quite incredible to see prototypes released into the wild albeit a NeoGeo one. Thank you mucho to NeoTurfMasta for releasing this piece of history.

Enjoy the video!

Sabre

Godzilla (PS4) Gameplay

Hey Folks,

First post in a very long time, today let’s play a little bit of Godzilla on the PS4.

I’ve always had a strange attraction to non-AAA titles… I like big productions, big stories, jaw dropping graphics… But I can’t help loving the likes of EDF and co, just because they are tons of fun.

I read a few reviews about Godzilla and all were fairly underwhelming but who cares really?

Godzilla Roars!!!
King of the Monsters!!!

The premise of the game is simple, destroy stuff and kill other kaijus to get bigger and meaner. There are quite a few game modes and loads of monsters to unlock & control that makes the game quite enjoyable and maximizes the replay value.

The controls are fairly erm… horrible? But once one gets past the initial awkwardness good fun is a ahead!!! If like me you need a break from MGSV, GTA V et al then grab this game, for the price it’s well worth it!!!

Enjoy the video 🙂

Sabre

 

 

Gameplay: Ultra Seven – Chikyū Bōei Sakusen – Bandai Playdia

Hey Folks,

Time for some little obscure gameplay 🙂 I’ve had a Playdia for a long time but I never really used it. Why would I anyway? 😉 I wanted to test my EZCap 148 dongle on Windows 8.1 and it seems to be working just fine.

The game I’m playing today is Ultra Seven – Chikyū Bōei Sakusen a game based on the Ultraman series sequel, Ultra Seven. Like most Playdia games, Ultra Seven is some kind of interactive movie, however this one also has a few action sequences.

My japanese being a bit rusty, I didn’t really know what I was doing most of the time. I only played for a short period  of time so there might be more to this game than what is showed on the video…

Enjoy!

Sabre

F-Zero on PC Engine???

Hey Folks,

I hope everyone had (is having) a nice weekend, if you are a PC Engine fan and haven’t heard about a chap called Chris Covell, I recommend you to browse his site.

The guy’s a legend, a wizard when it comes to make the PC Engine do what it’s not meant to do. Check out his Axelay demo running on Supergrafx, it’s crazy.

Now, he’s got a new game out called HuZero, it’s a Hudson style caravan game which mimics really well F-Zero on the SFC, have a try and post your scores!!!

Here are a few shots:

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