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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!

 

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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…

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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More PS4 Gameplay – P.T. Silent Hills

Hey Folks,

I’ve been playing with the PS4 a bit more and in light of the P.T. SHs demo/trailer and my struggles with solving the last puzzle, I thought a post was in order with some footage.

I think P.T. is a genius marketing coup, I’m quite thrilled to see Kojima-san’s and Del Toro’s name on the bill and best of all the trailer is playable. Let’s hope the final game will keep P.T. in mind.

The game overall is not very difficult to complete but the last puzzle is a little more challenging than the others, basically you need to make things happen to hear 3 baby laughs in order to access the actual game trailer. The 1st & 3rd laughs are easy to trigger but the 2nd one took me several hours to get, here’s how it happened for me.

Enjoy!

PS4 Video Gameplay – Strider

Hey Folks,

Having a bit of fun with the PS4 yesterday, playing Strider. Although I was quite sceptical about this remake at first, I find it quite enjoyable and obviously much longer than the original one. I thought I’d do a test of the PS4 video capture capabilities. I’m quite pleased that I can export video files directly to USB and do what I want with them somewhere else. Nothing too fancy this time, just me playing 🙂 Enjoy!