Saturday, March 20, 2010

Photos - Soldier Blade (PC Engine/Turbografx)

Some screenshots of Soldier Blade, the third and final game of the Star Soldier series to appear on the PC Engine/Turbografx-16.  Of the three games on the system - Super Star Soldier, Final Soldier, and Soldier Blade - this easily has the sharpest and most colorful graphics.  Large robots and spaceships bound out of the screen, assaulting you from every angle, across space, land and air.  The large color palette is put to maximum use, and this is one of the best-looking games of the 16-bit era.

The gameplay is so similar across all three Soldiers, so if you've played one, you've played them all.  But they're such excellent games that you'll be happy to download all three to your Nintendo Virtual Console.  They're only six bucks a pop, so I say collect 'em all.  This is perfect for short bursts and longer soda-fueled nights of blasting aliens and cranking out the stereo.  At least, that's what we teenagers did in the early '90s.

One nice touch is the choice between standard and "arcade" view.  The arcade view makes the screen more vertical, like the arcade shoot-em-ups.  For whatever reason, overhead shooters used vertical monitors and that's always been a challenge to translate to the home.  Smart thinking on Hudson's part.  Excellent game.

1 comment:

Michael said...

This was a very good game, and one of the many I picked up before the ebay b----ds came in and ruined the import hobby. Soldier Blade was awesome, but there were a couple of others like Nexzr and Tatsujin that still haven't arrived.

Here's an aside, VC games are nice for the casual gamers, but I wonder what will happen in 5 years when your console breaks and the store has been taken down. But, that's the old man in me, I still don't trust the interne and prefer physical products to virtual ones.

- MP