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.