Publisher: Virgin Interactive
Developer: Virgin Interactive
Release Date: 3/8/1993
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The Good: Sharper graphics, and audio, FMV movie sequences
The Bad: Movie quality is so low that it hurts your eyes, same old action we’ve seen before, extremely hard
I never really liked Sega CD because it was more like an HD upgrade to the original Genesis versions. The Terminator is no exception. While the game has movie sequences (which have disgustingly horrific quality), and sharper graphics and sound it doesn’t make the game any more special.
The game is just like any other side scrolling 2D action game but with a movie license. Don’t get me wrong this game does a good job at that but we’ve seen it all before. I, in particular, didn’t care for the game and didn’t even finish the first level before putting it down. If you’re craving some 2D action games then The Terminator is for you.
Release Date: 11/19/1993
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The Good: New graphical style is interesting, great new CD quality music and style, new game elements are interesting, easier than other Sonic games
The Bad: But not interesting enough, no story anywhere in sight, somewhat bland
The biggest thing you’ll notice about Sonic CD is the new style it has to it. The levels have an almost trippy psychedelic feel to them and they are much bigger than other Sonic games. Sonic CD also uses the Sega CD well by giving us CD quality music and some slight 3D elements that you see in Sonic Rush (DS). The music in SCD is wonderful and while not as happy-go-lucky as other Sonic games, it feels a lot more mature and evolved. All your favorite theme songs have been rewritten and fit the style well. Story wise SCD fails miserably because there isn’t a story…there’s something about hitting past and future signs in the levels and sometimes if you hit a secret area you’ll go either in the future or the past I don’t really know what’s going on there. To me, Sonic CD doesn’t feel as good as Sonic 2 but the new style and approach may be for you but it wasn’t for me.
Developer: Data East
Release Date: 11/3/1994
Also Available On: Sega CD Exclusive
The Good: Cute visuals, funny animations
The Bad: This is “point and click the button” not a game, only for kids
When I saw Panic! I saw the cute and catchy visuals and I instantly thought WarioWare! NOT! This is far from that game. You are a kid who has to save the world from a deadly computer virus…yeah what? There’s no story, and no point to this game…there aren’t even levels! You just click various on-screen buttons and see what it does to the back drop. If you click the right one you’ll warp to another pointless backdrop. The animations are funny but it’s not worth sitting there…it’s very boring. If you have an SCD and your kid is bugging you to play it pick up Panic! for them.