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Outstanding value for tremendous gameplay
on 6 August 2011
How I long for the days of programmers focusing on gameplay first with graphics as the added bonus. The problem with the consoles of today, I think, is programmers get caught up in creating lush visuals before the actual gameplay has been properly tested and sorted. This title takes us back to time when gameplay was king. All the titles on this UMD disc were classic Sega Megadrive among other platform, games. I purchased this out of a great desire to play the games I loved as a teenager, Desert Strike & Jungle Strike.
I read the other reviews on Amazon and prepared myself for a disappointment. How could games written 20 years ago stand up to todays amazing offerings? Through addictive gameplay, well structured levels and great fun graphics. Just focusing on Desert Strike alone. For those of you who don't know. You pilot an Apache back in the Gulf, this game came out not long after the first Gulf War. All your missions take place on the coast and involve you planning your missions carefully. You may have to rescue UN staff from their embassy or attack a Madmans yacht. None of these things are simple tasks and you have to plan who your co-pilot is, how your going to approach the target, what weapons to use and what route you'll use to get out. Its outstanding stuff.
Let me compare it to a similar title released in 2006, Super Hind. This is a very similar game, you pilot a Hind chopper on missions over land and sea, the graphics are brilliant but there's just no heart to it. You don't fully engage, because in my opinion the designers spent more time on the looks and nowhere near enough on the gameplay.
In short, if you have a PSP, buy this game. Just for Desert Strike, it really is that worth it. But dont expect wonderful graphics, approach it as a history lesson as to how things used to be. These games shaped the titles that sell so well today, before programmers forgot about making sure the game was fun and engaging before they wrapped it in beautiful graphics. Buy this game and develop a greater understanding of the world we live in today, don't get sucked in by how things look, what does that matter? Its whats underneath that counts....
And I've not even spoken about Jungle Strike, Road Rash 1-3, Wing Commander, BOB, Mutant League Football.....