Full-motion video games are a staple of any Sega CD library. Heck, you seemingly can’t own the add-on without having at least one in your library. Back when Sega was betting the farm on the genre, its TruVideo line was producing titles on a regular basis. Some were decent (Wirehead), and some were Surgical Strike. I know you can’t believe we found another bad FMV game, but at least try to feign surprise. For us, please?
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Accolade took the superb game that was Turrican II and dressed it up to tie in with the film release of the Van Damme vehicle Universal Soldier. The result was a hodgepodge of good and bad moments, but the game’s true heritage manages to shine through long enough to actually overcome the questionable licensing. If you’re a fan of the Turrican series (and you should be), you need to play this one, especially if you haven’t played Turrican II in its unaltered, awesome original form.
It’s time to fly into the danger zone! Sega’s Tomcat Alley takes the full throttle action of jet fighters and mixes it with… full-motion video? Yep, and suprisingly, it isn’t all that bad. In fact, Tomcat Alley is, dare I say it, enjoyable.
When you think full-motion video games, only one piece of hardware comes to mind: the Sega CD. It boasts perhaps the largest selection of FMV titles, and not all of them are as bad as their reputation would have you believe. Some are actually pretty fun, even funny. Take Wirehead, for example. Cheesy and full of groan-inducing moments, it’s humorous enough to keep you engaged until the end.
Accolade brought the Amiga run-‘n-gun classic Turrican to the Genesis in 1991, sporting a great box cover by famed sci-fi and fantasy artist Boris Vallejo. Many Genesis gamers took the game at face value, unfamiliar with the decidedly different style of action game they were about to play. The result left a bad taste in the mouths of many, something that would remain until Factor 5’s stellar Mega Turrican arrived a few years later.