Before Genesis gamers had the chance to be disappointed by the plodding and frustrating gameplay of Heavy Nova, Micronet unleashed the game to Japanese Mega CD owners. As one would imagine, it was the same bad game embellished with a CD soundtrack, giving importers very little reason to trade up from their cartridge version. Heavy Nova is bad, no matter on what format it appears.
Want to conquer the world? Ever have a desire to be master of all you survey? Well, then we’ve got a game for you! Micronet’s sequel to Warrior of Rome fixes a lot of what was wrong with the original game and makes total domination easier than before. There are still some issues with difficulty, but it’s well worth playing and a great addition to any Genesis library.
Strategy games, while popular on PCs, went under a lot of gamer’s radars during the 16-bit era. With releases like Warrior of Rome, it’s easy to see why. Vague objectives and a dragging pace are just some of the problems plaguing this early title, and if war were actually like this, Caesar would never have left Italy.
On-rails FMV shooters pop up every now and then, but the only difference between them is usually the quality of the video. As consoles progess in power and features, this particular genre never really seems to go anywhere. Perhaps that’s why they’re still not a lot of fun to play, even after so many years. Take Absolute Entertainment’s A/X-101 for the Sega CD, for instance. Grainy video, dull enemies, and some bland gameplay are everything you’d expect going in, and at least in this regard, the game doesn’t disappoint. Too bad that’s the only expectation it will ever meet. Read our full review and then go play some Android Assault to make the hurt go away.
The thought of upgradable robots battling to the death should have been a recipe for pure win. In reality, Heavy Nova was a slow, plodding game that took some serious patience to love. Unfortunately, most gamers haven’t been that devoted, and Heavy Nova is sort of overlooked today.