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EA - For 3DO
Shock Wave
Flight Sim | CD
Release: June 1994
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Throughout its rather long development, Shock Wave was categorized by Electronic Arts as an "interactive movie." Having endured more than our fair share of FMV during the early days of the SEGA-CD, our reviewers met this idea with skepticism. But fret not 3DO fans! Shock Wave is, in fact, a game! You steer a prototype, 21st-century space fighter from a first-person view, blasting apart baddies Star Fox-style. Fly over 3-D rendered landscapes, avoid enemy blasts, and stop those aliens! The FMV is not too distracting, either. Controls are not the most intuitive, but aside from that we were overall delighted.


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EA - For 3DO
Syndicate
Strategy | CD
Release: June 1994
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EA hits 3DO once again with Syndicate, a welcome port of an exhilarating action-strategy title originally available for PC DOS and Amiga. This game is set in a worn-down cyberhacker world rife with crime and corporate malfeasance. Not too unlike Shadowrun on SNES, Syndicate is viewed from an isometric angle and grants players an assortment of missions to learn more about this mixed-up society. EA boasts of this disc's high-definition graphics and the vast complexity of its gameplay. This marketing lingo is code for a great gaming experience, and we say it's about accurate. Mature audiences only, folks.


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Universal - For 3DO
Jurassic Park
Action | CD
Release: May 1994
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Look out behind you! There's a Tyrannosaurus breathing down your neck! Dare to take on the extinct come-again in Universal Interactive Studios' Jurassic Park, a 3DO exclusive project and, in our view, the best depiction of these dinos yet on console. It's actually tough to compare this to the Jurassic offerings on Genesis and SNES. This disc ain't no platformer, nor is it some odd-ball dungeon crawler. Your objective is to save all five characters, doing so in a mishmash of mini games and more grandiose action segments. Excellent graphics on the whole and a true shake-up of your standard gameplay elements. We recommend it!


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Psygnosis - For 3DO
Microcosm
3-D Shooter | CD
Release: Apr 1994
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Psygnosis, the British game developers best known for bestowing Lemmings upon the Earth, are back with Microcosm on 3DO. Originally a FM Towns computer game, Microcosm has since been ported to the SEGA-CD and 3DO with an Amiga CD32 version on the way. This title is a 3-D shooter that takes place entirely within a human body. The player's ship stays on-rails for the duration of the game, a side effect of using computerized FMV backgrounds, so just fly, aim and shoot! Decent tunes and FMV, but the gameplay turns stale within minutes. Maybe worth a weekend rental.


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CD - For 3DO
The Horde
Act-Strategy | CD
Release: Apr 1994
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From the makers of Total Eclipse and Crash 'n' Burn is a whole new strategic adventure with a loony type of humor. The Horde opens with an FMV sequence to establish the light-hearted Medieval setting just before tossing you to the Shimto Plains. Build-up a feudal township and establish various defenses before the game suddenly shifts to the attack of the Horde! Now the player character appears on-screen, and you fight off the Horde on your own! Holy Whiplash! Once you get used to its oddity, The Horde is very enjoyable and rather addictive. CD does it again, and very much so in spades.


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CD - For 3DO
Total Eclipse
3-D Shooter | CD
Release: Mar 1994
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Crystal Dynamics claims Total Eclipse is a video game you can feel, "barrel-rolling through the atmosphere," at 24 (!) frames p/s. Our team tends to agree! This spacefighter combat simulator really demonstrates the power of 32-Bit. Hurtling into lava-filled canyons and dark tunnels was never so fun and re-playable! The player must shoot blimps and energy cannisters, strike down an alien swarm, and avoid environmental obstacles too. Total Eclipse features excellent lighting effects and detailed textures, making for a superior graphical showpiece to the Jag. Difficult as heck, but worthy of this advanced hardware.


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Virgin- For 3DO
Night Trap
Action-Puzzle | CD
Release: Jan 1994
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Congressmen beware! It's the stuff of nightmares! Night Trap, an FMV action title originally released on Sega-CD, has launched on 3DO consoles worldwide. The good news is that the 3DO iteration is superior in a thousand ways to its Sega relative, from a crisper, full-screen picture to tighter play control. Your objective is to monitor security cameras to protect Kelly and her teenage cohorts from the slithery Augers. While viewing a camera's feed, spring traps on the Augers to lock them away, then -quick!- move to the next feed. It's nothing special in '94 and the gimmick ages fast. Way overrated.


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Interplay - For 3DO
BattleChess
Chess | CD
Release: Dec 1993
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Tired of watching lifeless, boring rounds of chess? Battlechess is a change of pace - well, more or less. This title has been a long-time favorite of computer players, and now you can check out an updated iteration of the game on 3DO consoles. Interplay's entry to the 32-Bitter brings top notch graphics, color and dramatic scenes, and a plethora of animations to the forefront. The fun of Battlechess boils down to observing the interactivity of the various pieces as they come in conflict with one another. It's a dazzling show accompanied by a tough-as-nails computer player. With all that said, the core game remains simple chess.


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CryDyn - For 3DO
Crash 'N' Burn
Racing | CD
Release: Oct 1993
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Buckle-in and prepare to zoom down the track in this premier title available to the 3DO REAL Multiplayer at launch. Crystal Dynamics' high-speed racing game has some spectacular graphics in tow, including realistic 3-D horizons with long-range viewing distance that puts Super Off Road to shame. Each race is exhilarating and a touch dangerous, and afterward the player can purchase new gear and weaponry. We especially enjoyed the Hellfire Rotogun! Game controls are not as tight as we hoped and unlike F-Zero there's no chance of drifting off-road. The music also kind of stinks. Looking forward to an improved (theoretical) Crash 2!


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