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Panasonic - For 3DO
Guardian War
Role-Playing | CD
Release: November 1994
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3DO owners have been clamoring for a halfway decent RPG since the console's launch date last year. The folks over at Microcabin have sought to remedy this issue with Guardian War, a quirky tactics game developed from the ground-up for 3DO. Panasonic agreed to publish this title in the U.S. - and we are thrilled they did! In this 70+ hour adventure, you control a golem tasked with saving the Powers Kingdom. Echoing Shining Force, you must use a strategic mind to conquer battle areas. Use spells and even equip different bodies to outsmart the opponent. These 3-D cinemas and battle animations are like nothing you've seen before. Killer music, too. Worth it.


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Capcom - For 3DO
Super SF2 Turbo
Fighter | CD
Release: November 1994
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Street fighting finally crawled its way to the world of 32-Bit, and it is about dang time! Capcom's translation of the hottest SF2 iteration, Super Street Fighter II Turbo, is undoubtedly the absolute best version for home consoles. This disc utilizes the superior processing power of the 3DO to ensure lightning-quick gameplay and far faster access times than any fighter for Sega-CD. The graphical display is arcade-perfect in all regards without a single compromise made to downgrade the presentation. Using the six-button controller (Sold separately, of course! -Jet) is a must. Players who risk trying this one with the dreadful squishiness of the stock joypad will be left in tears.


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ALG - For 3DO
Johnny Rock
FMV-Shooter | CD
Release: September 1994
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Johnny Rock, a famous nightclub singer, has been murdered! It's up to you to delve into this mess and crack the case wide open. Who Shot Johnny Rock? is a classic FMV shooter from American Laser Games released in arcades several years back. Set in film noir-like rendition of 1930s Chicago, players will investigate the local, criminal underworld to find out who might be the mysterious culprit. Take aim with your powerful Tommy gun (sold separately!) and take out any villains standing in your way. Survival will likely depend on memorization like other such video shooters, but luckily no need to reload here. Overall, we found this interactive experience worth renting.


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CD - For 3DO
Star Control II
Strategy-RPG | CD
Release: August 1994
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Calling all science fiction fans: Star Control II demands your attention! It is your job to learn how to remove a slave shield placed around our planet by a hostile alien race. Follow a thrilling story chock full of exploration, problem-solving, and some deadly skirmishing. This title features some superb graphical renderings and animations to accompany the engaging gameplay and expectation-defying storyline. Choose from either the standard role-playing mode or a bare-bones melee combat experience, in which one or two players can duke it out in space dogfights. Great CD-quality sound as well, despite some subpar voicework. A surefire recommended purchase.


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Naughty Dog - For 3DO
Way of the Warrior
Fighter | CD
Release: August 1994
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Way of the Warrior truly had all the ingredients for a good fighting game. As we covered in last month's CES Preview article, we felt this premier title from Naughty Dog presented astoundingly lifelike digitized graphics and fluid animation. Add in a mix of fatalities and as pure spectacle this blows away MK. Plus, you have the killer White Zombie soundtrack! Yet, gameplay is what matters most in games, and it is on this front we were let down. Controls are awfully sluggish to the point that jumping forward is a chore. Special moves are way too tough to pull off due to the stiff 3DO joypad, and the fighter roster is woefully imbalanced. 3D gore cannot make up for that!


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Tetragon - For 3DO
Gridders
3-D Puzzle | CD
Release: August 1994
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Available now on the ultra-powerful 3DO is Tetragon's rather one-dimensional Gridders. This puzzler boils down to collecting special key items by outsmarting a horde of moving cubes. Block these boxes in just the right fashion without getting squashed, then quickly skip over to the level exit! Not unlike another grid-based puzzle game, Klax, the core gameplay of Gridders could run on the Game Boy, but it still manages to use 3-D space effectively. Swapping from a far-out view to a close-up perspective transition quite well. Those repetitive rhythms were a bit rough, however. Tetris nerds itching for a brain-busting experience will adore this addictive disc.


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EA - For 3DO
Road Rash
Racing | CD
Release: July 1994
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Ah, racing as it was always meant to be. Road Rash was one of our most hyped 3DO games, and for good reason. The glorious combo of driving down a California highway while kicking competitors into the dust is fun as it ever was. On this refreshed disc of RR, EA has evolved its graphical engine to show off stunningly realistic visuals, far above even fellow 3-D marvels on 3DO. It feels like a true-to-life arcade game with a high framerate and tons of fast action. Screaming down the asphalt going 100 MPH, bashing skulls, and jamming out to Soundgarden and Paw never brings a dull moment. RR is a must-buy for system owners.


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Origin - For 3DO
Wing Commander
Flight Sim | CD
Release: May 1994
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Looking for a space-themed dogfight simulator? Super Wing Commander has you covered! SWC from Origin Systems is an exclusive to the 3DO with a array of improvements to the 1990 MS-DOS original. This disc's graphics have been thoroughly upgraded with a fully decked-out cockpit view and refined enemy ship detail. This 3DO version also adds a bit more immersion to the space combat thanks to an awesome sampling of voice clips, not to mention an introductory sequence with full speech. Wing Commander is great arcade fun packed into an engaging interactive movie. LucasArts should hire these folks!


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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: April 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
Action-Strategy | CD
Release: April 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: March 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
Interactive | CD
Release: January 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: December 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: October 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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