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G-LOC: Air Battle
Publisher: Sega,
Commodore Amiga
Amstrad CPC
Atari ST
Commodore 64
ZX Spectrum
U.S. Gold
Developer:
System(s): Sega Y Board, Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum
Genre: Shoot-'em-Up






























Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Arcade
JP
1990-04 [1] ¥?  ?
Arcade
JP (R360)
1990-11 ¥?  ?
Arcade
US
1990 $?  ?
Arcade
EU
1990 £20,000[1]  ?


Sega Game Gear
JP
¥3,500 G-3204
Sega Game Gear
US
$? 2301
Sega Game Gear
UK
£24.99[2][3] 2301
Sega Game Gear
FR
?F 2301
Sega Game Gear
DE
DM ? 2301
Sega Game Gear
ES
?Ptas 2301
Sega Game Gear
BR
R$? 012120



Sega Master System
UK
£34.99[4] 7071
Sega Master System
FR
?F 7071
Sega Master System
DE
DM ? 7071
Sega Master System
ES
?Ptas 7071
Sega Master System
BR
R$? ?
Sega Master System
KR
₩? GB2009JG



Commodore Amiga
UK
£? ?
Atari ST
UK
£? ?
Amstrad CPC
EU
€? ?
Commodore 64
UK (Cassette)
£11.99[6] ?
Commodore 64
UK (Disk)
£16.99[6] ?
ZX Spectrum
UK (Cassette)
£10.99[7] ?
ZX Spectrum
UK (Disk)
£15.99[7] ?



Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥6,800 G-4079
Sega Mega Drive
US
$49.99[8] 1120
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.99[10] 1120
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F 1120
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? 1120
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas 1120
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
AS
? 1120-40



Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console
JP
¥286 (300) ?
Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console
US
$3.99 ?
Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console
EU
€3.59 3.99 ?



G-LOC: Air Battle (G-LOC meaning "G-force induced Loss Of Consciousness") is a 1990 air combat simulator arcade game developed by Sega AM2 for the Sega Y Board hardware. It is a spiritual sequel to After Burner II, featuring similar gameplay ideas and some recycled sound effects, though has always been publicly advertised as a different game entirely. The original arcade version runs on more advanced Sega Y Board hardware, and makes heavy use of sprite scaling & rotation and pre-rendered 3D graphics, anticipating the look of early texture-mapped 3D polygons.

G-LOC is notable for being one of the first video games to offer an R360 arcade cabinet which could rotate 360 degrees on all three axes, immersing the player in the action. These versions of the game are sometimes referred to as G-LOC R360, though the gameplay itself is identical. The game was followed by Strike Fighter in 1991.

Gameplay

Like After Burner, the goal is to eliminate enemy planes, though in G-LOC there are also ground units. Also unlike games using the After Burner name, G-LOC uses a first person perspective, though it does occasionally pan out to a third person view when the player's plane is locked onto by an enemy.

History

Legacy

Though not as popular in arcades as After Burner, G-LOC was still ported to a variety of home platforms, including the Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System and Sega Game Gear. Computer ports, often going by the name G-LOC R360 were released for the Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64 and ZX Spectrum. All these versions suffer from various cutbacks due to weaker hardware, though some versions add extra features such as boss battles.

G-LOC was followed by Strike Fighter, which is extremely similar in design but ditches the time-based missions in favour of gameplay more akin to After Burner.

In Japan, the Game Gear version of G-LOC: Air Battle was brought to the Nintendo 3DS's Virtual Console service in September 2012.

Michael Jackson owned an arcade cabinet of the R360 version. It was auctioned on April 24, 2009[12].

Production credits

Arcade version

Mega Drive version

  • A Probe Software Production
  • Programmed by: Stu Gregg
  • Graphics by: Bob Stevenson
  • Produced by: Adrian Curry, Neil Young
  • Audio by: Krysalis
  • Music by: Matt Furniss
  • Additional Artwork by: Lloyd Chidgzey

Master System version

  • Planners: Yukino, Yama, Yone
  • Designers: Yukino, Yama
  • Programmers: Yone, Minegishi
  • Sound: Chikako
  • Special Thanks: Matsu Tokujoe, Yeng Joe, Sakino
  • Test Players: Matsu Tokujoe, Yeng Joe, Sakino
  • Presented by: Sega

Game Gear version

  • Planner: Jun Izy
  • Coded by: Amira.T, Enda.D, Yuichi.M
  • Design: Hfhfhf
  • Sound: Tarnya
  • Advice: K. Tany
  • Director: Asohy

Magazine articles

Main article: G-LOC: Air Battle/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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<div style="width:Expression error: Unexpected < operator.px; padding-left:2px; padding-top:9px; padding-right:2px;">Game Gear print advert in
Computer & Video Games (UK) #116: "July 1991" (1991-06-15)
also published in:
  • Computer & Video Games (UK) #117: "August 1991" (1991-07-15)[14]
  • Raze (UK) #11: "September 1991" (1991-07-25)[3]
  • Raze (UK) #12: "October 1991" (1991-08-29)[15]
</div>
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Computer & Video Games (UK) #119: "October 1991" (1991-09-15)
also published in:
  • ACE (UK) #51: "December 1991" (1991-11-08)[16]
  • Computer & Video Games (UK) #121: "December 1991" (1991-11-15)[17]
  • Computer & Video Games (UK) #123: "February 1992" (1992-01-15)[18]
</div>
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Computer & Video Games (UK) #120: "November 1991" (1991-10-15)
</div>
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Zero (UK) #33: "July 1992" (1992-06-11)
</div>
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Joystick (FR) #29: "Juillet/Août 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
</div>

Photo gallery

Actual Foto (Working model, Crimea 2015)

Artwork

Physical scans

Sega Y Board version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
86 №104, p88/89[19]
91 №82, p80/81
95 №101, p56/57[20]
99 №109, p54/55[21]
Arcade
93
Based on
4 reviews

Y Board, US
Y Board, JP

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
73 №19, p116/117[22]
54 №1, p48Media:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf[23]
65 №220, [2]
50 №19
58 №45, p48[8]
21 №5, p87[24]
75
73 №16, p70[25]
65 №35, p186[26]
56 №8, p40/41
22 №7, p38/39
69 №15, p24-27
52 №6, p68-70[27]
45 №27, p124[28]
32 №42, p40/41
80 №18, p42/43
70 №6, p44/45
75 №16, p94/95[29]
Sega Mega Drive
58
Based on
18 reviews

Mega Drive, US
G-Loc MD US Box.jpg
Cover
GLOC MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Gloc md us manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
G-Loc MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
GLOC MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, JP
G-Loc MD JP Box.jpg
Cover
GLOCAirBattle MD JP CartTop.jpg
GLOCAirBattle MD JP Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, AU

Mega Drive, Asia
GLOC MD AS Box.jpg
Cover
GLOC MD AS Cart back.jpgGLOC MD AS Cart.jpg
Cart
GLOC MD AS Manual english.jpg
Manual
GLOC MD AS Manual chinese.jpg
Chinese Manual
MD AS EpilepsyWarning.pdf
Epilepsy Warning

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
80 №151, p109/111[4]
83 №1, p135Media:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf[30]
67 №4, p30
40 №8, p118
82 №15, p128-130[31]
82 №1, p133[32]
45 №2/49
55 №28, p40
83 №4, p40[33]
82 №9, p30/31[34]
77 Sega Pro
67 №2, p38/39[35]
81 №10, p31[5]
Sega Master System
71
Based on
13 reviews

Master System, EU
G-Loc SMS EU Box.jpg
Cover
GLOC SMS EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, AU

GLOC SMS AU Cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, BR
G-Loc SMS BR Box.jpg
Cover
GLOC SMS BR Cart.jpg
Cart
G-Loc SMS BR Manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, KR
G-Loc SMS SK Box.jpg
Cover
GLOC SMS KR carttop.jpg
GLOC SMS KR cartback.jpgGLOC SMS KR cart.jpg
Cart

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
68 №48, p75[2]
77 №0, p113
75 №25, p48[36]
58 №8
52 №30, p111[37]
75 №1, p31[38]
72 №13, p132
76 №11, p54[39]
92 №3, p76/77[40]
51 №23, p39
60 №23, p61
69 №3, p19[41]
79 №9, p33[42]
Sega Game Gear
70
Based on
13 reviews

Game Gear, US
G-Loc GG US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngG-Loc GG US Box Front.jpg
Cover
G-Loc GG EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Gloc gg us manual.pdf
Manual
Game Gear, EU
G-Loc GG EU Box Back.jpgNospine.pngG-Loc GG EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
G-Loc GG EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Game Gear, JP
GLoc GG JP Box Back.jpgNospine-small.pngGLoc GG JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
Gloc gg jp cart.jpg
Cart
Game Gear, BR
GLOC GG BR Box.jpg
Cover
Glog gg br cart.jpg
Cart
Gloc gg br manual.pdf
Manual

Amiga version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
74 №34, p72
80 №10/92, p38/39
30 №29, p230[43]
76 №45, p92/93
74 №7/92, p40
Commodore Amiga
67
Based on
5 reviews

Amiga, UK
GLoc Amiga EU Box Front.jpg
Cover

Amstrad CPC version

Amstrad CPC, UK

Atari ST version

Atari ST, UK

Commodore 64 version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
35 №85, p55[44]
Commodore 64
35
Based on
1 review

Commodore 64, UK
G-Loc C64 EU Box Front.jpg
Cover

ZX Spectrum version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
74 №97, p54/55[45]
83 №121, p48/49[46]
90 №74, p10/11[7]
ZX Spectrum
82
Based on
3 reviews

ZX Spectrum, UK

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 f2af886e
MD5 59b8fcc1e0c2113d841025e7ee0d152f
SHA-1 81bb08c4080ca9a8af65597d1c7b11ce902c8d9e
1MB 1992-11 Cartridge (US/EU/JP)
Sega Mega Drive
 ?
CRC32 175c7e63
MD5 6398a354781f5872eb9e846824a1602a
SHA-1 ccbedc9d3c05e212e4e2bea6824999a3c1fd2006
1MB 1992

External links

References

  1. File:CVG UK 118.pdf, page 96
  2. 2.0 2.1 File:ACE UK 48.pdf, page 75
  3. 3.0 3.1 File:Raze UK 11.pdf, page 16
  4. 4.0 4.1 File:CVG UK 151.pdf, page 109
  5. 5.0 5.1 File:Supergame BR 10.pdf, page 31
  6. 6.0 6.1 File:Zzap64 UK 085.pdf, page 55
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 File:YourSinclair UK 74.pdf, page 10
  8. 8.0 8.1 File:GamePro US 045.pdf, page 52
  9. File:SegaVisions US 11.pdf, page 100
  10. File:SegaForce UK 16.pdf, page 95
  11. File:GamesMaster UK 002.pdf, page 16
  12. http://www.arcade-history.com/?n=r360-g-loc-air-battle&page=detail&id=12889
  13. http://www.arcade-history.com/?n=g-loc-air-battle&page=detail&id=3687
  14. File:CVG UK 117.pdf, page 30
  15. File:Raze UK 12.pdf, page 72
  16. File:ACE UK 51.pdf, page 45
  17. File:CVG UK 121.pdf, page 65
  18. File:CVG UK 123.pdf, page 108
  19. File:CVG UK 104.pdf, page 88
  20. File:SinclairUser UK 101.pdf, page 56
  21. File:SinclairUser UK 109.pdf, page 54
  22. File:ConsolesPlus FR 019.pdf, page 116
  23. File:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf, page 48
  24. File:GamesMaster UK 005.pdf, page 87
  25. File:Joypad FR 016.pdf, page 70
  26. File:Joystick FR 035.pdf, page 186
  27. File:MeanMachinesSega06UK.pdf, page 64
  28. File:PlayerOne FR 027.pdf, page 120
  29. File:SegaForce UK 16.pdf, page 94
  30. File:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf, page 135
  31. File:MeanMachines UK 15.pdf, page 130
  32. File:MeanMachinesSega01UK.pdf, page 133
  33. File:SegaPro UK 04.pdf, page 40
  34. File:SegaPro UK 09.pdf, page 30
  35. File:SegaForce UK 02.pdf, page 38
  36. File:GamePro US 025.pdf, page 66
  37. File:Generation4 FR 030.pdf, page 111
  38. File:HobbyConsolas ES 001.pdf, page 31
  39. File:Raze UK 11.pdf, page 54
  40. File:SegaForce UK 03.pdf, page 76
  41. File:SegaPro UK 03.pdf, page 19
  42. File:SegaPro UK 09.pdf, page 33
  43. File:Joystick FR 029.pdf, page 230
  44. File:Zzap64 UK 85.pdf, page 55
  45. File:Crash UK 97.pdf, page 54
  46. File:SinclairUser UK 121.pdf, page 48


Games in the After Burner Series
Arcade
After Burner (1987) | After Burner II (home computers) (1987) | G-LOC: Air Battle (1990) | Strike Fighter (1991) | Sky Target (1995) | Sega Strike Fighter (2000) | After Burner Climax (2006)
Sega Master System
After Burner (1987)
LCD handheld game
After Burner (1988)
Sega Mega-CD
After Burner III (1992)
Sega 32X
After Burner Complete (1995)
Sega Saturn
Sega Ages After Burner II (1996)
Windows PC
Sky Target (1997)
Java 2, Micro Edition (J2ME)
After Burner II (200x)
Sony PlayStation 2
Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 10: After Burner II (2004)
Sony PlayStation Portable
After Burner: Black Falcon (2007)
Xbox 360
Sony PlayStation 3
After Burner Climax (2010)
Nintendo 3DS
3D After Burner II (2013)
Google Android OS
iOS
After Burner Climax (2013)
After Burner related media
Music
Sega Game Music Vol. 3 After Burner (1987) | After Burner (1990) | Strike Fighter (1991) | Yu Suzuki Produce After Burner II (1997) | Yu Suzuki Produce G-LOC/R360/Virtua Racing (1998) | After Burner Climax Sound Track (2006) | Retro Game Anthology #5 -AFTER BURNER in DREAM- (2007) | After Burner 20th Anniversary Box (2007)
Film
After Burner (1987) | After Burner / Super Hang-On (1987)