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Primal Rage
Publisher:
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Game Gear
Time Warner Interactive
Sega 32X
Sega
Sega Saturn
Time Warner Interactive (US/EU), Game Bank (JP)
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega 32X, Sega Game Gear, Sega Saturn
Original system(s): Arcade Boards
Sound driver: Probe/Andy Brock
Peripherals supported:
Sega 32X
Sega Mega Drive
Six Button Control Pad
Sega Game Gear
Gear-to-Gear Cable
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$? T-48426
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£? T-48426-50
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F T-48426-50
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? T-48426-50
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas T-48426-50
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? FPRI07SMC
Sega Mega Drive
BR
R$? 047130



Sega Saturn
JP
¥5,800 T-18614G
Sega Saturn
US
$? T-4802H
301108-0120
Sega Saturn
UK
£? T-4802H-50
Sega Saturn
FR
?F T-4802H-50
Sega Saturn
DE
DM ? T-4802H-50
Sega Saturn
ES
?Ptas T-4802H-50



Sega Game Gear
US
$29.99[4] T-48218
Sega Game Gear
UK
£29.99[5] T-48218-50
Sega Game Gear
FR
?F T-48218-50
Sega Game Gear
DE
DM ? T-48218-50
Sega Game Gear
ES
?Ptas T-48218-50



Sega 32X
US
$69.99[6] 84705
Sega 32X
UK
£44.99 MK-84705
Sega 32X
FR
?F MK-84705
Sega 32X
DE
DM ? MK-84705
Sega 32X
ES
?Ptas MK-84705



Primal Rage (プライマルレイジ) is a 1994 arcade fighting game by Atari Games. The following year the game saw ports to the Sega Mega Drive, Sega 32X, Sega Game Gear and Sega Saturn, amongst other platforms, developed by Probe Entertainment and published by Time Warner Interactive, with the exception of the 32X version which, like T-MEK, was strangely published by Sega instead.

The Japanese Saturn release is notable for being the only port of that time to be released under the Midway name, as Time Warner Interactive was absorbed into Midway's home division a few years prior. Said version removes any mention of TWI outright.

A Sega Mega-CD 32X version was planned, but cancelled.

Story

A Meteor strikes the Earth and causes the continents to shift into the shape of a dinosaur skull breathing fire in an event known as the "Great Cataclysm". Sleeping giants of long ago are awakened from their slumber by these events and become gods for humanity to worship. With old Earth in ruins, humanity now sides with one of six gods and one goddess. From the ruins of old Earth comes the birth of New Urth. (that is indeed the correct spelling for this word in game: Urth.) Now, five dinosaur gods and two great ape gods fight to rule the New Urth. Conquering the others' lands in the total conquest for world domination.

Gameplay

Characters

Sauron
Talon
Vertigo
Blizzard
Chaos
Armadon
Diablo

History

Release

Home console versions of Primal Rage debuted on the 25th August 1995 in the US (backed by an $8 million USD marketing budget)[1] and Europe; dubbed "Primal Rage Day" by publishers Time Warner Interactive. Across all platforms (Mega Drive, Game Gear, Super NES, Game Boy and PC), 1 million copies were sold worldwide on launch day[7], with higher-end machines (including the 32X and Saturn) having to wait until November 14 for their launches[1].

For subscribers of the US Sega Channel, as a "limited" version of Primal Rage was made available between the 1st and 24th of August, with the full game being made available for 24 hours on the 25th. On the 26th, a different build of the game was put up, which if completed would present players with an 800 number which could lead to players receiving prizes [7]. 24% of subscribers took part in the event[7].

Versions

Mega Drive version

The Mega Drive version of Primal Rage was handled by Probe Entertainment, who had previously produced similar conversions of Mortal Kombat II for home consoles (including the Mega Drive). It is based on version 1.9 of the arcade game.

While Primal Rage on the Mega Drive retains all of the moves from the arcade version (albeit sometimes in slightly altered forms), in order to fit the game onto a 32 megabit (4MB) cartridge, the number of frames of animation were cut drastically. Sauron for example went from 943 frames in total, to around 180[8].

Saturn version

On the Saturn, Primal Rage is far closer to its arcade counterpart, but still makes sacrifices to better suit the hardware. Some frames of animation are missing, as are certain sound effects, and differences in horizontal screen resolution result in slight changes to sprite sizes (the arcade has an internal resolution of 336x240, while the Saturn version opts for 352x240). The Saturn version (as well as its PlayStation counterpart) add a full motion video introductory sequence.


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Mega Drive version

  • Limitations and Changes
The Mega Drive port isn't one of the better ports of the game. While most of the combos from Arcade version 2.3 were carried over, the port is more based upon the older Arcade versions 1.9 or 1.7. This means each character has only two fatalities since the 2.3 fatalities aren't there. Attacks exclusive to version 2.3 were also not included. Also, Talon's Shredder Fatality does what it did in the older versions of the Arcade game. Rather than leaving the opponent standing all mangled and cut up like in Arcade version 2.3, blood just flies everywhere like in the older Arcade versions 1.7 or 1.9. The sprites were scaled to fit the limitations of the Mega Drive hardware, which is often met by harsh criticism. The Color Palletes are also limited as well. Combos work much like that of the 2.3 version but there are some differences. Diablo's Fireball fatality is different than his Arcade rendition. Instead of firing a gigantic but pixelated fireball at his opponent like in the arcade, Diablo fires three small fireballs at the opponent and they spin around the opponent frying them.
  • Exclusive Features and Easter Eggs
Although the Mega Drive port had it's problems, it had some exclusive features and an exclusive Easter Egg. The main exclusive feature was to be able to customize the six button controller in options to allow two of the buttons to use one of the character's special attacks. There are three special attacks for each character available on the options to choose from but the player can only play with two at a time on the six button controller. The Easter Egg exclusive to the Mega Drive version involved going to the cheat menu and selecting the option "Okay Right?", then selecting Diablo to play as. Diablo's worshipers would be replaced by a devil with a picture of one of the developer's heads on it. The devil will bounce up and down at the end of the battle regardless if Diablo wins or not.
  • Controversy
The Mega Drive version was also controversial. There were reports of the game being removed from the shelves of some stores after a mother caught her 11 year old son playing Primal Rage and executing Chaos' Golden Shower Fatality (which is where Chaos urinates on the opponent with urine so acidic that it melts away the opponent's flesh leaving only the bones.) The mother was so disgusted by this that she not only returned the game but launched a "grass roots" campaign that caused the game to be removed from some stores at various locations, regardless of what system it was on. Even the SNES version which had this fatality censored on it was also removed from store shelves.

Game Gear version

  • Limitations and Changes
The game had to be severely watered down in order to be successfully ported. Only some of the moves and combos are present. Each character has only one fatality and Vertigo was excluded from this port. Most of the changes for this port are identical to those of the Game Boy Version of Primal Rage. However, unlike the Game Boy version of Primal Rage which had Golden Shower replaced with a new acidic puking fatality for Chaos, the Game Gear version still had Golden Shower in it. In addition to that, the Game Gear version was in color (albeit less colorful than some of the other versions though.).

32X version

  • Enhancements Over the Mega Drive version
The Sega 32X version is identical to the Mega Drive version aside from better sprite scaling, a more vibrant color pallete, higher quality sound effects with some extra sound channels for a few of the music tracks, and the odd removal of the "Okay Right?" cheat in the cheat menu.

Saturn version

  • Exclusive Features and Issues
The Sega Saturn port is actually nearly the same as the PlayStation port except that it has some exclusive features. The Saturn version featured not only the opening cutscene seen in the PlayStation version but also extra introductory cutscenes for each character. The Character endings are also replaced with FMV's by default. There is an option in the Options menu that turns the FMV's off and makes the game act like other ports. Complete with the Arcade Endings. However, it does not display combo names like the PlayStation version does. It also suffers from long loading times. However, most of the problems relating to music and loading present in the PlayStation version were fixed in the Saturn version and the disc features Redbook audio. (the PlayStation version does as well but the redbook can be rather glitchy at times.) Animations actually work properly and move much faster than the PlayStation port. However, like the PlayStation version, Blizzard's death and win sounds are switched. Some of the sound effects are also missing. The AI is also much closer to the arcade version 2.3. During the final battle, the opponent's skeletons don't stay on the ground after dying for some reason.
  • Prototype Dump
drx of hidden-palace.org released an alpha build of the Sega Saturn port of Primal Rage in May 2010.

Production credits

Game Gear version

  • Original Coin Op Development
    • Producer and Programmer: Dennis Harper
    • Programmer Designer: Frank Kuan
    • Art Director: Jason Leong
    • Game Designer: J. Cameron Petty
    • Audio Designer: Jeanne Parson
    • Associate Producer: Steve Riesenberger
  • Consumer Development
    • Senior Producer: Ken Humphries
    • Associate Producer: Thomas MacDevitt
    • TWI Testers: Rob Boone, Kevin Filson, Mike Kruse, John Arvay Jr.
  • Programmer: Cameron Sheppard
  • Artist: Terry Ford
  • Musician: Andy Brock
  • QA Manager: Gary Patino
  • Testers: Nick McGee, Mike Movell, Mark Viccary, James Brown, Cliff Ramsey
  • Producer: Robert O'Farrell
  • Assistant Producers: James Stewart, Tim Bradstock
  • Thanks to: Balor Knight, Keith Burkhill

32X version

Source: In-game credits
  • Original Coin-Op Development
    • Producer/Programmer: Dennis Harper
    • Programmer/Designer: Frank Kuan
    • Art Director: Jason Leong
    • Game Designer: J. Cameron Petty
    • Audio Designer: Jeanne Parson
    • Associate Producer: Steve Riesenberger
  • Consumer Development
    • Senior Producer: Ken Humphries
    • Associate Producer: Tom MacDevitt
    • Testers: Rob Boone, Kevin Filson, Mike Kruse, John Arvay Jr., Brian Fritts
Source: US ManualMedia:Primalrage_32x_us_manual.pdf[9]
  • Test Manager: Curtis Soldano
  • Product Marketing
    • Manager: John Golden
    • Manual: Jon Mongelluzzo
    • Special Thanks: John Fisher and Derryl DePriest
  • Probe Entertainment
  • Producer: Robert O'Farrell
  • Assistant Producers: James Stewart, Tim Bradstock
  • Programmer: Cameron Sheppard
  • Artist: Terry Ford
  • Musician: Andy Brock
  • QA Manager: Gary Patino
  • Testers: Nick McGee, Mike Movell, Mark Viccary, James Brown, Cliff Ramsey
  • Special Thanks: Ralor Knight and Keith Burkhill


  • Sega Special Thanks To: Steve Ackrich, Joy Sneer, Jane Chaney, J. Tony Smith, Brian Paw, Steve Goodale, Jeff Gregg, Earl Malit, Curtis Clarkson

Magazine articles

Main article: Primal Rage/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

GamePlayers US 0807.pdfGamePlayers US 0807.pdf

PDF
Print advert in














Game Players (US) Vol. 8 No. 7 "July 1995" (1995-xx-xx)
also published in:













  • GamePro (US) #73: "August 1995" (1995-xx-xx)[10]













  • VideoGames (US) #79: "August 1995" (1995-xx-xx)[11]

EGM2 US 15.pdf

PDF
Print advert in














EGM² (US) #15: "September 1995" (1995-xx-xx)
also published in:













  • VideoGames (US) #81: "October 1995" (1995-09-19)[12]













  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #75: "October 1995" (1995-xx-xx)[13]













  • VideoGames (US) #82: "November 1995" (1995-10-24)[14]

PlayerOne FR 057.pdf

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Player One (FR) #57: "Octobre 1995" (1995-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
76 №48, p158
83
62
82 №33, p46/47
81 №46, p77[15]
68
90 №36, p78-80[16]
73 №57, p126[17]
84 №22, p90/91
91 №70, p42-44
79 №50, p50/51
Sega Mega Drive
79
Based on
11 reviews

Mega Drive, US
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Primal Rage MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
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Cover
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Cart
Mega Drive, BR
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Cover
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Cart
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Manual
Mega Drive, AU
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Cover
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Cart
Primal Rage Megadrive AU Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, AU (bundle)
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Primal Rage

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
79
76
86 №46, p77[15]
83 №36, p84/85[5]
88 №22, p96/97
82 №51, p66
Sega Game Gear
82
Based on
6 reviews

Game Gear, US
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Cover
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Cart
Primal Rage GG US Manual.pdf
Manual
Game Gear, EU
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Cover
PrimalRage GG EU Cart.jpg
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32X version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
83
68
80 №41, p86/87[18]
79 №78, p54/55
72 №57, p24Media:SegaPro UK 57.pdf[19]
Sega 32X
76
Based on
5 reviews

32X, US
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Cover
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Cart
Primalrage 32x us manual.pdf
Manual
32X, EU
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Cover

Saturn version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
48 №485, p35
50
66
79 №47, p84/85[20]
60 №10, p76/77[21]
50 №1998-10, p193[22]
Sega Saturn
59
Based on
6 reviews

Saturn, US
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Cover
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Disc
Primalrage sat us manual.pdf
Manual
Saturn, EU
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Cover
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Disc
PrimalRageSaturnEUManual5L.pdf
Manual
Saturn, JP
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Cover

References