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Shadow of the Beast II
Publisher:
Sega Mega Drive
Electronic Arts
Sega Mega-CD
Psygnosis, Victor Musical Industries (JP)
Developer:
Publisher(s) of original games: Psygnosis
Developer(s) of original games: Reflections Interactive
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Mega-CD
Original system(s): Amiga
Sound driver: Sound Images v1.2
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$49.95[1] 716401
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.99[3] E107SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F E107SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? E107SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas E107SMXI



Sega Mega-CD
JP
¥8,800 T-60034
Sega Mega-CD
US
$? T-113045
Sega Mega-CD
UK
£44.99[5] T-113045-50
Sega Mega-CD
FR
?F T-113045-50
Sega Mega-CD
DE
DM ? T-113045-50
Sega Mega-CD
ES
?Ptas T-113045-50



Shadow of the Beast II (シャドー・オブ・ザ・ビーストII 獣神の呪縛) is a 1992 action game by Psygnosis, originally released for the Commodore Amiga before being ported to the Sega Mega Drive and Sega Mega-CD, and also the Atari ST and FM-Towns computers. It is the sequel to the original Shadow of the Beast and the second game in the Shadow of the Beast trilogy (the third game was an Amiga exclusive, though it was also going to be released for the Mega Drive).

At the end of the first game, you manage to free yourself from a life of serving the Beast Lord, only to find your baby sister has been kidnapped by Zelek to take your place as a Beast Messenger. Infuriated, you set out to find your sister and destroy Zelek.

Gameplay

The controls are simple: A jumps, B fires, C selects a weapon to fire. A slingshot weapon replaces the punches from the first game. Items can be offered to certain characters by pausing the game, Gimmick sections from the first game have been removed. The game is now even more open-worlded and non-linear. Due to this openness, limited hints and the failed puzzles not killing the player, it's possible to get stuck easily.

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Trivia

Around a quarter of the screen of the Sega Mega Drive is covered by a black bar that serves no purpose. Reasons for this are unknow, although it can be assumed this is due to the Sega Mega Drive version running at a higher resolution than the Amiga original and the developers not compensation this.

Versions

  • The Sega Mega-CD and Sega Mega Drive version are largely different, with the Sega Mega-CD having more content, optimized graphics, slightly altered gameplay, cutscenes, extra dialogue etc. It's gener
  • Compared to the Amiga original, both versions feature a different player sprite, with the Sega Mega-CD's hero being slightly armored, and the Sega Mega Drive's hero only wearing pants.
  • For the Sega Mega Drive version, cutscenes and background graphics were removed.

Production credits

Mega Drive version

  • Original Game: Reflections
  • MegaDrive Conversion: WJS Design
  • Programming: Rob Povey
  • Music and Sound Effects: Tony Williams
  • Graphics: Lee Carus Westcott, Nicky Carus Westcott
  • Bits N Pieces: Noel Hines
  • Others Involved: Wayne Smithson, John White, Mike Simpson
  • Thanks To: Leo Skirenko, Philip Watts


Mega-CD version

  • Amiga Original: Reflections
  • Sega Conversion By: Digital Developments
  • Written By: Tim Swan, Andrew Bond
  • Graphics: Andrew Bond, Lee Doyle
  • FM Towns Graphics: Nicky and Lee Carus Westcott
  • Sound Effects: Tim Swan, Kavin Collier
  • Music: Derek Austin, Jimmy Jaketh
  • Guitar: Ray Deefholts
  • Music Produced By: Derek Austin, Bob Butterworth
  • Recorded In: Roland RSS Stereo at Boxmead Studios UK
  • Character Speech By: Tim Bentinck
  • Quality Control: Pat Russell, Paul Euason, Graeme Love
  • Story and Documentation: Nick Wild
  • Project Management: John White, Mike Simpson, Tony Parkes, Steve Cain

Copyright 1994 Psygnosis Ltd


Magazine articles

Main article: Shadow of the Beast II/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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EGM US 052.pdfEGM US 052.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #52: "November 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Game Players (US) Vol. 6 No. 12 "December 1993" (1993-xx-xx)[7]
  • GamePro (US) #54: "January 1994" (199x-xx-xx)[8]
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SegaVisions US 16.pdfSegaVisions US 16.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Sega Visions (US) #16: "December/January 1993/1994" (1993-xx-xx)

Artwork

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
76 №135, p76[3]
88 №44, p46[1]
86
85 №15
86 №34, p237[9]
60 №6, p28/29/30/31
70 №4, p56[10]
59 №13, p40/41
58 №4, p58/59[11]
82 №27, p94/95[12]
98
51 №39, p50
78 №16, p53
78 №18, p67
79 №2, p44/45
68 №14, p78/79[13]
45 №18, p75
Sega Mega Drive
73
Based on
17 reviews

Mega Drive, US
SotB2 MD US Box.jpg
Cover
SotB2 md us cart.jpg
Cart
Shadow Of The Beast II MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
SotB2 MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
SotB2 md us cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, SE (Rental)

Mega-CD version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
89 №31, p130/131[14]
34 №153, p67[15]
60 №19, p84/85
70
63
58 №21, p39
83 №10, p26/27/28
20 №4, p94[16]
70 №40, p114[17]
62 №7, p78
65 №55, p36/37
59 №32, p56/57
Sega Mega-CD
61
Based on
12 reviews

Mega-CD, US
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Cover
SotB2 MCD US Disc.jpg
Disc
Sotb2 mcd us manual.pdf
Manual
Mega-CD, EU
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Cover
SotB2 MCD EU disc.jpg
Disc
Mega-CD, JP
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Cover
ShadowoftheBeastII MCD JP Spinecard.JPG
Spinecard
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Disc

References