Alien Storm (Mega Drive)
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- For other versions of this game, see Alien Storm.
|System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Steam, Nintendo Switch Online|
|Developer: Sega CS|
|Original system(s): Sega System 18|
|Sound driver: SMPS Z80|
|Number of players: 1-2|
A homicidal alien race is invading Earth, and the only thing that stands between them and world domination are a special forces team known as the "Alien Busters."
The game is a beat-'em-up and plays virtually identically to the arcade version of Alien Storm. It mixes brawler gameplay with first-person shooting sections. Characters walk with and and move backwards and forwards in the plane with and . They roll with , which passes through enemies. They run with or , which can also pass through enemies if the player continues to hold in the direction of the run. Characters jump by pressing while running.
Characters fire their weapons with , which can be pressed repeatedly in quick succession for a chain attack. Rapid-fire can be enabled in the options before starting the game. Weapons consume a small amount of energy. When characters run out of energy, their regular attacks are replaced with weaker melee attacks. Attacking while running or dashing consumes no energy. Characters can perform an overhead attack while jumping. Each character also has a special attack that damages all enemies on screen with , but this attack consumes a large amount of energy.
Energy can be restored by collecting items. Health restoring items are very sparse and given out randomly during first person sections.
The game supports two-player simultaneous play. This version also features two additional modes: The Duel, similar to the mode of the same name seen on Golden Axe, where the player battles nine rounds of enemies, and a versus mode where two players can face off against each other. The Duel can only be selected if there is one controller plugged in, which means it is inaccessible on emulators or official versions that are permanently set to have two controllers plugged in (including the Steam version).
|A human male. His regular attack is the Thunder Bazooka, and his special attack is summoning a gunship.|
|A human female. Her regular attack is the Fire Blaster, and her special attack is summoning a ballistic missile.|
|A robot. His regular attack is the electric Whip, and his special attack is self-destructing (and then reassembling himself).|
|Replenishes some weapon energy.|
|Replenishes some life.|
This version of the game was included in Mega Games 3 and Mega Games 6 Vol. 2. It was also re-released for the Wii's Virtual Console service in 2007 and 2008, and was also bundled as part of Sega Mega Drive Ultimate Collection for the PlayStation 3/Xbox 360.
Unlike other ports of the game, the Mega Drive version overhauls virtually all of the levels from the arcade game, while also changing graphical elements so that the game is more suited to the Mega Drive's hardware. Though the game plays almost identically (save for differing enemy placements and tweaks), it is shorter in length, and drops some audio tracks in favour of brand new ones presumably to fit the new levels. The changes are not as distinct as those found in other early arcade-to-Mega Drive conversions, namely ESWAT: City Under Siege or Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi, but they are significant enough for it to be classed as a different Alien Storm game. The Mega Drive version also changes some story elements, such as removing the characters working at a food truck named Alien Burgers.
The game is identical in all regions and not region-protected.
- Main article: Alien Storm (Mega Drive)/Production credits.
- Main article: Alien Storm (Mega Drive)/Magazine articles.
Mega Drive version
|Mega Drive, CZ (Datart)|
- Main article: Alien Storm (Mega Drive)/Technical information.
- Sega of Japan Virtual Console pages: Mega Drive
- Nintendo catalogue pages: US, UK, AU
- Alien Storm on Steam
- File:AStorm md jp cover.jpg
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|Alien Storm (Mega Drive)|
Music: Alien Storm (2020)