From Sega Retro
|System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Game Gear|
|Publisher: Acclaim Entertainment|
|Developer: Probe Entertainment|
|Peripherals supported: Six Button Control Pad|
|Number of players: 1|
Judge Dredd (ジャッジ・ドレッド) is a 1995 video game by Probe Software and Acclaim based on the 1995 Judge Dredd film, which itself is based on the post-apocalyptic British comic book series of the same name. The game was released for the SNES, Sega Mega Drive, and Sega Game Gear. A PC version was released a year later which received a re-release on Steam. Unlike the movie it was based on, the video game received mostly positive reviews. The Game Gear version features much more linear levels and ends after the final fight with Rico, unlike the Mega Drive version.
Interestingly, the game continues after solving the film's synopsis with a new story arc consisting of Dark Judged.
Judge Dredd takes place in an post-apocalyptic world. The Justice Department, created by the pre-war United States government, was an agency to assist the overburdened law enforcement and judicial system to sentence the criminals on the spot. Judges can act as police officers, prosecutors, judges and, if necessary, executioners.
When the last president of the United States starts a global nuclear war, the Judges mutinise and sentence him for crimes against humanity. With the nuclear weapons annihilating billions and reducing the cities around the world to dust, the Judges become the only power in Mega City One, which is what is left of the United States of America. Ruling the city and keeping the peace with cold, machine-like adherence to the law, the Judges are uncompromising enforcers of the law, maintaining the order in an overcrowded city filled with unemployment, recycled food, criminals and soon-to-be criminals.
And even among them, there is one most respected, one most feared... His name is Dredd. He IS the Law.
The game is a typical run-and-gun game. Jumping is performed with the button, while the button fires Dredd's Lawgiver. Holding down the button without moving "locks" the gun in place, allowing Dredd to shoot in any direction. Likewise, holding down the button while moving locks the gun towards that location while moving. On a regular Control Pad, the button cycles through the types of ammo - when a Six Button Control Pad is being used, the button can be used to cycle backwards through the ammo.
Certain objects in the game can be pushed. Pressing allows Dredd to interface with computers and enter doors at the end of the levels. Double tapping or allows Dredd to run towards that direction. Holding then pressing or allows Dredd to crawl towards that direction. Ladders can be climbed by pressing or . Certain grippable surfaces can be travelled by jumping and pressing or .
When equipped with an anti-gravity belt, holding the button while using the D-pad allows Dredd to fly towards the desired location. When Dredd is very close to an enemy, pressing the button on a regular Control Pad (or the button on a Six Button Control Pad) will execute a close-quarters attack. This attack causes high damage but also leaves Dredd vulnerable to enemy's counterattack.
Sometimes, perps might surrender after taking enough damage. When this happens, the word "GUILTY" appears on the enemy. Walking over the enemy with a regular Control Pad or pressing the button on a Six Button Control Pad will arrest the suspect. This is not necessary, but arresting a perp without killing him will give more points and might even drop some power-ups. There is no penalty for killing a surrendered perp.
Judge Dredd's signature weapon, the Lawgiver, is a DNA and voice-activated handgun capable of firing multiple ammunition types.
|General Purpose (Standard Execution)|
|Weak, but fast and unlimited.|
|Heat Seeker (Hot Shot)|
|Chases down the nearest enemy and explodes.|
|Rubber-tipped bullets that bounce off hard surfaces. They cause minimal damage but can be used to force perps into surrendering. Careful though, as they can bounce back and hit Dredd.|
|Causes heavy damage to non-robotic enemies.|
|Causes heavy damage to most enemies, especially robotics.|
|Launches a short-ranged explosive that will either detonate on impact or explode after a few seconds. Effective against most enemies. The most versatile ammunition type, so it would be wise to stock up on them.|
|Ranged explosive round. Causes same damage as grenade but with better range.|
|Fires two heat-seeking rounds at the same time. (Original round developed for the movie)|
|Traps an enemy inside a rubber balloon. Most enemies can break it open after a while. Best used for trapping the souls of the Dark Judges for extra points. (Original round developed for the game)|
|Only avaiable during the fight with Rico.|
- Main article: Judge Dredd/Magazine articles.
Mega Drive version
|Sega Retro Average|
|Mega Drive, SE (Rental)|
Game Gear version
|Sega Retro Average|
|Game Gear, PT|
ROM dump status
|2MB||1993-06||One or both prototypes are corrupt.||Page|
- File:JudgeDredd GG EU back.jpg
- File:JudgeDredd MD JP Box.jpg
- https://sega.jp/history/hard/megadrive/software_l.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-07-02 23:21)
- Game Players, "Vol. 8 No. 7 July 1995" (US; 1995-xx-xx), page 66
- Sega Magazine, "June 1995" (UK; 1995-05-15), page 22
- SuperGamePower, "Outubro 1995" (BR; 1995-xx-xx), page 13
- Sega Magazine, "June 1995" (UK; 1995-05-15), page 10
- GamePro, "August 1995" (US; 1995-xx-xx), page 40
- Ultra Game Players, "October 1996" (US; 1996-09-03), page 75
- Computer & Video Games, "July 1995" (UK; 1995-06-09), page 78-80 (78)
- Fusion, "Volume 1, Number 1: August 1995" (US; 1995-xx-xx), page 76
- Mean Machines Sega, "July 1995" (UK; 1995-05-27), page 58-61 (58)
- VideoGames, "August 1995" (US; 1995-xx-xx), page 75
- Computer & Video Games, "July 1995" (UK; 1995-06-09), page 78
- Mega Fun, "07/95" (DE; 1995-06-21), page 90
- Sega Magazin, "August 1995" (DE; 1995-07-12), page 86
- Sega Power, "August 1995" (UK; 1995-06-15), page 36
- VideoGames, "August 1995" (US; 1995-xx-xx), page 90
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