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Loadstar: The Legend of Tully Bodine

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Loadstar: The Legend of Tully Bodine
System(s): Sega Mega-CD
Publisher: Rocket Science Games
Developer:
Genre: Shooting































Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega-CD
US
$? T-153015
Sega Mega-CD
BR
R$69.99 063486




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Loadstar: The Legend of Tully Bodine is a Sega Mega-CD full motion video rail shoot-'em-up game. It was only released in North America.

Gameplay

Loadstar borrows a similar gameplay style from the earlier Mega-CD game, Sewer Shark - quite literally "on rails", the player takes the roll of Tully Bodine, piloting his ship called the "Loadstar" to various destinations. Gameplay consists of turning left or right at junctions, and occasionally moving a crosshair to shoot down nearby enemies.

If the player does not crash and is not destroyed, Loadstar takes roughly 50 minutes to complete (including FMV sequences).

History

Development

Having invested in Rocket Science Games, Sega demanded that Loadstar was released on the Mega-CD first, despite the console's shortcomings when it came to rendering FMV footage[1].

Through the eyes of senior developer Brian Moriarty, many of the staff being Loadstar were attempting to use the project to better their chances of getting into film production for Hollywood. Very few were knowledgeable when it came to video games, to the point where CEO Steve Blank would not even let his children play video games at the time[1].

Moriarty suggests Loadstar did the minimum to get past Sega's quality standards, and was hated by Sega's staff[1].

Magazine articles

Main article: Loadstar: The Legend of Tully Bodine/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

GamePro US 064.pdf

PDF
Print advert in GamePro (US) #64: "November 1994" (1994-xx-xx)

EGM US 065.pdfEGM US 065.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #65: "December 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Next Generation (US) #1: "Premiere Issue 1995" (1994-12-08)[2]
  • GamePro (US) #66: "January 1995" (199x-xx-xx)[3]
  • VideoGames (US) #72: "January 1995" (199x-xx-xx)[4]

Edge UK 016.pdfEdge UK 016.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Edge (UK) #16: "January 1995" (1994-11-24)
also published in:
  • Computer & Video Games (UK) #158: "January 1995" (1994-12-15)[5]

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
83 №40, p150[6]
39 №27, p112[7]
40 №1, p98[8]
40 №50, p101[9]
Sega Mega-CD
51
Based on
4 reviews

Mega-CD, US
Loadstar MCD US Box Back.jpgLoadstar MCD US Box Front.jpg
Cover
Loadstar mcd us disc.jpg
Disc
Loadstar mcd us manual.pdf
Manual
Mega-CD, BR
Loadstar MCD BR Box Back.jpgNospine.pngLoadstar MCD BR Box Front.jpg
Cover

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega-CD
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
657,678,000 CD (BR) 063486

References