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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.
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).
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.
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.
Moriarty suggests Loadstar did the minimum to get past Sega's quality standards, and was hated by Sega's staff.
- Main article: Loadstar: The Legend of Tully Bodine/Magazine articles.
Print advert in GamePro (US) #64: "November 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
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)
- GamePro (US) #66: "January 1995" (199x-xx-xx)
- VideoGames (US) #72: "January 1995" (199x-xx-xx)
Print advert in Edge
(UK) #16: "January 1995" (1994-11-24)
also published in:
- Computer & Video Games (UK) #158: "January 1995" (1994-12-15)
|Sega Retro Average
|Consoles + (FR)
|| №40, p150
|Mean Machines Sega (UK)
|| №27, p112
|Next Generation (US)
|| №1, p98
|Player One (FR)
|| №50, p101
| Based on|
| Mega-CD, US
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 File:NextGeneration US 40.pdf, page 46
- ↑ File:NextGeneration US 01.pdf, page 16
- ↑ File:GamePro US 066.pdf, page 4
- ↑ File:VideoGames US 72.pdf, page 14
- ↑ File:CVG UK 158.pdf, page 2
- ↑ File:ConsolesPlus FR 040.pdf, page 150
- ↑ File:MeanMachinesSega27UK.pdf, page 112
- ↑ File:NextGeneration US 01.pdf, page 104
- ↑ File:PlayerOne FR 050.pdf, page 99