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Striker

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For the Sega Saturn game, see Striker '96. For the Sega Mega Drive control page, see Striker Stereo Control Pad.

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Striker
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Game Gear
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
Genre: Sports































Number of players: 1-2
Official in-game languages:
  • English
  • Français
  • Deutsch
  • Español
  • Italiano
  • Release Date RRP Code
    Sega Mega Drive
    UK
    £? 1185-50
    Sega Mega Drive
    FR
    ?F 1185-50
    Sega Mega Drive
    DE
    DM ? 1185-50
    Sega Mega Drive
    ES
    ?Ptas 1185-50
    Sega Mega Drive
    PT
    ?PTE$ MDJ1185
    Sega Mega Drive
    AU
    $69.95[2] ?



    Sega Game Gear
    UK
    £? 2551-50
    Sega Game Gear
    FR
    ?F 2551-50
    Sega Game Gear
    DE
    DM ? 2551-50
    Sega Game Gear
    ES
    ?Ptas 2551-50
    Sega Game Gear
    IT
    2551-50
    Sega Game Gear
    PT
    ? ?




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    Striker is a Sega Mega Drive and Sega Game Gear football game. It was only released in Europe.

    Confusingly it is the fourth game by Rage Software to use the Striker moniker - the original Striker was released for the Amiga in 1992 (later ported to the Amiga CD32 in 1994) and formed the basis for all Striker games to come. A second Striker was released for the Super Nintendo in 1993, being known as World Soccer '94: Road to Glory in North America, World Soccer in Japan and Eric Cantona Football Challenge in France, which was followed by World Cup Striker (released as Elite Soccer in North America) the next year. This fourth Striker was made exclusive to Sega systems as a spiritual sequel to Ultimate Soccer.

    Gameplay

    Striker takes influences from all prior football games released by Rage Software while also adding a list of features for itself. Of note is the multiple camera perspectives for the pitch and wide array of added features, including over 340 local and national teams (over five times the amount seen in Ultimate Soccer).

    Due to a lack of FIFA (or other footballing body) licensing, local teams and players have falsified-but-recognisable names (for example, Newcastle becomes "Oldcastle").

    Uniquely for the Mega Drive, Striker features multiple possible camera angles, an effect created on the Super NES through the use of its "mode 7" hardware graphics mode, but replicated here entirely in software while still retaining a 50FPS refresh rate (remembering the game was only released in PAL regions).

    Striker also includes a hidden table football game.

    History

    Development

    Sega Mega-CD and Sega 32X versions of the game were planned[3], but were never finished. Rage had plans to use the disc space to incorporate 200,000 football teams in the Mega-CD version[4] - a feat no football game developer has ever come close to matching. The 32X version was due for release in Spring 1995 and would have had "astounding" visual effects[5].

    Magazine articles

    Main article: Striker/Magazine articles.

    Promotional material

    1995 05 - Software Mega Drive.jpg

    ES Print Advert

    Physical scans

    Mega Drive version

    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Score Source
    76 №28, p44/45
    78 №10, p13
    27 №31, p88/89[1]
    81 №53, p92/93
    79 №66, p58
    84 №43, p14/15
    Sega Mega Drive
    71
    Based on
    6 reviews

    Mega Drive, EU
    Striker MD EU Box.jpg
    Cover
    Striker MD EU Cart.jpg
    Cart

    Game Gear version

    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Score Source
    74 №45, p58
    60 №56, p120
    69 №71, p58
    Sega Game Gear
    68
    Based on
    3 reviews

    Game Gear, EU
    Striker GG EU Box Front.jpg
    Cover
    Striker GG EU Cart.jpg
    Cart

    Technical information

    ROM dump status

    System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
    Sega Game Gear
     ?
    CRC32 B421C057
    MD5 BEA0F43795028285E34738C15C5DDBA9
    SHA-1 DC51ED36B12D1A943BCF79D9AB246505A190F795
    512kB Cartridge (EU)

    References