Thunderhawk II

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Thunderhawk II
System(s): Sega Saturn
Publisher: Core Design (Europe), U.S. Gold (US), Victor Entertainment (Japan)
Developer:
Sound driver: SCSP/CD-DA (43 tracks)
Peripherals supported: Mission Stick, Saturn Backup Memory
Genre: Shooting[1][2]

















Number of players: 1
Official in-game languages:
  • English
  • Français
  • Deutsch
  • 日本語
  • Release Date RRP Code
    Sega Saturn
    JP
    ¥5,8005,800 T-6006G
    Sega Rating: All Ages
    Sega Saturn
    US
    $59.9959.99[5][6] T-7902H
    ESRB: Kids to Adults
    Sega Saturn
    EU
    T-11501H-50
    ELSPA: 3+ OK
    Sega Saturn
    DE
    T-11501H-18
    USK: 16
    Sega Saturn
    PT
    STJ348X
    Sega Saturn
    UK
    £44.9944.99[7][8] T-11501H-50
    ELSPA: 3+ OK
    Sega Saturn
    PL
    201zł201
    Sega Saturn
    AU
    FTHU07SSC
    OFLC: G8
    Sega Saturn
    BR
    193366
    Non-Sega versions

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    Thunderhawk II (サンダーホーク II) is a helicopter shoot-'em-up game developed and published by Core Design. It is the sequel to the Sega Mega-CD game Thunderhawk.

    Gameplay

    Similar to other combat flight simulators, you pilot a AH-73M Thunderhawk through a variety of missions spread across the world. Like its predecessor, the game takes a first person perspective of the action, but unlike its predecessor, the world is presented in full real-time 3D.

    History

    Development

    The game was developed with the Sega Saturn in mind[8], and was later ported to the Sony PlayStation and Windows PCs. Initial plans were to release Thunderhawk II on the Sega 32X, but work was transferred over to the Saturn after the 32X's demise.

    Versions

    Localised names

    Also known as
    Language Localised Name English Translation
    English (US) Thunderstrike 2 Thunderstrike 2
    Japanese サンダーホーク II Thunderhawk II
    English (Europe) Firestorm: Thunderhawk 2 Firestorm: Thunderhawk 2
    German Thunderhawk 2: Firestorm Thunderhawk 2: Firestorm

    Thunderhawk II goes by several names in different regions of the world. It is known as Thunderstrike 2 in North and South America, and it is known as Firestorm: Thunderhawk 2 in Europe. Germany, however, call it Thunderhawk 2: Firestorm.

    Production credits

    • Lead Programmer: Mark 'Mac' Avory
    • Production Design and Graphics: Roberto Cirillo
    • Additional Programming: Andrew 'Dude' Howe, David Long
    • Music & Sound Effects: Martin Iveson
    • Production Co-ordination: Adrian Smith, Troy Horton
    • Executive Producer: Jeremy Smith
    Source:
    In-game credits
    Thunderhawk II Saturn credits.pdf
    [10]

    Magazine articles

    Main article: Thunderhawk II/Magazine articles.

    Promotional material

    Main article: Thunderhawk II/Promotional material.

    Physical scans

    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Score Source
    91
    90 №38, p60/61
    Sega Saturn
    91
    Based on
    2 reviews
    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Version Score
    CD Consoles (FR)
    100
    [11]
    Consoles + (FR)
    94
    [12]
    Computer & Video Games (UK)
    90
    [7]
    Edge (UK)
    80
    [13]
    Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
    80
    [14]
    Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
    68
    [15]
    Fun Generation (DE)
    80
    [16]
    Fusion (US) NTSC-U
    75
    [17]
    Game Players (US) NTSC-U
    87
    [6]
    GamePro (US) NTSC-U
    73
    [5]
    GamePro (UK)
    91
    [18]
    Hacker (HR)
    59
    [19]
    Hobby Consolas (ES) PAL
    92
    [20]
    MAN!AC (DE) PAL
    80
    [21]
    Maximum (UK)
    75
    [22]
    Mega Force (FR) PAL
    91
    [23]
    Mega Fun (DE) PAL
    83
    [24]
    Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
    95
    [8]
    Player One (FR)
    92
    [25]
    Saturn Fan (JP) NTSC-J
    70
    [26]
    Saturn+ (UK) PAL
    91
    [27]
    Secret Service (PL)
    85
    [28]
    Sega Power (UK) PAL
    91
    [29]
    Sega Pro (UK) PAL
    90
    [30]
    Sega Saturn Magazine (UK) PAL
    90
    [31]
    Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
    63
    [32]
    Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
    71
    [33]
    Strana Igr (RU)
    47
    [34]
    Todo Sega (ES)
    92
    [35]
    Total Saturn (UK) PAL
    89
    [36]
    Ultimate Future Games (UK) PAL
    86
    [37]
    VideoGames (US) NTSC-U
    90
    [38]
    Sega Saturn
    82
    Based on
    32 reviews

    Thunderhawk II

    Saturn, JP
    ThunderhawkII Saturn JP Box Back.jpgThunderhawk 2 Saturn JP Box Front.jpg
    Cover
    ThunderhawkII Saturn JP Spinecard.jpg
    Spinecard
    ThunderhawkII Saturn JP Disc.jpg
    Disc
    Saturn, US
    ThunderhawkII Saturn US Box Back.jpgThunderhawk 2 Saturn US Box Front.jpg
    Cover
    ThunderhawkII Saturn US Disc.jpg
    Disc
    Thunderstrike2 sat us manual.pdf
    Manual
    Saturn, EU
    ThunderhawkII Saturn EU Box.jpg
    Cover
    FirestormThunderhawk2 saturn eu cd.jpg
    Disc
    FirestormSaturnEUManual4L.pdf
    Manual
    Saturn, DE
    ThunderhawkII Saturn DE cover.jpg
    Cover
    Saturn, PT

    Saturn, AU
    ThunderhawkII Saturn AU cover.jpg
    Cover
    Saturn, BR

    Technical information

    Main article: Thunderhawk II/Technical information.

    ROM dump status

    System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
    Sega Saturn
     ?
    CRC32
    MD5
    SHA-1
    515,137,392 CD-ROM (DE) T-11501H-18 V1.000
    Sega Saturn
    CRC32
    MD5
    SHA-1
    631,486,128 CD-ROM (EU) T-11501H-50 V1.000
    Sega Saturn
    CRC32
    MD5
    SHA-1
    498,741,600 1996-01-11 CD-ROM (JP) T-6006G V1.001
    Sega Saturn
     ?
    CRC32
    MD5
    SHA-1
    509,224,464 CD-ROM (US) T-7902H V1.000

    Extra content

    This game has extra content which can be viewed when accessing the disc on a PC.

    Saturn (JP) Extra files
    Folder / File Type Size description
    README.DOC TXT 6,077 Messages from the developers.
    SMP_ABS.TXT TXT (Abstract) 35 About this game.
    SMP_BIB.TXT TXT (Bibliographiced) 33 No message
    SMP_CPY.TXT TXT (Copyright) 82 Copyright


    References

    1. File:ThunderhawkII Saturn JP Box Back.jpg
    2. 2.0 2.1 https://sega.jp/fb/segahard/ss/soft_licensee2.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-03-20 23:05)
    3. https://groups.google.com/g/rec.games.video.sega/c/l8bpCDFlGH8/m/l_qFAK05WzUJ
    4. https://groups.google.com/g/rec.games.video.sega/c/FWgUiRWEb0Q/m/C89STHQDE7UJ
    5. 5.0 5.1 GamePro, "March 1996" (US; 1996-xx-xx), page 58
    6. 6.0 6.1 Game Players, "Vol. 9 No. 2 February 1996" (US; 1996-0x-xx), page 74
    7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Computer & Video Games, "January 1996" (UK; 1995-12-10), page 52
    8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Mean Machines Sega, "January 1996" (UK; 1995-11-xx), page 19
    9. http://www.tectoy.com.br/releases/index.htm (Wayback Machine: 1998-06-25 19:48)
    10. File:Thunderhawk II Saturn credits.pdf
    11. CD Consoles, "Janvier 1996" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 38
    12. Consoles +, "Janvier 1996" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 86
    13. Edge, "February 1996" (UK; 1996-01-12), page 82
    14. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "April 1996" (US; 1996-xx-xx), page 33
    15. Famitsu, "1996-03-01" (JP; 1996-02-16), page 32
    16. Fun Generation, "01/96" (DE; 1995-12-20), page 70
    17. Fusion, "Volume 2, Number 7: February 1996" (US; 1996-0x-xx), page 67
    18. GamePro, "February 1996" (UK; 1995-12-xx), page 32
    19. Hacker, "04/1996" (HR; 1996-xx-xx), page 20
    20. Hobby Consolas, "Enero 1996" (ES; 199x-xx-xx), page 70
    21. MAN!AC, "01/96" (DE; 1995-12-06), page 54
    22. Maximum, "January 1996" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 145
    23. Mega Force, "Janvier 1996" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 80
    24. Mega Fun, "01/96" (DE; 1995-12-20), page 38
    25. Player One, "Janvier 1996" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 66
    26. Saturn Fan, "1996 No. 8" (JP; 1996-03-29), page 54
    27. Saturn+, "Christmas 1995" (UK; 1995-12-14), page 40
    28. Secret Service, "Luty 1996" (PL; 1996-02-xx), page 37
    29. Sega Power, "Christmas 1995" (UK; 1995-12-21), page 52
    30. Sega Pro, "February 1996" (UK; 1995-12-28), page 58
    31. Sega Saturn Magazine, "December 1995" (UK; 1995-11-24), page 74
    32. Sega Saturn Magazine, "1996-03 (1996-02-23)" (JP; 1996-02-09), page 219
    33. Sega Saturn Magazine, "Readers rating final data" (JP; 2000-03), page 15
    34. Strana Igr, "May/Iyun 1996" (RU; 1996-xx-xx), page 132
    35. Todo Sega, "Enero 1996" (ES; 199x-xx-xx), page 42
    36. Total Saturn, "Volume One Issue Four" (UK; 1996-12-29), page 26
    37. Ultimate Future Games, "January 1996" (UK; 1995-12-14), page 68
    38. VideoGames, "March 1996" (US; 1996-02-20), page 81


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