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True Lies
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Game Gear
Publisher:
Developer:
Peripherals supported:
Sega Mega Drive
Six Button Control Pad
Sega Game Gear
Gear-to-Gear Cable
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥7,800 T-81163
Sega Mega Drive
US
$? T-81386
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£? T81386-50
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F T81386-50
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? T81386-50
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas T81386-50
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$109.95Media:NewReleasesCatalogueApril-May1995AU.pdf[2] FTRU03SMC



Sega Game Gear
JP
¥4,800 T-81167
Sega Game Gear
US
$44.95[3] T-81318
Sega Game Gear
UK
£29.99[4] T-81318-50
Sega Game Gear
FR
?F T-81318-50
Sega Game Gear
DE
DM ? T-81318-50
Sega Game Gear
ES
?Ptas T-81318-50
Sega Game Gear
IT
T-81318-50




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True Lies (トゥルーライズ) is a Sega Mega Drive and Sega Game Gear game based on the movie with the same name starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Gameplay

Controls can be customized: The default layout is: A for fixing the viewing direction, B for shooting and C for rolling; this grants temporal invincibility. The top buttons X, Y and Z are used to switch weapons. On a three button controller the game has to be paused to switch weapons.

Harry can take multiple hits before going down; health is restored by collecting medipacks. Most stages also feature non-hostile NPCs that Harry should not attack. Harry will be penalized for every 3 causalities.

Still shots from the movie are shown between stages. It is identical to the SNES version in terms of content, but wasn't optimized to make use of the systems higher resolution. However, the six button controller is supported. The game is played from a top down view, very similar to e.g. Techno Clash and takes a mission based approach: players have to find certain objects, defeat a certain enemy or flee from a section.

With a playthrough taking more than two hours, it's extraordinarily long considering the genre and time it was released in. Gore, another uncommon feature, is also present in form of blood splats and death sequences. Progress is recorded through passwords which are given after completing a mission.

Weapons

  • Handgun (default, unlimited ammo)
  • Shotgun
  • Machinegun
  • Grenades

All weapons aside from the Handgun have limited ammo. Weapons and extra ammo are scattered throughout stages and will be reset with each new stage.

Versions

The Sega Mega Drive game rom is identical in all releases and is not region protected. Comparing the SNES and Sega Mega Drive release, the SNES version has more vivid graphics thanks to it's color palette, although the sound is a bit muffled. It appears the SNES version was the lead development version and was then ported to the Sega Mega Drive. This is indicated by the use of low resolution mode (which is the SNES's standard resolution) and color usage, with plenty of dithering used to compensate for the systems 64 colors at once limit.

Magazine articles

Main article: True Lies/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

GamePro US 069.pdf

PDF
Print advert in GamePro (US) #69: "April 1995" (1995-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #70: "May 1995" (1995-xx-xx)[5]

MAN!AC DE 1995-04.pdf

PDF
Print advert in MAN!AC (DE) #1995-04: "04/95" (1995-03-08)

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
69 №161, p70-71[6]
55 №333, p31
78 №78
79 №30, p54-57[7]
60 №6, p111
60 №52, p120
75 №16, p90/91
72 №66, p64
Sega Mega Drive
69
Based on
8 reviews

Mega Drive, US
TrueLies MD US Box.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, EU
TrueLies MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
TrueLies MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, JP
TrueLies MD JP Box.jpg
Cover
TrueLies MD JP CartTop.jpg
TrueLies MD JP Cart.jpg
Cart
Truelies md jp manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, AU
TrueLies MD AU Box.jpg
Cover
TrueLies MD AU Cart Silver.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, SE (Rental)

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
59 №36, p88/89[4]
72 №21, p92/93
Sega Game Gear
66
Based on
2 reviews

Game Gear, US
TrueLies GG US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngTrueLies GG US Box Front.jpg
Cover
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Cart
True Lies GG US Manual.pdf
Manual
Game Gear, EU
TrueLies GG EU Box Back.jpgNospine.pngTrueLies GG EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
TrueLies GG EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Game Gear, JP
TrueLies GG JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
TrueLies GG JP Cart.jpg
Cart

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
2MB 1995-02 Cartridge (US/EU/JP)
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 5173B02A
MD5 758BFE2BABA5D8B518C6F746864BB8D5
SHA-1 7EE525E68B9F3BCA2A5BDD6DE14711108DCBC288
512kB Cartridge

References


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