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Universal Soldier

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Universal Soldier
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Ballistic
Developer:
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$54.95[1] ACLD011
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£34.99[2] ACLD011
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F ACLD011
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? ACLD011
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas ACLD011




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Universal Soldier is an action game released for the Sega Mega Drive in 1992. It is an interesting creation, as it is essentially a reworking of Factor 5's Turrican II with branding from the 1992 Universal Soldier film. Though the game was sold in stores, it was not licensed by Sega.

The game gives no credit to the original Turrican II staff in any form.

Gameplay

Universal Soldier replaces the three shoot 'em up levels in Turrican II with three new levels of standard gameplay with completely different sets of graphics and using the same music the discarded levels had. Aside from that and a reordered sequence of the levels, the gameplay in the whole game is left mostly intact. New additions compared to the original also include a password system and selectable difficulty. A couple of bosses were edited to resemble the antagonist in the film, Sergeant Andrew Scott (portrayed by Dolph Lundgren).

A is for shooting, B as well as Up are for jumping and C is for the screen covering line attack. Unlike the Amiga original, the lines cover the whole screen. Pushing all three buttons together launches a very devastating screen filling attack, which is limited to one use per stage. Pushing B while crouching transforms the player into an invincible spiked ball.

History

Legacy

Ports were later made to the Game Boy and SNES, though the latter was not released officially.

Magazine articles

Main article: Universal Soldier/Magazine articles.

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
95 №15, p102/103
65 №42, p60[1]
41 №14
43 №33, p164
60 №5, p56/57/58/59
68 №4, p46/47[4]
60 №12, p62/63/64
47 №4, p60-62[5]
91 №38, p44/45
89 №14, p36/37
89 №18, p68
88 №2, p16/17/18
63 №13, p68/69[6]
Sega Mega Drive
69
Based on
13 reviews

Mega Drive, US
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Cover
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Cart
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Manual

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