After being teased with some very pretty Project Y screen shots we can all now enjoy a teaser video for Project Y.
This work in progress (WIP) video gives us a very good idea of what Project Y will be like. And even though this is very early footage it is looking fantastic.
One of the first thoughts that struck me while watching was that instantly Project Y feels like it has it’s own identity. I did not feel like I was watching just another retro Beat’em-Up. Of course there are many similar elements from the genre but there is a lot that looks unique.
There are several game mechanics that really stood out in this short clip. Of course you can interact with the baddies in this game. You’re going to be punching, kicking and tossing them all over the place; but you can also interact with the other playable characters. Right at the end we see Alex grab Tug from behind and start to push him off-screen (don’t quote me on those character names).
I also noticed Tug using a fire extinguisher to spray and freeze an enemy in his tracks.
Each of the playable characters seem to be able to get some kind of power-up. I’m sure earning and saving these for key moments will help add extra strategy to the game.
And it looks like the baddies can dish it out too. I’m not sure how it happened but I saw a dude electrocute Alex. What was cool is that another baddie got caught in the cross-fire and also got zapped along with Alex. I can’t help but feel that this kind of thing will make multiple play-throughs unique experiences with such variables in the mix.
Speaking of unique, did you notice the butt-slap taunt at about 30 seconds into the video?
I personally feel the graphics look amazing! The environments feel ‘meaty’. They are full of stuff and the character sprites are very large for a Genesis/Mega Drive game. Making it look more like an arcade game from the 90’s rather than a 16-bit home game.
The music is down right intense. I love the pace and mood that it slaps on top of the visuals. Music is an important part of my gaming experience and Project Y has gotten some serious treatment in this department.
Here’s the official Project Y forum:
Thank you Watermelon! I think I speak for many of us when I say we would love to see more WIP videos of Project Y.
I remember liking Robocop Versus the Terminator back in the day even though the game felt a bit flat. I know I was drawn to it because I loved Robocop and the Terminator. What an awesome idea to put them into the same universe! I also know that for whatever reason the Japanese Mega Drive version of Robocop Versus the Terminator is crazy expensive. So I am happy to get this Genesis version complete and in Excellent Condition for $15 including shipping. Even if the Genesis cover is pretty boring… and after all these years the game is still a bit flat.
OK, I’m trying to notch up my nerd meter. The gameplay video below was played and recorded by me from an actual Sega Genesis (my original Genesis!) and not via emulation. Emulation would likely allow for a sharper image but I like the idea of using the real stuff. Moving forward I’m going to try and do my own recordings for my new additions. Which means I have setup a YouTube channel. Maybe I’ll actually review a game someday 😛
So, you might notice a few things.
One: I’m not very good at Robocop Versus the Terminator (Cain is a tough boss!!). And two: I’m slowly trying to rebrand my blog from TheSegaCollection to Retro Megabit. Even though I’ve gotten kind of fond of the name TheSegaCollection for it’s simplicity and focus I do want to add some of my other games into the mix (NES, SNES, NEO GEO Pocket, NEO GEO X, Turbo Graphics, etc). 🙂
However, I do think the Sega Master System and Sega Genesis will still remain my primary points of interest.
So far I’ve discovered that Self hosting a blog and video editing are a lot of work! But I am enjoying messing around with them. I’m just really very slow.
Robocop Versus The Terminator
Robocop Versus The Terminator Gameplay
I had also purchase a copy of Spiderman Venom Maximum Carnage but when it arrived I found that it did not work. I plugged in the cart, turned on my Genesis and I got nothing but a black screen. It actually took me a good long while before I discovered this but I emailed the ebay seller anyways and they were great. They refunded all of my money just on my word. It felt great to be believed and trusted. All I can do in return is tell you that this very nice ebay seller is: thecabinetofwonders
Did I say it was a good time to be a retro gaming fan? I’m pretty sure I did and it really is 😀
After stumbling onto the fan project Golden Axe Myth I started looking for others and it didn’t take long to find them. I’m going to do my part to get the word out there.
SorR Project by Bomber Games is a complete, ground up remake of Sega’s Streets of Rage. It combines many different elements from Streets of Rage 1, 2 and 3; including playable characters and enemies. As well as original cut scenes and eight endings. The list of features is extensive and you can find all the details at the SorR Project Blog.
Click on the Image below for Screen Shot comparisons:
Streets of Rage Compaison Screen Shots
I haven’t yet beaten Streets of Rage Remake but with 93 stages in story mode it sounds huge. I’m sure this will keep my attention for a very long time. It also has 10 alternate game modes. See a sample of both below:
Story Mode Trailer:
Although not yet complete this Fan Made Remix of Sonic the Hedgehog looks like it could actually be better than Sega’s own recently created Sonic 4. Personally Sonic 4 does look very good but wow this fan project is mind blowing!
For me, there are two things happening here. First: a company did not produce this game. A fan (or several) did. Clearly they are extremely talented and passionate about what they’re doing. Second: We all have a really very excellent new Sonic game to look forward to.
Check out the video clip in this post or visit the official site at sonicfanremix.com
Or better still download the the level one Demo.
I can’t find the words to express how great it feels to know there are people out there doing this kind of work. I really do hope they have the time and resources to complete this project. And even though I know they are not yet complete I can’t help but think about what project they might try next! 😀
Retro Game Master is a Japanese web show featuring Shinya Arino as the Retro Game Master. I have no idea if he’s famous or known in any capacity in Japan other than for this show. If he’s not known it’s certainly changing. Arino, feel proud! The Sega Dude now knows you 🙂
The shows concept is simple. Watch Shinya Arino challenge a retro video game. Yup, that’s it. You or I could do this!… but Shinya Arino did. And he does it very well.
The shows are short, entertaining and you may find Shinya playing an old favorite of yours.
Retro Game Master Season 1
Sega Mega Drive Highlights
Episode 02: Super Fantasy Zone
Episode 03: Bonanza Brothers
Episode 09: Battle Golfer Yui
Episode 12: Golden Axe
I’ve linked to the Season 1 episodes where Shinya Arino is playing Sega games but be sure to check out the rest. I bet you’ll get a kick out of them all.
My understanding is this Season 1 is a small handful of episodes from Retro Game Master picked for an English speaking audience with English commentary and sub titles. If you haven’t heard of Retro Game Master then your in for some good retro fun.
Be sure to check out Battle Golfer Yui for some very rare insight into one of many Japanese games that to us non-Japanese speaking people would never otherwise get. This particular game is pretty crazy!
“People don’t tune into Japanese television show Retro Game Master to watch Shinya Arino whip through video games effortlessly. They tune in to watch him fail, and fail, and fail, and perhaps to finally, painfully succeed.”