Most of my childhood is a blur but the games I played back then I remember clear as a bell. How I even acquired most of the games I owned back then still eludes me to this day. Of course the obvious answer is that my parents bought the game for me, but I wonder what went through my mind when I got this game. Now that I'm man, I completely understand now: it's for dat ass. Ha! Just kidding. What we really got here is a solid arcade/genesis action title.
Namco's Burning Force for the Sega Genesis was released in 1990, but was originally released for Japanese arcades in 1989. We never got the game in American arcades so we have to make due with the genesis version, which actually fixes the game's difficulty a bit by allowing you to take multiple hits! The game is still hard but not nearly as hard as say....Pick Axe Pete.
|Day 3 was kind of trippy.|
|This OST album art isn't suggestive at all.|
Overall though, there's nothing too terribly special about this game. I enjoy the fact that it reminds me of both F-Zero and Space Harrier, and the gameplay is fast paced if not difficult. I spent a ton of time with this game as a kid, probably more than my other genesis games at the time, it was tough but it was also fair in that you get continues to keep going, so this game is VERY beatable. What's interesting though is that somebody actually remembers forgotten videogame heroine Hiromi Tengenji and put her in the Namco X Capcom game released for the PS2 in Japan back in 2005 with a remixed theme song to boot! I'm glad, because I felt the entire character was wasted potential when they did nothing with her after this game. Oh well, check out the footage: