Altered Beast

‘Rise from your grave and critique the Sega classic Altered Beast (獣王記 Jūōki, “Beast King’s Chronicle”), a game released in 1988 for the arcades, developed and published by Sega it’s a platform beat-em-up that was very popular and was eventually released for the Sega Mega Drive and the rest is history.

A Roman Centurion has been resurrected from his grave by Zeus as Zeus says the famous words ‘Rise from your grave’. The centurion is ordered to rescue Athena from the demon God Neff straight from the underworld, but the enemies the Centurion will face will be tough and this is where the game play begins.

The beasts you transform into are:
•Werewolf
•Thunder Dragon
•Bear Man
•Tiger Man
•Golden Werewolf

All these and the enemies and settings are mostly based on Ancient Greece mythology. There are many levels to travel through from the Graveyard from wince you rose, to the City of Dis.

The graphics are impressive, they’re eye-catching and has the perfect setting for the Greek mythology theme…and still looks better than Ryse: Son of Rome, there’s little differences between the Arcade version and the Mega Drive version meaning that the 16-bit version comes close to being a perfect port. The music was composed by Kazuhiko Nagai and from the moment you see the title screen it’s very menacing and grim…and still better than Ryse: Son of Rome.

Did you know? Certain differences are seen between the several versions of the game. Some of them, like the Master System one, were only single player and had only four levels. Others provided different beasts to mutate into, such as a humanoid lion or a shark form seen in the NES version. The game has been considered an awful game by today’s critics and in one list has been named one of the worst Mega Drive games ever made…harsh!

My problem though with the game is the controls are very clunky and sometimes can give you problems when combating enemies, sometimes you could miss hitting an enemy, jumping is floaty but not exactly a problem, the game play is completely dated, making the game difficult.

Overall, it’s very pretty, very stylish but when it comes to game play, it’s very clunky and can be irritating, but it’s not a horrible game, if you can get used to the clunky controls then it shouldn’t be a big problem. However, I’m not looking forward to the remake…one day that day will come to look at the remake that fans keep inside the grave.

You can get it for the Arcade, MS-DOS, Amstrad Amstrad CPC, MSX, Family Computer, Atari ST, Commodore Amiga, Sega Master System, Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, PC Engine/TurboGrafx-CD, Commodore 64, Wii (Virtual Console), Xbox 360 (Xbox Live Arcade), iOS, ZX Spectrum, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Network and Cloud (OnLive, Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo eShop).

Rating: 2.5/5

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