> Sold in Regular and Limited Edition formats, Under Defeat
may well be the final release for the Sega Dreamcast.
The Limited Edition has different box artwork and includes an original
soundtrack CD. It's a Naomi to Dreamcast
port, courtesy of G.Revolution. At first glance, you'll
be reminded of great games like Zero
Gunner 2 and Radiant
Silvergun. Under Defeat places you in all
out war (Empire/enemy vs. Union/you) against a variety of military hardware,
complete with vertical scrolling 2D gameplay and ever-so-smooth 3D graphics.
The comparisons are only natural...
> Buying the Japanese import is the only way to go. Aside from the
high price ($58-Regular/$78-Limited Edition), Under Defeatis
easy to import with plenty of English text where it counts.
> Under Defeat's eye-candy is nothing short of amazing.
You can choose various screen modes, including full scale vertical aspect.
The 3D models and backdrops are smooth, convincing and full of animation.
For example, during the Battleship level you'll see rotating ship cannons,
smoking damage, detailed wakes, missile contrails, explosions galore, and
particle effects like no other Dreamcast game. Yeah,
the bosses are big and the bullets are flying, so you know what else to
> The gameplay is tight and simple. You get fire and bomb buttons,
the ability to charge an "Option" (second gun), and the versatility to
pivot your aircraft. Of course, when you lay down a bomb, the enemy
bullets become ineffective in a massive wave of fire. Power-ups come
along the way to provide additional bombs, or rocket/vulcan/cannon fire.
> Very good indeed. Most of the sound effects are booming, though
even subtle sounds like prop wash are included. The arranged music
consists mostly of rock jams, but I haven't reached a point of humming
any of the tracks. At least I can jam to the music anytime, having
bought the Limited Edition version with the CD soundtrack included.
> Although the difficulty is adjustable, Under Defeat still
puts up quite a challenge with limited continues. You can play in
Arcade Mode and Practice Mode, save replays, and unlock various items in
the Gallery Mode. Also, you can be a one man army, or fight with
a friend in 2 Player Mode. Either way, this game is going to keep
you coming back for more.
> This could be your last chance to buy a new release for the Uberconsole.
Except for maybe a few fanboys, Under Defeat will surely
impress even the most jaded of gamers out there. It features non-stop
shooting action with awesome visuals. An excellent buy, so get it
before it's banished to high-price-hell in eBay...
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8.7 | Graphics: 9.5 | Control: 9.0 | Sound: 8.2 | Fun: 8.0