21, 1999 (Japan)
9, 1999 (USA)
> There hasn't been a whole lot of Action/Shooters for hungry fans, but
has broken the silence with their PC to Dreamcast port of
Expendable. This game is similar to Contra: Legacy
of War (Saturn), Mass
Destruction (Saturn), or imagine a 3D Mercs (Genesis
-- which would be sweet... c'mon Capcom). You must
traverse enemy-infested battle zones with loads of weapons and never-ending
explosions in the allotted time. Classic, yet Rage
managed to make it fresh.
> The main screen and game screens are mainly English, whereas the option
menus are in Japanese. Fortunately, the menus aren't nested deeply
at all, which allows for easy identification. At any rate, this is
a shooter which is easily playable for importers.
> There are a lot of people out their bragging how they could (key word)
buy a computer that would display better graphics than the Dreamcast.
The reality is that only a minuscule amount of people are silly enough
to spend the money to continually upgrade and match settings on PC's just
to play a game. Hear this... Expendable looks
better on a $199 Dreamcast than almost every personal computer
bought and used to play games!
> Rage is quickly becoming the developer that makes eye-popping,
eye-candy filled games for the Uberconsole.
If there is a graphic effect you can think of, then it's used in Rage's
conversion of Expendable. You'll see tons of impressive
and different explosions throughout the game. The lighting effects
will impress even the most jaded among you. The pure, smooth, unadulterated
shooting action has to be seen to be fully appreciated!
> Most of the locales are dark, futuristic, and industrial in nature.
Your character is a bit small, but the enemies can be absolutely gigantic.
You'll fight against soldiers, robots, flying vehicles, gun turrets and
> Classic, simple, and perfect. The analog stick is put to good use
in Expendable as movement is instant and accurate.
The controls are fire, weapon select, grenade, and strafe. The only
hang up is that sometimes the camera angle changes momentarily, which can
> Along the way you can blow almost anything up, which may or may not reveal
a power-up. Sometimes defeated enemies leave a present as well.
Some of the weapons you can find are a rocket launcher, heat seeking missile,
laser, spread shot machine gun, and grenades.
> Very good. You'll hear pulse pounding songs that could almost make
it into a blockbuster Sci-fi movie. The option to set music and effects
volume is also available.
> The sound effects, thanks to the Uberconsole's all-powerful
sound chip, are exceptional. They have depth and a wide range of
frequencies. You'll hear various gun shots, multiple explosions,
cues, screams, jet engines, etc....
> There is so much to shoot with non-stop action that the game's levels
just seem to fly by. You can save the game once you've completed
a level and then continue from there (nice touch). This is a sign
of an exciting gameplay experience, and I'm positive shooter fans will
enjoy this classic game.
> Expendable is 1-2 player, arcade shooting heaven (assuming
you're into this genre). You'll want to play this one over and over
just to see the sweet graphics. Expendable undoubtedly
plays better on Dreamcast (compared to PC) and definitely
doesn't have any conflicts, additional requirements, or loading problems.
8.8 | Graphics: 9.5 | Control: 9.0 | Sound: 8.5 | Fun: 8.0