> Excellent Sega arcade translations on the Saturn is one of the
reasons to own the console. I have to hand it to AM3 for doing a
wonderful job with Virtual On: Cyber Troopers (VOCT). For a machine
that supposedly is "incapable of 3D", I'd say some developers have proven
the negative media propaganda on the Saturn is inaccurate. Even after
playing Virtual-On Oratorio
Tangram (the sequel) on Dreamcast, this game stands the test of time.
Anyway, VOCT is a free roaming 3D mech fighter within certain locales.
Battles can be timed or a fight to the death. Strap into your Virtuaroid
(name of mechs) and get ready for an exclusive experience... By the
way, importing is a cinch once you have the controls down.
> Graphics are excellent! They're almost identical to the
arcade with 2 exceptions. First, the resolution is a little lower
(even though it's great for 32 bit consoles). Second, the explosions
are better on the arcade version -- no biggie. Things flow smoothly
and quickly, just as in the original. 3D awareness is essential for
survival since you have complete freedom to move within each 3D arena.
Each Virtuaroid is large and detailed with smooth animation. The
view is 3rd person behind and slightly above. Each of the ten different
battle arenas has unique topography and textures.
> Control is right-on. Even without the Twin Stick (available
separately), the gameplay is arcade exact and fluid. Besides, if
you don't like the standard button layouts, then just edit your own.
Timing plays a big part in your attack and obstacles do add some strategy.
You have three weapons (each must recharge after use), jump jets, dash,
rotate left/right, and move controls at your disposal. At first it's
complicated, but once you play for a while it gets much easier.
> The music is typical Sega arcade style with quick tempo and a hint of
techno. It works well with the on screen action, but it could have
> The sound effects are arcade exact. You'll hear explosions, warnings,
computer voices, rockets, and more...
> VOCT has two split screen modes (horizontal and vertical) plus
it's linkable and NetLink compatible (as long as you have the NetLink version).
You'll never know how much fun it can be to play a 3D mech fighter until
you try this game (or the sequel). It's another unique Sega creation
that was way ahead of its time. The best part is the two player split
screen mode -- it'll keep you coming back for more!