MEGADRIVE GAMES REVIEWS - F -

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Hello again, welcome to my A to Z games review of over 260 of the best (most popular) Megadrive titles. I will give a brief description of each game and rate it from 1 to 100%, accordingly games will be judged against other consoles from their era. As a bonus I will say if a game is region protected or not (i.e if a game is region protected, it will only play on a machine from the same country, or will need a converter) I will also say if the game is known by another name, or if it is availible for other consoles.

FATAL FURY : KING OF FIGHTERS A.KA. GAROU DENSETSU (2 PLAYERS) 60% (region free)

I have never been a fan of SNK fighters by and large, there are so many more out there that play so much better, although Fatal Fury does have a huge following, and lots of updates were released on almost every console. This is the first and most basic of the series, and time hasn't been kind. Even compared to similar fighters of it's time (1991) Fatal fury is lacking. Only 3 fighters are selectable (regardless of what console it is on) and the attacks are very basic (punch, kick, and throw) with minimal special moves to pull off. The graphics aren't too bad, not quite as good as the SNES, but nowhere near the same as the NEO GEO, where it originates from. The large and colorful sprites are well animated enough, and the player moves into and out of the background. The sound is a mixed bag, the speech samples are scratchy (as are most on the MD) and some are missing from intro screens, but strangely I prefer the background music on MD compared to the SNES version. The later versions and updates of Fatal Fury make this one redundant, plus the difficulty level for MD is ridiculous. (also on NEO GEO, SNES).

FATAL FURY 2 A.K.A. GAROU DENSETSU 2 ARATA NARU TATAKAI (2 PLAYER) 75% (region free)

A big improvement over the first game, Fatal Fury 2 features a choice of 8 fighters, more play modes, more attack moves, and more interesting backgrounds. While the graphics are still grainy, and the audio tinny and scratchy, the game now plays like a proper fighter should. The MD version features better background music and a turbo mode, whilst the SNES version has much nicer graphics, but slower gameplay, that doesn't flow as nicely. The best version of course will be the Neo Geo, that it came from. A 6 button pad is nessasary to get the best from the game, and it's good fighter, but not in the same league as Super Street Fighter. (also on Neo Geo, PC Engine CD and SNES).  

FIRE SHARK A.K.A. SAME! SAME! SAME! (1 PLAYER) 70% (region free)

Fire Shark is a top down shooter much the same as Raiden, just like Raiden you collect power up's when you destroy certain enemies and you also have smart bombs. Although the graphics and sound are below par there are some redeeming features, Fire Shark is easy to pick up and play, and when your plane is destroyed you respawn nearby instead of from the start .. which is nice. The difficulty level is quite high though, even on easy, and the bosses are uninspired. The music is fairly irritating, and the sound effects dont have any clout. Fire Shark isn't a bad game at all, it's just that shoot 'em ups are what the MD does best, and there are plenty better ones to choose from. (only on Megadrive).

FLASHBACK THE QUEST FOR IDENTITY (1 PLAYER) 90% (region protected)

Flashback is the action adventure platformer sequel to 'Another World'. The adventure starts with some cinematics, explaining that your character has woken up on another planet, with no memory of how he got there. The game is a lot like 'Prince of Persia' to control, with fluid animations, runing and jumping seem fluid and reilistic. This is much more a thinking mans platformer though, and there are plenty of traps and puzzles to solve, in order to unravel the story. Dated by todays standards of course, the game has it's own unique style and presentation, most enjoyably the music cuts in when moments of drama are happening, otherwise it's just ambient noise. This is a game to loose yourself in for about a week. No matter what system you play the game on, you will pretty much get the same game, with only very minor differences. (also on Mega CD, SNES, Amiga, 3D0, Jaguar, plus more).

FLICKY (1 PLAYER) 70% (region free)

Flicky is an old scool platformer, that looks, sounds, and plays like a Master System game. You control a little bird and you must guide the little chicks to the exit doors, without touching the cats that run about all over the level. You can collect chains of chicks, but if a cat comes into contact with them the chain is broken. Flicky can throw objects at the cats, but this is attached to the jump button, so you can't carry things with you. The game is quite addictive, but difficult to start and takes some time to get used to. If the graphics and sound had been spruced up, and you could jump while carring a throwing object, the game would have been much better for it. (only on Megadrive) 

FORGOTTEN WORLDS (2 PLAYERS) 68% (region free)

Forgotten worlds is a conversion of an arcade shooter by Capcom. Firstly some people are going to hate the shooting system, but fans of the coin op will know it and love it. It involves you holding  the A button to turn your direction of fire clockwise, and C button for anti clockwise. The graphics are a mix of well drawn sprites, and barren backgrounds (check out the screen shot). The audio leaves a lot to be desired, with average music and a very annoying shot sound, that sounds like electricity buzzing, but not in a good way. If you must play Forgotten Worlds, I would recommend the PC Engine CD version over this. (also on PC Engine CD). 

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