MEGADRIVE GAMES REVIEWS - Y -

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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.

YANG WARRIOR FAMILY, THE (2PLAYERS) 75% (region free)

The Yang Warrior Family is a little known chinese home market title in the same vein as 'Streets Of Rage' and 'Golden Axe'. This side scrolling beat 'em up is set in feudal China, you get a choice of four pugelists ranging from big beefy dude (Mike Haggar) to fast lady assasin (blaze). The action is weapon based, and the moves mimic 16bit beat 'em's of the day. 'A' button is a melee move that drains part of your health, as well as clearing all bad guy's in the vicinity. 'B' button is attack, and 'C' button is jump, whilst pressing 'B' and 'C' together performs a reverse attack, a la 'Golden Axe' or 'Streets Of Rage'. A blatant rip off this may be, but I find it hard to criticise a game that does it so well. The graphics are well drawn and animated, with some quite excellent backgrounds, that almost look gourad shaded ( 90's term, dont worry about it) and really good, classical, chinese music. The action is a little repetitive, and the sound effects are minimal, but the overall presentation is astounding considering the very small amount of officially licenced chinese games on the MD. This is far and away from the worst side scrolling beat 'em up you could buy for the Megadrive, it puts a lot of big budget fighters to shame. (only on Megadrive ..... I think : )

YA SE CHUAN SHUO (1 PLAYER) ?% (region free)

A text intensive, Chinese RPG. Don't know if it's any good, I don't read Chinese, Mandarin or Satsuma.

YOGI BEAR'S CARTOON CAPERS (1 PLAYER) 40% (region free)

You get the feeling that Yogi Bear isn't quite finished. Parts that do feel finished are the graphics and back ground music, but the important parts aren't. It's a kind of Sonic wanna be, with just a jump button to use, and watches to collect (don't know why?) I'm guessing that this is aimed at kids, but I think that the game will be too tough for them due to ruthless placement of enemies on ledges that you are jumping at, but can't see yet, because the action is quite fast. My biggest bugbear (excuse the pun:) with the game is the god awful screech sound that Yogi makes every time he jumps, which is about once per second, which is enough to drive you insane. (only on Megadrive).

Y'S III WANDERERS FROM Y'S (1 PLAYER) 60% (region free)

Standard RPG fare this one, with endless text box's to read, weapons and potions to buy and baddies to fight. Y's 3 is side scrolling instead of top down, like previous outings, Adol can jump and slash with his sword, and use his ring power *snigger* to heal and shield himself. The graphics are small and grainy, and the action is veiwed through a small window (don't know why?) but the music is done well enough, and the game saves to the cart. RPG's are all about story, and the PC Engine CD version is the best because of the cut scenes, music and voice acting, the SNES version comes in second place, in front of the Megadrive. (also on SNES and PC Engine CD).

YUU YUU HAKUSHO GAIDEN (1 PLAYER) ?% (region free)

Another game from the Yuu Tuu Hakusho series, this one is story driven, a kind of multi choice, third person fighter, where you get into battles Pokemon style, with health points displayed in the bottom window, the graphics are very good, anime style, and the audio is good too. It's just a shame that it is unintelligalble to non Japanese reading/speaking players, because I think this one just might be quite good. (only on Megadrive).  

YUU YUU HAKUSHO MAKYOU TOITSUSEN A.K.A. YU YU HAKUSYO SUNSET FIGHTERS (2 PLAYERS +) 78% (region protected) 

I was pleasantly suprised by this fighting game by Treasure it's a kind of cross between 'King Of Fighters' and 'Dragonball Z'. In essence it's a one on one fighter, although when you choose one of the many characters on offer, four 'press start' windows appear, but I don't have a multitap so I dont know, so for now I'll say it's two player then. The characters are manga style, and they can jump in and out of the background a la 'KOF'. The move set that I could work out myself revealed two attack buttons that can be rolled off 'Street Fighter II' style, and a power punch 'hadoken' style attack that can be charged up if you wish, this drains the blue power bar though. Also there are evade, block, and foreground/background buttons. Though the graphics aren't the best defined, the backgrounds are inventive and there is lots of sprite scaling and warping, one stage takes place in a outer space junk yard, whilst others change from day to night as you play. The audio is very good, with tons of voice samples, and pacey jingles. I really wish I had an english move set to look at, because you really get the feeling that there is more to this game.... If I could only read Japanese I might be able to make sense of the option menu. The SNES has a few Yu Yu Hakusho games by Namco, mainly turn based fighting, the closest one to this is 'Yu Yu Hakusho Final' It doesn't have sprite scaling, and the move set sucks, so there! MD wins! ... For once (only on Megadrive).

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