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Starblade -- Namco

Starblade, one of Namco's classic arcade shooters of the 90's makes its way to the 3DO with a newly added texture-mapped version of the game.

Dr. Otto
I love this game. It's arcade exact, and the new texture mapped mode is even better. I'll tell you, when I used to stick five bucks a day into the arcade machine I never thought I would play a version this exact, nay, even better on a home system. Andrah plays it a bit more than I do... Says it reminds her of the days when she used to fly sector patrols in the Arcturan Star Navy. In any case, if you're a severe rocket jockey, this game and Novastorm should be in your gold-plated jewel boxes. (You do have some of those, don't you?)

While I was worried at first that this would be another Silpheed, I was totally suprised by this game. The graphics are top notch, and a comperarable to the arcade, but I had some serious problems with this title. First, the play-control; I find it totaly inexscusable for any game today to not offer configuration options for the controller. You should be able to reverse up and down to simulate a yoke. And second, the sound; Namco must have hunted down the worst voice actors they could find for this game. Not only do they read their scripts dry, but they stumble through them at times. While these problems brought down what could have been a great score, I would still make this game a premenant addition to my collection, because even with these problems, the game is very addictive and alot of fun. Don't pass this one by.

>>>>> 41.0/50 <<<<< Dr. Otto R.I.P.
Graphics 5.0 5.0
Sound 4.0 4.0
Gameplay/Control 3.5 4.0
Longevity/Playability 3.5 4.0
Overall 3.5 4.5
Total 19.5 21.5