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Bram Stoker's Dracula -- Sony Imagesoft

As Jonathan Harker, players must fight the evil and terrifying Dracula, master of the undead, in this side-scrolling action game for the Sega CD. Digitized graphics, Eerie CD sound, and full motion video cinema intermissions straight from the film accent this title.

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Once again I was amazed by the Sega CD's pure power capabilities. Never before in a game has there been such fluid animation and life-like backgrounds. Looking like it was digitized straight from the movie (probably because it was) this game leaves you breathless. There is no comparison on the market today. I have to tell the CD developers that what they're doing is working, and it is games like this that sell systems. A perfect Christmas gift for the Sega CD owner, Dracula comes at the perfect time. You have to see this one to believe it, pictures do not do it justice.

This game is graphically intense. Using shots from the movie really sets the Eerie stage for this game. The sound effects as well are fairly good. I was disappointed though with the game set up. It is a side scrolling action game in which the character can do a variety of punches and kicks. Sorry, but I think the game would benefit more with a role-playing theme. This is why I don't think the game has a very long life. Overall not too bad, and at least the player can control the character.

I had almost given up hope on seeing a good Sega CD game, but with this third generation of titles, my opinion of the machine is rising. To put it plainly, this game rocks. I personally think this is the best example of what can be done on the Sega CD. Great game control, graphics that are unbelievable (yes, those backgrounds are computer rendered, but the graininess of the screen actually makes them look real), and music that sticks in your head and follows you around after you turn off the machine. A must have for any serious CD gamer.

And I used to think Sewer Shark had pretty good digitized graphics... Dracula sets new standards in gaming for the Sega CD. Not only are the graphics and sound first-rate, but the action is very solid and the gameplay fluid. Your surroundings are so realistic it almost feels as if you are really there. Dracula is truly spectacular.

>>>>> 85.0/100 <<<<< Ferrari Man ???? R.I.P. Salamander
Graphics 5.0 4.5 5.0 5.0
Sound 4.0 4.0 4.5 5.0
Gameplay/Control 3.5 3.0 4.0 4.5
Longevity/Playability 4.5 2.5 4.0 4.5
Overall 4.5 3.5 4.5 5.0
Total 21.5 17.5 22.0 24.0

Originally appeared Vol 2, Iss 4 (11-12/93)