Review - RoboCop versus The Terminator (Sega Genesis) - Destructoid

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Let's see, who am I... well, a college student in Michigan going for a degree in computer information systems, I enjoy writing, and of course gaming.

How did I get into gaming you may be asking yourself (although I quite doubt it)? The Sega Genesis. Age 4. That's really where it all kicked off for me, and I've been playing tons of different games ever since.

- Sonic the Hedgehog 1, 2, and Adventure
- Shenmue
- Super Street Fighter II and IV
- Street Fighter Alpha 3
- Pokemon Gold Version
- Final Fantasy IV
- Breath of Death VII
- Cthulhu Saves The World
- Shin Megami Tensei franchise now, I suppose.
- The Metal Gear Franchise
- Megaman 1-6 and X-X6
- The Resident Evil Franchise
- Star Wars Empire at War
- Baldur's Gate Dark Alliance
- Torchlight
- Diablo 1 and 2
- Warcraft 3
- Starcraft
- Beyond Good and Evil
- Half Life 1 and 2
- Star Wars Battlefront
- Final Fantasy X
- Wild Arms
- Grand Theft Auto IV
- Red Dead Redemption
- LA Noire
- Borderlands
- Torchlight II

- Shin Megami Tensei Nocturne (PS2)
- Shin Megami Tensei Persona 4 (PS2)
- Borderlands (PS3)
- Torchlight II (PC)
Yeah, its a lot of SMT.
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RoboCop Versus The Terminator
Sega Genesis
Release: May 19, 1994
Developer: Virgin Interactive
Publisher: Virgin Interactive

Playing through this game was... an experience, to say the very least. There is a lot I like about the game, but there are just as many problems. So let's dive right into it.

This version of the game involves everyone's favorite robotic cop, er... RoboCop. SAC-NORAD has decided to contact Cyberdyne Systems about building SkyNet. They use some of RoboCop's technology in the design, and when SkyNet is activated, of course, shit hits the fan, as SkyNet sends back Terminators to cripple the Resistance. RoboCop is tasked with saving the day.

The gameplay is pretty standard fair action shooter platformer thing, and honestly this is where the game does its very best. The character and enemy animations are amazing to look at, and when RoboCop fires his pistol, the exhaust shines on his armor. If you stand still for too long, he'll spin his gun around and put it away, and when you finish a stage or get a life, he'll say "EXCELLENT." which is pretty bad ass. Enemies explode into piles of goop which is actually pretty funny, and the bosses look great. RoboCop versus The Terminator consists of 10 levels in which you'll DIE A LOT. And do I mean a ton. Most of the time, it wasn't even enemies, it was the environment. To even get through as far as I did, I had to use a life code, which I'll accidentally leave here. Accidentally. (Push start while in the game, then push CC, AA, BB, CC, AA, BB to get 54 lives! Note that this WILL start you off at the very beginning of the game, so do it at the first level).

The sound and music are GOD AWFUL. This could quite literally be the worst music and sound effects combination I've ever heard on the Genesis. Enemies squeal annoyingly when they die, and the music and pick up sound effects all sound out of place in such a cool looking game. If you're going to play this, i'd recommend turning off the sound and playing your own music, otherwise you'll end up becoming for frustrated and annoyed.

I mentioned a couple of problems previously, but let's go ahead and list the good and the bad here.

The Good:

Cool animations
Fun game play
Interesting boss

The Bad:

Crappy sound effects in general
Obscene difficulty
Having to cheat to even play
Killer environments

So, overall, I'd say the game is pretty average, and if you're a fan of either franchises involved, its worth a playthrough just to see your favorite characters shoot the living shit out of each other.
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