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Millennium Soldier: Expendable (Dreamcast)

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MobyRank
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Category Description MobyScore
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 2.3
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 2.2
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 2.5
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 2.5
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 2.0
Overall MobyScore (10 votes) 2.3


The Press Says

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88
Shin Force
Expendable is 1-2 player, arcade shooting heaven (assuming you're into this genre). You'll want to play this one over and over just to see the sweet graphics. Expendable undoubtedly plays better on Dreamcast (compared to PC) and definitely doesn't have any conflicts, additional requirements, or loading problems.
85
Power Unlimited
Shooting everybody the fuck up! Dat is kort gezegd waar het om draait in Millennium Soldier. Millennium Soldier is een snackbarkast-kraker waarvan je de smaak van patatje oorlog spontaan in je bek krijgt.
82
Consoles Plus
Expendable n'apporte pas grand-chose de nouveau au genre, si ce n'est des graphismes détaillés et des effets spéciaux splendides.
79
Video Games
Rage beweist mit Millennium Solder - Expendable, dass auf dem Dreamcast audiovisuel saubere PC-Konvertierungen ohne Performanceeinbußen möglich sind. Wer jemanden von der DC-Grafik-Power überzeugen möchte, zeigt ihm Soul Calibur, Sonic Adventure und gleich danach Millennium Solder. Für einen Classic hat es beim Hi-Res-Zauber jedoch nicht gereicht: Zu unfaire Zeitlimits, zu engstirniges Leveldesign, zu fade Steuerung, zu harmlose KI. Außerdem braucht man zwei VMUs, um unterschiedliche Spielstandsdaten anzulegen. Zu zweit kommt immer noch am meisten Freude auf - doch irgendwann hat man's durchgespielt, und dann gibt es kaum einen Anreiz, von vorne zu starten.
75
neXt Level
Große Abwechslung wird nicht geboten, wenn man einmal vom Betätigen einiger Schalter zum Öffnen mancher Türen absieht, was ebenfalls - natürlich - durch das Zerschießen selbiger geschieht. Zu zweit macht das Gemetzel da schon wesentlich mehr Spaß, wenn man sich brüderlich die entdeckten Heilmittel, Power Ups oder Extraleben teilt. Wer auf Dauerfeuer steht und sich an beeindruckenden Lichteffekten erfreuen kann, der liegt mit Expendable sicher richtig. Aber auf Dauer werden wohl selbst Hardcore-Shooter den fehlenden Tiefgang vermissen.
75
Defunct Games
If you desire a return to the old-school and want no more from a game than too simply to turn it on and start pushing buttons, Expendable is the game for you. No thought process necessary. While there has been an effort to overcomplicate games these days, with every button on the controller being used for something, Expendable is a refreshing blast of arcade gaming that never seems to get old. That alone warrants a good hard look at this visually flashy game.
73
IGN
While there was a lot developer Rage could have done to spruce up the experience, such as add a few more stages, throw in a couple additional cutscenes, and elaborate on the musical aspect a bit, Expendable is still a pretty good time-waster. Although the control issues may leave a lot of people frustrated and bothered, if you sit back and stick with it, you may have quite the enjoyable journey ahead. Good luck soldier!
71
Gamezilla
While I would not condemn this game as unworthy of a look, I will caution that it will cause most gamers frustration. I am a casual fan of shooters so I found that there was just too much going on at one time and it was difficult to keep track of where my guy was at. I can't tell you how many times I thought I was the other player and vice versa. Still, this is a pretty cool looking game that will appeal to hardcore fans of this genre. Might be worth an evening rental to decide if it fits your style better than mine.
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SEGA-Portal.de
Wieder ein Action-Titel von Rage und wieder nach dem selben Prinzip: Ballern ohne viel Tiefgang! Doch leider geht dieses Prinzip hier nicht so gut auf wie bei "Incoming", obwohl MSE eigentlich das Potential dazu hätte. Tolle Grafik, eingängige Steuerung und viele (sogar verstärkbare) Waffen sorgen für packende Action. Gerade zu zweit kommt richtig Stimmung auf. Da könnte man sogar Nachteile wie die Übersichtsprobleme und den zu linearen Levelaufbau noch verschmerzen. Die vollkommen unausbalancierten Zeitlimits rauben jedoch ein großen Teil des Spaßes. Manchmal muss man so schnell wie möglich durch ein Areal hetzen, dass man natürlich leichter für Feinde angreifbar ist und schneller ein Leben verliert. Mein Bruder und ich haben das Spiel daher nur mit Cheats durchgeschafft (,worauf sich die Wertung etwas stützt). Über längere Zeit macht sich aber auch spielerische Langeweile breit, dass die Motivation zum Nochmaldurchzocken gleich Null ist.
70
GameSpot
The end of it is, should you desire a return to the old-school and want no more from a game than to simply to turn it on and start pushing buttons, Expendable is the game for you. No thought process necessary, feel free to leave the gray matter at the door. While there has been an effort to overcomplicate games these days, with every button on the controller being used for something arcane, Expendable is a refreshing blast of arcade gaming that never seems to get old. That alone warrants a good hard look at this flashy game.
65
Super Play
Det enda som räddar Millenium Soldier: Expendable från att sugas in i imbodimensionen där alla usla spel förr eller senare hamnar, är tvåspelarmöjligheten som blir ett välkommet alternativ till den monotona uppgiften att ensam skjuta väsande rymdmonster.
60
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Although some may be tempted to assign high ratings to Expendable due to its groundbreaking presentation, the truth is there’s just not much there to back it up. Sure things are intense, and the action doesn’t let up, but when you’re not having a seizure from trying to follow all that’s happening, you’re cursing aloud and tossing the controller about the room because you can’t move the main character in a straight line, let alone aim at the twenty aliens bearing down upon you. As a fan of this genre from way back, I like a good action title as much as anyone out there, but if there’s anything I’ve learned over the years, it’s not the visuals that make a winner, it’s the gameplay. Don’t be fooled by Expendable’s slick look and feel, because it reminds me of the supermodel stereotype. The game appears to be sleek and sexy, and might be fun for a quick romp, but comes up short on substance…save it for a rental, you wouldn’t want to find yourself married to this one.
60
Jeuxvideo.com
On s'éclate un peu au début. Et puis après quelques minutes, on se gave de ce gros déballage de 'violence'. On finit par jouer machinalement, tout abruti qu'on est de devoir garder le bouton de tir enfoncé continuellement. De plus, les graphismes sont pauvres pour la Dreamcast, la jouabilité souffre de beaucoup de défauts, et le son est moyen. Tout est moyen d'ailleurs dans Millennium Soldier - Expendable. Un bon conseil : si ce style vous intéresse, achetez-le jeu avec un pote, le mode deux joueurs étant cool, ça vous fera économiser des sous et vous vous amuserez quand même.
55
Digital Press - Classic Video Games
Expendable tries on numerous levels to become the 128-bit equivalent of Contra, but it seems to try so hard, that it fails on almost every level. Right from the start, the hilarious intro sets the wrong mood and the game tends to be very dark and surreal.
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The Video Game Critic
The levels and bosses are a pretty unspectacular, but at least there are some branching paths and secret side areas. There's a two-player simultaneous mode, but it's way too confusing with all the destruction going on. I like Expendable for its mindless mayhem, but its replay value is pretty low.
20
Planet Dreamcast
This game is like a shiny brand new Porsche without an engine: it's nice to look at, but is basically useless. Expendable has the depth of a wading pool, and the control of a three-year old who just ate a month's supply Sugar Pops. Even I, a die-hard fan of shoot 'em ups of all shapes and sizes, couldn't find much to like about Expendable. Unless you're really desperate for game that requires no thinking whatsoever and somehow possess the dexterity to control the damn thing (fat chance), stay far away.