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These four classics are a welcome addition to any retro-gamers
library. While not all of the games look and play like you remember them,
there should be at least one or two that you will play on a consistent
basis. This compilation is worth at least a rental, but if you love Sega
games, it’s definitely a buy.
Apart from the absence of a save feature of any description it's hard to criticize this cart and Bit's Studios have done an outstanding job with this set of four conversions. There'll undoubtedly be a personal favorite here which will beam you back to the days when arcades were one of the most exciting places to be with friends and you'd comment on just how fantastic the sound and visuals were. That's not so much the case here but the charm of these games, and the fact that most modern classics use all four as inspiration, cannot be ignored. If you're getting a little tired of the latest movie/TV tie-in platform fodder I really can't recommend this enough. Simple, engaging, rewarding and most of all fun.
THQ's Sega Arcade Gallery brings together four classic arcade games on a single Game Boy Advance cartridge. The collection includes Space Harrier, OutRun, Super Hang-On, and After Burner, all of which were originally released between 1985 and 1987. For the most part, the games come across well on the Game Boy Advance. All four employ traditional two-dimensional sprite-based graphics and use basric scaling and rotation effects to suggest the appearance of three-dimensional environments--a technique that's perfectly suited to the capabilities of Nintendo's popular handheld. While these games would seem dated on a more powerful console, they fit right in on the GBA.
Even though the three games in THQ's Sega Smash Pack
were deeper in gameplay, Bits Studios did a far better job converting the four arcade games in Sega Arcade Gallery. They're not perfect, but they're damn close to the originals...except for Afterburner
which obviously received the most "editing" to get the game to run on the GBA system. Afterburner just isn't very fun to play on the GBA, but the rest of the grouping still holds up in quick gaming shots. A few extras, hidden or otherwise, would have been nice in this compilation, but at the $20 pricepoint the game's being released at, it's hard to refuse this deal.
Packing four arcade hits into one little cartridge, this is a highly sought-after collector's item. I had to search long and hard to find a copy at a reasonable price. Sega Arcade Gallery includes Afterburner, Space Harrier, Super Hang On, and my personal favorite, Outrun. I was impressed by how well the Game Boy Advance handles these oldies, which are pretty demanding in terms of high-speed scaling effects. The graphics are razor-sharp with bright objects that leap off the screen. Their familiar, up-tempo soundtracks have been retained and they sound terrific. The stages have been altered to some extent, but that just means long-time fans will enjoy a fresh new experience.
This is a very well put together pack. Two of the best shooters and two of the best racers in one place make for some serious retro entertainment. The graphics look almost identical to the old arcades and the music is good. The gameplay is left intact, which is by far the most important thing. Sega Arcade Gallery is a great way to relive the days you spent quarter after quarter in the arcades.
Compilations von alten Spielen sind seit einiger Zeit in aller Munde. Das hat Sega auch erkannt und bringt Super Hang On, After Burner, Space Harrier und Out Run zusammen auf einem Modul für Nintendos kleinen Modulschlucker auf den Markt. Grafisch wurden alle vier Games 1:1 übernommen. Nur der Sound kommt nicht ganz an die Qualität der Originale heran. Alles in allem bietet diese Kollektion den perfekten Spaß für zwischendurch ohne großartig zu beeindrucken oder abzuschrecken. Für Nostalgiker ohnehin unwiderstehlich.
All four games have been altered slightly to fit the new aspect ratio of the GBA's color LDC screen, but I don't think that much was lost in terms of resolution. SAG offers a quick trip down memory lane, but repeated replaying of all four games will soon get a little stale. You get four games for the price of one cartridge, so the value for money balances out against the relatively short longevity. If you were a fan of these games back in the day, then you could do a lot worse than to give them one final spin.
Mais où sont passés les bonus Monsieur Sega ? C'est un peu fort de café de nous sortir une compilation de grands hits sans aucun ajouts dignes de ce nom. Reste tout de même 4 jeux qui ont marqué leur époque et si l'absence de bornes d'arcade se fait cruellement ressentir, les nostalgiques pourront à loisir se replonger dans ces titres qui ont été pour eux synonymes de dépenses financières inconsidérées.
Obwohl nur vier Spiele, sind doch alle Klassiker vertreten, die der Uralt-Gamer (auch Bit-O-Saurier genannt) (Voooorsicht Bürschchen! Anm. d. Chefmartins) noch aus seiner Jugend kennen und lieben gelernt hat. Einen anderen Wert als den nostalgischen sucht man bei der Sega Arcade Gallery jedoch vergebens, da die Grafik der Altertümchen nun einmal etwas angestaubt und die Spielprinzipien reichlich simpel sind (Gas geben. Geradeaus fahren.). Die Archäologen unter euch dürfen mit leuchtenden Augen zugreifen, der Rest lässt es besser...
Sega Arcade Gallery is somewhat akin to arriving at a picturesque seaside town for a holiday and finding an arcade full of all your favourite classics and they are all on free play…but then you find yourself set upon by a marauding gang of horny sailors on shore-leave whilst you’re playing. It looks the same, it sounds the same, but the feeling is somewhat more unpleasant…
The best and worst thing about the GBA is that it's given every publisher and developer the license to trawl back through the archives and revive some of the old classics. With the hundreds of classics released over the past twenty or more years to draw upon, the way is clear for a whole new audience to sample some simple, good old-fashioned gameplay in a an era when graphics didn't matter, blah blah, pure addictive one more go, blah.