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ESWAT: City under Siege (Genesis)

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Category Description MobyScore
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.1
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.5
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.6
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.5
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.5
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.5
Overall MobyScore (11 votes) 3.5

The Press Says

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Computer and Video Games (CVG)
Basically, ESWAT is Super Shinobi with all sorts of mega guns and hulking great suits of cyber-armour. But even though it's not very original, it's one hell of a game. The sprites and backdrops are excellent, with brilliant parallax scrolling scenery, and all manner of beautifully animated baddies to blow into oblivion. The music is also great, with a variety of racing rock tunes and some meaty effects enhancing the atmosphere no end. The difficulty level is nicely balanced to draw you into the game, and it doesn't take long to get to level four, but from there on things get pretty tough, and it takes quite some practice to crack the remaining four levels. And even if you get through the game, there are a further three difficulty levels to challenge you, adding extra lasting appeal. If you're after a slick and highly playable arcade game, ESWAT is the one to go for.
Mean Machines
After the disappointing Master System version of ESWAT, it's nice to see that the Megadrive game is a whole lot more playable, with classy audio-visuals to match. It's also quite difficult with even the easy level being a great challenge to complete. The super extra weaponry is simply icing on a pretty substantial cake. Although it's nothing much like the coin-op original, I actually think that the Megadrive game is a lot better than the arcade, with better weapons and more addictive gameplay. Highly recommended to all blasting addicts.
ESWAT, c'est un jeu d'action comme Sega sait bien les faire et que la Mega Drive est toujours prête à accueillir hospitalièrement, de la science-fiction qui trouve son inspiration scénaristique dans Robocop et son inspiration ludique dans Shinobi et quelques autres. Il ne ressemble pas du tout au jeu d'arcade du même nom, mais c'est peut-être mieux comme ça car il a son âme propre. On aurait juste aimé un peu plus d'aboutissement dans ses différentes branches: des niveaux plus longs, une difficulté mieux dosée, certaines portions retravaillées, et une jouabilité plus flexible, auraient pu en faire un hit. Mais on ne fera pas la fine bouche.
Joystick (French)
Le seul petit défaut, insignifiant lorsque l'on est plongé dans le feu de l'action, pouvant gêner le spectateur regardant son copain jouer: c'est le déplacement du policier lui-même. Un mouvement un peu plus sophistiqué, mettant en œuvre un peu plus d'images, enfin autant que dans la version d'arcade, aurait été le bienvenu. Mis à part ce léger faux pas, Eswat est un très bon jeu, difficile à souhait, qui fera passer de longues heures à tous ceux qui craqueront en lisant ce petit test. Un, deux, trois, c'est parti.
The Games Machine (UK)
With colourful, well-defined sprites and a bucketful of tunes, sound fx and speech, ESWAT is one heck of a game. The RoboCop-esque intro sequence is particularly good, and sets graphical standards that are paralleled throughout the game. The obligatory Sounds Test option is also available, much to the annoyance of everyone else around you when the computer keeps saying 'EEEESWAT' in a gruff American accent.
ESWAT é a força policial mais eficiente dos Estados Unidos, contando com policiais cibernéticos ao melhor estilo Robocop. EYE é uma organização terrorista que planeja conquistar o mundo. Para tentar frustrar os planos da EYE, o melhor policial foi designado. E você deve ajudá-lo, enfrentando os chefes terroristas em oito emocionantes combates.
Power Play
Daß es die Polizei in zukünftigen Jahren mit der Verbrechensbekämpfung nicht ganz leicht haben wird, wissen wir alle spätestens seit dem Kinostreifen "Robocop". Das Actionspiel "E-Swat" schlägt in die gleiche Kerbe. In nicht allzu ferner Zukunft wird die Menschheit von einer weltumspannenden Terrororganisation, genannt EYE, bedroht. Die normale Polizei ist hilflos, und so wird kurzerhand die Spezialtruppe "E-Swat" gegründet. Nur die besten Polizisten dürfen hier mitmischen. Die, die es geschafft haben, kriegen eine dicke Rüstung statt einer Uniform, großkalibrige Waffen statt der einfachen 45er und einen Rucksack mit Raketenantrieb.
  • Too easy and repetitive.
  • Initially interesting and compelling.
ESWAT isn't a bad game, but it's not that good either. I gave it an extra point for trying. Sega's always been known for it's creativity throughout all the ages (After Burner, Comix Zone, Shenmue.....), but this is one of their games that remind us that innovation doesn't ALWAYS go right.