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Gunstar Heroes (Genesis)

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
4.0
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

A truly stunning action game, with surprises and magic at every turn Martin Smith (63138) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Did I Miss Something? Liam Dowds (51) 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars
Gunstar! GUNSTAR!! GUNSTAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRR!!!!!! Satoshi Kunsai (1813) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.3
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.1
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.8
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.6
Overall MobyScore (62 votes) 4.0


The Press Says

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100
GamePro (US)
This cart doesn't blast open new territory, but it soups up a standard shoot-out game with murderous action, excellent controls and imaginative gamer design. Gunstar Heroes is a certified Genesis gun star.
100
GamesFirst!
The game is over ten years old now, and I still prefer it to the majority of game offerings that exist today, especially when I am playing it on the extreme difficulty level, which is pure madness. I have never actually beat the game on Extreme-- I just love the chaos, which makes normal games seem boring by comparison. So if you can find a copy of Gunstar Heroes, I highly recommend it. I would also suggest keeping an eye out for the Game Gear version of this game that also did not get much attention and was released a couple years later. It was almost enough to get me to buy a Game Gear. Almost.
100
Sega-16.com
Gunstar Heroes is simply one of the best games ever made, period. Too many games use beautiful graphics and stellar effects to cover up a lack of game play instead of complimenting it. Gunstar proves that both can exist in tandem and produce awesome results. Play it. Buy it. Savor it. This is as good as it gets.
97
Sega Collectors Guild
This is one of the greatest action games of all time. It is one of the greatest 16-bit games of all time. It needs to be in your game library. It almost sounds like I'm trying to brainwash you. Sorry about that. Seriously though. Gunstar Heroes is an excellent game. Unless you absolutely despise action games and shooting games, you'll enjoy it. It's Treasure at its best, and that's saying something. If it weren't for the minor issue of slowdown in the two-player mode, you'd be looking at a flawless game.
95
Lens of Truth
The tight controls and great weapon combinations, the fantastic action-packed graphics and sound make Gunstar Heroes my choice for best run & gunner of all time. Its also the best game to ever be released for the Sega Genesis and if your at all a fan of the genre, I can’t recommend you to play this game enough. Treasure has gone on to make more incredible games but GH was their first and still one of their best.
95
OJGames
Hay veces que un juego es capaz de hacer vender consolas. Hay otras veces que un juego marca estilo y crea pautas que otros muchos siguen después. Son pocas las veces que una compañía se estrena con un juego que consigue ambas cosas, y Treasure lo hizo con "Gunstar Heroes". Un grandísimo juego, emocionante, sobresaliente a nivel gráfico y frenético en la jugabilidad. Con todas las señas de identidad que su compañía impregnaría después en cada producción y, sobre todo, sobrado de carisma. Algo que hace que sus seguidores se cuenten por legiones años después de la desaparición de los 16 bits. Pronto podremos volver a disfrutar del juego en una versión para Playstation 2 llamada "Gunstar Heroes Treasure Box", donde también se incluirán los clásicos "Alien Soldier" y "Dynamite Headdy".
95
Shin Force
Gunstar Heroes is a classic in every sense of the word. I'm not joking when I say that Gunstar Heroes is perhaps the best side scrolling shoot 'em up ever to grace a 16 bit console. Fans of this game should seriously consider checking out Treasure's Alien Soldier for more explosive action.
95
Game Freaks 365
Simply put, Gunstar Heroes is a frenetic, fast-paced treasure (no pun intended) that any Genesis, or Wii owner for that matter, should not overlook. This could easily be classified as one of the best games ever created. It just goes to show how fun video games used to be and can still be today. This is the type of game that instead of building dust on a collector's shelf should be building a new generation of gamers. Forget Halo and Grand Theft Auto, this is the real deal. This is what video games are meant to be like.
94
Player One
Un jeu novateur à la réalisation incroyable qui vous fera passer de folles nuits d'amour avec votre Megadrive.
91
The Video Game Critic
Gunstar Heroes is loaded with laugh-out-loud humor, and I'll never forget the flea-sized "boss" who tossed me clear across the screen! Its cool how the life meters of bosses take the form of numeric counters - it's always satisfying to watch them count down. Despite its overall greatness, there are a few minor flaws. First, in two-player mode the players look very similar, so it's easy to confuse them in the heat of the battle. When in close proximity, you often throw your partner inadvertently. Also, your score is never displayed after the game ends, so your only real goal is to finish the game. That's okay, because there are three skill levels and it's not very long to begin with. Collectors and shooter fans should try to track down Gunstar Heroes at all costs. This game pushes your Genesis to the limit!
90
Jeuxvideo.com
Très apprécié des joueurs et de la presse spécialisée lors de sa sortie originelle sur Megadrive, le titre de Treasure s'est imposé en tant que référence du jeu d'action à l'époque. L'originalité de l'architecture des niveaux et les nombreuses modifications de gameplay qui ont lieu en cours de partie le rendent toujours aussi accrocheur qu'en son temps. Tout le monde peut y trouver son compte ; simple joueur en quête d'adrénaline ou gamer à la recherche de défis, le jeu s'adapte à tout le monde grâce à ses modes de difficulté savamment dosés. Pour peu que vous sachiez apprécier un bon jeu d'action, vous pouvez y aller les yeux fermés : ce titre a tout les atouts pour vous ravir. Il n'a pas fallu attendre que Treasure se fasse la main avant de sortir des hits incontournables, Gunstar Heroes est là pour le prouver.
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GamesAreFun.com (GAF)
Gunstar Heroes is still a common game mentioned when bringing up the topic of best side-scrolling shooters ever made, and both Gunstar Heroes and Radiant Silvergun are the games Treasure is most well-known by. Some believe Treasure suffers from the Orson Welles complex, having given their best stuff right at the start. But as long as Treasure continues to make quality titles, the opportunity will always be available...
86
Megablast
Auch grafisch setzen die Gunstars Maßstäbe, denn Zoom- und Dreheffekte sind an der Tagesordnung. während Hundertschaften von Sprites gleichzeitig durch die megabunten Landschaften stürmen, die in einem Höllentempo in alle Richtungen scrollen - und nirgends ist auch nur das geringste Ruckeln oder Flackern zu sehen! Die Opto-Orgie wird von mitreißenden Musikstücken und knalligen Sound-FX begleitet, die Steuerung läßt nach kurzer Eingewöhnung selbst komplexe Manöver locker von der Hand gehen. Fazit: Ein Actionspektakel, bei dem man das Joypad so schnell nicht wieder aus der Hand legen wird.
83
Power Play
Das fetzt gewaltig! Sind zwei Gunstar-Ballerknaben gleichzeitig unterwegs, geht auf dem Bildschirm tüchtig die Post ab. Hier wird geröstet, da gelasert, dort explodiert. - Was stört's, wenn dabei die Grafik mal in die Knie geht und leichte Ruckelansätze zeigt. Sega hat so viele witzige Ideen in dem Modul untergebracht, daß man guten Gewissens nachsichtig wird. Allein schon durch die Würfelspieleinlage im vierten Level und die abgedreht schrägen Comicgegner lohnt sich der Kauf des Moduls. Durch die pflegeleichte Kombinierbarkeit der Waffen wird auch ballertechnisch für reichlich Abwechslung gesorgt. Eine wichtige Einschränkung muß man allerdings machen: Gunstar Heroes sollte man sich nur im Doppelpack geben – sitzt man allein vorm Mega Drive, wird auch der Spielspaß halbiert. Wer auf der Suche nach einem unkomplizierten, witzigen und originellen Actionspiel wird, darf loswüten.
83
Netjak
In some ways, I feel almost bad taking cracks at Gunstar Heroes. For a company's first game, it's extremely well-made, and the control scheme alone makes it worth going through the game, particularly in its seamless two-player mode. However, the game's shortness combined with its blatant missteps means that this is a classic that only more dedicated gamers will really appreciate. Like any first work, it's a bit raw at times – but because it saves its best for the moments that matter most, Gunstar Heroes is the kind of initial offering anyone would be proud of.
80
Mega Fun
Sega schlägt mal wieder zu. Mit Gunstar Heroes liefern sie ein tolles Jump 'n Shoot ab das sich sehen lassen kann. Verhältnismäßig gute Grafik, ein paar gute Ideen, nur der Sound ist nicht so toll. Aber sei's drum? Wer Gunstar Heroes alleine spielt, wird die meiste Freude haben. Zu zweit wird das Spiel ziemlich hektisch, denn wenn Ihr Euch im Eifer des Gefechts zu nahe kommt, werft Ihr Euch nur gegenseitig in der Gegend rum. Das zieht an der Lebensenergie, besonders wenn Ihr in einer Feindesschar landet oder von einer Plattform fallt. Trotzdem solltet Ihr zugreifen, vor allem weil die unendlichen Continues das Wegwerfsyndrom schnell verdauen lassen. Gunstar Heroes ist auf alle Fälle einen Blick wert, drum: Laßt die Kanonen sprechen.
80
Retrogaming.it
E se non avete ancora visto un action che diventa anche gioco dell’oca, è il momento di provare GH. Fatelo come atto di fede, ma non aspettatevi un capolavoro nel senso classico del termine.
60
HonestGamers
Because the game is so forgiving, and because its visuals are so bright and cheery, I can't help but think that when Treasure set out to develop Gunstar Heroes, they wanted to make a Contra for kids. In that regard, the game succeeds admirably. It's just the kind of game I can imagine two elementary children playing together after school while their older brothers play Contra in the next room. And if that's something that Konami didn't want to release, maybe the formation of Treasure wasn't so ironic after all. Sadly, my search for irony in video games is stalled. I'm left holding ten thousand spoons.
60
Edge
It looks good, sounds good and plays well, but after completing the game, you get no great urge to return to it, even with two players. There are no hidden levels to find, no secret screens - you get what you see. Gunstar Heroes is great while it lasts, but it does not last long.