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The graphics are beautiful, the sound sets the atmosphere. The character control is superb with many different stance positions.
Computer and Video Games (CVG)
What I liked most about Midnight Resistance is that it's quite an unusual shoot em up for a Megadrive, ie, there are no spaceships and not hardly any multi-level parallax scrolling. That and the fact that the graphics and music are both very good indeed made this a game I came back to several times, but every time I was cursing that control method! Lovers of the arcade game would probably have enough enthusiasm to persevere with it, but if that doesn't include you, try to have a go before spending the money.
I didn't think much of the coin-op, but strangely enough, I really like this Megadrive conversion. I think it must have something to do with the instantly accessible and addictive gameplay and the varied power-up weaponry on offer. It's just great fun to play, with plenty of goons to blast into next week and some huge enemy hardware to blow up - my kind of fun! The control method takes a while to get the best out of, but a few minutes practice reaps plenty of rewards and our commando hero proves to be just as athletic and mobile as his coin-op counterpart. I must mention the music - it's great! Superb, hummable tunes accompany the blasting action and you'll wish the explosive effects are quieter so you can hear the music more clearly! I strongly recommend this to anyone after a good blast.
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The enemies are mainly generic soldiers, but you'll also face some large vehicles like tanks and fighter jets. The large mechanical bosses are relatively easy to beat thank goodness. Part of what makes Midnight Resistance so fun is the controls. By holding the B button, you can fire in one direction while running in another. Another control option allows you to use B to rotate your fire, but I found that needlessly confusing. While Midnight Resistance is undeniably fun, it is less impressive technically. The graphics are varied and colorful, but slowdown occurs quite a bit. In some stages, the game pauses to draw the next screen, which is pretty lame. But those problems wouldn't keep me from recommending this intense shooter.
Il y a bien parfois des petits problèmes de maniabilité et quelques petits bugs lors des changements d'écrans, mais on peut pardonner tant le jeu est prenant et riche.
Indeed, the graphic artist should have been given the sack as the backgrounds on the first two levels are none too inspiring either. It's just as well the original concept was pretty darn foolproof otherwise this would be one for the bin (and all that coming from a fan of the coin-op!).
Character control in Midnight Resistance takes concentration at first, but then it's simple to make your character fun, jump, crouch, and shoot. If you're in the mood for take-no-prisoners shoot-'em-up action, you won't be able to resist Midnight Resistance!
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
Midnight Resistance is awesome!! The super-powered weapons blow me away, and the backgrounds are incredible! The worst part about Midnight Resistance is that it's too easy! Come on guys, this game was much harder in the arcade, and challenging. Still, it's a great game.
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
Indeed, the whole game is spoiled with rough-edge coding and an unpleasant feel. If there were any Megadrive gamers still happy to buy a coin-op conversion simply because of their fondness for the original, Midnight Resistance should convince them otherwise.
“Midnight Resistance“ ist eine Art Mischung aus “Strider“ und “Probotector“ und dürfte damit (da letzteres für das Mega Drive nicht erschienen ist) für Ballerfreunde eine der interessantesten Neuerscheinungen sein. Die Grafik ist mit ihren großen Sprites und bunten Hintergründen recht imposant; leider flackert die Geschichte hier und da. Optisch bleibt Midnight Resistance so nur knapp über dem Durchschnitt. Für die Musik gilt ähnliches: Eine über weite Strecken uninspirierte Hintergrundmusik untermalt das monotone Gewummere, das zu einem actionlastigen Spiel wie diesem jedoch recht gut paßt. Das Spielprinzip ist nicht neu, aber solide aufbereitet. Für Fans des Genres ein feiner Happen, alle anderen sollten vor dem Kauf einen verlängerten Blick auf die Ballerei werfen.
Trantor würde beim Anblick des Extrawaffen-Flammenwerfers vom Midnight Resistance-Helden sicherlich vor Neid erblassen. Da wird gebruzelt, was das Joypad hergibt. Trotz der eigenwilligen Steuerung und etwas schwachen Grafik (zumindest in den ersten Stufen - später wird es schöner) ballert man sich gerne von Level zu Level. Durch immer verzwicktere Spielstufen (Hilfe, wo bin ich?) und gemeinere Gegnerformationen (Hilfe, was wollt ihr?) wird genügend Abwechslung geboten. Midnight Resistance ist angesichts der Ballerübermacht sicher nicht das brillanteste Actionspiel, Spaß macht's aber allemal.
Despite all of my trash-talking about this game, I still think that it's worth buying. Simply because you can get it for 1.50 at Funcoland or somewhere! It's a bit of fun the first one or two times you play through.