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The Steel Empire (Genesis)

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

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Category Description MobyScore
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.6
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.4
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 2.6
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 2.8
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.4
Overall MobyScore (5 votes) 3.2

The Press Says

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Computer and Video Games (CVG)
The only thing that turned me off was the sound - It's an ambitious attempt to add atmosphere which doesn't really come off. Gameplay is excellent - lots to do, lots to see and lots to shoot. The extra weapons are not too inspiring but you'll need to collect them anyway. This is the first decent Megadrive shooter for ages and it's one that blast fans can't do without!
Sega Force
Spelet har bra grafik, tunga bossar, hysteriskt nervslitande musik (inte särskilt bra, men den funkar perfekt till detta spel), alla banorna är olika, liksom alla fiender. Det tråkiga med Empire Of Steel är att det är lite för lätt. Jag spelade igenom det på tre dagar, och jag tycker nog det borde vara lite svårare och räcka lite längre än så, i och för sig kan man välja "HARD" på option vilket jag inte gjorde (tack och lov). Sedan har vi det vanliga S-T-U-spelssyndromet, man tröttnar på dem ganska snabbt, och det gäller även Empire Of Steel. Men förväntar du dig inget annat än ett shoot-them-up av hög kvalitet, så har du en höjdare i EOS, helt klart värt att kolla.
Molteplici fattori fanno di Steel Empire un acquisto obbligato per ogni cultore dello shoot'em up. Unico nel suo genere, grazie soprattutto alle scelte stilistiche particolarmente ispirate, saprà affascinare ogni giocatore. Peccato solo per i rallentamenti...
Aujourd'hui considéré comme rétro pour sa sortie en 1992, Steel Empire s'est bonifié avec l'âge grâce à son style steampunk lui-même rétro. Alliage de simplicité et d'originalité, en osmose avec son support Megadrive, ce petit shoot accessible offre une expérience unique qui devrait beaucoup plaire à certains malgré des ralentissements importants mais pas forcément gênants. Faites-moi donc vrombir ces tas de ferraille ! Vous risquez d'être séduit.
The Video Game Critic
Once your get past the dull-colored intro, you'll be surprised to see how bright and colorful Steel Empire is. Besides large blimps and other mechanical monstrosities, you'll see many strange creatures. Flying windmills. Flying fish wearing Santa Claus hats. The screen scrolls every which way, often reversing itself. That's OK because you can shoot in both directions, and your firepower is pretty good. There is some slowdown during encounters with large bosses, but you'll be grateful for it because it improves your control. You also have a supply of smart bombs. There are seven levels, and you get three continues. Steel Empire is not a bad choice for shooter fans.
Joystick (French)
Steel Empire est un jeu de tir plein de bonnes idées, mais dont la réalisation ne suis pas toujours, ce qui est assez dommage pour un jeu qui aurait pu être excellent.
To blaze your way through Steel Empire from start to finish is an entertaining experience, if not a particularly repeatable one. It is perhaps worth playing through at least twice, to try each level with the two selectable aircraft, but undoubtedly you will settle on one as your favourite and stick with it against what hints in the level briefings otherwise suggest. I found the 'leveling-up' system for weapon enhancement to be restrictive compared to the half-dozen or so individual weapon sets available in most other shooters, but it certainly allows you to think less about which items to collect in the heat of battle. The ability to fire behind your craft makes for superior rear defense, and is a very useful feature handled well in Steel Empire. It is an enjoyable enough shooter with a unique feel, and (like many Genesis games of similar quality) worthwhile picking up if found for a sensible price, preferably single digit.
Digital Press - Classic Video Games
"Steel Empire" isn't a shooter that's going to satisfy a hardcore shooter fans appetite. It's not particularly tense for the most of the game, it's excessively easy, and all of this has been done better before. That doesn't mean it's not worth playing. It does try to be unique in its premise and bi-directional shooting is a nice touch. It just desperately needs a multi-player mode, more processing power, and larger variety in the boss battles.
Power Play
Steel Empire sieht recht hübsch aus, vermittelt gekonnt das Flair des 19. Jahrhunderts und hätte somit das Zeug zum guten Ballerspiel - wären da nicht peinliche programmiertechnische Schlampereien. Tummelt sich mehr als eine Handvoll Sprites auf dem Bildschirm, fängt das Programm dermaßen an zu stottern, daß man glaubt, es leide an Schüttelfrost. Daß Steel Empire bei den großen Obermotzen nicht gänzlich stehen bleibt, grenzt an ein Wunder. Fazit: "Slow Motion" bei vielen Sprites macht das Spiel zwar einfacher (nach zwei Stunden hatte ich's durch), aber auch wesentlich nerviger. Ein Jammer um die durchaus vorhandenen spielerischen Qualitäten und Gags.
In nearly every way, the game is not only uninteresting, but worse than typical Genesis fare. Even a shooter fan who just wants to test his or her skill will breeze through this in one or two sittings. Steel Empire desperately reaches for average, but it still manages to miss that humble mark. Add one more broken body to the pile of unremarkable shooters.