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Originally retailing for $199, Action 52 is an unlicensed but legal multi-cart packing 52 original NES games of extremely poor quality.
At the end of the day, Action 52 is a bizarre gaming experience that feels like a never-ending fever dream.
Bottom line: none of the games on Action 52 are worthwhile, and the collection as a whole doesn't possess a single redeeming quality.
Here's the good news: there really ARE 52 games in this single cartridge. Also, the game has a nice intro with hip-hop sampled music, speech synthesis and a very excited Cheetahman. Now the bad news: you'll be hard-pressed to find any of these 52 games worth playing. They range from pretty bad to very very bad. Common issues across games include poor graphics and sound, terrible collision detection, and dull gameplay. Some games have specific problems, such as enemies that suddenly appear on top of you.
The only reason, truthfully, that this game gets any attention is that it's not that easy to find. Still, if you really want it for this reason don't pay too much. Here's all I need to say to finish up. After playing it for about fifteen minutes, I smelled this warm plastic stench and turned off the NES. Damn Action 52 was actually a cookin'. Seriously, it was so warm if it were negative twenty outside I could have returned my body temperature to normal within a few seconds with this crooked thing. I'm not sure what basement goof trooping they did to figure the electronics out, but be careful because the thing may end up cooking your NES if you actually play it for more than a half hour. Is there a greater example of why free market is sometimes not the best idea?
And it all comes down to this: The Cheetahmen. Why talk about The Cheetahmen? It’s terrible. I hate Action-52. I hate every single game contained within its soulless design. It has wretched graphics, horrid play control, and disgraceful gameplay. The few people involved with this game should be ashamed of themselves. They should be ashamed of charging people two hundred dollars for a broken piece of crap. May Action-52 continue to be thought of as one of the worst games of all time. It truly is as bad as everyone says it is, and worse.
Every game has bugs. Every game has boring or downright awful gameplay. Every game is an abomination to the videogame industry as a whole. Don’t you dare trust that “Action Seal of Quality Assurance” on the box cover!