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Ground Zero Texas (SEGA CD)

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Space aliens are infiltrating the U.S. from a sleepy little town on the Texas/Mexico border, snatching bodies and paving the way for a greater invasion. Those they abduct return as Pod People-like drones, normal in appearance until they reveal themselves. The government's response is you - a technician driving custom-built gun cameras mounted around the town. Similar to Night Trap or Double Switch, you must monitor the town for alien activity, and respond to protect the lives of the citizens and your agents.

The game is played entirely through four camera feeds from locations around the town. They mostly show loops of banal activity, but indicators will alert you when important action is occurring at that location. Switching to that camera will allow you to watch crucial plot clips, or defend that camera from aliens in a single-screen shooting gallery. As cameras take more damage, the picture from that feed degrades until the camera itself is destroyed.

The goal is pretty much to juggle between cameras so as not to miss an important plot point, while defending them from attackers or saving citizens from being abducted. In a neat twist, citizens who you failed to save may appear later as disguised aliens themselves.

As the game progresses, the invasion increases and becomes more violent, but the basic concept of switching between cameras and engaging in video shooting galleries remains unchanged.

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Ground Zero Texas SEGA CD Action scene
Ground Zero Texas SEGA CD One view of the town
Ground Zero Texas SEGA CD Taking out an alien hiding in a human host
Ground Zero Texas SEGA CD You are briefed on the operation of the command console

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The Press Says

Power Unlimited Mar, 1994 8.8 out of 10 88
Mega Fun Feb, 1994 76 out of 100 76
GamePro (US) Mar, 1994 3.5 out of 5 70
Edge Mar, 1994 5 out of 10 50
Game Players Feb, 1994 47 out of 100 47
High Score May, 1994 2 out of 5 40
The Video Game Critic Jul 18, 2003 D+ 33
Defunct Games Sep 24, 2006 30 out of 100 30
Just Games Retro Jan 15, 2003 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars 30
Sega-16.com Mar 05, 2007 2 out of 10 20

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BurningStickMan (17738) added Ground Zero Texas (SEGA CD) on Sep 03, 2006