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So this is the CD-ROM then is it? The animation is very impressive, but there isn't as much of it as you might think. Still, the gameplay's what counts and Heavy Nova has a few novel twists. For one thing, we all thought this was going to be a straightforward arcade beat em up, but this is really two different games. That's the whole problem with Heavy Nova. It's alright. You've probably been expecting the Mega CD to be some kind of super dream machine. It may well, be, but Heavy Nova doesn't show it off. Neat graphics, slick animation and impressive music, but nothing special at all.
The greatest joy of owning Heavy Nova comes from that initial meeting, that first blush of nostalgia between gamer and game. It’s the moment where what Heavy Nova represents – nostalgia, history, a connection to an era now a quarter-century past – can be felt in your retro gamer bones. Actually playing the game is the most anticlimactic next step possible. Better to put it back on the shelf where it belongs, beside other Mega CD games of much higher quality.
Heavy Nova gehörte spielerisch und technisch zu den schwächsten Mega-Drive-Spielen. Kümmerliche Roboterkämpfe vor blassen Grafiken langweilten die Spieler.