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I do like how both you and the monsters have "life meters" during fights, but I hate it when the monster's meter runs out before the battle is actually over, meaning you'll just be watching the end of the fight. The first stage is a long, wild ride, but the subsequent stages are shorter and less involved. There might not be much of a game here, but Masked Rider is still quite enjoyable.
Being in the FMV genre, this game will already be hated by some. Honestly, though, it is one of the better FMV games out there, especially for the Sega CD, and I'll probably be hounded for rating it too high but I did end up enjoying this game, even with its problems. If you're fine with watching guys in suits duking it out while being badly dubbed into English, then you'll probably get some enjoyment from this game, but this is definitely more for fans of FMV.
Overall, The Masked Rider is not the dud you might think it to be. Despite its inevitable repetitiveness (unless you beat the game the first time you play it, which is possible but unlikely), it provides for a generally fun way to waste 45 minutes or so. And it kind of makes you want to watch some TV.
Somewhere, you may find a video store where you can rent this Japanese tape (untranslated probably), in which case you won't have to work so hard to see the show. The Masked Rider's great for a one-night ride.
I'm glad that Sega of America is not afraid to release a game that was afraid to release a game that was specifically designed for Japanese audiences; in fact, there are a lot of American Kamen Rider fans who will be stoked to hear that such a game even exists. Unfortunately, like the Sega CD version of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Masked Rider Zo is not as much fun to play as it is to watch. I would have enjoyed it a lot more if it had been a video tape.