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Sewer Shark has great full motion video and a great on screen narrated story, it's an impressive and fun game on a great new format. As a full motion shooter it doesn't quite reach the intensity of Cobra Command, but for a well rounded game that yells back at you, it's the best. Great ending, too (cartridge music?!?).
Sewer Shark is nog zo'n interactieve film die de mogelijkheden van de Sega CD benutte. Het was dan ook een van de redenen dat het apparaat flopte. De beelden waren van lage kwaliteit en het spel was saai en kort. Wel goeie stemgeluiden.
The 2D art on-screen will often appear around the video window to make you feel as if you're really inside the cockpit, cut scenes with your co-pilot appear on a little HUD display, and you definitely need to keep your ears open for little surprises, so the game definitely keeps you on your toes. The video is fun to watch, and the game's control is decent, and there's nothing that's unreasonably hard to pull off. There is even a decent amount of challenge. That's really all I can say. If you appreciate full motion video games, Sewer Shark of course is hands down a classic. The video quality is good, and believe me there is a spectrum. Some Sega CD titles have video quality that is tantamount to vomit, so this title does a great job. I give it a 7 because although it's a fun game, it's a little too easy and not quite long enough. What else can I say? SHOOT THE TUBES DOGMEAT!!
Just Games Retro
Technically, the game is sound. The graphics still show the usual pixelation and blurriness rampant in Sega CD games, but it seems a little more manageable here, as they are shown in small windows and aren't stretched to fill the full screen. Dykstra's sewers look fantastic in motion, especially considering this is one of the first full-motion video (FMV) games. Controls work great, and the effects and music are just fine. However, the game itself isn't a particularly difficult or enjoyable shooter. The designers seem to know that their video is the strong point, so they want to get you to the next cutscene as fast and easily as possible. This will not set well if you're looking for a challenge, but does invite you to lay back and enjoy the game. It's worth playing through once for the story and the characters, but there's not much here worth returning for. If you can't find this game, you're missing some laughs, but nothing else.
Digital Press - Classic Video Games
The whole game isn't meant to be taken seriously. That shouldn't affect your enjoyment though. It's cheesy like all of the other acting in FMV games but gives you your laughs. This could be one of the Sega CD's best games had it been able to pull off a higher frame rate and resolution.
So, there you have it; another FMV game which you never really feel in control of, complete with bad acting and crummy visuals. Even the juggernaut behind Mutato Musika couldn't fully redeem this one.
All Game Guide
There's not much to Sewer Shark in terms of gameplay - you only get one life, and if you take the wrong turn, you'll "Hit the wall" - meaning, game over. Sewer Shark isn't really worth playing, it just makes you thankful that this type of game didn't catch on.
The Video Game Critic
His overacting is annoying, but at least he's got spirit. You'll also meet other pilots, an idiotic robot (a weak attempt at comic relief), and your nasty boss who'll let you know just how bad a job you're doing. But the basic gameplay involves traveling through a never-ending tube, shooting pixilated rats by aiming crosshairs. You periodically need to change tubes in response to verbal directions. It's hard to see the holes leading to other tubes coming, making navigation difficult. It's all very confusing in general. And since Sewer Shark is linear (with no password), you'll have to sit through the same lame video sequences each time you play. Not very exciting.
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