Altered Beast (SEGA Master System)

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Critic Score
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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 2.3
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.0
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 2.9
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 2.9
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 2.9
Overall User Score (15 votes) 2.8


Critic Reviews

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90
GamesCollection
Altered Beast è sempre stato uno dei miei giochi preferiti. Rivivere le emozioni provate in sala giochi seduto comodamente a casa mia fu un'emozione indescrivibile. Certo la conversione non è paragonabile all'originale, ma difficilmente si poteva fare di meglio.
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VideoGame
Para enfrentar Neff, seu inimigo, lutando ainda contra os escravos dele, um centurião romano vai tomando pílulas de transformação, qu estão no interior dos lobos brancos de três cabeças. A missão é trazer de volta Athena, filha de Zeus, o principal geus grego.
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ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
Not very imaginative in gameplay, but notable for its classy graphics. The wolfman, however, adds to the fun considerably, because as well as shooting fireballs he can launch himself across screen and lay waste to all who stand before him.
60
Computer and Video Games (CVG)
I love arcade Altered Beast, but found this conversion a great disappointment. The graphics are alright - a bit indistinct at times and the sound is excellent, but the game plays rather slowly and is marred by some annoyingly tight collision detection. There just isn't enough game for your money.
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All Game Guide
Altered Beast stands out from other action games on the Master System because of the larger characters and interesting morphing concept. Unfortunately, it doesn't play very well. If you really want a copy of this Arcade hit, the Sega Genesis version is obviously a better choice. Other than the usual graphics and sound improvements, you also get a level with a werebear, plus a two-player option.
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Defunct Games
There was a time when a game like Altered Beast could be loved and admired, but those days went out around the time people stopped using the RF Switch. This is an extremely easy action game with very little depth and no replay value. Too much of it is just the same thing over and over with almost no reward. If you're going to experience Altered Beast make sure and do it on the Genesis, but really, at this point, there's almost no reason to want to play this Sega oldie.
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Pixel-Heroes.de
Die Master System-Umsetzung sieht für die Verhältnisse des 8 Bit-Geräts ordentlich aus, spielt sich aber sehr träge. Der langsame Spielfluss und das viele Geflacker lassen nicht allzu viel Freude aufkommen. Außerdem sind noch einige Beschneidungen festzustellen. So muss man hierbei nicht nur auf den 2-Player Modus verzichten, sondern auch noch auf einen ganzen Level. Darüber hinaus erfolgt die vollständige Verwandlung unseres Protagonisten zur Bestie nicht über drei sondern zwei Power up-Kugeln. Wie dem auch sei, spielen tut sich das Spiel recht gut, wenn man bereit ist, sich auf das langsame Tempo einzulassen. Mit dem einen Gnaden-Continue kann man es problemlos weit schaffen. In der Wertung gibt es trotzdem einen Punkt weniger.
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ASM (Aktueller Software Markt)
Nun die Schelte: Technisch präsentiert sich ALTERED BEAST als ein Meisterwerk der „Flackerkunst“. Der Held des Ganzen hat die Möglichkeit, seine Gegner zusammenzutreten (Feuerknopf 1), Faustschläge zu verteilen (Feuerknopf 2) oder mittels beider Feuerknöpfe seine Gegner zu überspringen. Da es oft zu einem unüberschaubaren „Handgemenge“ mit zahlreichen Gegnern kommt, stört die Flackerei natürlich ungemein. Das Scrolling ist einerseits unsauber, andererseits seht sehr langsam, was den Effekt mit sich bringt, daß der Spieler vor dem Screen wohl schnell ermüden wird. Gegen die Grafik könnte man prinzipiell nichts einwenden. Einzelne Sprites wurden schön gezeichnet, auch die Kulisse sieht sehr ansprechend aus. Leider jedoch gehen die Einzelheiten mit dem Geflacker total unter, so daß man zwangsläufig nur noch von einer technischen Katastrophe sprechen kann...
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The Games Machine (UK)
The hero, in all his forms, is very nicely defined and coloured but poor animation spoils the effect. Other sprites are less effective and the mediocre backdrops scroll slowly and jerkily. Plain music fails to generate any tension and the few samples are not that convincing.
30
HonestGamers
Finally, the worst shortcoming of all is the lack of damage control. If you get hit once from an enemy on the left, pray to your god of choice (Zeus?) that there isn’t an enemy on the right or you’ll be juggled to death. Unfortunately, Altered Beast is another game that severely limits the time that you should be invincible after taking damage. So, back and forth you’ll be bounced, the familiar scene made almost comical by the slowness of it all, with the equally sluggish and repetitive music playing as a requiem in the background. The tunes seem to pity their own existence, their own participation in this ramshackle product. Don’t you participate too; this is horrible stuff.
17
Power Play
Bei der Master System-Version wurde dann alles das verbockt, was die Mega-Drive-Version spielenswert macht. Schlechte Grafik, flackernde Sprites, ungenaue Steuerung, teilweise nicht spielbare Spielsituationen und obendrein noch ein mieser Sound reizen nur noch zum Ausschalten.
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Game Freaks 365
In conclusion there is really only one thing to say. Don't play this game. If you really want to play Altered Beast you have two options that are much better. One, should you get lucky, pop in a quarter or few and play the original if you see it around. Two, buy it for the Genesis/Mega Drive for a couple of dollars. That version is much closer and by far much better. The fact that Sega decided to release the same game at the same time for both systems is totally ridiculous. They had a converter to play SMS games on the 16-bit unit and a better version of this title for it. I have no clue how many sorry children had this forced upon them by parents who refused to upgrade, but hopefully the numbers were small. Based on the current rate of depression and anxiety in this country, it's still up for debate.