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Thunder Force V: Perfect System

MobyRank MobyScore
SEGA Saturn
...
3.7
PSP
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...
PlayStation
74
3.8
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Description

The first installment in the Thunder Force series made for 32-bit consoles. As a pilot for the Thunder Force group, it's up to you to destroy an evil alien race bent on destroying the Earth and all of its inhabitants. As in its predecessors, the gameplay is fast and furious, with more powerful weapons. All weapons now have an extra powerful blast mode, triggered by holding down the fire button. Sprites have been forfeited in favour of 2D polygons made possible by the new platform. The musical score contains a lot of techno rearrangements of old Thunder Force themes. In spite of all the changes, Thunder Force V aims to please fans of old-schoolers by not abandoning concepts and details introduced in earlier games in the series.

Screenshots

Thunder Force V: Perfect System SEGA Saturn Note how much nicer the Saturn version looks.
Thunder Force V: Perfect System PlayStation Don't believe the hype.
Thunder Force V: Perfect System PlayStation Initial stage-select screen [640x480 (originally 512x480)]
Thunder Force V: Perfect System PlayStation Analyzing the remains of the original Vasteel.

Alternate Titles

  • "サンダーフォースV" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Thunder Force V" -- Saturn Title

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User Reviews

One of the best games I have ever played!!! PlayStation Josh Haggard (2)

The Press Says

SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) SEGA Saturn Aug 11, 2008 9 out of 10 90
GameSpot PlayStation Aug 31, 1998 8.2 out of 10 82
HonestGamers PlayStation Mar 22, 2011 8 out of 10 80
PSX Nation PlayStation Oct 30, 1998 78 out of 100 78
The Video Game Critic PlayStation May 10, 2000 B 75
Freak PlayStation Jan, 1999 70 out of 100 70
All Game Guide PlayStation 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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Trivia

The Thunder Force series stretches as far back as the MSX home computer, a computer system which only saw the light of day in Japan and Europe. Three sequels (II, III, and IV) were released for the Sega Genesis console in the 90s. TFV was released on the Sega Saturn first, then was ported to the PSX, which was the only version of this game to be released outside of Japan.

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