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Critic Reviews

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It's not top of my Engine software shopping list, but any beat 'em up fan should check out Vigilante without delay.
Vigilante was one of the better arcade beat-'em-ups thanks to its simplistic control system - a feature which greatly enhanced gameplay. This has not been lost in the Engine conversion, making a good beat-'em-up with steadfast gameplay, if a little pricey.
TurboPlay (Jun, 1990)
Once again NEC has brought another outstanding title from the arcades, home to the TurboGrafx-16. Although Vigilante has outstanding graphics and animation, the game is too easy for seasoned game players (especially with three continues). This would be a great game for younger players or persons just getting into video games. [rank in issue #5]
Nun noch ein paar Worte zur technischen Seite dieses Games: Die Grafik entspricht in etwa der des gleichnamigen Arcade-Automaten, welcher übrigens auch von IREM stammt; eine gute Zehn ist hier sicherlich angebracht. Soundmäßig hat sich VIGILANTE auf der „Engine“ die Neun redlich verdient, denn die Geräusche und auch die Musik wurden quasi eins zu eins vom Spielhallenvorbild übernommen. Leider ist das Scrolling nicht absolut ruckelfrei, das kann man aber in Anbetracht der vielen, nicht zu klein geratenen Sprites durchaus verschmerzen. Motivierend ist dieses Prügelgame allemal. Der Spielablauf ist fraglich, da brutal, aber dennoch eine Sieben wert. Der Preis von etwa 100 Mark geht auch in Ordnung (die technisch mangelhaft in Szene gesetzte MASTER-SYSTEM-Fassung kostet immerhin 90 Mark), so daß ich hier ebenfalls eine Neun für angemessen halte.
While Vigilante is an incredibly faithful translation of the arcade original, and probably the best looking game available for the TurboGrafx-16, it suffers from being too easy. When you throw in three continues, it lessens the challenge even more. With only five levels it's not hard to beat.
Retro Game Reviews (May 18, 2015)
Vigilante isn't necessarily a bad game but it's just very limited and outdated given its release schedule. If it would have had more variety it could have been semi-decent but in reality it arrived 3-4 years too late to be considered an acceptable gameplay experience.
The Video Game Critic (Mar 11, 2003)
The moves are limited to the standard punch, kick, jump, and crouch, but occasionally you'll come across a pair of devastating nun-chucks which kick the action into high gear. If you want to be really cheap, use the turbo with these things for some rapid-fire attacks. It's especially effective against bosses, who normally take forever to kill. The graphics in Vigilante are better than average, and the New York skyline looks fantastic. In terms of sound, the music isn't bad, and there's a satisfying "thud" whenever you whack somebody. Vigilante is fun while it lasts, but it's definitely a shallow experience.
Gamezone (Germany) (May 30, 2006)
Wäre "Vigilante" umfangreicher und hätte sich nicht die Blößen im Bereich der Steuerung gegeben, hätte man es Beat'em'Up-Fans durchaus ans Herz legen können. So bleibt nur sehr kurzes Mittelmaß mit einem knackigen Spruch auf der Packungsrückseite. Immerhin können Sammler die Hu-Card für wenig Geld erstehen...
Since NEC claimed their Turbografx was a 16-bit system, I believed Vigilante would favorably compete with the early 16-bit carts Streets of Rage (Genesis) and Final Fight (SNES). After my initial play session, expectations sharply plummeted to earth.