User Reviews

There are no reviews for the Wii release of this game. You can use the links below to write your own review or read reviews for the other platforms of this game.

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 2.0
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.0
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 2.8
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 2.7
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.1
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.1
Overall User Score (7 votes) 2.9

Critic Reviews

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80 (Aug 17, 2009)
Premier jeu sur Sega Megadrive, Altered Beast a sa place parmi les classiques devenus cultes au fil du temps. Le jeu est bien ficelé, il y a une logique et l'intrigue avance à chaque tableau. On regrette la difficulté, gros point faible du jeu, mais qui ne nous empêche pas de (re)passer un bon moment devant notre console, seul ou à deux, entre nostalgiques du genre et de l'époque.
69 (Feb 19, 2007)
Pese a todo, los usuarios que disfrutaran de la recreativa podrán rejugarla de forma sencilla, y por un precio asequible, 800 puntos Wii. Tanto a este título, como a Ristar, Sonic the Hedgehog, Golden Axe, Bonanza Bros., o Comix Zone, les ha hecho mucho daño la salida de Sega Mega Drive Collection para PlayStation 2 y PlayStation Portable, ciertamente inoportuna en materia de fechas, y especialmente precios, ya que el recopilatorio incluye veintisiete juegos a un precio por unidad muy inferior.
Nintendo Insanity (Dec, 2007)
This is actually a fun system, but of course it's not the most complex thing in the world. With only five stages in the adventure, you'll more than likely complete it between 20 or 30 minutes. You can, however, play with another person, who takes control of a second character who is 'brought back to life'. The catch is, you have to share Spirits Orbs as well as the lives that keep you playing the game. 800 Wii Points ($8.00) may be asking too much for this title, but hey, you'd have it pretty much forever then. Would I recommend downloading this title? Yes, for two reasons. One, if you're a nostalgic classic gamer and loved the Sega Genesis. Two, you want a solid sidescrolling fighter and are collecting the VC titles. The length and blatant simplicity of the game, though, may turn you away. It's ultimately your choice.
GameSpot (Nov 19, 2006)
This is a pure, side-scrolling action game, the likes of which symbolized video arcades for years. Altered Beast distinguished itself with its fairly original premise and its unique art direction--it even had a surprise twist ending. Some of the bosses and animal forms are quite memorable to this day, and the original arcade version featured some excellent music and audio for the time. It's too bad that the speech clips got butchered in translation to the Genesis, and the music suffered in translation as well. But unless you have the arcade version as a frame of reference, you wouldn't know the difference. At any rate, 800 Wii points ($8) seems rather steep for a short, simple action game that came free with the $200 Sega Genesis more than 15 years ago.
IGN (Jan 16, 2007)
It was great for free, as a packed-in Genesis cartridge back in 1989. It’s not so great, or even good, for 800 Points, as a digitally downloadable Virtual Console title on the Wii today. Altered Beast should only be considered for download by Sega gamers of yesteryear, nostalgic to re-experience this arcade port in all its voice-distorting glory. Other players simply looking for fresh and inventive games from the Genesis back catalog would be better served spending their Wii Points on pretty much any other Sega title on offer. Pack-ins may be making a comeback, but Altered Beast is one old bundled bonus that you wouldn’t have missed much if it had been left out of the box.
40 (UK) (Jan 23, 2007)
Playing it now inspires the kind of retro horror that we dread, and the amount of fun you can have with it quickly runs dry. One for hardcore retro fetishists only.
Is it worth 800 points? Probably not. You could probably pick up a Megadrive and a copy of the game for less. But if you were a fan of the game all those years ago, you could do a lot worse than give this a spin.
Nintendo Life (Jun 26, 2009)
(VC Arcade version)
There’s no two ways about it: Altered Beast is a terrible game. Even here, in a perfect conversion of the arcade original, it’s so horrendously stodgy and repetitive that it makes you wonder quite why anyone holds it in the slightest bit of regard.
Nintendo Life (Nov 20, 2006)
Although the gameplay is pretty basic, it's fun while it lasts - which isn't very long, to be perfectly honest. Even a gamer of average skill should be able to complete this in the space of a day or two. The levels, depending on how quickly you morph you character, aren’t really all that long and there are only five levels total. Once you play through it, there really isn’t much more incentive to go back and play it again.
20 (UK) (Jul 26, 2009)
Dear Santa, for Christmas I would like you to make Altered Beast go away forever. Thanks. Sluggish, simplistic and with all the pacing of a snail race, Altered Beast is the arcade "classic" that simply refuses to lay down and die like a good dinosaur. It's recent appearance on Xbox Live Arcade was a fairly grim effort, but at least that had online leaderboards, Achievements, rejigged graphics (ugly as they are) and a price-tag around half the cost of this lazy, greedy shovel job.