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Gain Ground's understandably collected a cult following of fans since its Genesis release back in 1991, a large enough group to prompt Sega to revisit the title in 2004 with a PlayStation 2 remake of the design. That release only arrived in Japanese stores, meaning this VC download is the first fresh air Gain Ground has breathed in America since George H. W. Bush sat in the Oval Office. Strategy and action fans should take notice – not of the barely passable presentation or cumbersome graphics, but of the uncommon fun factor found in this mashed-up arcade combo of those two separate genres.
As with ActRaiser, this isn't a download for those averse to quirky genre-muddling oddities - and nor does it really justify its 800-point price tag - but I'd be lying if I said that fans of gaming's weird forgotten corners wouldn't have a lot of fun with this.
It's surprising to see the Sega Genesis version of Gain Ground available on the Wii's Virtual Console. The game wasn't popular when it made the rounds in arcades during the late 1980s, and it didn't win many additional fans when Sega ported it to the Genesis in 1991. There's a vocal group of people out there who insist the game will grow on you once you invest the time to learn its intricacies. While that's certainly a possibility, you're more likely to come to the realization that you've wasted a ton of time playing a haphazardly conceived strategy game that's challenging for all the wrong reasons.
There's nothing really outstanding about the game - in fact, at times it's downright dull. It seems to have a cult following with Sega fans though, which might be the reason it's up for grabs on the Virtual Console so early in the day. It is hard to recommend a below-average game such as this, but if you're after some Gauntlet-style action, then this is the probably the best place to look on the Virtual Console presently.
Zum Thema “Gauntlet-Clones, die die Welt nicht braucht” begrüßen wir heute Gain Ground. Schon damals – Ende der Achtziger – war Segas Hack'n'Slay in allen Belangen nur Durchschnitt. Was Ihr nun mit dieser Information anstellt, hängt ganz von Eurer Retro-Verliebtheit ab. Aber dann wiederum gibt es ein Dutzend ähnlicher Titel, die Euer Geld und Eure Aufmerksamkeit eher verdient haben – beispielsweise Dungeon Explorer für das TurboGrafx-16. Kurzum: Lasst besser die Finger davon.