Blazing Lazers

aka: Gunhed

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Critic Reviews 89% add missing review

HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) (10 out of 10)

With so many elements appearing basic and unremarkable with the unforgiving passage of time, this classic perseveres as a true classic should, boasting a fun factor that will continue to surprise and engage you.

Jan 14th, 2004 · TurboGrafx-16 · read review

Video Game Den ( )

All in all, Gunhed is amazing, spectacular and a shooter that shouldn't be missed.

Jul 28th, 2011 · TurboGrafx-16 · read review

Computer and Video Games (CVG) (96 out of 100)

Urbleburbleburble. Utterly incredible, super-smooth, ultra-fast mega-blast that blows all other shoot 'em ups out of the water. Buy it and kiss your joypad arm goodbye.

Sep 1989 · TurboGrafx-16 · read review

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) (11.4 out of 12)

Bei GUNHED stimmt einfach alles: das Scrolling, die Grafik, der Sound und natĂŒrlich das Gameplay. GUNHED kann meines Erachtens durchaus mit fast allen Spielautomaten-Versionen dieses Genres konkurrieren! Es ist einfach unglaublich, was die Programmierer alles aus der Engine raus holen. Da kann momentan weder der Amiga, noch der ST ode irgendein anderer Compi (in dieser Hinsicht) mithalten. Allen „Nicht-Engine-Besitzern“ wird es sicherlich kein Trost sein, wenn ich zu bemerken habe, daß GUNHED in allernĂ€chster Zukunft sicherlich nicht auf den handelsĂŒblichen Rechnern erscheinen wird. Fazit: Wer eine PC-Engine sein Eigen nennt, der kann und wird an GUNHED nicht vorbeikommen!

Sep 1989 · TurboGrafx-16

1UP! (94 out of 100)

En 1989, les shoot 'em ups n'avaient pas encore pris la mauvaise voie. Au contraire, ils commençaient lentement Ă  se dĂ©faire des coupables habitudes des salles d'arcade, Ă  se permettre une difficultĂ© un peu plus clĂ©mente. Gunhed se situe juste Ă  cette pĂ©riode dĂ©cisive, oĂč tout va trĂšs vite se jouer en Ă  peine quelques annĂ©es. C'est un shoot 'em up encore bien imprĂ©gnĂ© des annĂ©es 80 et de la production 8 bits, dont il est de l'un comme de l'autre la conclusion magistrale, l'aboutissement.

Sep 30th, 2020 · TurboGrafx-16 · read review

Computer and Video Games (CVG) (94 out of 100)

Quite possibly the finest blaster ever. Fly through horizontally-scrolling space levels, laying waste to everything. Unparalleled gameplay and some of the clearest speech you'll ever hear.

Apr 1993 · TurboGrafx-16

Gamezone (Germany) (9.3 out of 10)

Was bleibt ist ein echter "Proto"shooter, der eine Definition fĂŒr dieses Genre setzt. Viele Spiele danach orientierten sich an Gunhed, einige kamen auch heran oder waren besser, jedoch wich keines großartig von der hier gesetzten Blaupause ab. Die Spielbarkeit, die stilvolle Optik und die großartige Musik machen es auch heute noch zu einer Perle und einem absoluten Muss jeder Engine-Sammlung.

Jun 28th, 2006 · TurboGrafx-16 · read review

Game Informer Magazine (9.25 out of 10)

Blazing Lazers gave that Zen feeling shooters were known for, when you feel like you're a part of the ship. Its length and challenge were just right, and it made all other shooters of the 80s look like scrap.

Jul 2002 · TurboGrafx-16

Zero (91 out of 100)

All in all, it's the type of shoot 'em up which demonstrates the amazing power of the PC Engine, and it's certainly proved that even R-Type just scratched at the surface. A must for any shoot 'em up freak.

Nov 1989 · TurboGrafx-16 · read review

Digital Press - Classic Video Games (9 out of 10)

There are only a few other shooters on the Turbo worth playing, but none even come close to the sheer brilliance of Blazing Lazers. Gamers will be in awe of the mesmerizing soundtrack, the flawless mix of color, pin-point control, and innovative power-up system. You really can't ask more from a game, shooter or otherwise. Very few shooters come to mind when trying to think of a game close to the quality of Blazing Lazers. This is a must own game for anyone with Turbo Grafx-16.

Dec 10th, 2003 · TurboGrafx-16 · read review (9 out of 10)

Blazing Lazers is one of the best shooters for the Turbo Grafx-16. That isn’t a knock against later titles; the game is that good. In those dark early days where quality titles were few Blazing Lazers was one of the best reasons to own the system and remains a great game today.

Oct 31st, 2018 · TurboGrafx-16 · read review (9 out of 10)

Gunhed ist somit jedem Liebhaber klassischer Ballerspiele ganz klar zu empfehlen. Einzig der etwas zu hohe Schwierigkeitsgrad im letzten Spielabschnitt hÀlt mich davon ab, die Höchstwertung zu vergeben. Mit neun Punkten ist das Spiel aber sehr gut und vor allem verdient bedient.

Aug 2006 · TurboGrafx-16 · read review

Defunct Games (85 out of 100)

During the TurboGrafx's short life span in the US it was graced with Blazing Lazers otherwise known as Gunhed on the PC-engine. Every shmup fan will tell you that it is not only one of the best games on the system but one of the best shooters ever made.

Dec 15th, 2007 · TurboGrafx-16 · read review

Quebec Gamers (8.3 out of 10)

Blazing Lazers est une bonne façon de commencer dans ce genre, si vous n'aimiez pas les shmups, peut-ĂȘtre que celui-ci pourrait vous ouvrir la porte Ă  ce genre n'Ă©tant pas trop difficile (sauf vers la fin oĂč ça se corse rĂ©ellement) et offrant une bonne jouabilitĂ© et des power-ups vraiment intĂ©ressants. C'est un de mes jeux Turbo Grafx 16 prĂ©fĂ©rĂ©s et il est dĂ©finitivement un classique dans le genre.

Nov 20th, 2005 · TurboGrafx-16 · read review

The Video Game Critic (B+)

This vertical shooter must have been amazing when it hit the scene in 1989. Its excellent graphics feature an incredible number of objects moving on the screen at any given time, with no hint of slow-down.

Aug 19th, 2001 · TurboGrafx-16 · read review

IGN (8 out of 10)

Blazing Lazers may not have the power to dethrone Gradius III or R-Type III, but it still holds its own and is the best shooter ever for the TurboGrafx-16. Give it a look -- just be prepared to be confused at first at its perplexing path to powering up.

May 29th, 2007 · TurboGrafx-16 · read review

Power Play (80 out of 100)

“Gunhed‘ ist eines der fantastischsten Ballerspiele, das ich gesehen habe. Höllisch bunte Levels, irrsinnig viele Sprites auf dem Bildschirm, dufte Musik und ein einstellbarer Schwierigkeitsgrad, der auch ungeĂŒbten Actionspielern eine Chance lĂ€ĂŸt, ĂŒberzeugen. Das Programm spielt sich fast schon zu einfach - zumindest bis zum siebten Level; Profis sollten schon mal mit einem höheren Schwierigkeitsgrad anfangen. Aber fĂŒr den Action-Einsteiger ist Gunhed geradezu ideal. Gerade die unheimlich hohe Anzahl von Extrawaffen erleichtert die Ballerfreude ungemein. Wer noch ein Actionspiel in Spielautomaten-QualitĂ€t sucht, sollte hier zugreifen. Wer es nicht tut, hat selbst schuld.

Sep 1989 · TurboGrafx-16 · read review

Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) (31 out of 40)

Blazing Lazers is the most intense shooter ever conceived. The play mechanics steal from the best the category has to offer, and thanks to the Turbo's advanced processors, the graphics and animation blow away all previous shoot-'em-ups. It's a bit easy, but top notch nonetheless.

Dec 1989 · TurboGrafx-16

HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) (6 out of 10)

In its very brief heyday, Blazing Lazers was one of the best shooters on the market. It's a shame that more people weren't able to play the game back when smooth shooter control was something special. Today, it's more notable for its nostalgic value: "Remember when floating skulls were COOL bosses?" Those days were indeed very cool, if a bit silly. Had the pacing not been so sporadic, and had the presentation offered more punch, Blazing Lazers could have soared as a timeless classic. It's instead a kitsch classic that serves better as a reminder of the past than as a serious competitor.

Jan 16th, 2004 · TurboGrafx-16 · read review

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