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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 4.2
Graphics The visual quality of the game 4.1
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 4.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.8
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. 3.7
Overall User Score (74 votes) 4.0

Critic Reviews

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GamePro (US) (Feb, 1994)
This cart doesn't blast open new territory, but it soups up a standard shoot-out game with murderous action, excellent controls and imaginative gamer design. Gunstar Heroes is a certified Genesis gun star.
GamesFirst! (Feb 20, 2006)
The game is over ten years old now, and I still prefer it to the majority of game offerings that exist today, especially when I am playing it on the extreme difficulty level, which is pure madness. I have never actually beat the game on Extreme-- I just love the chaos, which makes normal games seem boring by comparison. So if you can find a copy of Gunstar Heroes, I highly recommend it. I would also suggest keeping an eye out for the Game Gear version of this game that also did not get much attention and was released a couple years later. It was almost enough to get me to buy a Game Gear. Almost.
100 (Jul 26, 2004)
Gunstar Heroes is simply one of the best games ever made, period. Too many games use beautiful graphics and stellar effects to cover up a lack of game play instead of complimenting it. Gunstar proves that both can exist in tandem and produce awesome results. Play it. Buy it. Savor it. This is as good as it gets.
Sega Collectors Guild (Mar 19, 2004)
This is one of the greatest action games of all time. It is one of the greatest 16-bit games of all time. It needs to be in your game library. It almost sounds like I'm trying to brainwash you. Sorry about that. Seriously though. Gunstar Heroes is an excellent game. Unless you absolutely despise action games and shooting games, you'll enjoy it. It's Treasure at its best, and that's saying something. If it weren't for the minor issue of slowdown in the two-player mode, you'd be looking at a flawless game.
Lens of Truth (Apr 01, 2009)
The tight controls and great weapon combinations, the fantastic action-packed graphics and sound make Gunstar Heroes my choice for best run & gunner of all time. Its also the best game to ever be released for the Sega Genesis and if your at all a fan of the genre, I can’t recommend you to play this game enough. Treasure has gone on to make more incredible games but GH was their first and still one of their best.
OJGames (Jul 13, 2005)
Hay veces que un juego es capaz de hacer vender consolas. Hay otras veces que un juego marca estilo y crea pautas que otros muchos siguen después. Son pocas las veces que una compañía se estrena con un juego que consigue ambas cosas, y Treasure lo hizo con "Gunstar Heroes". Un grandísimo juego, emocionante, sobresaliente a nivel gráfico y frenético en la jugabilidad. Con todas las señas de identidad que su compañía impregnaría después en cada producción y, sobre todo, sobrado de carisma. Algo que hace que sus seguidores se cuenten por legiones años después de la desaparición de los 16 bits. Pronto podremos volver a disfrutar del juego en una versión para Playstation 2 llamada "Gunstar Heroes Treasure Box", donde también se incluirán los clásicos "Alien Soldier" y "Dynamite Headdy".
Shin Force (Jul 23, 2004)
Gunstar Heroes is a classic in every sense of the word. I'm not joking when I say that Gunstar Heroes is perhaps the best side scrolling shoot 'em up ever to grace a 16 bit console. Fans of this game should seriously consider checking out Treasure's Alien Soldier for more explosive action.
Game Freaks 365 (Jul 06, 2007)
Simply put, Gunstar Heroes is a frenetic, fast-paced treasure (no pun intended) that any Genesis, or Wii owner for that matter, should not overlook. This could easily be classified as one of the best games ever created. It just goes to show how fun video games used to be and can still be today. This is the type of game that instead of building dust on a collector's shelf should be building a new generation of gamers. Forget Halo and Grand Theft Auto, this is the real deal. This is what video games are meant to be like.
Player One (Nov, 1993)
Un jeu novateur à la réalisation incroyable qui vous fera passer de folles nuits d'amour avec votre Megadrive.
Mean Machines (Oct, 1993)
A stunning title both in appearance and the gameplay it offers. Gunstar Heroes sets a new standard for the Megadrive - for action titles at least.
Gunstar Heroes has everything! Platform action, shoot 'em up stages and more special effects than a Spielberg movie. My particular favourite was Black's board game, which is one of the most original features I've seen for a long time. One word of advice: don't play this game on Easy mode. You'll finish it in no time at all, which would be a crying shame as this game contains sooo much excellent stuff. There's no way on Earth you could become bored of Gunstar. What more is there to say about the game, other than buy it?
The Video Game Critic (Jan 04, 2006)
Gunstar Heroes is loaded with laugh-out-loud humor, and I'll never forget the flea-sized "boss" who tossed me clear across the screen! Its cool how the life meters of bosses take the form of numeric counters - it's always satisfying to watch them count down. Despite its overall greatness, there are a few minor flaws. First, in two-player mode the players look very similar, so it's easy to confuse them in the heat of the battle. When in close proximity, you often throw your partner inadvertently. Also, your score is never displayed after the game ends, so your only real goal is to finish the game. That's okay, because there are three skill levels and it's not very long to begin with. Collectors and shooter fans should try to track down Gunstar Heroes at all costs. This game pushes your Genesis to the limit!
With killer music and graphics, this is a real winner!
90 (Sep 04, 2009)
Souvent qualifié de nos jours de «Metal Slug de la Megadrive», la toute première mouture de chez Treasure est un moment de jeu intense et épique qui bluffera le plus réfractaire à la machine de Sega par une réalisation au top. Le plaisir de jeu sera également doublé avec le mode 2 joueurs en coopération. Un «must-have», encore bien difficile à se procurer en PAL...
90 (Jul 02, 2010)
Très apprécié des joueurs et de la presse spécialisée lors de sa sortie originelle sur Megadrive, le titre de Treasure s'est imposé en tant que référence du jeu d'action à l'époque. L'originalité de l'architecture des niveaux et les nombreuses modifications de gameplay qui ont lieu en cours de partie le rendent toujours aussi accrocheur qu'en son temps. Tout le monde peut y trouver son compte ; simple joueur en quête d'adrénaline ou gamer à la recherche de défis, le jeu s'adapte à tout le monde grâce à ses modes de difficulté savamment dosés. Pour peu que vous sachiez apprécier un bon jeu d'action, vous pouvez y aller les yeux fermés : ce titre a tout les atouts pour vous ravir. Il n'a pas fallu attendre que Treasure se fasse la main avant de sortir des hits incontournables, Gunstar Heroes est là pour le prouver.
90 (GAF) (Apr 21, 2003)
Gunstar Heroes is still a common game mentioned when bringing up the topic of best side-scrolling shooters ever made, and both Gunstar Heroes and Radiant Silvergun are the games Treasure is most well-known by. Some believe Treasure suffers from the Orson Welles complex, having given their best stuff right at the start. But as long as Treasure continues to make quality titles, the opportunity will always be available...
Megablast (Dec, 1993)
Auch grafisch setzen die Gunstars Maßstäbe, denn Zoom- und Dreheffekte sind an der Tagesordnung. während Hundertschaften von Sprites gleichzeitig durch die megabunten Landschaften stürmen, die in einem Höllentempo in alle Richtungen scrollen - und nirgends ist auch nur das geringste Ruckeln oder Flackern zu sehen! Die Opto-Orgie wird von mitreißenden Musikstücken und knalligen Sound-FX begleitet, die Steuerung läßt nach kurzer Eingewöhnung selbst komplexe Manöver locker von der Hand gehen. Fazit: Ein Actionspektakel, bei dem man das Joypad so schnell nicht wieder aus der Hand legen wird.
Play Time (Oct, 1993)
Wohl nur die wenigsten werden das Programmierer-Team Treasure kennen. Das könnte sich aber nach diesem Spiel schnell ändern, schließlich schufen diese Mannen ein in allen Belangen sauberes Actionspiel.
Video Games (Sep, 1993)
Alles in allem finde ich keinen schwerwiegenden Kritikpunkt. Jeder Actionfreund, der seinen Schweiß mal wieder in Rinnsalen vom Körper fließen lassen will, muß sich dieses Modul zulegen.
Power Play (Nov, 1993)
Das fetzt gewaltig! Sind zwei Gunstar-Ballerknaben gleichzeitig unterwegs, geht auf dem Bildschirm tüchtig die Post ab. Hier wird geröstet, da gelasert, dort explodiert. - Was stört's, wenn dabei die Grafik mal in die Knie geht und leichte Ruckelansätze zeigt. Sega hat so viele witzige Ideen in dem Modul untergebracht, daß man guten Gewissens nachsichtig wird. Allein schon durch die Würfelspieleinlage im vierten Level und die abgedreht schrägen Comicgegner lohnt sich der Kauf des Moduls. Durch die pflegeleichte Kombinierbarkeit der Waffen wird auch ballertechnisch für reichlich Abwechslung gesorgt. Eine wichtige Einschränkung muß man allerdings machen: Gunstar Heroes sollte man sich nur im Doppelpack geben – sitzt man allein vorm Mega Drive, wird auch der Spielspaß halbiert. Wer auf der Suche nach einem unkomplizierten, witzigen und originellen Actionspiel wird, darf loswüten.
Netjak (Jan 16, 2008)
In some ways, I feel almost bad taking cracks at Gunstar Heroes. For a company's first game, it's extremely well-made, and the control scheme alone makes it worth going through the game, particularly in its seamless two-player mode. However, the game's shortness combined with its blatant missteps means that this is a classic that only more dedicated gamers will really appreciate. Like any first work, it's a bit raw at times – but because it saves its best for the moments that matter most, Gunstar Heroes is the kind of initial offering anyone would be proud of.
Original Gamer (Jun 28, 2009)
Overall, this is a great game to try out. It's a cheap, fun hour or two of fun by yourself, and double that fun with a friend. If you played Gunstar Heroes way back when, you'll definitely need to pick this up.
Mega Fun (Sep, 1993)
Sega schlägt mal wieder zu. Mit Gunstar Heroes liefern sie ein tolles Jump 'n Shoot ab das sich sehen lassen kann. Verhältnismäßig gute Grafik, ein paar gute Ideen, nur der Sound ist nicht so toll. Aber sei's drum? Wer Gunstar Heroes alleine spielt, wird die meiste Freude haben. Zu zweit wird das Spiel ziemlich hektisch, denn wenn Ihr Euch im Eifer des Gefechts zu nahe kommt, werft Ihr Euch nur gegenseitig in der Gegend rum. Das zieht an der Lebensenergie, besonders wenn Ihr in einer Feindesschar landet oder von einer Plattform fallt. Trotzdem solltet Ihr zugreifen, vor allem weil die unendlichen Continues das Wegwerfsyndrom schnell verdauen lassen. Gunstar Heroes ist auf alle Fälle einen Blick wert, drum: Laßt die Kanonen sprechen.
80 (Jul 02, 2008)
E se non avete ancora visto un action che diventa anche gioco dell’oca, è il momento di provare GH. Fatelo come atto di fede, ma non aspettatevi un capolavoro nel senso classico del termine.
Because the game is so forgiving, and because its visuals are so bright and cheery, I can't help but think that when Treasure set out to develop Gunstar Heroes, they wanted to make a Contra for kids. In that regard, the game succeeds admirably. It's just the kind of game I can imagine two elementary children playing together after school while their older brothers play Contra in the next room. And if that's something that Konami didn't want to release, maybe the formation of Treasure wasn't so ironic after all. Sadly, my search for irony in video games is stalled. I'm left holding ten thousand spoons.
Edge (Oct, 1993)
It looks good, sounds good and plays well, but after completing the game, you get no great urge to return to it, even with two players. There are no hidden levels to find, no secret screens - you get what you see. Gunstar Heroes is great while it lasts, but it does not last long.
TigerChainsaw (Apr 23, 2020)
Are you into S&M? Do you have suicidal thoughts? If so, Gunstar Heroes is the perfect game for you! Watch the cute little animations of the environment as your face gets blown off by a thousand rounds of ammunition. Pretty game, but brutal. It’s not for me. This game is not worth spending hundreds of hours mastering. Don’t die a millions deaths for ten seconds of glory.

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