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Ikari III: The Rescue is more playable and fun than Ikari II: Victory Road, but it’s very slow-paced. Kicking and punching enemies to death take a lot more time than simply shooting them (kind of why guns were invented), and you move through a stage at a glacial pace. There really also isn’t much in the way of enemy variety. Which I guess there can’t be, since it’s a fairly mundane setting. But if you are looking for a beat ‘em up, you could do a lot worse. Just be wary of getting a sore thumb.
Unfortunately the control problems mar an otherwise stellar game. Although you're doing little more than walking in a straight line, the hand-to-hand combat is a fresh take on the gun-heavy franchise. The graphics are also strong, offering a nice variety of indoor and outdoor stages. There isn't much story here, but that's in keeping with the action movies it's so clearly inspired by. If you can get over the game's control issues you'll find a fitting end to the Ikari Warriors trilogy. It's a great game dogged by the perils of porting to new systems.