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Zaxxon 3-D Reviews (SEGA Master System)

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Critic Reviews

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Génération 4 (Jul, 1988)
Quoiqu'il en soit, en 2D comme en 3D, l'attrait de Zaxxon, sacré 'jeu de l'année' sur CBS en l'an 19.., est toujours présent.
The Video Game Critic (Apr 28, 2001)
Although there is a 2D option, you really need the 3D glasses to play this shooter. The 3D graphics are not just eye candy; they play a vital part in the action. Okay, not all of the objects look so hot; it's tough to focus your eyes on "close" objects like your ship. But your shots disappear into the distance, and enemy ships emerge convincingly on the horizon. The space stages are the best, because you're clearly playing in a 3D area. The stages where you fly over a platform look good also, but since all the enemies are at ground level, the action is mainly 2D. The easy bosses are the least impressive aspect of the game. If you have the glasses, you owe it to yourself to pick this up. And yes, you DO look like an idiot wearing those things!
Retro Game Reviews (Dec 29, 2015)
Zaxxon 3D is an entertaining shooter that adds to the original's core mechanics with some interesting ideas. It does have a few issues that can lead to frustration but the difficulty level is fair and the way it slowly adds new gameplay elements encourages you to keep progressing in order to see what the next round has in store.
Overall Zaxxon 3-D is the best 3-D game yet, although it is a bit slow to start with. The 3-D glasses are not cheap at around £40 and I would suggest you try them in the shop before forking out your hard earned cash.
Tilt (Mar, 1988)
Les graphismes sont corrects, mais l'accent est mis sur l'effet de relief qui est réussi. Le principal reproche que l'on puisse adresser à cet honnête shoot them up est la lenteur de l'action.
VideoGame (Apr, 1991)
Uma poderosa nave de caça, Zaxxon, tem de defender a Terra do império militar Vargan, que declarou guerra ao planeta. E, como a melhor defesa é o ataque, vai atacar as oito bases inimigas.
Power Play (Mar, 1988)
Wofür hat das Cartridge 256 KByte? Das bißchen Grafik hätte man auch auf eine kleine Sega Card quetschen können. Anfangs war ich von Zaxxon 3D recht angetan, doch je länger ich es gespielt habe, desto größer wurde die Enttäuschung. Auf Dauer ist es nämlich recht langweilig. Da sich in den höheren Runden kaum etwas ändert, schwindet die Spielmotivation recht schnell. Die mickrigen Extras machen den Braten auch nicht fett. Auf keinen Fall lohnt sich deswegen die Anschaffung der 3D-Brille. Der 3D-Effekt bei Zaxxon 3D ist zwar etwas besser als der bei »Missile Defense 3D«, aber zufriedengestellt hat er mich nicht. Wenn nicht endlich mal gute 3D- Spiele erscheinen, dann sehe ich für die 3D-Brille schwarz. Das Original-Zaxxon wäre mir in jedem Fall wesentlich lieber gewesen als dieser verunglückte Nachfolger. Wollen wir hoffen, daß »Space Harrier 3D« oder »Blade Eagle 3D« besser sind.
Words cannot adequately describe the sensations one experiences while playing this game. Though other arcade games have tried to duplicate an illusion of depth, they all comes short of the mark. Zaxxon 3-D serves up the real thing, in a format familiar to most garners.