(Wii Virtual Console / Mega Drive)

Gley Lancer (Wii Virtual Console / Mega Drive)

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In the year 2025, a war breaks out between humans and a hostile alien race, and 16-year-old Lucia and the rest of the starfighter pilots in the Earth Federation must join the battle. When Lucia’s father is kidnapped by the aliens, she decides to take action and hijacks a brand new prototype starfighter, the Gley Lancer, in order to try to save him.

In this side-scrolling shooter, step into the cockpit of the Gley Lancer as Lucia, rescue your father and destroy the evil aliens that are bent on destroying the human race.

Game Review

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Posted by Damien McFerran

In the year 2025, a war breaks out between humans and a hostile alien race.

The Virtual Console certainly isn’t short of 2D shooters. We’ve seen some excellent (and not so excellent) examples of the genre come and go, but most of the games we’ve experienced so far are retro classics and will have been familiar to fans...

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DamoAdmin

#1

Damo said:

People tend to rave about this but there are actually much better shooters available on the Megadrive/Genesis, IMO. I think it's the fact that it never made it out of Japan - not to mention the high price - that lends this game a sense of the epic.

Don't get me wrong, it's very good, but Thunderforce IV pretty much leaves it for dead.

Shiryu

#2

Shiryu said:

Cool, you used another one of my YoutTube videos!

Damo, I agree that preety much "ThunderForce IV" is untouchable as long as shooters on the Megadrive go, but I really, REALLY love "Gleylancer". This one and "Eleminate Down" are some of the most obscure schmups that deserve some credit.

I hope the VC helps bringing this and many more to light. You guys are already doing a very good job at 'enlightning' the young people who never had these consoles.

President_Leever

#3

President_Leever said:

I agree that it's not as fantastic as some people seem to think, but still among the top 10 shooters on MD. Eliminate Down, Thunder Force 3-4, Gaiares and Battle Mania 2 are all better.. Still, this probably is a must own for hardcore shooter fans.

Sharecrow

#5

Sharecrow said:

I'm definitely intrigued. I think I'll be downloading it if and when it gets released :)

dossaer

#8

dossaer said:

@ Damo, yeah, but when do we get Thunderforce IV for the VC?

That's what I want to know. :)

AchubaNanoia

#9

AchubaNanoia said:

I've never played before, so I can't comment on the gameplay, but I'll say one thing, the music is pretty good for Mega Drive game, too bad you can't quite hear the sound effects on the video. The boss battles look interesting also, just as in many Mega Drive games.
Looks promising, I'll give it a try when (if) it arrives to the US VC.

DamoAdmin

#10

Damo said:

dossaer - Good question. Although many people assume Thunderforce to be a Sega franchise thanks to its close connection with Sega hardware, it's actually appeared on the SNES and Playstation too.

Creators Technosoft are no longer with us and I'm not sure who owns the rights to the franchise now. It certainly would be a crying shame if none of the TF games made it to the VC.

DazzaAdmin

#12

Dazza said:

Mean Machines magazine only ran for two years (90-92) then it split into Nintendo Magazine System and Mean Machines Sega. It wasn't ever really as good after they split the formats up.

N_A_T_O

#13

N_A_T_O said:

I still cherish my copy of Mean Machines Sega with the streets or rage 2 review. Wicked magazine, bring back Yob. Still amusing to this day.

CopyofCopyX

#14

CopyofCopyX said:

Has anybody played the european version so far?
Does it have the typical borders?
This may sound stupid, but I heard on another website, that while it is an Import game there are still the "PAL Issues"?
Can anybody confirm this?

Sarato

#15

Sarato said:

I love this game. _
"This may sound stupid, but I heard on another website, that while it is an Import game there are still the "PAL Issues"?"
It is true. I don't know why but even though this is an import, it still runs in 50 hertz which is annoying. =(

Dormin87

#17

Dormin87 said:

Definitely worth my 900 points. I love my shmups, and this is no exception. The good thing about this is it's got a lot of different combinations of weapons and 'movers' to try, so if one doesn;t work, you've got loads more to try.

Oh and DEMON212, it was thanks to you that I downloaded this after seeing your youtube video on it. Keep up the great work!

Dormin87

#19

Dormin87 said:

Not really because I enjoy it so much! It's quickly becoming the shmup I'm playing the most on VC.

whalleywhat

#23

whalleywhat said:

Came here to check if this was ESRB rated. I will buy this as soon as it comes to NA. Unless Thunder Force 3 or 4 or M.U.S.H.A. show up, this is my most wanted VC shooter. Great music, (no cheese-metal. sorry gates/lords fans) simple but effective controls, nice graphics, plus, unlike SNES shooters, Genesis and TG16 shmups don't suffer from crippling slowdown.

Objection

#24

Objection said:

@Tony Ahahaha! I see what you did there! I find it awesome that they kept the quirky title instead of fixing it for the VC release.

AlphaNerd01

#25

AlphaNerd01 said:

I literally just packed my Wii yesterday thinking, "There's no way a good game will be released tomorrow. Might as well pack it now and get it over with."

Of course, I pack my Wii up (I'm moving Wednesday) and they release f&*%ing Gley Lancer, a game I've been wanting for months. (SIGH)

thewiirocks

#26

thewiirocks said:

Damien sez... If you favour a more full-frontal attack you can fix them to fire forwards, or if you want to protect your rear, backwards.

Reminds me a bit of another Megadrive shmup: Hellfire. Like Thunderforce/Lightingforce, Hellfire allows you to toggle the shot direction during gameplay. Where things get interesting is that the shots can not only go forward and back, but also vertically, horizontally, and diagonally! This really tested your coordination as you tried to switch between firing modes without dying. (Did I mention your ship was rather huge for a shmup? The weapons spun around the ship in a cool way, though. ;))

I wonder if we'll see more Megadrive shooters? So far the Wii has been the best platform in history for shmups. Let's hope the trend continues!

Rawk_Hawk

#27

Rawk_Hawk said:

@ obejection blaster
Thats why I like old games. THey have the mistranslated english. ITs so funny

Adamant

#29

Adamant said:

Here's a fun "secret" for you - if you let the boss destroy the capsule on level 10 (it takes a ton of hits, so you pretty much need to do it on purpose), you'll get an English credit roll after beating the game, as well as a short ending scene in the most hillarious Engrish I've seen in my life. It's nearly impossible to even understand what it's trying to tell you.

stalepie

#30

stalepie said:

My favorite Genesis shooters are Thunder Force III, MUSHA, Gaiares. I shouldn't have praised Grey Lancer so much as I did in the readme file of project2612's music rip, but it's a pretty good game, and those Masiya folks were clever programmers.

I don't like having to use my gmail account to register / sign in for vc-reviews. You guys should fix the Hotmail registration thing. A lot of other sites I've used that require you to register work with Hotmail. It's been around for a long time.

stalepie

#31

stalepie said:

Oh, I forgot one, maybe two. The "Trouble Shooter" series. Definitely overlooked. The sequel that didn't come out here (Battle Mania 2?) was quite impressive. I remember the review in GameFan.

Sol Deace is actually pretty good. I always found it FRUSTRATING but after I got better at shooters over the years in a kind of de facto process of playing many difference ones, I went back to Sol Feace/Deace and found it fairly easy -- at least easy enough to get to that cool fire level at the end. Wolf Team did some of the best Mega Drive games. All of their titles are worth checking out. They are missed.

stalepie

#32

stalepie said:

Air Buster is another underdog worth looking into. Bland graphics and appearance, but nice exciting level design.

Fire Shark is fun, but too conservative. Actually if you take closer look (such as Classic Game Room HD did) you can see that it's a pretty f-ed up game, lol.

JRAPOCALYPSE

#33

JRAPOCALYPSE said:

Hands down i think this game is the best standalone shmup i've played on the md along with (M.U.S.H.A. aka ALESTE) and gaiares!! If you are a shoot em' up fan then i highly reccomend this game.The best series on md is thunderforce.

JRAPOCALYPSE

#34

JRAPOCALYPSE said:

stalepie you know your md shmups,i like your style but i disagree with the fire shark comment!! i would like the md zero wing or the turbo cd version of zero wing on vc that would be cool considering i travel with my wii alot and it's more convenient than packing a bunch of consoles,lol!!

Jon2

#35

Jon2 said:

Fun but not in the same league as Soldier Blade and Lords of Thunder.

DDR_Paladin356

#36

DDR_Paladin356 said:

I had to decide whether to get either this game of Gradius II. And this one ended up becoming DLed on my Wii Console (the reason being because Gradius Rebirth is in the pipeline). I really like this game. I DLed Gates of Thunder and (Surprisingly) didn't like it too much. I do like this game though. It kind of reminds me a bit of Thunder Force III with a hint of Wings of Wor/Gynoug. Very enjoyable.

lockelocke

#37

lockelocke said:

I think this stands up to Soldier Blade easy, and I highly recommend it, if you're a fan of the genre. The controls/game concept take a little getting used to, so I wouldn't recommend it as a first entry into the genre, but a kick ass game nonetheless. Now, all I need is Thunderforce 4, easily my favorite MD shooter.

lockelocke

#38

lockelocke said:

@wiirocks
Hellfire is a great shooter. Very much like Gley Lancer, but the emphasis on switching weapons made the pacing more deliberate. That's a super hard game, one of those break your own controller types.

CanisWolfred

#39

CanisWolfred said:

Looks like Nanostray 2, except without the high-quality 3D graphics (although I do like the look of this game). Regardless, judging from the review, and comments above, there are far better games on the Genesis and on the VC, and I'm a bit tight on cash, so I won't bother giving this game a look.

Edit: I tried the ROM, and I really not too keen on it. For one thing, I hated the levels 100%. I also couldn't really find an option mode that really worked for me. Yeah, I don't think I'm getting this game.

BelmontHeir

#40

BelmontHeir said:

In case anybody else stumbles upon this page, I have to say that I think Gley Lancer is severely underrated on this website. In my humble opinion, a 7/10 does not do this game justice. It's a great, very anime-influenced take on the Gradius and R-Type formulas, with gorgeous parallax scrolling and a great (for the Genesis/MD) soundtrack. If you're a fan of shmups, don't hesitate to download this game.

I'm a huge fan of the genre but certainly no expert and I still managed to beat Gley Lancer and get the "Good Ending." It's challenging but not impossible, and if you die and lose your power-ups you don't have to worry about being screwed over. At 10 stages, the game is longer than your standard arcade shooter and doesn't necessarily have to be completed on a one credit run.

Overall - this is an excellent game!

BelmontHeir

#41

BelmontHeir said:

In case anybody else stumbles upon this page, I have to say that I think Gley Lancer is severely underrated on this website. In my humble opinion, a 7/10 does not do this game justice. It's a great, very anime-influenced take on the Gradius and R-Type formulas, with gorgeous parallax scrolling and an impressive (for the Genesis/MD) soundtrack. If you're a fan of shmups, don't hesitate to download this game.

I'm a huge fan of the genre but certainly no expert and I still managed to beat Gley Lancer and get the "Good Ending." It's challenging but not impossible, and if you die and lose your power-ups you don't have to worry about being screwed over. At 10 stages, the game is longer than your standard arcade shooter and doesn't necessarily have to be completed on a one credit run.

Overall - this is an excellent game!

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