(Wii Virtual Console / Mega Drive)

Vectorman (Wii Virtual Console / Mega Drive)

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In the year 2049, mankind is forced to abandon an over-polluted Earth to seek out other planets for colonization while the mechanized Orbots stay behind to clean up the mess.

When the Orbot leader, WarHead, starts blowing a few circuits and a war among the mechanical brethren, a sludge barge pilot named Vectorman is the only one willing to step up and fight him.

You'll morph into a speeding train, a power drill, a mechanical fish, or a mighty dune buggy in this warfare adventure. Equip yourself with weapons, pick up morphs and power-ups to defeat WarHead and restore peace on Earth.

Game Review

Review

USA USA Version

Posted by Darren Calvert

More than a load of old balls?

OK, so the main character is compromised of green balls, don't let that make you overlook one of the better 'run and gun' games to hit the Megadrive / Genesis. The shallow premise for the game is that humans have ruined the planet Earth and left the...

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__James Casey

#1

James Casey said:

Vectorman was the greatest game ever released on the MD. If this is released, it will be amazing. This game was absolutley amazing. Buy it!

Kevin

#2

Kevin said:

I can't wait til NA get this game. One of the best Genesis games ever!

__Borb

#3

Borb said:

I've been saying that they will never release this on VC because it's too damn good....turns out I was wrong...luckily so.

__TheReaFONZ

#4

TheReaFONZ said:

Hey I just down loaded this and I gotta say:

four stars!

pfft! Four stars my ass!

This game deserves five stars easy. It's amazing, the graphics for the MD are amazing. I mean holy cow there aint an MD game out there to beat it and the game play KILLS gunstar easy. Gunstar is kiddy, Vectorman is bad ass all the way. The music in places can be pretty funky too. Please people don't over look this game cause of the four star review. This game rocks the gates of hell it's that good. This game plays as if you gave mario a semi automatic, a bucket of prozak and sent him on his way. Plus i'd say it looks like the "gears of war" for it's time and thers no deniying that game kicked ass. Please download this game your missin out otherwise.

PS. Did I mention he's made of green balls?

DazzaAdmin

#5

Dazza said:

Chill out Fonz! 4 stars is a very good score. We just did not feel Vectorman was up to the 5 star standard set by Gunstar Hereos and Contra III.

__Garcian Smith

#7

Garcian Smith said:

This game is also on the Sega Genesis Collection for PS2 and PSP. I'd highly recommend getting it on there if you have either due to the quicksave feature, and the fact that it's only $20.

TheNintendoBoy

#8

TheNintendoBoy said:

zero personality, corny plot and mediocre level design with a gimmick that feels rushed. The sound fx is way too loud comp. to the music.

__chopblock

#9

chopblock said:

Honestly, I don't see how Gunstar Heroes deserves anymore than 2 stars. It's a painfully small and boring game. Vectorman got a TON of play time out of me back in the Sega days. I can't believe I let wii fanboys convince me that Gunstar Heroes was worth my 8 dollars.

__Jade Louise

#10

Jade Louise said:

This a fun game. However I wont be downloading it as its on the Japanese PS2(and GC) version of Sonic Gems Collection along with Vectorman 2, Streets of Rage 1,2,3 , Sonic CD and Sonic R.

__PowerLegend

#11

PowerLegend said:

are they gonna release this damn game here or not? it's been over 4 months since europe got it and it STILL hasn't been released here. it's even worse than zelda 2

__PowerLegend

#12

PowerLegend said:

alright you know what, forget it. i just realized that its on sonic gems collection. i'll get that instead

alvieao

#13

alvieao said:

I do have the US Sonic Gems Collection (sadly, without the SOR trilogy) which had VM and its sequel as unlockables. For a game that was considered an answer to Nintendo/Rare's Donkey Kong Country, Vectorman delivers great action with graphics that pushed the Genesis further. Definitely play this game! I'm glad Vectorman was finally released on the Virtual Console in North America...

__Endaso

#14

Endaso said:

No, it's not quite worth four stars... it's still very good, though, and has a healthy level of difficulty. The graphics were also quite nice back during the day, and still carry a certain sort of charm today.

E-dawg

#15

E-dawg said:

This game is good in short bursts, I have it on the Sonic Gems Collection for GameCube so I will give this a miss, but the Virtual Console version will probably be better because of the saving feature. However, I believ that the sequel is actually better, because its not so damn hard!

__Bob Emmerich

#16

Bob Emmerich said:

Seeing as how this hasn't come out in the US yet but I presume will at some point -- I just picked up Sega Genesis Collection PS2 yesterday (ToysRUs for $20) and of the 36 MegaDrive VC games 20 (twenty) are on that 1 disc, thats $160 worth of VC on 1 $20 disc. I don't know how much better they may play on the VC but as long as my PS2 is hooked up and working I'll manage. Now if I could find a good N64 compilation disc I could save myself another $100 ;-)

darthmix

#18

darthmix said:

If they bring it to North America VC, I'll download it. This was one of the cooler-looking games that I never got a chance to play the first time around because my family didn't own a Genesis.

Kevin

#19

Kevin said:

Are they ever gonna release this here? I'm sick of waiting for this classic to be released and don't feel like wasting extra money on a PS2 or PSP just to play it.

deggs

#20

deggs said:

I wouldn't exactly call it a run n' gun. it's more like mega man without the stage select... it's a platform game (and I truly love platform games). the story is over-the-top camp, which is awesome. afterall, it's a game with a protagonist made of green balls...

anyways, the game is fun. end of story. i played it expecting to loath it (one of the few in the sega genesis collection for ps2 i never thought of trying until recently). instead, i couldn't stop playing it all night. if you're into platforming goodness a la mega man, you just might love this too...

Elk810

#22

Elk810 said:

I had this game on the Sega Nomad (A portable Genesis) and Sega Smash Pack for Windows. This game is really cool and really funny. It's like an early Ratchet & Clank. It's hard, but you'll have so much fun trying to tackle it that you won't even get mad. It's even full of secret paths that you might expect from the mind of the immortal Shigeru Miyamoto. A timeless Genesis classic indeed.

#23

said:

Vectorman is OK, but I wouldn't advise anyone to buy it before they gave Gunstar Heroes, Alien Soldier or Probotector a shot. I think its better than the sequel though.

President_Leever

#24

President_Leever said:

The definition of generic action platformer #47.. I can honestly say I loathe this game and its lame, green peace inspired player character.

Iylar

#25

Iylar said:

Please release this soon for the U.S. This was one of my favorite games for the Genesis and I was super excited when i saw that it was coming to VC. So hurry!

GameGod3008

#26

GameGod3008 said:

Got this with Sonic Gems collection and it was a fun game but i just couldn't help but feel that this was Sega's answer to DKC, which is a much better game. STill fun though as it's a completely different style to DKC.

P.S. E-Dawg, you can save Vectorman on SGC for the Gamecube but it takes up a fair amount of memory.

slangman

#27

slangman said:

On youtube this looks like an awesome game i do wounder if this is worth getting though since i heard some people saying they loved this game and others saying its avergae. I am really puzzled :S

illmatic

#28

illmatic said:

It's been almost a year since Europe got this great game. Can the US have it now too, please?

MrPoo6321

#29

MrPoo6321 said:

For reals! When the crap are we gonna get this game???? I've been waiting forever! It almost makes me wanna go buy an old genesis and track down the cartridge... although with my luck it will come out for the vc the following week in the states.

Kevin

#30

Kevin said:

If they ever release this imagine how long it would take for us to get the sequal.

mr_niceguy

#31

mr_niceguy said:

One of my favorite games on the Genesis, and had I figured out there was an easy mode, I would've bought it too, instead of renting it like 3 or 4 times. Thank G-d I got the Gems Collection, I knew there would be more value to it than just Sonic CD(though, now I kind of wish I had that I hadn't passed up that Genesis Collection everyone is talkiny about). I found the game to be rather unique, at least compared to Contra(never got to play Gunstar Heroes and I'll admit I played Vectorman first), as someone mentioned, it's more like Megaman, rather than your usual run 'n' gun, only with Contra style controls(what I thought Megaman always needed).

Oh, and thanks to the video, I now have to go and play this game again, since it showed me a bunch of new things that I can do(I never knew the double jump could be used as an attack!).

slangman

#32

slangman said:

Never mind i bought it on Sonic Gems Collection after learning that the PAL VC version of Vectorman has slower music compared to the NTSC one. And the PAL version on the gems collection also runs at 50hz. Grrgh Sega and Nintendo need to get their act together and give us an option to play 60hz Mega Drive games on the VC.

Still its a cool game though thats worth a look.

CanisWolfred

#33

CanisWolfred said:

G-D I loved this game as a kid! I never played many run & guns back the, but I did love platformers, and this game had both in spades! You really can't treat this game the same way you would treat a Contra game, because then you'd be missing out on half the game. This game is basically Super Turrican with an aimable gun, transformations, and a large amout of level variety, and like Super Turrican, it has a lot of secrets. Often times I'll time out just trying to search for everything, yet I still run in to new things every time I play. I think enough has been said about this, but still, I cant stress enough that this game is not Contra, it's not Gunstar Heroes. It is a Run & Gun, but that's not all it is and it shouldn't be treated as so.

Keep an open mind.

Oh, and for anyone who thinks it's too hard, there's an easy mode that brings the difficulty down to a bearable level.

Kevin

#34

Kevin said:

Why is it taking so long to release this game? The sequel hasn't even been announced either.

#35

said:

^ Screw it, stop waiting. I already have both on Sega Genesis Collection and Sonic Gems Collection. Why would you want to wait?

Ricardo91

#36

Ricardo91 said:

I don't care if this game ever gets released truthfully. Kevin, if you want the game so bad, just get the Sega Genesis Collection (for PSP, PS2, or Xbox) or the sonic Mega Collection Plus (for Xbox, GC, and PS2, It's an unlockable).

I never thought of this game as a run-and-gun. Rather, a platformer that you shoot in. This game might not be as expansive as Super Mario Bros. 3 in terms of secrets (and really, what is?), but there's still plenty of things to discover in the levels. Transforming into all those different forms is also fun. I appreciate the amount of variety the game has. One stage, you're shooting up enemies in a platforming stage, while in another you riding a railroad as a train form shooting down a metal monster jumping across it. One thing I really don't like about the game though, is the ever-ticking time limit, which hampers the exploration and makes it that much harder to get 100% in the level. Also, is it so hard to ask for just a few measley continues???

Rawk_Hawk

#37

Rawk_Hawk said:

I feel this on level if not better than Gunstar and maybe a notch below Contra. I'll give it 5 stars. I agree with the review it should be high on your virtual shopping list.

Steviis_Father

#39

Steviis_Father said:

The theme of the humans leaving the planet and leaving WALL·E...er...I mean, Vectorman to clean up is really inspiring.. :)

Junichi

#40

Junichi said:

@Stevii's Father:

Yeah, Sega stole the idea of WALL.E for Vectorman.

I played this on Sonic Gems Collection, and I couldn't really see what the fuss is all about. Maybe if I played it more I would like it, but I couldn't get into it.

AlexSays

#42

AlexSays said:

Sega stole the idea of WALL.E for Vectorman.

Lol. You have no idea how incorrect that statement is. I hope you were kidding.
If anything, Pixar got the idea of Wall-E from R.O.B.

BB_Sting

#43

BB_Sting said:

This game was pretty awesome for it's time. Instead of being pre-rendered by sg workstations like DKC, all of the polygons and 3d effects for this game were rendered on the fly using a process called vector piece animation which made it the most sophisticated 16 bit game ever made.

Ricardo91

#44

Ricardo91 said:

@x.supermario.x and Pikmin. I think he was being sarcastic. Er, at least I hope he is. :P
Could be the other way around though.

#45

said:

Junichi: Yeah, Sega stole the idea of WALL.E for Vectorman

You're batting a thousand aren't you?

Anyway, I don't like Vectorman all that much. It's fun to play, I love the premise, and I love Vectorman too. But something about it rubs me the wrong way. It isn't the graphics, nor the music, but I just am not that crazy about it. I liked Vectorman 2 a little better.

Cally

#46

Cally said:

This game has some surprisingly solid shooting and platforming action. Since this was Sega's answer to Donkey Kong Country, the audio/visual presentation is respectable also.

However, I can't shake the "made-in-a-garage" feeling I get when playing this game. The level design is incredibly forgettable and sometimes flat-out cumbersome; some stages are repetitive, straightforward, or involve finding power-ups in some really un-fun vertical exploration (it has to do with the way items are hidden, with the camera not showing enough around a character to easily discern where you are in the area relative to other things).

I was pleasantly surprised that Vectorman turned out to be more than a technical demo. In some ways, I'd call it Mega Man's evil twin with platforming and shooting robots. 3/5

President_Leever

#47

President_Leever said:

I'm surprised you didn't mention the extremely tight camera for the platform segments. Makes some of the jumps impossible to judge and just feels akward compared to other games in the genre (contra, mega man) where you could "see the whole playfield" so to speak..

CorbsAdmin

#48

Corbs said:

I never played this game during the Mega Drive era, but I did pick it up recently and it's surprisingly good. Solid play control and impressive visuals make it one of the more well-rounded Mega Drive side-scrollers out there. A great addition to the Virtual Console.

vio

#49

vio said:

Mr. Cheez wrote:
"Kevin, if you want the game so bad, just get the Sega Genesis Collection (for PSP, PS2, or Xbox) or the sonic Mega Collection Plus (for Xbox, GC, and PS2, It's an unlockable)."

Just a minor correction, incase someone picks Sonic Mega Collection expecting to play Vectorman. Vectorman(and it's sequel) are on the Sonic Gems Collection, NOT the Sonic Mega Collection. The Sonic Gems Collection is available for Gamecube and PS2, you can probably get a used copy for pretty cheap now(under $20).

Nintendork

#50

Nintendork said:

Why the heck does everyone seem to like shovelware like this!?! :O The gameplay is completely unexceptable even back when it was first released. :(

Cally

#51

Cally said:

This and DKC . . . high on technology, low on creative gameplay. Really low. Especially this one. And Sonic Gems is actually GC only. And believe me, you want Sonic CD, the best Sonic ever by far and one of the best Genesis/CD ever.

Divock

#52

Divock said:

@Nintendork: Shovelware? Are you joking? Just because it's simple gameplay does not make it "shovelware". This game is fun. That's all it needs.
@Cally: Same here, just because it's not "creative" doesn't mean it's not fun.

Shinnok

#53

Shinnok said:

I thought Vectorman 2 was a better game. But as they say, the value of art is subjective.

SuperMarioFan1995

#55

SuperMarioFan1995 said:

Wow! Vectorman! Best game ever on the Sega Genesis/Megadrive! :)

I hope they release a sequel on the Wii Virtual Console. Called " Vectorman 2".

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