(Wii Virtual Console / Virtual Console Arcade)

Altered Beast (Wii Virtual Console / Virtual Console Arcade)

Game Profile

In this classic arcade game you are a hero raised from the dead by the god Zeus to rescue his daughter Athena. With a scenery inspired by Ancient Greece, you have to fight hordes of undead and demons, with a boss at the end of each level until you meet the god Neff, who holds the girl captive.

The title refers to your shapeshifting abilities. In this platformer, you can collect spirit balls by defeating two-headed wolves, allowing you to mutate into different beasts such as a werewolf, a dragon, a tiger, a bear and others. Each form, tied to a level, comes with special abilities such as flight and powerful attacks, easily superseding the basic set of punches and kicks in your human form.

The game can be played in singleplayer mode, or in same-screen multiplayer co-op mode.

Game Review

Review

Europe PAL Version

Posted by James Newton

Welcome to your doom!

There’s no two ways about it: Altered Beast is a terrible game. Even here, in a perfect conversion of the arcade original, it’s so horrendously stodgy and repetitive that it makes you wonder quite why anyone holds it in the slightest bit of regard.For...

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User Comments (20)

LinkFanatic

#1

LinkFanatic said:

The arcade version of this is a lot better than the Genesis one...will probably download this one.

CorbsAdmin

#2

Corbs said:

I loved this arcade game back in the day, but I never realized it was so repetitive. I still like to give my arcade board a go from time to time, but it hasn't aged as well as I'd like. :)

Austrian

#8

Austrian said:

because it's the ARCADE version for "virtual console arcade" service. and arcade games are 900points(see Space harrier).

Austrian

#9

Austrian said:

also @ the reviewer
the game is 2 players and not 1 player(as stated above)

Bass_X0

#10

Bass_X0 said:

Space Harrier is 800 points. The others are 500 points (except Gaplus which is 600 in the U.S). There's no set pricing structure for arcade games but why the need to make this cost more than Space Harrier? Its just an early 16-bit game at heart so it should really have cost 800 points.

sashaboo

#11

sashaboo said:

Is this version any better than the mega drive version? I downloaded the mega drive version but it seemed to dated and err... a bit crap lol.

ICEknight

#12

ICEknight said:

It's quite better than the Mega Drive version... But if you already have it, you've already seen all there is to it albeit in a dumbed down form (and also with slower music and game speed, seeing how you live in PAL territory and the Mega Drive version runs at 50Hz instead of 60).

Videoman343

#13

Videoman343 said:

Its good that this is coming to the NA VC but I have this on the Sega Genesis Collection for the PS2 so I wont be downloading this.

jhuhn

#14

jhuhn said:

All I can say on the price in North America is that it is EXTORTION!

carson

#15

carson said:

Im still waiting for a good game to come out. I want Kirby Supter star or Super Mario Kart. COME ON NINTENDO

RurouniTeeter

#16

RurouniTeeter said:

Carson. Seriously now?... Kirby All Star?... I think you mean SUPER Star. Secondly, they made it on DS, they probably won't make it for VC anytime soon. Thirdly, Super Mario Kart will come out when it comes out. Just think of this stuff being out of the way.

thegamer10

#19

thegamer10 said:

What would i rather do? buy this for 1000 points or wait for 500 more and get Pokemon Rumble. I believe option 2 is better.

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