(MD / Mega Drive)

Gain Ground (MD / Mega Drive)

Game Review

Gain Ground Review

USA USA Version

Posted by Damien McFerran

It's the 31st Century, and science and technology have progressed to the point that the human race is approaching perfection.

Gain Ground started life as a largely unpopular 3 player arcade game. Surprisingly when taking into account the relative lack of commercial success it was ported to the Sega Megadrive/Genesis and Master System pretty swiftly. The gameplay is similar to Gauntlet but with a fantasy/sci-fi setting.

You and a friend have to fight your way through hoards of hostile enemies and kill each and every one or try to make it to the exit instead. There is a time limit so you cannot afford to hang about too long. You can choose between a range of playable characters each of which has different weapons and abilities. Along the way you can rescue new characters which have abilities more suited to the environment ahead.

There is more of a strategy element to Gain Ground unlike Gauntlet, however this additional layer of depth tends to confuse things. The playable character’s abilities vary greatly so some are much better equipped for tackling certain levels than others. The problem is there is no clear indication of what abilities each player possesses except for finding out through trial and error experimentation.

There's nothing really outstanding about the game - in fact, at times it's downright dull. It seems to have a cult following with Sega fans though, which might be the reason it's up for grabs on the Virtual Console so early in the day.


It is hard to recommend a below-average game such as this, but if you're after some Gauntlet-style action, then this is the probably the best place to look on the Virtual Console presently.

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User Comments (4)



SKTTR said:

A really neat 2-player co-op action title that I couldn't put down until I beat all 50 stages with a friend.

For me it's one of the hidden gems on the VC: I never heard of it before, downloaded it by chance, had slight interest, and got very pleasantly surprised. 8/10



NovemberJoy said:

If you have a PS3, however, don't even look at the VC version. Go buy Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection, and you'll get this game, plus many others, for $20. (I got the game new at Hastings.)
I'm not trying to sound like a PS3 fanboy, but you'll get a lot more out of your money by doing that.



Huachiman said:

Do the graphics look like pixelated vomit? Yes. Did I immediately pass over this game on the Genesis gold collection disc I have for my PC? Yep (along with some of the other garbage - here's looking at you Virtua Fighter 2). However, I watched a couple of YouTube reviews where Sega junkies and fanatics lauded its ingenuity. I gave it another shot and, to my utter delight, I can proudly declare that it is indeed an overlooked gem. It took me a little bit to discover its creative genius, but now I am hooked. It's one of those games that, once you give it a chance and look beyond its grotesque graphics, reveals itself and its magical glory. Definitely a solid 8/10.

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