(Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

ActRaiser (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Game Review

ActRaiser Review

USA USA Version

Posted by Damien McFerran

Take control of the Master, a dethroned deity whose once-idyllic world has fallen under the control of the Evil One.

When I saw the review of this game in the Mean Machines gaming magazine as a youth I was quite literally heartbroken. My Megadrive was (technically, at least) no longer the most powerful console in the world. Nintendo's new machine was special - the glorious screenshots splashed across the pages of the magazine proved that much at least - and the Mean Machines team gave this game a glowing review, too. I simply had to play this game.

When I eventually got around to doing so (I had to wait until the PAL release) the impact of the title had not lessened one bit. The game concept is genius and you have to wonder why no one has tried this since.

The platforming sections are as good as any other game you could mention, and coupled with the brilliant 'God Sim' portion of the game it made for a classic title. Some might say that the two types of gameplay don't sit together too well, but I personally loved it. It was unusual and unique and at the time it felt suitably cutting-edge. However, my dad hated it as he was into his God sims and he couldn't progress through the platform sections!

Conclusion

Even today this still plays like a dream. It's amazing how well the two portions of the game gel together and while the visuals have lost some of their impact, Actraiser remains easy on the eye. A special mention must go to the music - composed by Yuzo Koshiro (of Streets of Rage fame), it really is a generation apart from some of the Megadrive music around at the time.

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User Comments (5)

Rawk_Hawk

#2

Rawk_Hawk said:

Just played this for the first time recently and it's a terrific game. I really enjoyed the simulation element to the game and it has sharp graphics and a nice soundtrack.

OnionOverlord

#3

OnionOverlord said:

What makes this game great is that it manages to switch play styles just at the moment you're starting to get bored. Just when you're getting bored of the god-sim bit, it switches to side scrolling and keeps things a bit more entertaining. The sequel from what I heard went to being just a pure side scroller.

Rarewarefan7495

#4

Rarewarefan7495 said:

Is there any reason not to like this game? Yuzo Koshiro himself declared that this game's music was his best work. The gameplay is nothing short of brillince perfectly blending an awesome action platformer with a simple and easy sim city type section. This game deserves to be in anyone's top 10 SNES games of all time.

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