Video Game: Gunstar Heroes
"Professor! Green's been here.... He's got a Gem!"
A cooperative Run and Gun game released on the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis
in 1993. Sometime in the future, somewhere not to far from where you live, Gunstars Red and Blue
are twins from a family of protectors of the planet Gunstar 9 (G-9), attempting to stop a dictator named Colonel Red from collecting the four famous Mystical Gems in order to reactivate a planet-sucking alien robot known as Golden Silver in an effort to reshape the world.
At least, that's how the original North American release describes it
That being, you (partner optional, but highly recommended) take control of either one of Red and Blue and traverse several levels of increasing chaos and explosions. What really adds to the run and gun nature of it, though, is how the two playable characters differ in action, as well as the clever weapons system. Technically, Red is Free Shot
- meaning you can run and
gun at the same time with the primary drawback being that it's a bit harder to aim in a specific direction (since... you move when you fire); counter to this, Blue is Fixed Shot,
so he can't
move and fire but is capable of firing in all 8 directions. This doesn't seem like much of a difference at first, but when you add that certain weapon combos work better for certain types - it allows for a wide variance in playstyles.
Overall the game is best known for its impressive graphic effects, frantic action, great music, and epic boss fights
A single-player "sequel"
, Gunstar Super Heroes
, was released in 2005 for the GBA, and sets up a new team of heroes (who have the same names as their predecessors) to fight against the Empire Army
once again to stop Golden Silver from reviving a second time. It also appears to follow the Japanese Mega Drive storyline more closely, with the names mostly reverted.
The original game was first made available post-Genesis on the PS2
Sega Ages series (with less slowdown) which...alas...is a fine example of No Export for You
. However, it is now available for download on Virtual Console
, Xbox Live, PSN, iOS
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