A highly popular Rail Shooter by Polyphony Digital released for the PlayStation in 1999. A fast-paced game, it was hailed as having one of the best graphics engines for the system, and is considered by many to be one of the best Macross-style mecha games produced, though it was a short game. It is considered a Sleeper Hit due to poor marketing but high game ratings.
The game contains examples of:
A God Am I: Alpha Core's ultimate plan in the game; integrate itself into ENIAC, the first human computer, and attach itself to humankind's computer development. As human computer technology builds over time, so does its influence over humanity.
The manual provides context for the events of the game, without it the game has little more than an Excuse Plot. Even the name of the Omega Boost pilot, the Player Character, is relegated to the manual.
The name of the rival mech from Zones 2 and 7 is "Beta Boost", and the name of the sub-boss mech from Zone 3 is "Herbarcher". This is only revealed via the cases of the action figures.
Attack Its Weak Point: When fighting bosses and minibosses, your Scan ability will lock-on to numerous targets on them which can be fired upon with your homing lasers. The more lock-ons you get, the more damage you can inflict upon.
The only way you can deal serious damage on Zone 8's boss is by attacking the red crystal on it's back. You can only target when its ejected though.
Cutscene Power to the Max: The opening CG, when the Omega Boost uses its BFG as a shoulder-mounted weapon to fire a gigantic laser cannon which takes out a whole fleet of ships in one blast. You never get to use the weapon like this... but by the time that fleet actually shows up in the game, a fully-charged Viper Boost can wipe them all out.
Before that part, Omega Boost guarded itself from one of the battleships's Wave Motion Gun with an Energy Shield. You don't have that shield ingame. In Zone 6, you actually get to fight one such battleship as a miniboss. Said battleship's Wave Motion Gun will vaporize you if it hits.
Cyborg: Remember that Sand Worm you fought before? Fast forward several hundred years into the future where planet Eta is now a Cyber Punk planet. That worm is now a space-dwelling cyborg worm!
Limit Break: Viper Boost. Even comes with its own charging gauge.
The Merch: Action figures of the Omega Boost and Beta Boostnote Boss of Zones 2 and 7 mechs were released. A third action figure - Herbarchernote Sub-boss of Zone 3 - was planned, but never materialized.
Recurring Boss: A couple. Remember the sand worm in Zone Four, and the larger robot that you fought in Zone Three? Remember how you never actually saw them blow up in those levels? You'll be seeing them again.
Red Oni, Blue Oni: Omega Boost is the blue oni while the rival mech (boss of Zone 2 and Zone 7) is the red oni.
Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Actually, youíre going back in time to prevent a rogue artificial intelligence from altering ENIAC, the first computer.
Shout-Out: Planet Eta itself is a shout out to both Dune and Transformers, both prior to and after traveling down the timeshaft. Before the timeshaft travel, the planet has a strong resemblance to the sand planet Arrakis, the titular planet of Dune, complete with its own Sand Worms. After the timeshaft travel, the planet is completely cyberized and now looks more like Cybertron.
Omega Boost's booster pack is similar to that of the Crossbone Gundam's.
Omega Boost's homing lasers functions pretty much the same way as those in the RAY Series games.
Too Spicy for Yog Sothoth: in the final level, Alpha Core tries to eat Omega Boost. Of course, the pilot isnít having any of that.
Wave Motion Gun: Zone 6's miniboss, a battleship as seen in the intro cinematic, has one mounted in it's bow. It tries to fry you with it before you fight it and tries again after you defeat it, by teleporting directly behind you so that you're in the gun's path.
A couple of bosses have these as well.
Worm Sign: Watch for those waves in the sand in Zone 4. Those a nasty subterranean critters running around.
Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Lester activates the timeshaft on planet Eta in Zone Five, which is supposed to take him to year 1946. It teleports him a few hundred years into planet Eta's future, where the planet has been completely cyberized. And it's got a brand new battlefleet.