YMMV / Virtual-ON

  • Anti-Climax Boss: Tangram in MARZ's Story Mode.
  • Awesome Music: Lots and lots, even those in the ill-received MARZ!!! Among the most notable ones are the theme of Temjin and the victory song from FORCE.
    • Takenobu Mitsuyoshi, composer and singer of many of Sega's most famous arcade tunes, performed a vocal version of the song "Conquista Ciela" from FORCE and MARZ. And it is glorious.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: Jennifer Poison, one of the Rose Sisters pilots, can be considerably cheesy compared to some other named pilots. Took even further in MARZ with her cheesy voice acting that can make someone laugh.
  • Even Better Sequel: Operation Moongate is already a solid game on its own right, but Oratorio Tangram improved so much on original game's formula and added more depth to the gameplay, it's no wonder the first sequel is a favorite among fans.
    • Sega even held a poll asking Japanese fans which game in the series was their favorite, with Oratorio Tangram winning 70 percent of the votes note .
  • Fanon Discontinuity: MARZ is widely shunned by fans of the series' previous installments due to being an Oddball in the Series.
  • Game-Breaker: Fei-Yen from the original game, in the hands of a remotely skilled player is near-unbeatable, especially after her Hyper Mode.
  • Internet Backdraft: Sega's announcement of Operation Moongate's Model2 Collection re-release as a Japan-only release. Rage in 5...
  • Most Wonderful Sound: The sound of Temjin preparing to fire a Wave Motion Gun in Oratorio Tangram.
  • More Popular Spin-off: Meta example. The FORCE and MARZ games were not well-received, but the related plastic toy models are more popular than the games themselves, at least for hobbyists. And they're still producing till today.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • What happens if you have more health than the final boss when time's up in the first two games? The bloody "Mission Failed" screen followed by a green Game Over text can be unsettling to some players.
    • Specineff's Grim Reaper personification motif can be sorta scary, depending on coloring. And its feeding on the pilot's negative emotions is one best left unmentioned here.
    • The Boss Warning Siren screens can be as annoying as its Most Annoying Sound.
    • The Shadow Virtuaroids. Holy hell.
    • The Game Over screen in MARZ is like it is ripped off from some Survival Horror games, with static red text (not bloody ones but still), and can be disturbing to those who used to have Game Over screens with green text (or colorful background in FORCE, if you ask).
    • Tangram in both Oratorio Tangram and MARZ. The sequences are less scarier in the latter but still. DYMN, the preparators behind it, is much scarier than you think. (Think Tangram as Princess Peach and DYMN as King Bowser)
    • Heck, the entire series can pull your souls out if you know about its true nature. MARZ fleshes out Nightmare Fuel even further if both Oratorio Tangram and FORCE aren't enough for you. And there are novelizations that can be...
  • Polished Port: The Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 31 re-release of Operation Moongate for the PlayStation 2, which has fluid frame-rate and updated graphics (up until the HD re-release), crispper sound quality, and slew of extra modes like being able to play as Z-Gradt or fight with chibi-fied versions of the Virtuaroids. Unfortunately Western fans may never be able to play this version since it stayed in Japan.
    • XBLA port of Oratorio Tangram Ver.5.66 has optional HD visuals, online multi-player, tutorials for beginners, and the color-edit feature from the Japanese Dreamcast version that was implemented into Ver.5.66. The default control scheme works quite well with the Xbox 360 controller. It may also qualify as an Arcade Perfect Port as the Arcade Mode plays just like arcade version and there's virtually no loading times. The only major downside to the XBLA version is the lack of split-screen multi-player (although it does have system link support).
  • Sequelitis: Virtual-ON: FORCE was seen as a step down for getting rid of the intense speed that made Oratorio Tangram so popular. MARZ was heavily criticized for changing the play style into a single player mission-based campaign, long loading times and the localization quality, making it infamous as the series' Franchise Killer.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: "From the Moon To Me", originally an unused song for Fei-Yen, is pretty much the Sailor Moon theme song in Virtual-ON form, not surprising seeing that Fei-Yen herself is an Expy of Sailor Moon. Not heard in the game, the song would still be released on the first game's soundtrack albums, was remixed as Fei-Yen's theme for the official CyberNet Rhapsody audio drama, and was finally implemented in the Sega AGES version of the first game for the Bonus Boss, the long lost original Fei-Yen.
  • Tear Jerker: Tangram in both ending of Oratorio Tangram and the Story Mode in MARZ, especially the latter. While the ending of Oratan is both this and one of Heartwarming Moments, this becomes fleshed into one sober story in MARZ. The Woobie being her original data who's a Damsel in Distress Trapped in Villainy by DYMN, and you fight DYMN units in order to save her from the hands of them. You will feel sad if you don't just Play the Game, Skip the Story.
  • That One Boss: The massive VR Jaguarandi ever since Operation Moongate. In MARZ, you not only have to deal with him, but if you do well enough in the stages leading up to him, you'll have to fight two Jaguarandis at once.
    • While Jaguarandi is an immense pain in the arse in FORCE, the final battle with Ajim and Guerlain is quite possibly one of the most ruthless boss fights in the series, especially coupled with FORCE's more sluggish controls.
    • Ajim in Oratorio Tangram is an SNK Boss Made of Iron, contrast to being playing him. He alone is a good enough reason never to win any time-out victories.
    • In MARZ, there's also the one encounter with the White Knight.
    • Deconstructed and parodied in Operation Moongate if you choose to continue after getting beaten into a pulp. Jaguarandi's armour has halved by then, and to boot, he shrinks to half his size. If you still can't beat him, and continue again, this repeats. Ad infinitum until he's so small he's practically invisible and one hit will kill him.
      • If you're playing the Windows version of Operation Moongate on newer operating system, however, chances are your game will crash thanks to a bug and you have restart your game from the beginning. This can be very rage-inducing if you lose to Jaguarandi unless you're Fei-Yen, which (strangely) the bug won't cause your game to crash.
  • That One Level: Operation Moongate's Bonus Boss level with Fei-Yen from the Japan-only Sega Ages PlayStation 2 port. She runs and runs and runs while firing, and you end up dying because you took more damage than she did and the time ran out.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: MARZ focus on single-player gameplay and using the degraded mechanics of FORCE.
    • FORCE changed the formula into making teams of two fight against each other, which excited players until it was revealed that it came at the cost of the intense speed that made Oratorio Tangram so popular.


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