story line of Robo Aleste is a very long and confusing one, sorta
like politics. It is based on ancient Japan around the 16th century,
where civil war has been going on for years. But during the war, stange
huge mechanical robo warriors appear during battle that has technology
way too advanced during that time. Both sides of the clan, now use
this new technology to create large warriors. The war gets more serious
and personal conflicts arise…and the sold reason an officer goes to
destroy the head hancho of all evil and to have revenge for the death
of his villagers and master. Or something of that nature ;)
Robo Aleste is one of the best looking shooters I have ever seen to
grace the Sega Genesis or the Sega CD. It is the sequel to the original
MUSHA ALESTE for the Genesis. Like the original, it is a 2D vertical
shooter. But unlike the original, this game has gotten a load of excellent
updated graphics, sound and even gameplay.
Your command a mecha style flying robot known as "ALESTE" or a Dennin.
ALESTE is equipped with two flying guardian angels "spinning pods"
that protects you from certain close encounters, and they can also
be powered up to fly out and destroy enemies on screen and boomerang
back.. The "spinning pods" can also pick up numerous weapon pick-ups
along the way give you kick ass firepower, including flash phasers,
microwave dispersal beams, blooming flower grenades and shuriken homing
stars. And if that wasn't enough, your ALESTE has standard weapon
system (array of throwing knives), which increase in fire power and
the number of knives, by picking up capsules left behind by friendly
crafts during the game. WHEWWW !! Very impressive stuff…and trust
me you will need every bit of it to finish this huge game.
graphics in the game are top notch !! Starting with the beginning
you get a lenghty anime intro, describing the premise of the games
with some impressive anime drawings. And during the game, no single
detail has been spared. This looks almost too good to be a 16-bit
title. Compile has used every single bit of the Sega CD powers, including
its scaling effects. Large enemies dropping into the scenery with
ease, truly shows what the Sega CD is capable of. Your ALESTE is highly
detailed, with body movement as you move your character giving a very
nice "life" to your ship. Enemies are also drawn with great detail.
And the background is also amazing with so much little details everywhere
in the game, small villagers crying for help, detailed landscapes
and so much more.
As the game is based around 16th century Japan, it is more than appropriate
to include a soundtrack that consists of traditional Japanese music.
But to make thinks even better, the creators of the game added a hard-beat,
techno style score along side the traditional music that just gives
you goose bumps listening to it..cause its so good. This makes the
music, perfect for a shooter like this. Plus the sound effects are
wonderful and gives a good punch, making explosions actually believable
the gameplay, well with most shooters your basic ship is pretty static.
But on this game, your ship is mobile and even does flips and swerves!!
Thus it gives the illusion that the ship is alive in a eerie way.
You have total control over the speed of your ship, which helps in
dodging bullets. The speed and accuracy and the awesome weapon systems,
makes this is a very fun shooter to play.
Overall, there is no denying it. This is "the" best shooter" for the
Sega CD. This is almost like the "Radiant Silvergun" of shooters for
the Sega CD. Why do I say almost like? Well lucky for us, this game
is only priced USD $5-$10 on the used market, apparently this gem
hasn't been getting the attention it deserves. If you are a shooter
fanatic I highly recommend this a MUST OWN for your SHMUPS collection.
Thanks DJ Mo!
Robo (aka Cyber) Aleste is very much in the same style as MUSHA Aleste,
which is in the same style as Spriggan... A very playable game, and
pretty much one of the best on the Sega CD along with Keio Flying
Squadron. If you liked your MUSHA, you'll like your Cyber :)
Oh yeah, edited scores btw DJ. Not every game gets 100% across the
board, no matter how much they deserve it ;) - Felix the Cat
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