the distant future, about 300 solar systems are under control of a
super computer "GCS-WT". The "GCS-WT" was a cruel ruler, and the humans
who lived in the underground wanted to unite and destroy all rule
by the "GCS-WT". This didn't go to well with the almighty "GCS-WT",
thus interplanetary security force took down the human underground
force. Looked like there was no hope left for the human race, except
for one man … Edwin Feace. Edwin being a great scientist from the
5th planet in the Altile solar system, had managed to crack the database
of the "GCS-WT". This potentially weakened the "GCS-WT" for around
300 hours, giving enough time for the human race to send a starship
fighter to planet earth to destroy the "GCS-WT" forever. Thus the
starship "Sol Feace" was sent out for this incredible task….
Sol-Feace is your basic 2-D horizontal shooter. Nothing in here, that
hasn't already been done before. This game gives you an overall average
feel to it. It plays the same way also. Your start off with a straight
pulse laser cannon, and during the game you pick up attachments that
add two more cannons. The top and bottom cannons have a limited angle
to shoot at the direction of choice. Power ups found during the game,
changes your cannon from its original pulse laser to a more rapid
pulse laser, straight beam laser, missiles etc. The power ups are
quite dull in comparison to the Thunder Force series, but gets the
job done and to some it might be a welcome over the exaggerated Thunder
Force style weapon scheme.
In the sound
department Wolfteam, utilized the Sega CD's format well, with some
good fast paced "anime-style" tunes that keeps excellent pace with
the action on screen. The sound effects on the other hand are wretched,
your weapons sound like "small continuous farts". Explosions are also
weak with virtually no impact, sounding more like bubble wrap pops.
But thankfully the overall music volume is loud enough to drown the
nasty sound effects.
When you start
the game, you are pampered with some nice anime mini movie sequences,
showing you what the game is about, also some nice anime action dog
fight scenes. Overall pretty nice and well thought off, this is what
you expect in a CD based games…fancy intros. The graphics in the game,
is a totally different matter. Your ship is large compared to most
Sega Genesis/Sega CD shooters, but drawn/animated very poorly. Same
with the enemies and the bosses, all average larger sprites nothing
fancy…they all look plain and very simple. The large size does more
bad than good, as it seriously slows down the game at certain points.
This makes maneuverability almost impossible in certain stages.
Overall with lackluster graphics, average sound and good old-fashioned
2D shooting fun, this is an average shooter, which can be ignored
unless you really crave to play something different.
Thanks DJ Mo! Lovely review there.
Yup, Sol Feace is nothing more than a dressed up version of the original
Genesis game Sol Deace. LAME! It's a shmup to have in your collection,
but you won't be getting much playtime from it...
- Felix the Cat
[NOTE] - SCREENSHOTS
ARE TAKEN WITH A DIGITAL CAMERA