Merry X’mas!

While I had hoped to have a nice little piece on Christmas Nights up by the 25th, work and other non-festive things conspired against me. Instead, I offer you this – a hastily thrown together video of the hidden Christmas message from Enemy Zero:

I first discovered this back in 1997, shortly after finding this cult classic-to-be under the Christmas tree. It was the last time I would smile while playing this game. It’s hard to smile after you’ve soiled yourself in fear.

Here’s a static image, in case all that action was too much for you:

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I’d like to extend my deepest gratitude to everybody who has read or watched anything I’ve put out over the last year. Happy Holidays to  you and yours!

Supreme Warrior (Sega 32X CD)

SupremeWarriorTitleSupreme Warrior
Sega 32X CD, 1994
Developer: Digital Pictures
Publisher: Digital Pictures

Oh yes, I’m going to play ALL SIX Sega 32X CD games. Why? Because I want to play an entire game system’s library at least once in my life, and this is LOW HANGING FRUIT. And on top of that, the 32X CD isn’t really its own system, so it’s kind of like winning on a technicality. We lawyers LOVE technicalities.

Anyway, I played through Supreme Warrior, one of the last gasps of Digital Pictures, quite possibly the most prolific producer of FMV games in the early-to-mid-90’s. Supreme Warrior is simultaneously all that is great about mid-90’s FMV (fantastic production values and surprising fluidity) while at the same time a reminder of why the genre never reached its potential (shallow and clumsy gameplay).

If you’d care to have a look at the differences in quality between the Sega CD and Sega 32X CD versions, I’ve ripped the introductory sequences for both games.

While the 32X version certainly looks prettier, I find myself more impressed by the Sega CD version. It’s pretty ugly, but quite good by SCD standards.

The game’s credits make it clear that the actors who portrayed the enemy fighters did all their own choreography. In my mind, this accounts for (1) why the action looks so good (when you can see it); and (2) why the button prompts are so mercilessly short. Someone needed to tell these guys and gals to slow down for the benefit of the players at home.

I couldn’t recommend Supreme Warrior to anybody but the most devoted fans of FMV games, but for what it’s worth, I enjoyed my time with it; it’s a beautiful disaster of sorts.