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Corpse Killer (Sega 32X CD)

Corpse Killer (32x) Screenshot 2016-01-13 07-35-19Corpse Killer
Sega 32X CD, 1994
Developer: Digital Pictures
Publisher: Digital Pictures

We round the halfway point on the 32X CD library with Corpse Killer, an interesting, if flawed, light gun/FMV adventure hybrid from Digital Pictures.

If you’ve got a hankering to play Corpse Killer after watching this video, I’d stick to the 3DO or Sega Saturn versions, if you’ve got the means to play them.  The Sega CD/32X simply didn’t have the horsepower to make the digitized zombie sprites look like anything more than a blurry mess – which is pretty amazing when you consider that said sprites have less frames than your average animated gif. My, how far we’ve come!

This one really felt like a long road to a small house. We’ll be taking a brief break from 32X CD games for a bit. For as positive as I try to remain about these games, playing them end-to-end really makes you appreciate the wonders of modern console gaming.  Don’t worry though, I hope to continue in a month or two with either Night Trap or Surgical Strike.

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.

Fahrenheit (Sega 32X CD)

FahernheitTitleCardFahrenheit
Sega 32X CD, 1995
Developer: Sega Studios
Publisher: Sega

What, you were expecting Indigo Prophecy? About ten years to early, pal.  We’re taking a look at one of the few games to utilize all the power a Sega Genesis could conceivably muster – A 32X CD GAME! Fahrenheit is one of just six such titles, and probably the best of the bunch. Take a look!

As noted in the video, Fahrenheit received a standard Sega CD release as well.  Actually, it was sold in the SAME package as the 32X version.  Here’s the intro from the Sega CD version:

Compare it to the intro for the 32X CD variant:

The visual improvements are quite apparent!

I’ll be updating this post after the holidays with some more video. In the meantime, enjoy the smooth sounds of LOU NADEAU. WATCH OUT, STAN BUSH.

Yes, I ripped both variants of the song….

Happy Thanksgiving!