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Altered Beast

獣王記

Developer / Publisher: Sega
June 1988
Altered Beast [獣王記] - cover art
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#3,695 All-time
#41 for 1988
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In Altered Beast, Zeus resurrects a warrior and gives him the task of rescuing his daughter from the evil Neff. Not sure why Zeus couldn't do it himself, but this warrior seems special because he can turn into a beast.

You start each level in human form. Some enemies will drop and orb, collect 3 and transform into a beast. Each level has a different beast: werewolf, dragon, bear, tiger and a golden wolf. The beasts have different attacks, even though the attacks aren't really associated with that particular beast e.g. a bear has a spin jump attack, wolf has a fireball.

You move from left to right, mainly punching and kicking enemies as you make your way to the end of the level where you will fight a boss.

The graphics are okay, the sprites seemed a overly large meaning the screen was a bit cluttered.

The gameplay is quite clunky, sometimes the hit detection seemed a bit off, or the amount of space you have to dodge is insanely minimal. I had a hard time understanding how to attack the bosses without taking damage myself. Sometimes this was a problem with normal enemies too.

I played this in the Sega Genesis Collection on Steam which runs inside an emulator. You could rewind as much as you like and I was rewinding constantly. It seemed extremely difficult to avoid enemy attacks, and some I was convinced were actually impossible to dodge.

There's only 5 levels, and by using the Rewinds and Save states in an emulator, you can easily be done within 20 minutes.

It's clunky, it's unfair, it's short. It's just not very good.
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It's weird how a game as iconic as this aged badly and seems mediocre in retrospect, I kind of pity it. Still 1988 was an early time for beat-em-ups and the amount of moves this has can be counted on one hand, but it did make up for it for being a marvelous tech demo: Both for the graphical inovations and what arcade games and the Sega Mega Drive had in the future, and the unique power-ups it carried that signaled a new era for fighting games.

Altered Beast flimsily uses details of Greco-Roman mythology to tell the story of a centurion brought from the dead by Zeus(bringing with him the infamous 'Wise fwom your gwave' line) in order to save his daughter, Athena, from an Uncle Fester-looking villain. The centurion gets buff as you get power-ups from beating specific enemies, but with three power-ups you become a titular altered beast, turning into a werewolf, a flying dragon, a bear, all depending on the level. With it you gain a set of new, advantegous moves, being able to shoot projectiles or dash across the screens, and generally being a powerhouse able to mow down enemies on all fronts. It also gives you the right to encounter the boss, which will put your newfound skills to the test.

Altered Beast is a fair difficulty and is more fun with two players, but the limited set of controls and the enemies that use repeated cheap strategies make it overstay, even if capped at a short five levels. It doesn't carry that much with it afterwards, other than being plainly memorable, because it's really weird when a game like this brings a mess of Greek mythology and lycanthropy.
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Altered Beast came as a freebie when I purchased the Sega Mega Drive. I had never played the arcade version, but it had to be better than this rubbish. Such an obvious candidate as a giveaway because honestly, who would want to shell out money for a sub standard pile of crap? But the worst possible candidate as a giveaway if what your are trying to do is impress people with your new console. The graphics were rubbish, the sound capture woeful, and the gameplay was little better than boring.

I only gave Altered Beast the odd perfunctory play, and it never got any better. I honestly would have got more pleasure out of staring at the wall for ten minutes.
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1Chops 獣王記 2022-06-30T01:36:47Z
2022-06-30T01:36:47Z
3.5
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_Arcueid_ 獣王記 2022-06-27T13:30:27Z
Mega Drive/Genesis • JP
2022-06-27T13:30:27Z
2.0
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venpts 獣王記 2022-06-25T17:17:45Z
2022-06-25T17:17:45Z
1.5
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dannymason_1 Altered Beast 2022-06-24T15:37:59Z
PS3
2022-06-24T15:37:59Z
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Mistertitanic Altered Beast 2022-06-22T14:40:09Z
Mega Drive/Genesis • XNA
2022-06-22T14:40:09Z
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Hyeronymous_Rock Altered Beast 2022-06-21T16:41:22Z
Mega Drive/Genesis • XNA
2022-06-21T16:41:22Z
2.5
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plan9mastermind 獣王記 2022-06-20T00:06:58Z
2022-06-20T00:06:58Z
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TheNightsBane 獣王記 2022-06-16T00:36:16Z
2022-06-16T00:36:16Z
3.5
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dannb 獣王記 2022-05-31T04:53:48Z
2022-05-31T04:53:48Z
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ryzhaya_feya 獣王記 2022-05-24T03:08:49Z
2022-05-24T03:08:49Z
3.0
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Nagual Altered Beast 2022-05-20T11:34:25Z
Windows
2022-05-20T11:34:25Z
2.5
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EelSedaka Altered Beast 2022-05-16T20:18:23Z
Mega Drive/Genesis • XNA
2022-05-16T20:18:23Z
1.0
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  • TheyreHappeningMusically 2017-09-21 16:12:32.278999+00
    >2.45

    what the fuck
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  • samred 2017-10-24 22:03:21.930301+00
    WISE FWOM YO GWAVE
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  • Clownboss 2019-04-18 10:55:30.154182+00
    The Citizen Kane of video games
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  • VicBanger 2021-07-10 16:35:55.335213+00
    2.43...

    Dude, what a shame...
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  • Awesomov 2021-08-08 00:25:59.511642+00
    Game's really not that good, folks, sorry. :O
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  • wetingohappun 2022-05-02 07:18:57.029346+00
    I love Sega, but I've never been into this game. A pretty low tier beat em up. It's really only entertaining for its homoerotic furry undertones.
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