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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Golden Axe - Sega Master System [003] PlayThru

Title Screen
NOTE: A trainer was used for making this capture.
Golden Axe, an excellent side scroller hack-and-slash from Sega was released in the arcades in 1989.  I have played the Atari ST version, and Sega Master System version, maybe 2 or 3 times.  I had the Genesis cartridge early on, and that is the one I played the most.

The only reason I have this cartridge is because it was purchased from either Luskins or Best Products when they were blowing out Sega Master System games, since I already had the Genesis version.  If I remember correctly, numerous titles were $3 to $5 each.  Both of those chains are now defunct, and probably closed roughly 20 years ago.

Magic Potion Usage
The Master System port was a decent effort.  The cons: You can only play as one character instead of the three choices the arcade offers (I suppose the choice of which magic to use is supposed to make up for this...). Only one player can play, there is no two player simultaneous play. The ending is changed from the arcade.

The pros: A good sized play area that is full screen. The controls are mostly responsive, although there are points when they are not, and decent use of graphics.

SMS Insert
I think the game takes two big hits with the inability to choose the other two player types from the arcade AND also only being a single player game (anyone remember NES Double Dragon?).  Get past that, and this is a decent effort on the system.  I certainly do not feel that the game is worth the price it demands on Ebay.  Get the Genesis release in that case.
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Capture info -

This gameplay was captured on March 18, 2018.

For some reason, probably the trainer, garbage showed up on the screen during the last stage in one particular area.  Since I had problems with the Atari ST version of Golden Axe as well, maybe this game (Golden Axe) is just cursed for me!

Arcade Flyer
Game was played on a Sega Master System Model 1 equipped with a FM Expansion Board from Tim Worthington
A HD Retrovision Component cable was used, connected to an OSSC 1.6 (processing the video in Line4x mode), with the output being captured by a Startech USB3HDCAP.

Video was edited with Shotcut.

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