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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Strider - Sega Master System [007] PlayThru

Title Screen
NOTE: A trainer was used for making this capture.

The tune heard in the intro of this video is a YM2413 (Sega Master System FM module) rendition of a Strider theme, sourced from a midi file from the Sega Genesis version.

While Sega was responsible for the port effort of Strider to the Sega Genesis, Sega handed the porting efforts for the Master System over to Tiertex, who took the graphics created for their Commodore Amiga port in their effort.

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The graphics look good, the control choices are good, but there is a ton of slowdown in this game when the screen is 'busy'.  I am also not a fan of how the music was done; it is way too repetitive.  At least this time the stages appear in the proper order (when compared to other Tiertex ports).  The ending has a boss fight before showing the same ending as the Atari ST version.

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I would definitely say if you have the means, get the Genesis version of Strider; even if the Master System version was cheaper, the deeper gameplay provided by the Genesis version would still win out by a longshot.  I also liked the ST version better as well.

Capture info -

This gameplay was captured on March 24, 2018.

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.
Box Cover

Video was edited with Shotcut.
Arcade Flyer

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