Water Margin Review - Sega Genesis - New Games for Old Consoles

Water Margin Review - Sega Genesis - New Games for Old Consoles

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welcome to a new episode of new games for consoles I'm your host recommend and today we're gonna take a look at water margin which was originally released in China in the 90s and now has an English release as a for 2015 courtesy of Piko interactive people are nice and safe from never adding soft the original developers of the game with games that goes in acts the Streets of Rage series and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hyperstone heist gamers had a decent amount of arcade style beat em ups choose from one game
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that had never received was nice it around and if you like that particular game their water margin maybe a game that you may want to check out not exactly the same but you can't help us by the similarities between the two unlike Knights and round which was based on our to be a legend water margin is based on the Chinese novel of the same name this game tells of how a group of three playable outlaws gathers at mount Liang Liang Shan Marsh before they
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eventually granted amnesty by the government and sent on a campaign to resist foreign invaders and suppress rebel forces upon starting the game we have three characters xi or shy Shen based on King Arthur who is baddest who san aang which is based on answer that and happens to be fast and with long range and finally there was li kui who's based on Percival he is strong but slow and of course at short range the game has seven levels with 17 stages
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altogether not all stages have the same amount of levels some like level 1 only have one stage while level 3 has three stages like in most beat em ups you walk from left to right beating up on enemies along the way while breaking objects to gain power-ups such as food money and up to four magic spells the graphics are really nice and colorful and the soundtrack sounds phenomenal technically even if it's now your startup music it sounds great from a technical standpoint back to the graphics
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stage 5-1 looks great with animated backgrounds and different effects a waterfall he also gets some date and night transitions in stage 4 1 and 90-day progression in level 6 3 even with the great sound colorful graphics and animated backgrounds you're barely ever see any slowdown or flicker even when tons of things are happening on screen at once speaking of tons of things happen at once you will be bombarded by enemies especially in the later stages of the
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game to help counter this your move set includes a normal attack a jumping attack a running attack a special attack that drains energy and a knock the enemy off-screen attack that is done by pressing attack which is normally your B button and then towards the enemy a split second after this is of course in addition to the four magic spells included earlier and a special attack that I just mentioned it's not in the manual so just keep that in mind as a
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side note every stage includes at least one new enemy though you will run into the standard color swap enemies with higher life gauges as well this is a standard in a genre that most people should be accustomed to I know that it all sounds pretty good but of course there gonna be some negatives I mentioned that the music is technically impressive however the voices are not in the original releases they were ripped from this piece of rage series and although they were replaced in this release they just don't sound that great
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the level design also has very little priority go right you beat up an enemy go write some more you beat up another enemy it's linear and very repetitive in comparison Streets of Rage turtles and golden axe or have variety to their stages in terms of gameplay there are no vehicles or creatures to ride nor is there any kind of grappling system and the magic system is not individualized whatever magic icon your character happens to pick up it's the magic that
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he or she will have some stages also repeat such as stages four two and seven one something to keep in mind does it happen too often it it does happen it also has to be mentioned again that sprites not completely original nor completely ripped but heavily inspired from other games such as night as around street fighter dog stalkers and trees of rage the game also they force you to grunt which automatically gives you a bad ending you need to play at least in a
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medium difficulty setting known as tough-guy for a good ending hero which is the hard setting may also have an additional ending but I haven't played that level on computer confusion yet so I can't tell you that I'm not sure as to why the game was programmed that way though it should have to force it to tough guy I had a very unpleasant surprise when I was told to play in a higher difficulty setting and I was ready five levels into the game alright guys so I want to go over the presentation of water margin because that's kind of an important thing
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especially when you're spending 40 to 50 bucks on a brand new genesis game so I have it here next to MBA jam which is an official release from the 90s as well as puppy commando which recently came out and it's also an unofficial release similar to water margin not in gameplay but just it's an unofficial release so if you look at the case for three games you'll notice the label r43 it's all printed on pretty
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much the same type of paper very high quality photo ish glossy paper which is great it fits it fits correctly and on the case which is also a plus and the cases themselves are pretty much made out of the same plastic okay I can't tell you for sure but but they feel the same the most part is sound the same
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squeeze um they're practically the same thing if you look at the texture let's see if you can capture on camera you tell me the emulate the original which is this one I mean pretty much spot-on Piko did a great job at choosing a case you know whether he got his whoever manufactures his cases definitely does a great job shyam self looking at the back there you saw the front label art looking at the
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back texas clean picture story nine got just three shots information there from Piko interactive very nice kind of miss missing a barcode though you see that that would have been nice to add to it you know make sure it's a professional product an official product it sure has what kind of bar code but that's just me nitpicking and just to show you something yeah papi commando it has a barcode it
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just gives it an extra touch of authenticity authenticity very very nicely done when it comes to our watermelon games Kiko could pick up a couple of things from them but generally did a really good job in the case just very minor little grapes there yeah that could've been a little higher but he said mind if minor grapes he squat key squad he's very good nice
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glossy paper for a paper very well done on that end now we look at the manuals comparing it to an original Genesis manual I get the same size obviously it's a lot thinner and again you know each man who was gonna be a different amount of thickness I can tell you right now just from touching them and holding them the paper
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[Music] the original release feels a little thicker like a higher quality stack of paper I'll say the same thing about the other unofficial game very very nice paper used on this like really thick almost car British paper very very nice very nicely done very very well done now
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one thing is when you look at the original NBA Jam cover and a lot of genesis games from the past they use nice paper and everything but you got black and white manuals which definitely he said nobody wants that in this day and age then again you barely get menus at all these days which is the whole other thing but Iko did gave you a nice color menu so I guess you can consider that somewhat of a trade off slightly you
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know let's party paper but still glossy paper and you have colors where you are than that they definitely to be a better person or somebody who's a little more familiar with graphic design because this is not very easy to read so so there's to be my nitpicks but we have a lot of the basic things
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that you need very nicely then right guys sure correctly alright lastly we're gonna get to the actual cartridges themselves Jam water margin and puppy commando so the first thing you're gonna see is the labels fit pretty close to
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perfect and the original game and then the water margin and unofficial release but when we look at water margin like this just amateurish really this really irks me the neighbor does not fit see in fact same thing perfect fit way too small it's a sit-up bootleg and perfect fit yet again terms of the
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plastic these two till near-identical very thick sturdy plastic this one still pretty thick there's a little bit slightly cheaper but nothing but not so much that you would think that this is gonna break or anything right away but this is very minor difference but when it should be noted a label really irks me now I did
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question Pico about in one of the forms sake is 16 and he said this was a mistake from the printer from whoever he had he had print print out the labels but I mean for the price paid this really should have not have happened definitely wouldn't mind if he sent me a brand new sticker - leaf it especially being an early adopter another thing that kind of bugs me is look at these
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two they have actual screws and you have their logos imprinted which is very professional-looking on both things and on both carts very nicely done right look at this one no screws this is just a mold of his crew I know and no company logo anything here which you know hopefully in future releases he steps up this game and makes
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that you know it makes this card stand out a little bit more they're more professional so sturdy built nice naval are cheap casing and bad fitting to a bat a terribly fitting sticker other than that it'll fit any Genesis but it doesn't look anywhere near as professional as an original game or the competitor watermelon studios and
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their releases which look fantastic and phenomenal ain't closing water margin is in itself a good game I'd even say above-average I had a good time playing it but it may not be for everyone due to its repetitive nature collectors may also be disappointed in the poor presentation and lack of detail on the actual cartridge as I mentioned earlier overall I'd say to get it on steam if Pico decides to put it under store front or wait for a really good sale if you
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must have a physical copy that's it for this episode of new games for consoles if you enjoyed this don't forget to check out some of my other stuff on my channel and of course I'd appreciate it if he thumbs up share and subscribe until next time adios [Music]

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