While people familiar with this old-school PC Engine title may like the nostalgic angle, the “classic” style of play is tough to enjoy
When you go back to certain titles from yesteryear, even ones you once thought were great, it isn’t unusual to find that the games had some serious flaws. With Cyber Citizen Shockman, though I never played it back in its day, outside of people who are true retro-heads and enjoy vintage games warts and all I can’t see this having appeal now outside of a simple preservationist angle. The thing is, for its time, it has a pretty cool look and general style. The issue is playing… and hoo boy, do the issues with extremely unusual movement acceleration and jumping make this a bit of a nightmare (imagine perpetually playing on a game’s icy stage to get the idea). In order to at least try to help compensate there’s a cheat menu available with some options to try to make the experience more palatable, but in the end the juice you’re able to get out of this game really isn’t worth the squeeze.
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