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Novastorm

Novastorm
GenreShoot em Up
Developer / PublisherPsygnosis
Released1994
Media1 x cd
Rating
Graphics:8.0
Sound:8.0
Gameplay:6.0
Overall:7.0
Reviewed byP.Dial
Novastorm is a shoot 'em up game, developed and published by Psygnosis for the Sega CD, Sega 32X and 3DO video games consoles.
 
Review
NovastormSTORY / GAMEPLAY
Earth is no more! So the humans had to keep some valuable -and vital- resources (like seeds, plants, animals etc) inside some ark-like, armored containers. Everything is controlled via high technology systems so any human interference is minimal. But the sophisticated machines have their own artificial intelligence and one day, while turning wild, they "decide" to attack and vanish humans. You, as a skilled pilot and member of the Scavenger 4 unit, must control a fully armed spacecraft (among a wide variety of types) and fly against the enemy forces, preventing them from destroying your valuable resources. The game is played from a behind-the-aircraft perspective and the controls are quite responsive, although the game has a high level of difficulty and needs some time to practice maneuvering the spacecraft!

GRAPHICS / SOUND
The game's visuals look great, offering digitized backgrounds and a cool mix of dark colors! Novastorm features fast action with multiple angle changes and rotations on screen and many foes flying simultaneously around, plus the obstacles like mountains, bridges etc! The only disadvantage is that when things get too crowded, the game suffers from some slowdowns here and there. The enjoyable shooting action is accompanied by a selection of great CD audio soundtracks plus a variety of sampled sound effects, though I would prefer the use of better samples for the spacecraft's cannons. This game is surely challenging but still is one of the most impressive spacecraft shooting games ever created for the 32bit genre of gaming machines.
 
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Hardware information

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3DOCPU: 32-bit 12.5 MHz RISC CPU ARM60
MEMORY: 2 MB of main RAM
GRAPHICS: 1MB VRAM, Resolution 640x480, 320x240 60 Hz for NTSC version, and 768x576, 384x288 50 Hz for PAL version with either 16 bit color (from 24 bits) or 24 bit, Two accelerated video co-processors capable of producing 9-16 million pixels per second (36-64 megapix/s interpolated), distorted, scaled, rotated and texture mapped.
SOUND: 16-bit stereo, 44.1 kHz sound sampling rate, Custom 20-bit Digital signal processor (DSP)
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The 3DO (default) color palette
24bit RGB 16,7 million-color palette (16,7M on screen)
 
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