Ads are gone. We're using Patreon to raise funds so we can grow. Please pledge support today!
Google+   Facebook button  Twitter button 
3DS | DS | PS3 | PS4 | PSP | VITA | WII | WIIU | X360 | XB1 | All
Rise of the Dragon (Sega CD) artwork

Rise of the Dragon (Sega CD) review


"Don’t be fooled; the original disk-based release might be considerably harder to find, but it tears this CD “upgrade” into thousands of itty-bitty pieces."



KIDS!! LISTEN!! Rise of the Dragon might be a classic graphic adventure, but while the Sega CD port is a hell of a lot easier to find, it doesn’t even compare to the awesome PC original.

It doesn’t take a genius to realize that something has gone very wrong here, as everything seems to have been bathed in kryptonite. Presumably this is why all the screenshots on the back of the case were actually taken from the VGA version (oops, our bad), since “a visually stunning futuristic environment of nearly 100 really dark, grainy locales rendered in five shades of green!” would have looked a bit silly on its hyperbolic list of features. According to the internet “some people” actually prefer the graphics this way because they’re supposedly more atmospheric. I don’t know who these people are, but they must be high. Not only has the background animation been cut severely, but these visuals are downright embarrassing when the much earlier Amiga port looks surprisingly good despite having being reduced to 32 colors.


As far as the “CD quality audio track with unforgettable music and haunting sound effects!” goes, the music is a bit of an improvement over the old AdLib score – that said, it doesn’t even come close to the PC’s high-end MT-32 soundtrack. But since this is the only version of the game released on CD-ROM, it does exclusively feature voice-acting for all the characters. Unfortunately they’re pretty rotten, even with Cam Clarke (known for such roles as Liquid Snake, Sky from Jade Empire, and Leonardo the Ninja Turtle) in the lead role, since he does it with a cheesy tough guy accent. Crappy voice acting was practically a given for console games from this time period, but since this is also when companies like Sierra and LucasArts were starting to assemble all-star voice casts for their computer games, it’s well worth noting to expect the former.



The addition of the voices also compelled the development team to remove all of the text bubbles originally used for the dialogue and descriptions; besides forcing you to listen to this dreck it also means that merely looking at something requires you to wait a few seconds for the audio to load. And even though it got slapped with an MA-17 rating, presumably because of the risqué material since it’s nowhere near as violent as the MA-13 Snatcher, they also excised the scene where Blade and his girlfriend make whoopee after their night on the town. Maggot-infested corpses are all very well and good, but a man with his shirt off touching a woman’s bare leg is INSANITY!

Don’t be fooled; the original disk-based release might be considerably harder to find, but it tears this CD “upgrade” into thousands of itty-bitty pieces.

Rating: 4/10

sho's avatar
Staff review by Sho (January 20, 2007)

Sho enjoys classic video games, black comedy, and poking people until they explode -- figuratively or otherwise. He also writes a bit.

More Reviews by Sho
The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery (PC) artwork
The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery (PC)

Just as our hero cheerfully toys with every dour Deustchlander misfortunate enough to cross his path by pouring on the old Southern charm, so does the game itself con you into overlooking its flaws with an amazing presentation.
Duck Hunt (NES) artwork
Duck Hunt (NES)

From the moment that you press down on those aging springs and lock that smooth grey cartridge into the fiendishly designed depths of your Nintendo Entertainment System, you’ll surely recognize that you are now Playing With Power.
It Came From the Desert (Amiga) artwork
It Came From the Desert (Amiga)

One minute you’re sharing a leisurely picnic with that swell gal from the malt shop and the next thing you know ants the size of battleships are descending upon the Earth looking for a little sugar.

Feedback

If you enjoyed this Rise of the Dragon review, you're encouraged to discuss it with the author and with other members of the site's community. If you don't already have an HonestGamers account, you can sign up for one in a snap. Thank you for reading!

You must be signed into an HonestGamers user account to leave feedback on this review.

Site Policies & Ethics | Contact | Links

eXTReMe Tracker
© 1998-2014 HonestGamers
None of the material contained within this site may be reproduced in any conceivable fashion without permission from the author(s) of said material. This site is not sponsored or endorsed by Nintendo, Sega, Sony, Microsoft, or any other such party. Rise of the Dragon is a registered trademark of its copyright holder. This site makes no claim to Rise of the Dragon, its characters, screenshots, artwork, music, or any intellectual property contained within. Opinions expressed on this site do not necessarily represent the opinion of site staff or sponsors. Staff and freelance reviews are typically written based on time spent with a retail review copy or review key for the game that is provided by its publisher.