3D Altered Beast (3DS) review
While originally an arcade game, Altered Beast made a lasting impression with the Sega Genesis port. It was the first pack-in title for the console, meaning a lot of early adopters were exposed to the game. In turn, they were exposed to its oddball premise, digital, crackly voice samples, and "interesting" game mechanics and flow, with some considering these mindblowing for the then-released 16-bit console, showcasing the possibilities that could be had beyond 8-bits. So for some, it comes as no surprise that this Genesis title was inducted into Sega's 3D Classics lineup under care of the M2 development team. But for others, this choice was baffling.
From a distance, the product looks like an innocent action auto-scroller with a unique concept: you're a man, summoned back from the dead by the Greek god Zeus, who can turn into a different humanoid animal in their respective stages. From a werewolf with a dashing flash knee attack to a bear that can turn enemies into rocks, each one has to pummel a slew of giant wasps, zombies, and big-headed creatures in the shape of a chicken leg who... are actually named Chicken Leg. Transforming into these beings isn't a snap decision, however. As you punch, kick, and jump through hordes, you have to keep an eye out for grey, three-headed dogs, each one containing an orb; the first two make you into a bulkier human and the third alters you into a beast, complete with a dramatic, close-up transformation sequence.
Community review by pickhut (February 24, 2019)
Pick any sci-fi game from the 1980s and you're likely to spot an Alien reference.
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