Play through the history of Turrican’s finest moments and discover new, additionally added features!
Release Date: July 29, 2022 Players: 1 Players Genre: Arcade, Action, Adventure, Platformer Publisher/Developer: ININ Games ESRB Rating: E 10+ – Everyone 10+ (Fantasy Violence, Use of Tobacco, Mild Blood) Reviewed on: PlayStation 4
Two weeks ago we took a look at Turrican Anthology Vol. 1 on PS4 now it is time to check out what Anthology Vol. 2 has to offer for us. We took a week off between reviews of Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 to come back with a clean palette, but now it is time we bust into Vol. 2 be sure to check out our review of Vol. 1 linked above and as we do with all our reviews you can see what the developers say about the game below:
The Turrican series was created by Factor 5 in 1990. Turrican 3 and Mega Turrican were developed and released in 1993 for Amiga and Mega Drive/Genesis and diverged from the original Turrican formula. With the implementation of the Plasma Rope, the player could now grapple and swing across the stage. Super Turrican 2 introduces a new look and feel, including vehicles like the desert buggy and motorcycles. The new Mega Turrican Director’s Cut comes with a secret level unlocked from the start. The last entry to complete the Turrican Anthology Vol. 2, Super Turrican Score Attack adds a completely new large level!
The sensational Turrican series was celebrated as a ground-breaking video game series, mixing exploration with non-stop action, and one of video game’s finest soundtracks by legendary German composer Chris Huelsbeck. Play through the history of Turrican’s finest moments and discover new, additionally added features!
Additionally added contents: • A map feature allowing you to scan the whole map • The ability to turn different map layers on and off • Various enhancements on the original map like real-time and overlay maps • Different soundtracks to choose from: emulated, original remastered by Chris Huelsbeck himself or Turrican Soundtrack Anthology music • The option to choose either Amiga, Console or modern controls • Unlockable cheats • Jukebox for each game + Bonus Jukebox • A gallery with never-seen-before concept art • Manual scans for all games • Improved rewind support • Selectable covers for each game
Games Included: Turrican 3 (Amiga) Mega Turrican (Genesis/Mega Drive) Mega Turrican Director’s Cut (Genesis/Mega Drive) Super Turrican 2 (Super Nintendo Entertainment System™) Super Turrican 1 Score Attack (Super Nintendo Entertainment System™)
When we booted up…yes that is a pun to the old age of gaming when you actually had to put a disc in and boot up…the game and jumped into its first offering of Turrican 3 we were happy to see the game included a form of cinematic intro which built up the story line of the series. This was a nice addition to the series, unless of course I just missed it in Vol. 1, but none-the-less we were happy to see the storyline laid out for us this time. In Vol. 2 it is explained that the Evil Machine had been done away with for many eons, but now has returned to disrupt the peace enjoyed without the evil by destroying dozens of planets. Now enter our guy, Bren McGuire as he dawns his Turrican space suit to restore peace and order. The cinematic then shows Bren putting on the space suite and heading to battle. Overall, the storyline is much improved with the simple addition of the cinematic.
Graphically Vol. 2 was pretty much identical to the games in Vol. 1, but as before the further down the series you got the better things looked. As you got into Super Turrican 2 for instance they went with a straight side scroller game, added a vehicle with missiles, and more depth in the level while maintaining the true side scroller feel. Turrican offers the flashing of lights, beaming weapons, and blinking characters when they get hit as you would expect with any good retro shooter. And as with Vol. 1 which was released for a square ratio TV, they included the background image to fill the space on wide screens. Turrican gives you a nice look at old school gaming and showcases the technology from the old days while creating a game still enjoyable today.
At first, I thought Vol. 2 was going to crash and burn in the gameplay section. The first two included games in this set started off exactly the same. Same map, same enemies, and same boss. So, I jumped out of those first two games pretty quick and luckily Super Turrican 3 came out to play and saved the day. Super Turrican 3 offered a more traditional side scroller game with only forward motion and it threw in a vehicle with missiles that added a new feature to the gameplay. The classic style of Super Turrican 3 really saved the series from bombing in the gameplay section. Of course, you have your guns, bombs, and repel gear to make your way through the levels but the addition of the vehicle just enhanced on the gameplay overall.
When it comes to playtime again that is going to be the lowest score of the review. Playing these games back-to-back will leave you wanting that break. Allow yourself the time to space them out and the enjoyment will be much more satisfying, for me though I would skip Turrican 3, and Mega Turrican and start with either Mega Turrican Directors Cut, or Super Turrican 2. Those games, I feel, will give you your best bang for your buck in the playtime experience. Super Turrican 1 Score Attack however, does bring a nice challenge to the game and playtime as you only have your set amount of life to make it as far as you can through the game before dying. So, if you are more into the short challenges check out the score attack game.
Overall, Turrican Anthology Vo. 2 brings the same look and feel as its predecessor. The gameplay saw the biggest jump with the addition of vehicles, and a more traditional side scroller look and feel. The storyline also saw an increase as the series added a cinematic storyline video explain what was going on and how our hero came into play to save the planets from the evil machine. Graphics were typical of the retro shooter genre but were still impressive giving the time at which the original games were released. Again, for playtime taking all the games at once you will get burnt out especially with the similarities between the first three games in this set. Save yourself the burn out and start with Super Turrican 2 first. Lastly, the price is still an issue for this set at $34.99 but it’s tough to choose which Vol. is better so you make the choice…one or two.
Turrican Anthology Vol. II
Turrican Anthology Vo. 2 brings the same look and feel as its predecessor. The gameplay saw the biggest jump with the addition of vehicles, and a more traditional side scroller look and feel. The storyline also saw an increase as the series added a cinematic storyline video explain what was going on and how our hero came into play to save the planets from the evil machine. Graphics were typical of the retro shooter genre but were still impressive giving the time at which the original games were released.
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