Rom Player: Gens
Synopsis: This is by far my favorite video game on any system. I never played the role playing game by the same name, but I really dug the world that this game conjures up. Basically, the backdrop is sometime in the future where humans, elves, dwarves and ogres co-exist. You start as a human and choose a class, Decker (computers), Mage (Magic) or Samurai (basic warrior type). From there you're given a pretty basic story about your brother's life as a shadowrunner and how he was killed on a job in Seattle. You of course fly to the rescue to find out who did it and why.
The story sounds pretty basic but gets really involved. Your presented with decisions to make and all affect the outcome of the game. The farther you get, the more karma points you get to build up attributes and skills for your character. Along the way you come across characters that can help you with information, goods or will join you for a price. You can even build these characters up and equip them.
You'll take jobs to gain experience, nguyen (cash) and information. The city is pretty big with 5 large areas to explore. You visit areas like bars, high security corporate buildings, chop shops and equipment shops. This game really is quite massive.
Game Play: This is a little tricky to rate. Some people love it, some hate it. I find the controls quite easy to get used to while my friends gave up pretty quickly. The battles are real time which leads to a lot of running and turning to fire. Overall pretty easy.
Graphics: The weak point of the game. The graphics are actually a little grainy, but it works for the subject matter. Nothing visually memorable but it gets the job done.
Music: Catchy, albeit repetitive, tunes. Some of the bar music makes me laugh every time I walk in. No character voices here.
Originality: Probably one of the most original games on the console. Think part Grand Theft Auto, part Phantasy Star.
Replay Value: With three different character classes and so many different characters that can join you, you'll go through a few times.
In closing, this is a great game and well worth your time. I've owned a Sega Genesis on three different occasions and each time picked this game up. Sad thing is, I still haven't beaten it.
Best Cheats: At the title screen, when "press start" begins flashing, press
A,B,B,A,C,A,B and then start. Yes, you can use this code with saved games.
Go to your character info screen, then pocket secretary, and right below
"save/load" is where you select the hidden options screen. These are your
* nuyen: sets nuyen at 250,000
* spells: gives all spells available to mage/shamen (change to a mage/
shamen in your party prior to selecting option)
* test deck: gives you all cyberdeck programs
* pick system: choose 1-24 and enter that system
* heal all
* +10 karma: adds 10 to all party members' current karmas
* contacts: gives you virtually all contacts
* walk fast
Game Play: 7
Overall Rating: 9
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