Saturday, August 11, 2018

Berzerk


I figured an expansion to AtariCrypt was in order because there are many great games to play and we already have sections for the Atari STe and Falcon030 why not also the consoles? The Jaguar has many superb titles but I must admit I'm an 8-bit noob which means I'm excited to see what's out there in console land... Okay, first up is an arcade conversion which I adored playing last year on the Atari ST: Berzerk by the mighty Dave Munsie.


- A T A R I  2 6 0 0 -

The 2600 game actually looks and sounds a lot better for 1982 than I first imagined. The control mechanics are spot-on perfect with spritely movements which almost made me forget about the Chicken's one-shot weapon. However, I didn't see Otto during the recording so perhaps I did something wrong? The fat man showed up in later games and can even be shot. This is a limited conversion but extremely playable, even without the speech.

  


- A T A R I  5 2 0 0 -

Things feel familiar from the go, possibly because it's an authentic conversion and also reminded me of the ST game - both visually and with that funky digitised speech we all love. I enjoyed it but the speed feels a little slow and it's extremely difficult, to say the least. The robots are way beyond accurate and more like ruthless assassins who show no mercy. Yep, I fear my old-man reactions found this the hardest of all... Chicken, fight like a robot...

  


- A T A R I  S T -

Of course, please don't forget the beautiful ST/Falcon game by Dave Munsie which was featured last year. Those robots might be a little too eager to smash into the walls but I fear this is the best version. What say you?

  

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