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Title - Under Defeat Limited Edition (アンダーディフィート 限定版)

Maker - G.Rev Catalogue No. - T-46704M

Type - 3D Vertical Shooting Action



According to Sega this is officially the final Dreamcast game ever to be produced and what a way to go out ! The first Dreamcast games were released on the 27th November 1998 (Virtua Fighter 3tb, July, Godzilla Generations and Pen Pen Triathlon). Under Defeat was release on the 23rd March 2006. That's a whopping 7 years and 4 months the Dreamcast lived for in Japan. It's a shame to see it officially over but like I said, what a great game to end on.

Under Defeat is yet another vertical scrolling shooter but one which stands out above the rest. Converted from the Naomi arcade board, this Dreamcast shooter is playable in both normal horizontal modes with a squashed down image or full arcade vertical mode. There's even an option to rotate the pad controls so that you can play it as a horizontal shooter as well.

Graphically Under Defeat is breath taking. Easily the best looking shooter on the Dreamcast. Tones of massive beautiful explosions, very high levels of detail on all the models used within the game and some very nice real time smoke effects. One really nice touch I like about Under Defeat's graphics is the way the smoke from explosions actually blows away if you let off a massive bomb or the way falling aircraft leave a beautiful smoke trail as they fall to the ground. It doesn't end there though. G.Rev have even added in camera shake to the game ! I don't know of any other shooter that incorporates camera shaking in to the actual game play (some use it for boss explosions). For instance you can suddenly have a massive fighter jet fly over you with such force the whole screen will shake as well as your control pad and as long as you have a buru buru pack installed. This effect really adds something to the look and feel of the game.

The control system in Under Defeat is also quite unique. Your helicopter can fire in 3 directions (straight, left and right angles). To change direction of your fire you simply let go of the fire button and push in the direction you wish to aim. Once in that position hit the fire button again to lock your helicopter in to firing in that desired direction. To change direction just let go of the fire button again. It may sound quite awkward but believe me it's not. Very easy to get to grips with. Personally I like to use the reverse controls where by pushing left will turn the helicopter to the right (moves left but rotates right) and vice versa. There's also a little option which you have that can be fired off every time your option energy bar flashes green. The option can only be used for a limited time however before you must set of a new one. The option has a variety of attacks depending upon what power up you collect. The power ups range from a vulcan, cannon and bomb. The bomb can only be used once but will wipe out almost anything with one hit.

Under Defeat only has 5 levels but you must finish the game starting from round 2-1 (only available once completing the game from round 1-1) to see the true ending and also to open up all the secrets in the Gallery mode.

As well as the standard game there's also a practice mode and replay mode. The replay mode is very handy to see where the enemy craft weaknesses are. Also you can pause the game and rotate the camera around as well as panning up and down to give that good old "bullet time" 3D effect used in the Matrix movies. Very impressive stuff.

The CD case shown above is actually a custom one I made myself. The real game comes in a DVD style case that you can see below.

As well as the game being in the DVD style case there's also a special Dreamcast version of the soundtrack plus remixed tracks.

Finally as an exclusive offer to Sega Direct customers, each person who pre-ordered the game before they all sold out received an Under Defeat B4 poster and sticker which you can see below.

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This is the best looking SHMUP that worked on this site for me, thanks! Highly recommend playing with a Performance rumble pak. BOOM.
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