Xeno Crisis - Megadrive/NeoGeo/Dreamcast/Steam/Switch/XBOne/PS4

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  1. elvis

    elvis Old school old fool

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    Originally kickstarted quite some time ago, "Xeno Crisis" by Bitmap Bureau is nearing completion.

    Cartridges for Megadrive and Neo Geo will be available, as well as discs for Dreamcast, and there'll be official releases on PC/Steam and a bunch of consoles old and new:





    Physical releases available from their shop:
    https://shop.bitmapbureau.com/

    Very much inspired by games like Commando, Ikari Warriors, Smash TV and others, it's shaping up to look like a fun little blaster.
     
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    Dreamcast eh, hmmm not really a twin stick fan but i could get behind them doing the physical release.

    I must say the Neo Geo release looks amazing.
     
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    The developed it for Megadrive primarily, which is the same main CPU as the Neo Geo. From all accounts they ported it and beefed it up a little, which is nice.

    I'd really love to play all versions to compare them. I'm hoping they offer legal digital releases for retro consoles. Paying shipping annoys me, and I've got flash carts, emulators and soon MiSTer boxes, which I am happy playing this on, but would like to still pay for it.

    Tanglewood offered a Steam download where you could extract the ROM and stick it on a flash cart. Would be happy to do the same for this.
     
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    if that was the philosophy should have done Amiga and Atari ST ports :D
     
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    Now that you mention it, actually a bit odd that a euro dev put Neo Geo before Amiga.
     
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    Hopefully they offer a neogeo rom, Darksoft has in the past approached new neogeo game developers to see if they would work with him to incorporate some kind of copy protection so it can run on his darksoft neogeo cart but so far they haven't been interested.

    Currently darksofts neogeo cart firmware refuses to play any of the new neogeo games out of respect for game developers.
     
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    are these guys anything to do with the Bitmap Brothers? looks pretty good.
     
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    I don't believe so. There's three main guys. One cut his teeth at SCi (later acquired by Eidos). The others I can't find much on, but they appear to have all done some serious hard yards in the UK games dev biz. Doesn't appear to be a bunch of newbies, but rather the other direction - older folks who wanted to branch out on their own and apply their industry experience on a new indie project.

    I love that kind of stuff, so they'll be getting my money for sure (and, you know, the game looks great too).
     
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    Super Smash TV was crazy fun. I spent too many school holidays playing that! I also dabbled a bit in Robotron 64, pretty sure I finished it if I remember right... I still enjoy the modern day equivalent of these games too, such as Waves and Geometry Wars, and my fav being Ultratron by Puppygames.

    To be honest though, releasing for legacy systems is impressive, but I can't say that I'm too fond of the art work/music from that megadrive demo. Great effort, but it just came across a little disjointed in comparison to the real classics of that art, Metal Slug for example.
     
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    This came out today, I picked up the MD ROM to play on real hardware - very impressive, way better than development tools in the 90s would have allowed on the system (for one, it's written in C using an open-source Mega Drive SDK).

    Fun game too, controls are tight and I've never really seen a proper twin-stick shooter on the Mega Drive :thumbup:
     
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    Might be worth knocking up a USB twin stick setup for my MiSTer. Would be good to play this, Robotron and Smash TV on SNES.
     
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    I asked them on Twitter. They said there were extra challenges compared to releasing a MD ROM, but they're working on it. Great news.

    I'll be buying the MegaDrive ROM in the mean time.

    Word has it the PC and new console versions have a few extra visual features in them.
     
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