2017/7/5: Genesis: Air Diver, High Seas Havoc

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2017/7/5: Genesis: Air Diver, High Seas Havoc

Postby VideoGameCritic » July 5th, 2017, 5:46 pm

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Re: 2017/7/5: Genesis: Air Diver, High Seas Havoc

Postby Retro STrife » July 6th, 2017, 11:21 am

Nice reviews..never heard of High Seas Havoc and it looks interesting. The price seems to vary wildly..like $20-$30 for loose copies, while hitting as high as $100 for a nice complete copy.

As for Air Diver... I notice that these old 16-bit and earlier in-cockpit flight games, like Air Diver and F-16 Fighting Falcon (reviewed a few weeks ago), always seem to be duds. I haven't played any, because they always look boring and too complicated to bother learning. But I wonder if the genre has always sucked, or if it just doesn't hold up well today? [Trivia note: When EGM reviewed Air Diver back in the day, three reviewers gave it a 7.0 and one gave it a 6.0.] I can't remember you ever reviewing one of these games that got better than a D...am I forgetting any good ones? Or any other reader have thoughts on any "classics" in the genre that still hold up well?

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Re: 2017/7/5: Genesis: Air Diver, High Seas Havoc

Postby Sut » July 6th, 2017, 3:19 pm

Retro STrife wrote:Or any other reader have thoughts on any "classics" in the genre that still hold up well?


I wouldn't classify it as a 'classic' but I enjoy G-Loc on the MegaDrive. It mixes up both views and has a funky scrolling effect for the ground. Like all games of this type it can get repetitive but it's fun in short bursts. Just avoid the 8-bit versions - not good.

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Re: 2017/7/5: Genesis: Air Diver, High Seas Havoc

Postby mbd36 » July 6th, 2017, 8:19 pm

Retro STrife wrote:Nice reviews..never heard of High Seas Havoc and it looks interesting. The price seems to vary wildly..like $20-$30 for loose copies, while hitting as high as $100 for a nice complete copy.

As for Air Diver... I notice that these old 16-bit and earlier in-cockpit flight games, like Air Diver and F-16 Fighting Falcon (reviewed a few weeks ago), always seem to be duds. I haven't played any, because they always look boring and too complicated to bother learning. But I wonder if the genre has always sucked, or if it just doesn't hold up well today? [Trivia note: When EGM reviewed Air Diver back in the day, three reviewers gave it a 7.0 and one gave it a 6.0.] I can't remember you ever reviewing one of these games that got better than a D...am I forgetting any good ones? Or any other reader have thoughts on any "classics" in the genre that still hold up well?


I played the heck out of F-22 Interceptor for the Genesis. It wasn't too complicated and the primitive polygons were impressive for the time. But probably any early flight game on underpowered hardware will now seem dated.

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Re: 2017/7/5: Genesis: Air Diver, High Seas Havoc

Postby goldenband » July 7th, 2017, 1:01 pm

I've owned Air Diver for close to a decade now but haven't really played it. I do have a weakness for polygonal flight sims like LHX Attack Chopper and VR Stalker (the latter on the 3DO), and I quite like sprite-scaling games too, but before the 32-bit era home consoles really struggled with both.


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