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Submitted by DefunctGames 70d ago | article

Altered Beast: What Did Critics Say Back in 1989?

Rise from your grave, because it's time to take a look at one of Sega's earliest Genesis games. For many, Altered Beast was more than a pack-in with Sega's system; it was their very first 16-bit experience. Talk about disappointing. These days Altered Beast is mocked and considered one of Sega's worst Genesis games. Did the critics agree with this assessment when it first came out? We turn to Sega Pro, MegaTech, Mean Machines and Mega Drive Advanced to find the answer. (3D Altered Beast, Altered Beast, Culture, Industry, Retro, Sega)

Uncle_Buck  +   71d ago
Ahh man... amazing game in its day. Was only a kid but it used to piss me off rotten if I missed a power up & then couldn't turn into one of the beasts lol

PREPARE FOR YOUR DOOM!!!
Eldyraen  +   70d ago
I spent so much money at Wal-Mart on this and other games as a kid although got a Sega Genesis later on ;)

For all that though one of my favorite games on the system had to be Mutant League Football! Hockey was cool too but not quite the same and the cartoon was a blast.
HaveAsandwich  +   70d ago
awesome game. don't care.
Inception  +   70d ago
SEGA, can you just hire Vanillaware to make a new Altered Beast or Golden Axe?!

I definitely buy it day 1 if that's happening :3
thebudgetgamer  +   70d ago
It was a really short game, but everything in it was fun gorgeous to look at.
MartinB105  +   70d ago
Wise Fwom Your Gwave!

For some reason I totally remember Dominick Diamond's comments about this game back in the day on the Channel 4 TV show GamesMaster:

Dominick: "Walk along, kick, walk along, kick, walk along, kick. What an experience!" :D
Knushwood Butt  +   70d ago
I wonder what he's up to these days.
xenocea  +   70d ago
I vividly remember playing this a lot with my cousins back in the day.

We could never beat the game no matter how hard we tried. By the time we got to the last boss, our continues were used up & we were on our last lives. Nostalgic x)
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waltyftm  +   70d ago
Loved the arcade version, and when i got my Megadrive it was the Altered beast pack, one of the happiest days of my life.
DC777  +   70d ago
They said "Rise from your grave"
mastershredder  +   69d ago
Bah! What do coin slots that were/are attached to Altered Beast arcade cabinets have to say about it? Cha ching! = pave way for console versions.

Some games with common/simple design can meet success with a good theme and environment, which in this case was virgin territory in the arcades back then. It worked. It also helped push the evolution of the genre.

Let's not forget arcade success and popularity helped push home versions...something unheard of for some of you.

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