Battle Mania 2 - TS Vintage
Battle Mania Daiginjo or Battle Mania 2 as it's better know is a vast improvement over the already good shooter that was Battle Mania. The main noticeable improvement over the original are the graphics. The backgrounds look a hell of a lot better in this sequel. The first example you notice of this are the reflections in the widows as your character flies up against a sky scraper. The main character sprites have also been given a face lift. They are actually different than the original with more of a "adult" look to them. Audio wise it's pretty similar to the original except it's been beefed up quite a bit. Fans of the original Battle Mania music will love this. There's even a few Thunder Force style tunes in there.
Just like the original game, all those wonderful comical touches are still present, bigger and better than ever! Now we get the two main characters talking in their living room as well as the faces appearing next to the text box. This sure beats the simple pictures found in the original.
Playability has also been improved over the original thanks to better collision detection and improved area design. However, I do feel that it's a hell of a lot harder than the original. As in the first game you take control of the two young females, one of which you can have either facing forward of backwards to act as a defense shot from the rear. Of course, you can switch the direction of fire at any time during the game. You also have the choice of special weapon at the beginning of each round. Choose wisely though otherwise you could end up with a special that is completely useless for the particular level that you are on.
Battle Mania Daiginjo is one of the more entertaining games for the Mega Drive as well as being a massive cult favorite (resulting in a high price tag) that you should defiantly look in to if shooters are your thing.