Still sizzling from the arcades, the sequel to Lethal Enforcers is going to the home systems. Instead of the modern-day setting, you are transported back in time to the era of the gunfighters. In the Wild West, you are the shining pinnacle of justice. Unfortunately every madman and hired gun is out to blast your sorry butt into a grave. Look for this shooter to be blazing its way to home systems in the near future.
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WARNING: The following video game depicts scenes of violence. Parental discretion is advised...and how it got past Nintendo's review committee, we'll never know!
You've been warned! Lethal Enforcers is a serious shoot-em-up game that puts the "gun" in SNES gun games in more ways than one. As a rookie cop you're out to stop an urban crime spree by cleaning out the scum from five murderous levels. Konami supplies the gun (called "The Justifier," bundled with the game), the game, and the criminals.
Veteran gunslingers are familiar with this first-person- view gun game from the arcades, the Sega CD, and the Genesis. Is it just as good? You bet your bullet-proof vest!
- In Level 5, the Chemical Plant, watch out for gunmen who hide behind other gunmen.
- Two players should split the screen. You take one side while your partner takes the other.
- Watch the backgrounds for faraway thugs. You can see some bums saunter into the scenes.
- On a small TV screen, the concave edges will affect the accuracy of your shots.
Lethal Weapon, Too
You can play Dirty Harry, or Dirty Harry and Dirty Mary. Two-player gun battles are a major kick, made possible by adding a controller or by purchasing a second gun (a special weapon you plug into the first Justifier). However, you should take on the slooooow controller interface only if you have a death wish.
The Konami Justifier is the perfect SNES weapon. It's smooth, accurate, quick, and deadly. During the conflict, you can also blast icons to upgrade your firepower.
Bank robbers, street gangsters, hijackers, drug dealers, and terrorists are your moving targets... and you're theirs. They pop up out of the scenery everywhere. There are three skill levels. "Hard" is the level to beat; it's fast and literally murder!
Enforcers is only a game, but the digitized graphics look so real it hurts, especially if you nail a hostage or a fellow officer. If you take a slug, there's a cool bullet-through- the-TV-screen effect. The sounds are right on target, with great gunshots and appropriately hyper music.
You can shoot the wheels and gas caps on the cars if you like, but it doesn't help, and it can hinder your promotion by lowering your accuracy percentage.
No arms control here! If you have qualms at all about gins, life-sized, plastic .357 magnum replica will be unnervingly realistic, but... well, you wouldn't even be reading this. If you dig a good gun game, Lethal Enforcers aims to please.
Konami's right on-target with Lethal Enforcers for the Genesis. All the action, features, and challenge of the arcade hit have been faithfully translated, especially the light gun interface. Even more impressive, the Genesis version is identical to the Sega CD version in graphics, sound, and game play.
Listen up, rookie! You've been assigned to Lethal Enforcers -- a first-person perspective, one- or two-person shooting game where you have to clean out a city full of thugs, punks, and terrorists. You're armed with a standard police-issue, six-round shooter that has unlimited firepower, but you can upgrade to higher caliber weaponry. If you take a hit, you lose one of your five stars. Lose all five stars, lose a life. Fortunately, there are four continues.
At the end of each of the five stages, your boss tallies your shot percentage, including your hits to innocent bystanders, and decides whether you deserve to be promoted. If you don't rank high enough, you'll be forced to repeat the stage until you get it right, so fine-tune your shooting skills at the firing range in the Practice mode.
- The Knife-Throwing Boss at the end of Stage 2 always tosses Knives in pairs. Follow the trajectory of each Knife, and shoot when it becomes a larger, dearer target near the bottom of the screen.
- Between shots, aim your gun at the windows of the jetliner in Stage 3 to take out snipers.
Go Ahead, Make My Day
Lethal Enforcers has almost the same level of high-quality digitized graphics and sounds as the original coin-op. Each scene is a multidimensional fusion of digitized actors, photorealistic backgrounds, digitized music, and sound effects. There's no gratuitous blood in the game, but there are plenty of shrieks and groans to accompany the gunfire.
- Quickly empty three rounds into a Terminatin' villain at the start of Stage 4 before he has time to take aim at you.
- Don't shoot innocent bystanders who cry "Don't Shoot!"
- In section 4 of Stage 4, shoot the missiles first.
Although you can play Lethal Enforcers with a regular control pad, the game's the most fun with the "Justifier" Light Gun package. Shaped exactly like the arcade version, this piece is lightweight and extremely responsive to the on-screen action. A fast trigger and ultra-sensitivity to the screen make this one of the best light gun interfaces.
- The robot drones in Stage 5 move in very predictable patterns. Take aim at their tiny heads as they enter the screen. Forget about shooting their lasers.
- To reload faster, shoot anywhere off-screen.
Three levels of game play and a stage select feature make this game a good target for players of all calibers. However, even set on Easy, Lethal Enforcers is tough. Although the villains appear in the same pattern every time you play, the real challenge is whether your reflexes and aim can match those of the onscreen competition.
You'll find yourself wanting to peg a higher percentage each time you play.
Although this game is inherently violent and may not be suitable for younger children, it's one of the best shooting games available for any home system. Fans of the arcade game won't be disappointed. Take aim at Lethal Enforcers for on-target fun!
- Manufacturer: Konami
- # of players: 1 or 2
- Difficulty: Average
- Available: October 1993
- Number of Levels: 6
- Theme: Shooting
Shoot to kill! That's the way it is with Konami's Lethal Enforcers for the Sega CD. You play the part of a cop on a mission to end the crime wave that is plaguing your city. The Sega CD really shines as you blast your way through bank robberies, hijackings and narcotics deals. Play with one or two players and practice up in the shooting range. Those bad guys are fast, so you'd better keep on your toes! Join the ranks of the most elite police task force ever known. This arcade-conversion will leave you with an itchy trigger finger. Open fire!
You'll foil a daring mid-day bank robbery. You'll then attempt to stop the robbers' get-away by taking out their cars. The Boss will shoot at you with missiles.
Here you'll find yourself in Chinatown battling thugs in the streets. Get to the sub-way for more action. This level's Boss is a knife-throwing goon!
Now you're at the airport trying to stop a hijacking. Collect new weapons. The Boss on this level is a chopper that you must hit repeatedly to destroy.
- Machine: Genesis;
- Manufacturer: Konami;
A Bullet In The Head
This is the city. Crime is rampant in the streets. Robberies, hijackings, drugs - you name it, it's going down. So how do you enforce the law when there's no respect for law enforcement? Simple - you get lethal.
In Lethal Enforcers, the premise is simple: shoot everyone who looks like a crook. Sure, it's a lousy way to run a police force, but it's a great way to play a video game. Besides, if it's good enough for Dirty Harry...
Watch out, though, because there are some innocent bystanders on the streets, and if you accidentally shoot one, well - it's bad for public relations, and you're busted back down to rookie status. As a rookie, you must replay the same assignment until you get it right.
Lethal Enforcers is a faithful adaptation of the arcade hit. The digitized graphics are as good as can be, and the special gun controller that comes with the package works better than most others. And it sure is satisfying just to blast bad guys. Get strapped, get moving - there's scum to blow away!
- Release: 1993
- Levels: 6
This is a close recreation of the arcade hit. The colors may seem washed out a bit, but you won't notice it after a while. When you have no time to reload, the game gets a bit cheap at times and there's a whole spread of missiles fired at you. With two players, it's a bit easier. The voice is good and even funny at times. Playing with a controller isn't much fun; but when you're using the gun, it's a little better.
Having played the arcade version of Lethal Enforcers, I expected the home version to be just like it and that's exactly what it is - a mediocre game that is only fun to play after a hard day's work because you get to shoot people. The different guns, like the Magnum and the machine gun, are great ways to mow down the criminals. The light gun that comes with the game is very accurate. It's just a fun game.
Not a bad arcade translation for the Sega CD. Most everything seems to be intact with the digitized scenes and voices. Although the main point of the game is to shoot villains, I got caught into shooting the innocent victims after a while. That turned out to be more fun. The levels are very long, yet there wasn't enough variety in them and I wished it would just end. It's only for light gun fans.
It's just like the arcade game, which isn't really saying much but you have to give it credit for coming out with its own gun. If you don't like these gallery-type shoot-outs, this won't be much fun. But for those who love to handle a gun, you'll feel right at home. The graphics are digitizes pretty well, but it's the precise shooting action that will appeal to most people. It's a new kind of cart for future gunslingers.
- Manufacturer: Konami
- # of players: 1 to 2
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Available: 1994
- No. of Levels: 6
- Theme: Shooter
Lethal Enforcers is coming straight from the arcade onto your Super Nintendo. You start the game as a patrolman and you move up according to how accurately you can shoot. The enemies in this game pop out from behind different objects, like garbage cans, old cars, and air planes. Remember that these guys are ruthless and will throw out an innocent bystander to confuse you. If you do happen to hit one, you will go down a level in your rank as a police officer. You will also find other guns on your way, like magnums, shotguns, and an Uzi. The game also has a practice target mode so you can sharpen your shooting skills!
Warning: Lethal Enforcers contains graphic, interactive violence, and it's rated MA 17 by Sega. If you find the thought of shooting digitized images of real actors dressed as urban bad guys disturbing... so long, see ya! Turn this page and don't look back.
Ready, Aim, Fire!
Having said that, let's all cop to the fact that America loves a good-looking, good-guy gunslinger. It's been ingrained in the culture by such pistol-packing heroes as the Lone Ranger, Dirty Harry, and the "good" Terminator.
- A two-hand grip provides the steadiest aim.
- Reload as quickly as you can -- after each shot if possible.
In Lethal Enforcers, Konami supplies the gun and the bad guys. You supply the good looks and a steady aim. This is the tightest, mightiest CD gun game around, and along with T-2: Judgement Day, the Arcade Came, it's one of the best gun games for home systems!
Lethal Enforcers made its well-deserved sharpshooter's rep in the arcades. The CD comes bundled with a mean, blue, infrared-light gun, realistically designed after a standard police-issue .357 magnum revolver. You can play a two- player shootout in three ways: with a controller, with two controllers, or with another gun (pink).
If the bad guy has a hostage, go for a head shot.
You want a story line? Konami makes it easy on ya. The city is overrun with crime; you've got a badge and a gun...period. You deal in lead, friend. The game features five bullet- riddled levels that are guaranteed to make you sweat. You blast hoods in a bank, on the streets, at the airport, and inside a factory. For a break, you get bonus rounds at the police shooting range. At least here the targets don't shoot back.
- When Automatics, Magnums, and Rifle Icons appear, hit them at all costs.
- When the action stops between scenes, relax your grip on the gun. It will help steady your aim later.
- Listen! If a person says, "Help me", don't shoot!
The creeps are ferocious but fair game. You'd better not hit fellow police officers or innocent bystanders, though. Straight and efficient shooting earns you promotions through the five ranks, from Patrolman to Captain, but such meaningless kudos are not why you play this game.
- When cars appear, aim at the front and rear windows. That's where the creeps will appear.
- Six hits destroy robot guns.
Shooting bad guys is what this CD is all about. Naturally, the bad guys shoot back. Bullet holes in the screen attest to their accuracy, and they never miss. It's Came Over if they get you before you get them. Boss levels include a severe side-view car chase and an intense night-scope shootout. For added firepower, you can shoot icons to nab Automatics, Magnums, Shot Guns, and Assault Rifles. One hit erases any advantage, though.
- Unlike real life, anybody wearing sunglasses is a criminal.
- Between shots, keep your firearm aimed below the screen. That way it won't obstruct your view, and you can quickly bring it to bear on a target.
- Watch the backgrounds. Sometimes you can see the bad guys moving behind cover before they appear on-screen.
- Stand facing the center of the TV. The concave shape of the screen will affect your ability to hit goons on the edges.
- Two players should divide the screen in half. You take one side while your bud covers the other.
The controls are simple and surefire. The handgun reacts as quickly as you do. Just like in the arcade version, you reload in this game by pointing the weapon off-screen and pulling the trigger. The controller has the advantage here, since you simply hit Сto reload and the pad puts a red-dot sight on the screen. However, with the controller, you have to use the pokey directional pad to move the sight, so haying the gun in-hand is significantly quicker.
Bull's Eye and Ear
The digitized graphics are realistic to a fault, even if there's, hardly any blood. Bad guys and gals look like lowlifes, and it's unnerving when you shoot a civilian or a fellow officer by mistake.
This CD sounds like an urban battlefield. It unleashes great gunfire effects and gruesome grunts when you hit someone. The music punctuates the action nicely also.
Don't ever paint the realistic-looking gun black!
The Firing Line
No doubt about it, this is a controversial call. If Lethal Enforcers makes you cringe... why are you still reading? If you're concerned with violence in video games, stay away from here. This is not a game for little kids. However, if you're a gamer who shoots first and asks questions later, Lefhal Enforcers will keep you trigger happy.
Konami enters the upright gun game genre with a graphic masterpiece called Lethal Enforcers. You and a partner test your mettle as officers of the law against the most dangerous criminals of the city. How well you perform your duty determines whether you'll be promoted to commander or pound the pavement as a meter maid.
You face incredibly realistic graphics that incorporate digitized images of real actors, settings, and props with animated effects such as explosions and even an enemy attack helicopter. Lethal Enforcers features side-scrolling action that takes place throughout the entire city. Take aim with your standard issue police revolver to prevent a bank robbery, hunt ninjas in Chinatown, cover a high speed car chase, foil a hijacking at the airport, and nail drug smugglers at the docks. Make it to the end, and you'll be called upon to fix a highly volatile situation at the Chemical Plant. Here, infra-red goggles kick in for intense night vision challenges.
The shooting interface is extremely smooth and responsive, but to improve your marksmanship, visit shooting ranges in-between levels. Become a sharpshooter and earn points that move you up in the ranks. Bonus items, such as extra ammo and life units, are scattered throughout each level, too.
An intense soundtrack and realistic, reverberating, sound effects accompany the eye-popping graphics. This game's sound is so realistic; you'll swear you can smell gun powder. If you miss, you have no one to blame but yourself. Regardless of whether or not you're on target, you better not miss Lethal Enforcers!