Burning Soldier

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a game by 3DO
Genre: Action
Platforms: PC, 3DO
Editor Rating: 7/10, based on 3 reviews
User Rating: 9.0/10 - 2 votes
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See also: Rail Shooter
Burning Soldier
Burning Soldier
Burning Soldier
Burning Soldier

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I normally hold full-motion games in disdain. Of all the Sewer Shark clones out there, this has to be the most enioyabie of all of them. Burning Soldier is a tad too easy, but the Two-player Mode and difficulty settings help out a lot. The video is crisp and dear, and the music is great The ending was long, and it was worth the time spent playing it. If you own a 3DO, you should consider picking this one up. It's brainless fun.


These games seem to be becoming the norm for CD-based systems, but that's not necessarily a good thing, first of all. the video quality is surprisingly good but it's just something to look at. The action wasn't exciting enough to keep my interest tor very long. Even the laioi levols didn't pick up the pace. For shooter fans. I guess this game would be alright, but for me, I just wasn't impressed.


Burning Soldier is a mindless shooter for mindless shooter fans like me! Who cares about interactive gaming where you have to deal with confusing controls and gauges? The majority of this game is just totul "eye candy" with tons of cool vtsuals. The full-motion sequences are done well! Great music and sounds top off a challenging shooter. Those wanting more in a shooter may be disappointed with this.


The full-motion video is done extremely well and really adds to this shooter. The game itself isn't anything too special, just your typical front-view shooter. The big attraction here are the superb backdrops that all the action takes place on. I Ihink the game looks great but as a shooter it isn't that fun, due to the linear, forward scrolling. Die-hard shooter fans may not think it is intense enough, but it does look hot.

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP


System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

Whatever complaints you have about 3DO's cost and the limited number of games, you've gotta admit that this system cranks out some great space shooters. Burning Soldier rock ets into the prestigious company of 3DO's previous classics, Total Eclipse and Shock Wave.

Hunka Burnin' Love

The tried-and-true shooters' plot device of invading aliens sets Burning Soldier in motion. This time, it's Kaisertians on the attack, so you strap into a Strike fighter's cockpit to intercept 'em. You fly four first-person-view missions, starting near Mars' asteroid belt and finishing on the Earth's surface. It's a long, intense fight that II test experienced rocket jockeys.

What really counts with shooters are the controls. Because you don't steer as you did in Shock Wave and Total Eclipse, the controls here are minimal. All you do is shoot, a la StarBlade-and even that ability is limited. You fire only two weapons, a single-shot Laser Vulcan and an automatically guided Blast Smash that charges up like a Super R-Type blaster.

Both weapons are accurate, once you practice targeting your on-screen cursor. The only strategy is properly timing the Blast Smash, since it's inoperable while it's charging. Rookies might like these simplistic controls, but veterans of the sophisticated Shock Wave will want more to do.

Battle Report

The sharp 3DO graphics feature excellent cinematics (dominated by lots of exotic spacecraft and toothy Alien-style monsters) that make an appropriate introduction. You don't get the clever mission-control sequences that spiced up Shock Wave, however. During battles, detailed enemies swerve quickly into view, and colorful explosions punctuate the action.

Atmospheric music, voices from headquarters, and other above-average sounds set the fighting mood, but your shots are standard pings and zings.

Shoot Happens

Although it's not Shock Wave, it's still worth a test flight. At the Hard difficulty setting, that flight won't end soon, either. Warm up your thumbs, space aces, and blast off with Burning Soldier. It's blazin' fun.


  • On Earth, enemies move at different rates-some hover in front of you. Learn the flight patterns of similarly shaped ships.
  • Early on, keep your targeting cursor near the center of the screen. Most enemy flight paths cross there.
  • You'll want to shoot the battle cruisers, but concentrate on the swift fighters.

Years and years ago. an alien race lived on Earth. Suddenly, a flood destroyed the whole civilization. In the year 2095. they have come back with a vengeance and destroyed part of Mars. The Earth, in retaliation, sends out ships to attack the mother ship. This might sound like a sci-fi movie, but it's actually the story line for the shooter Burning Soldier for the 3DO system.

In this game, you don't actually control the ship--it controls itself. You just shoot everything in sight. There are many stages in the game, and in between each stage there is a cinema explaining what your objective is for the next mission. This game is one of the best shooters I've ever played. The control is great and the scrolling is very smooth. My favorite part of the whole game is the music. It's fantastic and totally fits the theme. This is definitely the best shooter title for the 3DO to date.


The graphics for this game are clean and detailed, plus the music is great!


At times, it's hard to follow who's shooting at you and who you're shooting at. Talk about confusing!


Watching the death cinemas when your ship explodes into a million pieces. Very bad gig!

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