Death Duel

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a game by Razorsoft
Genre: Shooting Games
Platform: Sega GenesisGenesis
Editor Rating: 6.3/10, based on 4 reviews
User Rating: 8.0/10 - 2 votes
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See also: First Person Shooter Games
Death Duel
Death Duel
Death Duel
Death Duel

Yes, violence can solve the world's problems! Flash forward to the year 2140, when an alliance of savage Super Powers carves up the galaxy. High-ranking Federation leaders call upon Barret Jade, supreme 'mech warrior, to terminate nine cyborg ambassadors of bad will.

Win and the Federation achieve an everlasting peace. Lose and you're relegated to scraping sewage from the backwaters of the solar system. The future is in your iron-clad hands.

Man in Machine

RazorSoft's Death Duel is a first-person Genesis prize fight with graphic blow-'em-away action and an appetite for destruction. You, as Barret, climb aboard the titanic A-7 Trinity Rote Cyborg and battle nine buffed 'borgs. Duel's cockpit display mimics the first-person perspective familiar to Operation Wolf vets, and the shooting game play is easy to grasp.

ProTip: Press your fire buttons in sequence to launch multiple missiles without reloading.

Arms Race

Prior to each one-on-one combat, you prove your mettle in a timed qualifying round. The sniper sequence tests your aim against scorpions, worms, slugs, snails, flying fish, and similar creepy targets. Beat the clock, and you'll score a mess of Pheelae (cash). Take your winnings to the Weapons Dealer and arm your three cannons to the teeth with the finest death tools money can buy. Experiment with Grenades, Energy Rings, SloMo Clouds, Mines, Homing Rockets, and more.

  • Avoid shooting a Gravity Sphere during the Qualify segment or you'll suffer a penalty.
  • Conserve Pheelae. Don't purchase repairs until you fight Darrius Morb.

In Your Phaser

It's blast-or-be-blasted time when the mistress of mayhem gives the signal. Death Duel's winner-takes-all combat forces you and the opponent to simply shoot, shoot, shoot 'til someone drops dead. Movement is confined to left and right, and the cursor toggles between gun sight and screen scrolling.

  • For a quick win, machine gun and shell Shanox Moisail's legs, then its wings, and finally its head.
  • Scroll your opponent onto the edge of the screen, then fire away as it hops back and forth.

Walls provide temporary cover. You can run, but you can't hide when the computer blasts the barriers to bits! Strategic destruction of limbs, guns, and bodies is your ticket to a glorious victory. RazorSoft scores another blow against censorship. The entrails spurt freely with every decapitation!

  • Use missiles to deal a death blow to the Xerain Ogre, Krax Xarton. When it stands still, aim for its arms, legs, and then its head.
  • Press your advantage and don't allow the computer to regenerate lost limbs.

A Most Dangerous Game

Death Duel's looks do kill! The Blood Factor's outta sight, with severed 'mech and monster parts flying across the screen. The audio also pumps out some good sounds. However, game play's fairly simplistic. More maze movement and a two-player split-screen feature would make Duel a true run-'n'-gunner's delight.

Death Duel stands as the only 16-bit shooter game of its breed. So, of course, it mows down the competition. For a solid round of 3-D zap-'em-up gaming, RazorSoft's latest delivers a tough, no-contin-ue challenge with fire power to spare. Slam Death Duel into your Genesis, and let the games begin!

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Game modes: Single game mode

Player controls:

  • Up, Down, Left, Right - Arrow keys
  • Start - Enter (Pause, Menu select, Skip intro, Inventory)
  • "A" Gamepad button - Ctrl (usually Jump or Change weapon)
  • "B" button - Space (Jump, Fire, Menu select)
  • "C" button - Left Shift (Item select)

Use the F12 key to toggle mouse capture / release when using the mouse as a controller.

Game Reviews

Watch out, enemies approaching! Set in a first person perspective, this shooter features some of the most graphic scenes ever seen on the Genesis game system!

It's a first person perspective shooter that is different from any other game made. In the Razorsoft tradition, Death Duel promises to offer more realism to a typical shooter.

In the year 2140, intergalactic flight paths have been taken over by alien forces, effectively crippling the Federation's commerce and food supply. As per the Intergalactic Counsel's ruling, disputes of this type must be settled by duels to the death. As Barrett Jade, the Federation's greatest warrior, you must battle nine different aliens. Operating a land-based, artificially intelligent, dynamic composition A-7 Trinity Rote Cyborg, you are equipped with machine guns, missiles, laser guns, lob grenades, skimmers, grenades, energy rings, slomo clouds, lob mines, and homin' rockets. Between rounds you can buy extra ammunition from Dr. Thrag's Weapons Shop. You earn money by defeating the aliens and during qualifying bonus rounds, which are called Holographic Targeting Simulators.

The basic action in Death Duel is somewhat similar to that of most 16-bit, first-person shooters. You guide a gun sight around the play field, firing your assortment of weapons. The major differences between this game and most others of its type are the strategies involved and the fact that you battle one powerful enemy at a time, as opposed to legions of smaller, more vulnerable enemies. Certain weapons are ineffective on certain aliens, and you must go to great lengths to conserve your ammunition. Also, the weapons dealer sometimes runs certain types of ammunition on sale. You've got to decide whether he's trying to get you to waste your money, or if you are getting value for you dollar.

As a warning to parents, Death Duel has a lot of blood and gore.

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