G-Loc Air Battle

a game by Sega, and AM R&D Dept.
Platforms: Sega GenesisGenesis Sega Master SystemSega Master System GameGear
Genres: Action, Flying
Rating: 6/10

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Description

G-Loc is a single-player, jet fighter combat game for the Genesis that packs a punch, but lacks that killer instinct. Using two different perspectives (behind-the-jet and behind-the-cockpit), you pilot an MKII Sega "Zeek' through 16 stages. Your goal is to shoot down a set number of incoming fighters and land targets within a given time limit.

Your Zeek is equipped with Bullets, Missiles, and Afterburners (for speed). Your missile sights automatically lock in on targets, so the challenge is basically shooting down your quota of fighters and beating the clock.

After each mission, it's time to replenish. You "shop" for Missiles, Armor, and Bullets. You'll need those bullets, too! For some reason, it's tough to consistently line your sights on enemy aircraft. At least the controls enable you to pull dizzying turns, rolls, and loops.

ProTip: Load up on Air-to-Air Missiles first, and then get Heavy Armor.

Crash Sights and Sounds

G-LOC moves fast, but the graphics are tame. Your tour of duty puts you in some nondescript theaters of war, such as the ocean, the open sky, and a desert scene with pillars (which you must avoid a la Afterburner II. The two game perspectives change without warning, so watch out. The view inside the cockpit is pretty, but useless since there's nothing on the panel that you can control (speed, altitude, etc.).

The average instrumentals in this game don't break any sound barriers. In fact, the massive roar of the engines and the piercing sound of bullets hitting metal are strangely absent.

Plane and Simple

If you roar into this game, remember G-LOC is not a looker, just a fighter. However, inter- few more planes to shoot mediate players won't break a sweat on this game's easy stages. G-LOC means "Lloss of Consciousness due to G-Force." It could happen to you, but probably not in this game.

Pull a barrel roll to twist out of sticky situations.

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User Reviews

G-LOC, Sega's sequel to their Afterburner arcade series, has been brought to the Game Gear. If you're a fan of the high-speed rock and rolling of the Afterburner planes, G-LOC pulls off this dizzying sensation one step better. While waiting in line to play the arcade version, why not bring your Game Gear to the arcades and play this version to pass the time. You may notice people lining up behind you to play it!

People say:

5.0

There is nothing much but your standard target shooting contest here. The GG version of G-Loc has very little in common with the arcade version, and with a lack of challenge or innovation, the game really boils down to a standard shoot-and-move with less than fantastic graphics.

5.0

G-Loc is the Game Gear's version of Blue Lightning. Without smooth scaling effects and fluid moving action, the game plays a little too rough. Essentially you have a moving plane that serves as a target for the enemy, while you control a separate target to knock the enemy down.

5.0

G-Loc just doesn't stand up to other hand-held airplane shooters. On its own merits, to be fair, the game offers up quite a few different types of enemies and enough challenge in avoiding oncoming missiles and such. The graphics aren't great, however, and don't add much.

7.0

This is probably the best Game Gear game I've seen. Although the game itself doesn't display the beautiful graphics of the arcade version in all its glory, the basic idea is still there, including the excitement. The colors are put to good use and the sounds are potent with headphones on!

reggie posted a review

Launch into excitement with G-LOC Airbattle by Sega. Try your hand at the three different battle modes while trying to "splash" squadrons of enemy fighter jets. After completing each level, you are permitted to buy new weapons and system enhancements like three different types of armor, improved bullets and two types of missiles.

Use your afterburners to catapult yourself out of dangerous situations, or maintain your heading and try to achieve missile lock and blast your enemies into next Tuesday!

Get out your airsickness bags and strap yourself in for G-LOC Airbattle coming soon for the Sega Genesis!

reggie posted a review

G-Loc was always a fantastic flight combat simulator in the arcades! Courtesy of Sega, EGM got this exclusive sneak preview of this hot air combat soft. Set in a first-person perspective, you pilot your fighter through the thickest enemy-soaked territories in an attempt to wipe them out! Your cannons and missiles are your only friends in the heat of the battle!

While still early in development, this shooter could be hot!

reggie posted a review

This game offers nine intense missions filled with a huge amount of enemies just waiting to blow you to pieces before you get to them.

reggie posted a review

G-LOC is a scaled-down version of an excellent Sega jet combat coin-op. Here you pilot nine missions to annihilate the evil Future World Army. Fly the first eight in any order you like as you blast certain numbers of enemy aircraft, tanks, or ships.

Two Is Better than One

G-LOC's graphics are sharp, but uninspired. The enemy hardware and the scenery - desert, sea, and air - look good, but there isn't a lot of variety.

The aerial combat versus the computer is also pretty good, but standard stuff. You get a first-person, from-the-cockpit view of the action. You see enemies either coming straight at you or from the rear as they pass by. Use the directional pad to position your sights on them and blast 'em. You can climb, dive, and bank left and right. If you're attacked from behind, you can pull a mean loop, which is the only major move in the game.

ProTip:

  • Save missiles for tanks and ships. Guns are good enough to intercept fighters.

  • If you pull a loop to escape a bogie on your tail, be prepared to shoot, you almost always wind up on his tail.

At least beating the computer requires some strategy. Each mission has a time limit, and completing a mission scores points, which you need in order to upgrade weapons, replenish fuel, and re-arm.

Upgrade armor and fuel capacity first, then trade for a Vulcan cannon.

reggie posted a review
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