Nectaris: Military Madness
|a game by||Hudson Soft, and Matrix Software|
|Editor Rating:||7/10, based on 4 reviews|
|User Rating:||7.5/10 - 4 votes|
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This turn-based war-time strategy game casts you as commander of the Union army, which must battle the Guicy forces for complete control of the moon. Nectaris offers unique vehicles designed for different terrains, and you can choose from a variety of battle animations as you obliterate your enemies. Emphasizing strategy, NMM's gameplay is about matching your units to the enemy's in order to exploit the latter's weaknesses. Action-oriented gamers will find this game pretty slow, but fans of the genre may find it perfectly paced.
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You don't need to be a fan of the original Military Madness to dig this PlayStation update. Heck, you don't even need to be a fan of strategy games. That's the beauty of Nectaris: It's incredibly easy to pick up and begin strategizing without worrying about lots of little details. As you progress through stage after stage of turn-based combat, you're gradually introduced to more than 20 ground and airborne combat vehicles--each with its own movement and attack parameters. The real thrill is surrounding enemies and using the terrain to your advantage to win battles in which you're vastly outnumbered. And trust me--you'll be outnumbered in most battles. That's one of the drawbacks to the 32 missions of the new campaign, which become extremely tricky by the sixth mission. Beating that campaign opens up the classic missions of the TurboGrafx-16 original, and after clearing the campaigns you can replay any of the missions with another player. You also get several single missions designed by Japanese Military Madness gurus, as well as the option to build your own. So there's definitely a lot new here. The battle animations, on the other hand, are nothing special. Like those in Iron Storm, they get old quick and you'll probably disable them to save time.
This is as basic and simple a war-strategy game as they come. That doesn't mean Nectaris is bad...or easy. The game is actually quite addicting, even for people like me who are used to more complex strategy titles like FF Tactics or even Red Alert. Nectaris' simple interface and easy-to-understand game system can draw just about anyone in. just watch out for some of the overly and artificially difficult scenarios.
If you're a fan of strategy games, chances are you'll love this update to the classic Military Madness. But here's the great part: Even if you're not a fan of strategy games, chances are you'll enjoy this game. The way missions are almost puzzle-like in some cases, and the way the game's difficulty gradually ramps up should make this title accessible to gamers of all shapes and sizes. Plus, the cool extras for beating the game increase its replay.
I was a huge fan of Military Madness on the TurboGrafx 16 and it goes without saying that if you loved it then, you'll love it now. Nectaris has lots of new scenarios and also features all the old missions you knew. It would have been nice to have seen things get revamped a bit more, but what you have is a solid, strategy game that is easy to get into and offers hours of gameplay. Even if you're new to Nectaris, you'll like it.
The original Military Madness appeared on the late TurboGrafx-16 system and was easily one of the best games ever released on that system (domestically anyway). Even when compared to strategy games that have come since, it still remains in the top 10 of that genre. To the delight of diehard fans and to the many gamers who have never owned a TurboGrafx (which is probably 94 percent of the people reading this), Jaleco has brought over the Hudson remix of Military Madness for the PlayStation.
Nectaris: Military Madness has 16 new missions which are somewhat similar to the original although the story is different. However, you can access the original story and missions by completing the new Story Mode. Due to the enormous popularity of the original game in Japan, Hudson sponsored a contest where fans sent in their maps and scenarios. The top 40 winners maps are available for play in the Campaign Mode, and you can also select from the four highest-ranked maps for a total of 44.
So what's the appeal of Military Madness? It's extremely easy to get into with an intuitive interface and easily understood objectives. The hook is that it's tough to master and requires a great deal of strategizing. You must correctly match variables like vehicle strengths and terrain effects to properly manage a battle. As you progress through the missions, you'll gain fancier and deadlier weapons which must be deployed with greater precision with each progressive mission. A nice option that was not available in the original is a Two-player Mode. This alone adds a great deal of play time and pits you against someone other than the computer.
In case you were wondering, there was a true sequel made for the original MM called Neo Nectaris (Nectaris is the original name for MM in Japan) released for the Super CD attachment for the TurboGrafx. It never saw the light of day over here since the TurboGrafx lived a relatively short life.
A Game Boy version was also released recently, but that's another story. Fans of strategy should mark their calendars for this refreshing PlayStation release.
What's with all the remakes these days? Some of you (most of you, I hope) may remember the classic TurboGrafx-16 strategy title. Military Madness. The game drew a fairly large cult following, but never saw a sequel here due to the untimely demise of the TG16. Now, Hudson is rereleasing the game (known as Nectaris in Japan) for the PlayStation with a major graphical revamp (it's completely polygonal now) and many additions to play. Not only are there more maps (besides the 16 original ones, there are a total of 88 new ones!), but you can make your own ones with the new Construction Mode. Hudson has also hinted that a new Two-player Mode is hidden away in the game. Sounds cool!
- MANUFACTURER - Hudson Soft
- THEME - Strategy
- NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1