Total Eclipse Turbo
|a game by||Crystal Dynamics, Inc.|
|Editor Rating:||6/10, based on 1 review, 3 reviews are shown|
|User Rating:||6.0/10 - 1 vote|
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Fighter ships of unknown origin appeared suddenly from a Hyperspace Station near Starbase Bravo. Within seconds, they fired their weapons at the defenseless space station, rendering her shields useless. The unknown foe transmitted a message to the commander of Starbase Bravo. The message, was as follows: "I am Lord Sodak, Supreme Predator of the Draxxi Dominion. Your species has been selected for the Hunt. You should regard it as an honor to feed us: We hunt only the quickest and the smartest. What you are about to witness is what we call Juk' Fular...which in your language means "Sun Dagger". I think you'll find it illuminating!" An "abandon ship" was issued by the commander of Starbase Bravo, and so the war began...
Well, the 3DO version didn't impress me too much, other than in the graphics department. The PlayStation version got the same lukewarm reception.
The graphics are pretty good; they're smoother and cleaner than in its 3DO counterpart.
One of the reasons I didn't care for the 3DO version was because it suffered from really shoddy control, especially in the tunnel sequences.
It's very difficult to maneuver your fighter without hitting lots of walls.
The sound effects got boring real quick, and the music...well, it simply doesn't fit this game. Luckily you can turn both off, but if you turn off the sound FX you miss out on hearing the briefings at the beginning of each mission.
WILL YOU LIKE IT?
Some people might like the visual stimulation that it offers, but I think that many will be turned away from it. The incredibly long and repetitious levels, along with music and sound effects that get really annoying, make it only an average shooter. There are better shooters for the PlayStation.
- MANUFACTURER - Crystal Dynamics
- DIFFICULTY - Hard
- THEME - Shooter
- NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1
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One of the first 3DO games released was Total Eclipse, a 3-D shooter from Crystal Dynamics that, while looking gorgeous, had the dual problems of sluggish gameplay and insane difficulty in the last five of the game's 20 levels.
Total Eclipse Turbo, which is Crystal Dynamics' PlayStation debut, fixes both flaws of the original TE. The gameplay has been speeded up and the control has been tightened up, making for a more enjoyable play experience; the game gives you a password after every group of five levels, so you don't need to play through 15 levels over and over only to lose all your lives on the 16th; and Crystal Dynamics has improved the graphics here and there, particularly the sharp FMV. My only beef is that I suspect these improvements could easily have been done on the 3DO, since the original Total Eclipse was a first-generation title rushed to market. Of course, that won't stop Usenet dweebs from using the two games as "proof" of the PlayStation's superiority. The verdict: A fast-paced shoot-'em-up that doesn't take quite enough advantage of the PlayStation.
The new systems are taking space shooters to the next level, making them faster and more realistic. With warp-speed snap rolls and 3D texture-mapped terrains, tunnels, and objects, Total Eclipse Turbo is no exception.
In the game, 20 rounds of thumb-crunching shooting action blasts past at blistering speeds. You'll need strategic and tactical sawy as you take on each mission with a variety of selectable weapons. A CD-quality soundtrack amps the action.