Bio-Hazard Battle

Review: Bio-Hazard Battle

Megadrive Review

NOTE: This is Virtual Console review. As such, there's none of the usual scoring at the end.Just text and a quick verdict.

Our final game this week is Bio-Hazard Battle. This has nothing to do with Resident Evil, so don't get excited. That franchise wouldn't even be created for a good few years. This game is another side scrolling shooter to be released on the Virtual Console.

This game is quite similar to Zero Wing, (insert All Your Base joke here). I don't mean it has a laughable Engrish translation, but the gameplay and style is quite comparable. You take control of one of four types of craft that all look quite similar to marine animals. The game is incredibly simple; it only requires D pad movement and one button to fire. To help your space craft, you also have a small helper that also fires streams of energy shots. These can be changed by picking up different coloured bubbles. Gameplay wise, it's exactly what you would expect from a game of this genre: avoid and shoot enemies. Bio-Hazard Battle just doesn't do much in spectacular fashion, which is a shame.

Visually, it's quite bland, a mixture of scrolling background and low quality sprites fill the screen often. You do get quite a lot of enemies on screen at once, but nothing comparable to other games in the genre, over all it just feels quite unoriginal. The music is, however, not too bad and is bass-heavy.

Overall, you could do worse for a side scrolling shooter but you could do far better. Stick with R-Type III far superior and at the same price. Oh, if you do buy this game, make sure you read the Wii Shop Channel news description about it. You gotta love NoE.

Verdict: Entirely passable and unoriginal shooter.

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