Space Harrier II review - Sega Megadrive
What the Mean Machines staff thought
Space Harrier II is certainly an impressive game to look at - the sheer speed and smoothness of the 3D graphics is quite stunning. However, its beauty is only skin deep. The game itself is very simple indeed, and once you've seen all the different background graphics (and you can select any level at the start of the game) there's very little to keep you coming back. There are many people out there who love Space Harrier and are bound to go bonkers over this - but if you like your games to be more than just a pretty face, give this a miss.
Space Harrier was a sensation in the arcades because of its speed and sit-down cabinets. However its playability never really matched its looks and sound, and I'm afraid that's true of this game as well. Don't get me wrong, it's fast and furious and great fun, but lacks a variety of gameplay to make it a total winner. The aliens are brilliant, with the difficulty level pitched just right. Still, well worth a gander if fast shoot 'em ups are your thing.
Tris Wicks - 11 Nov 2008, 02:41 GMT
Like MD Outrun this game has decent art and mesmerizing music - all let down by diabolical, seizure inducing 3D. For SH nuts (like me) only.
Dan - 19 Feb 2009, 11:19 GMT
While it had it's moments, SH2 was way to shallow to be a classic. It also lacked the meatyness of the arcade original which, in turn, gave the overall game a very flimsy feel to it. A bit more deoth and balls and it could have been great, as it was though it's only an average game at best.