Thunder Force II (GEN)
|Thunder Force II|
- For other games in the series see Thunder Force.
Thunder Force II is a scrolling shoot-em-up for the Genesis and the first game in the series to make it out of Japan; the original was only released on Japanese 8-bit home PCs. Several technical improvements were made from the original, though only the Japanese noticed them. However, North Americans and Europeans both enjoyed blasting thousands of enemy ships and dodging millions of bullets. Thunder Force II is split into overhead and side-view perspectives. You begin above a base in overhead mode, blasting buildings and avoiding cannon fire. This is very difficult since the controls are less-than-perfect, and the necessary ground targets are not obvious. After destroying the proper ground targets you switch to a side-view perspective where you fight your way to the stage's boss.
Like most schumps, you have the option of upgrading your ship with various weapons, but as an added bonus, you can switch between weapon types as you acquire them. Being killed will result in losing your arsenal, which is quite frustrating.
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Thunder Force II, like most other shoot-em-ups features a soundtrack full of quick pounding beats and electronic riffs. Each song is designed to fit the environment of the stage, and the fast tempo never lets up until you make it to the ending.
The track titles come from Sharp X68000 version of the game, although some of them are out of place since the Genesis version had fewer stages than the original X68000 version.
- Ripper: DJ Squarewave
- Recorder: TheAlmightyGuru
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