MACROSS ETERNAL LOVE SONG (MASAYA / NCS / BIG WEST)

 SUPER CD-ROM2 SYSTEM (JAPANESE VERSION)

 

Before I start to talk about this game from Masaya, I need to explain that Iīve always been the "Strategy Gamesī Number 1 Enemy"! ^_^ Really, I couldnīt understand how people out there could possibly enjoy an emotionless kind of game, based only on "click here / click there" actions. Well... even with such an ancient aversion to STG games, I decided to give Macross Eternal Love Song a chance, because I knew it was a little easier than most STG games out there and a very enjoyable title, according to some comments Iīve read before.

Hehehe, the game is really good! ^_^ Macross Eternal Love Song isnīt an RTS (Real-time Strategy), like we use to see nowadays. Here, you make all the moves and attacks in your turn, then youīll have to wait until the computer finish their actions before you can play again.

 

Macross Eternal Love Song was produced by Masaya, NCS and Big West, the same staff behind the excellent shooter Macross 2036, and itīs a cool and easy-to-play STG game, even if you donīt understand a single word of Japanese. The basic options are Move, Attack, Formation and End. Only the characters marked with a red "P" letter are actually controlled by the player, the others are commanded by the CPU. Raise affects the movement and attack abilities for each ship, and those abilities also change according to the formation youīre using (ship, robot or mecha).
 

The game is filled with outstanding animated cinemas, which are shown between the battles. Each combat is also showed as an animated sequence, but this feature gets pretty boring after a while... I highly recommend you to turn off this option as soon as possible. The musics are amazing, and they fit the tense atmosphere like a glove.

The very first battles are damn easy, but they become harder as soon as you progress along the game. Still then, IMHO, the machine is too "dumb"! ^_^ I was definitely doomed several times on some battles, with no chances of survival at all, and, due to the computer extreme dumbness, I could revert "irreversible" situations.

  

Macross Eternal Love Song isnīt as cool as Neo Nectaris or Kisou Louga, but itīs a highly enjoyable strategy game. Hey, it has changed my opinion regarding on strategy games! Thereīs no better recommendation than that!

 

Marcelo Reis

 

UNIVERSO PC-ENGINE

Graphics

86%

Playability

82%

Musics and Sound Effects

89%

Interest

84%

OVERALL

85%

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