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However, you're out on a mission to save the people and your world from demons and evil Gods. You encounter all kinds of neat scenarios in the world you preside over. People turn their backs because the other gods promise happiness, favored citizens are up for sacrifice, plauges, and family feuds.
This is one of the best and most original games I've ever played.
Epic. Every fiber of my being believes that Soul Blazer and Terranigma got the basis of their plots from this bad boy. You are the Master (otherwise known as God, but they changed a few names because of religious conflicts over here in NA) and you have just reawakened from an ancient war with Tanzra (otherwise known as Satan, but again, religious conflicts), the lord of darkness. After a long and arduous struggle, neither force was victorious, but Tanzra summoned forth mighty demons to imprison the souls of the people of the world. As such, it is your duty as lord and savior to restore the world to its former glory, resurrecting the people of your world and developing every major location across the globe through civilization. Consider this game's story a sort of post-apocalyptic masterpiece, more so than any game of its kind. I was hooked from start to finish, and found myself greatly intrigued by the morals and beliefs held towards the end of the adventure. Every game has a story to tell, and this one told it exquisitely.
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As for the game itself: ActRaiser was one of Enix's quirkier products to reach US shores during the SNES years. It combines the "god game" genre (literally, in terms of the over-world portion of the game, and figuratively relative to the player character) with a side-scrolling hack-n-slash action game featuring RPG-lite elements.
It's worth noting that while ActRaiser is a singular title (in that I've not seen anything that replicates its formula exactly in the US market), and well worth playing, the action suffers from some of the design flaws that were common at the time of the game's release. Jumps can be touchy (the player character has the ability to stop on a dime in mid-air, which can be both incredibly useful, and incredibly irritating when it comes to twitch-jumps), and hit detection for some of the smaller enemy types is a bit sketchy. Once you get past that, though, ActRaiser stands as one of the gems of the 16-bit era; well worth a look!
I always felt this was a very solid game, and if I weren't so poor I'd probably buy a copy of it to play again.
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I think that this is one of the best SuperNes games, half RPG half action, and the music is fantastic, i recommend !!Published on November 16, 2013 by Fabio C. Degrossi
Yet another fun Enix action RPG with a creation theme. You play as a god who must clear various countries of monsters (using 2d platforming segments) and then build your... Read morePublished on July 25, 2013 by ZoSo
After watching videos on some of the best SNES games not too many people have played, I came across Act Raiser. Read morePublished on May 10, 2013 by Pen Name
This game blends Sim City style play with Castlevania 4 style play. It is one of my top 5 games on the SNES.
It is perfect!
This is one of the most underrated and greatest games ever released on a Nintendo platform. Tons of fun, and graphics that were way ahead of their time. Read morePublished on April 17, 2011 by Benjamin S
I grew up playing Act Raiser and loved it as a child. I recently downloaded the title on my Wii via the virtual console. The game still holds it own even to this day. Read morePublished on October 5, 2010 by Lucanus