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When I think of arcade to console transitions, very few at the time come to mind that are perfect or even near-perfect ports. It wasn't until our current generation of consoles where we started getting arcade perfect ports of classic games in collections like Midway's Arcade Treasures series out for various consoles. Graphically this port of Roadblasters for the Sega Genesis deserves a 99.8% out of 100. Perhaps there is a missing color or two from the palette used on the arcade, but that is a limitation of the Genesis itself. The programmers pushed every color out of the Genesis that the video ram would give them and keep this game smooth as the arcade framerate. At let's talk about the framerate, it's a perfect port. But again the graphics are phenomenal, you get all the sprites, all the frames, the rat jeeps, the armored cars, the gun turrets, the fuel globes, the oil spills, the bad ass munitions vessel that drops auxiliary weapons onto your vehicle. But the graphics mean nothing if the control is not good, now again the control in this port is arcade perfect, and this is on a d-pad. The sound in this game is just like the graphics, it's 99.8% out of a 100%, the music is so awesome you could buy it for that alone. If you like Roadblasters in the arcade you should have this, you can get it on modern consoles, but there is nothing like taking the game in cartridge format and plugging it into your Sega Genesis and powering it up and playing. Besides, the box art on this is really cool as well and having it in a dedicated cartridge format is awesome.
The only minor quibble I have with the game is that for some reason Tengen decided to give players 5 lives per play. This is not adjustable. The arcade gave you one life per quarter, and when you run out of gas it's "Game Over," unless you continue by dropping another quarter. Why they chose to change this dynamic is beyond me, but it doesn't detract one bit from the enormous fun factor of this awesome 80's game!
For the uninitiated, RoadBlasters is an isometric run-and-gun type road rally game. Your goal is to make it to the end of each futuristic stage before running out of gas or being destroyed by your opponents. Your car always has blasters, but you also have the opportunity to power-up with special weapons dropped from a support jet. Weapons include a fully automatic cannon, a turbo booster, and nuclear bombs.
It just doesn't get any better than this!