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I'd just like to take a moment to say that Silpheed on the Sega CD is refrickendiculously awesome. From the polygon graphics to the heart attack inducing music, wicked cutscenes, and the tough as nails gameplay; everything about this game really shows off what the Sega CD could do.
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That game got flack at release for the graphics being mostly pretty background with the actual game layed on top. But I didn't care, I loved the game. However it's pretty difficult and I could never finish it tbh.
They did a great job blending actual polygon objects with pre-rendered backgrounds. The effect is very convincing on a lot of stages. The gameplay itself is pretty decent too. Not amazing, but it's fast and difficult. You have to be on-point with this game if you want to survive.
I'm totally with you there NE146, pre-rendered or not the first time I saw one of the giant spaceships in the background explode into hundreds of little fragmented polygons my jaw was on the floor. I haven't beaten it yet either, though I did make it to the final boss on Stage 12 once this afternoon so I think I can finish it with some practice. 😃