[Beyond PlayStation] SEGA AGES G-LOC AIR BATTLE Review

by EdEN, Owner

SEGA AGES G-LOC AIR BATTLE is the latest game in the excellent series on Nintendo Switch. Learn more in our SEGA AGES G-LOC AIR BATTLE review!

The SEGA AGES series has given us many great games on the Nintendo Switch from Sega’s past, and now’s the time to welcome the latest addition: SEGA AGES G-LOC AIR BATTLE! The game is a flight sim that was originally released in the arcades back in 1990 as a spin-off from the After Burner franchise. It was ported to all of Sega’s old-school consoles (the Master System and the Sega Genesis – a.k.a the Mega Drive), as well as to the Game Gear, but the Nintendo Switch version for SEGA AGES G-LOC AIR BATTLE is the first time the original arcade game has been made available for a home console.

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SEGA AGES G-LOC AIR BATTLE is an arcade game in every sense of the word, which is why you’ll be taking on this 30-year-old release with one goal in mind: to destroy as many enemy fighters as possible before time runs out or you’re gunned down! You’ll be controlling your fighter with the left analog stick or the D-Pad as you try to lineup your shots and avoid enemy fire. Your plane is equipped with a Vulcan gun, which is mapped to the B button, as well as very useful homing missiles, which are mapped to the Y button. You can also speed up with the R or ZR buttons, or use the afterburner with the L or ZL buttons if playing in Medium or Expert – more on this in a bit.

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The main Arcade Mode for SEGA AGES G-LOC AIR BATTLE offers players the experience of taking on different sets of stages depending on the gameplay option selected. You will have Beginner, Medium, and Expert to choose from, and each one will offer a different number of total stages to play, as well as some changes to how your aircraft will control while in action. This is why speed up, and the afterburner are only available when you play the Medium or Expert set of stages. Beginner has nine stages in total, Medium has thirteen, and Expert has sixteen. On top of this, this release also offers a SEGA AGES mode, in which you’ll take on 16 stages at the Beginner setting, with faster lock-on capabilities and more missiles to dish out.

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SEGA AGES G-LOC AIR BATTLE includes the International as well as the Japan versions of the game, offering five difficulty levels in order for you to tailor the experience based on your skill level. You can also decide if you want inverted controls for the game, if Vulcan gun should be set to autofire if the screen should auto-center or not, and if HD rumble (which is great for this game) should be turned on or off. But the best set of options is for how the game will be displayed! You can select from a vintage look that will give you that old-school feel, but you can also place the action in a cockpit scenario, or even have a moving seat that mimics how the game would be played in the original arcade cabinet. You also have access to the usual display effects for scanlines or applying a smooth filter, but you won’t be able to change them when selecting the cockpit or moving seat options.

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SEGA AGES G-LOC AIR BATTLE is a worthy entry in the SEGA AGES series, bringing to Nintendo Switch a 30-year-old arcade game that has stood the test of time, making for a very fun time on Nintendo’s console. Add the SEGA AGES mode and being able to play in a virtual cockpit or moving seat, and you have a winner available at a budget $7.99, making it another great game to add to your collection.

This SEGA AGES G-LOC AIR BATTLE review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by SegaSega.

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