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12 May 2010 @ 05:22 pm
Games: Sega Saturn Releases [セガサターンのゲーム]  


The Sega Saturn. While a somewhat successful console in Japan, the console was barely a spec in other countries. Regardless, it still managed to sell 9.5 million units worldwide despite its issues. It was originally released in 1994 in Japan, and saw a reign of 6 years.

It's almost, ALMOST overkill to have an entire section to just two releases, but what can I say? I'm a tad pedantic and like separating all my games by the system they were on. It certainly makes catalogueuing very easy. Not to mention, there are quite a number of striking differences presented in the Saturn renditions of the games. Biohazard was the only game of the series to make it to the Saturn in 1997. Interestingly, Biohazard 2 was originally going to receive a Saturn port, but it was scrapped. Potentially due to the fact the Saturn was in decline overseas, despite strong support and wide releases in Japan. The system ended up being discontinued in 2000.

If you'd like to find a specific game quickly, please utilise the code issued by the game's name in the index by searching for it with ctrl+f in your browser.

Index:
BIO HAZARD [SS01]
Resident Evil [SS02]


Title: BIO HAZARD (バイオハザード) [SS01]
Catalogue: T-1219G
Released: 25/071997
Retail: 5,800円
Region: NTSC-J
Scans: Manual | Back | Sample Page | Obi | Disc

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In my opinion, asides from the later PC ports, the Saturn versions of Biohazard are quite possibly the best versions of the games in the series. In addition to being rendered totally different, the models have much more to them, you can make out better facial details, and the system boasts a higher colour palette- ensuring any return to the PSX titles makes you think your game looks dull in comparison. The engine as a whole runs faster, and the controls were neatened and tightened for this version to cater for the fact the Saturn's D-Pad was much more fluid in movement than the PSX's at the time.

As an extra bonus, there are a few features unique to the Saturn which have remained 100% unique to this port. For a start: Battle Mode. Essentially a beta build of Extreme Battle/The Mercenaries from later games, but a heap of fun. There is even a Wesker zombie! In the story mode, we've also got a second Tyrant to fight in addition to the standard. All in all, a very tidy, very nice port. My copy has a flaw, which might be an error in the disc press, or an error when booting via an Action Replay to bypass region lock, but I cannot actually get beyond the computer in the lab. The game as a whole freezes. A shame, really, as I love marking off all my games as complete in both collection and play.




Title: Resident Evil (レジデントイービル) [SS02]
Catalogue: MK81092-50
Released: 01/10/1997
Retail: $99.95
Region: PAL
Scans: Cover | Manual | Sample Page | Disc

Information:
In my opinion, asides from the later PC ports, the Saturn versions of Resident Evil are quite possibly the best versions of the games in the series. In addition to being rendered totally different, the models have much more to them, you can make out better facial details, and the system boasts a higher colour palette- ensuring any return to the PSX titles makes you think your game looks dull in comparison. The engine as a whole runs faster, and the controls were neatened and tightened for this version to cater for the fact the Saturn's D-Pad was much more fluid in movement than the PSX's at the time.

The English version is exactly what it says on the box: english. There were no real changes made from the JP version at all, and unlike my JP copy, this one I can actually play through to the end! It is a total shelf hog, though, due to that lovely tall box the english Saturn games had.