1943 Kai: Midway Kaisen

David Yun David Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2008-02-07 18:48:49

1943 Kai: Midway Kaisen - Rank C


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ROM Filename: 1943kai
Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Date: June 1988

Also available in Capcom Classics Collection (Xbox, PlayStation 2) and Capcom Classics Collection Reloaded (PlayStation Portable)

There are several different versions of 1943: The Battle for Midway. I strongly suggest you track down the "Kai" Japan-only remixed iteration.

1943 is the vastly superior sequel to, duh, 1942. The audio is no longer like jamming the lead end of a pencil into your ear canal. The visuals have taken a big step forward, with clean sprites and better animation, and an environment featuring depth of field effects. Most importantly, the game itself is significantly faster and more intense.

1943 brings back the vertically-scrolling shooter action with numerous beneficial tweaks. You still zip around with the stick, and mash the first button to shoot, but the "oh shit" button is no longer purely defensive. It now busts out a screen clearing lighting bolt or tsunami. The power ups are cooler, with better weapons like a spread shotgun blast. Instead of action ending one-hit deaths, you now have a health bar. 1943 expands the combat, introducing naval units and boss fights - the ultimate goal is to sink the super battleship Yamato.

1943 is an ancient videogame. It's still several major steps away from being a complete shooter, but it does deliver good, simple fun.

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