Blazing Lazers (TurboGrafx-16, 1989)
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- Product InformationOne of the most highly regarded games in the TurboGrafx-16 library, Blazing Lazers has players blasting their way through colorful, richly detailed outer space, blasting away at flying brains, parasitic space creatures, armored machinery, and much more. The Gunhed Star Fighter players pilot is equipped with cluster bombs and a powerful lazer cannon that can be altered and upgraded by capturing power-ups, which grant photon blasters, shields, homing missiles, ring blasters, and other useful items. Certain weapons work better in certain areas, so there is a bit of strategy involved. The bosses (such as Big Borg and Gatling Gun) are too easy, and standard enemies don't present much of a challenge until the fifth level, but the constant shooting action and awesome power-ups keep the game exciting throughout. In terms of audio, the sound effects could use more force, and the music is a fairly pleasing mix of techno pop and eerily high-pitched sci-fi sounds. Blazing Lazers doesn't really add anything new to the genre that we haven't seen before in Gradius, R-Type, Life Force, and any number of other scrolling shooters, but it does just about everything right.
- GameBlazing Lazers
- ESRB RatingTeen
- Control ElementsGamepad/Joystick
- Number of Players1
- Release Year1989
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- nutrageousmusicMay 01, 2015by
A Must-Have for Fans of the Shooter Genre
Known as "GunHed" in Japan (Based on a Japanese sci-fi film), this top-down shooter from Hudson and Compile is really one of a kind.
I've been a fan of shooters since the 80's and grew up playing games like Gyruss, Galaga, Life Force, etc. I was definitely a Nintendo kid in the late 80's and early 90's and though I always wanted to get my hands on a Turbografx 16, it wasn't until recently that I did.
Blazing Lazers was the first game I threw on when I received my system and I was immediately blown away. The speed is great, the graphics are impressive for 1989, and there is never slow down or the frustrating blinking sprites you get on a lot of NES games that attempt to do too much at once.
The power-up system is fairly unique, as you can switch between weapons by picking up 'Gels' labeled by Roman Numeral I-IV. You can then continue to power up each weapon by picking up purple 'Gels'. The leveling system for weapons ramps up fast and you really need to just not get hit if you want to get really powered up. There are secondary (passive) power-ups too, which consist of a Shield, Homing Missiles, and Multi-Fire. It takes some playing to find the best combinations of the 2 types of weapons, which helps the replay value.
The music is decent but some of the sounds are a bit harsh, unbalanced, and probably could have been better developed (especially for a game that looks and plays so great). When you get a 1-up the music freaks out and there is a sound that plays, followed by silence before the music kicks back in. This seems to be a pretty standard Compile tactic as it's also this way in Zanac for NES, but I found it to be a bit jarring.
Perhaps the most unique feature is the ability to change the speed of your ship's movement (control sensitivity) with the select button on the fly. This is such a cool feature. There are many times where you need to move at lightning speed back and forth on the screen but also times where moving more slowly and precise will be in your best interest.
Overall I would probably give the game a 4.5/5 but that is not an option on ebay. The difficulty is at a good level for fans of the genre. It's not an impossible game but you do need to concentrate. If you own a TG16 and don't have this game, what are you doing? If you don't own a TG16 and are thinking about it, this is a great grame to get your collection going.Read full review
- barnrkMar 12, 2013by
An essential classic for the Turbografx 16
Blazing Lazers is an essential classic for the Turbografx 16. It's just a pleasing experience - the music, the graphics, the chained power-ups, etc. And unlike a lot of shooters, it gradually gets more challenging without being too frustrating. Highly, highly recommended.
- billytheskinkJun 10, 2008by
Perhaps the best shoot-em-up of it's generation.
Blazing Lazers is one of the best, if not the best, console shoot-em-ups of the 8/16-bit era.
The game is easy enough during the early stages to keep you from getting frustrated and difficult enough during the later stages to challenge you.
The graphics are quite good for the time; quite colorful and populated with large and detailed sprites and background images. I've found it particularly cool that the game is played on an area wider than a television will display, requiring you to fly to the extreme right or left of the screen in order to see parts of the game screen.
If you own a Turbo Grafx and can get your hands on this game, do it. I'm very, very happy that I did.
- armand-n1Jun 02, 2016by
Got the game on before time expected. Nothing more than good service! Thanks much!
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- slinkyturdJun 10, 2011by
Colorful shooter. One of the best shooters on Turbo Grafx
Turbo Grafx is known for its shooters. This one is one of the better ones. Vertical scroll with colorful graphics. It's pretty simple too. Shoot, move and grab awesome power ups.