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Battlemorph -- Atari

The Pernitian Empire has been driven out of human space and now they're back for revenge. This time it's war! Face a new force of enemies, worlds, weapons and puzzles, only on the Jaguar CD. Only you can meet them head on in Battlemorph from Atari.

Battlemorph expands on most aspects of Cybermorph; your "War Griffon" now has the ability to dive in pools of water, music that is very good (no music in Cybermorph), and diverse objectives. Battlemorph also utilizes limited texture mapping, but I found this "improvement" mostly annoying as the textures are usually boring and cause the game to slow a bit. Battlemorph is a worthy sequal.

This game was entertaining enough at first, but after a while it seemed to get into a bit of a rut for me. Much like its predicessor, you fly a ship around 3-D terrains accompanied by a dissembodied woman's head who points out things for you (such as being low on shields, etc...). If you enjoyed Cybermorph I'm sure you'll enjoy Battlemorph, but do I consider it a system seller... no. Play control is good, and overall Battlemorph features many advancements as a sequal, such as music and the ability to fly underwater. I wasn't all that excited about the intermissions, and I really didn't think the announcer voice fit well into the game (the guy sounded like he was trying really hard to do a Sean Connary impersonation). I will say though that this game is good enough that I must rank it as one of the better overall Jaguar titles to-date, and I'm really disappointed it took so long to see the light of day in respect to what's happened to Atari.

>>>>> 40.5/50 <<<<< E.Phoenix R.I.P.
Graphics 4.0 4.0
Sound 4.5 4.0
Gameplay/Control 4.0 4.0
Longevity/Playability 4.5 3.0
Overall 4.5 4.0
Total 21.5 19.0