Of all the Superman related ads that were run during the Doomsday story arc this one always made me curious.
I never had a Sega Genesis and the one guy I knew that owned one never got this game, so it has always eluded me. Not as much as the Nintendo Superman game, which Sears always advertised but never, ever had no matter how many times my parents would try to order it but that is beside the point. Thanks to the wonders of YouTube and a few people willing to post videos about the Sega game I was finally able to see what it was like.
And once again Superman gets shafted in the video game department.
Don’t get me wrong. The graphics aren’t bad. I especially like the Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez looking Superman flying out of the phone booth. It is the game play that looks utterly disappointing. Not only is it a typical side-scroller but once again we have a game where the lead character is invulnerable but still can be “hurt” by things that should not be able to hurt him. On a more positive note I liked the shot of the ’90s era Brainiac in the Game Over screen. That was cool.
Here’s another video with commentary and more game play. The reviewer does drop a few expletives so be warned if you are sensitive to such things, checking this blog out at work or have little ones around.
So it looks like Superman fights the Prankster at the end of that first level. Again, that’s cool but not enough to save the game. I do plan to track down a copy at some point but that’s because I like collecting Superman merchandise. To be fair if I had a working Sega Genesis I would even pop the game in just to see how it plays even if I know it would be extremely disappointing.
It could be worse, though. It could be this…
At least I will always have Superman: Shadow of Apokolips to play on our Playstation 2. While the final boss battle was disappointing that was one fun Superman game.
Next time: Some more fun with house ads as we head closer and closer to Superman #75.