Titan Wars

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Solar Eclipse
Solar Eclipse (video game - box art).jpg
Developer(s) Crystal Dynamics
Publisher(s) Crystal Dynamics
Platform(s) Saturn, PlayStation
Release Saturn
PlayStation
Genre(s) Space simulation, action
Mode(s) Single player

Titan Wars (released as Solar Eclipse in North America) is a video game released for the Sega Saturn, developed and published by Crystal Dynamics[1] (before the buyout by Eidos Interactive). Its full motion video sequences star Claudia Christian.

Solar Eclipse was developed under the title "Titan", but the American marketing team decided it would sell better if published as a sequel to the 1993 3DO/PlayStation game Total Eclipse, especially as the two featured similar gameplay and graphical style.

The game was also released for the PlayStation in Europe only, again under the title Titan Wars.[2] The PlayStation version is a straight port of the Saturn version.

Gameplay[edit]

Solar Eclipse is a hybrid of rail shooter and free-roaming space combat simulation; the general direction of the ship's flight is locked in, but the player may maneuver vertically and horizontally over a substantial area, and can at certain points choose from multiple routes.[3]

Reception[edit]

The four reviewers of Electronic Gaming Monthly gave the Saturn version a 7.75 out of 10 average. They praised the intense gameplay, the considerable strategy required to elude enemy fire, and the solid graphics.[4] GamePro's Captain Squideo had a more mixed reaction, criticizing the partially on-rails flight and saying the landscapes and enemies become repetitious. He concluded that the game is nonetheless fun to play and "eclipses most other shooters", but that these problems would discourage repeat plays.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Saturn version release data, GameFAQs. Retrieved July 25, 2011.
  2. ^ a b PlayStation version release data, GameFAQs. Retrieved July 25, 2011.
  3. ^ "Solar Eclipse". Electronic Gaming Monthly. Ziff Davis (76): 122–123. November 1995. 
  4. ^ "Review Crew: Solar Eclipse". Electronic Gaming Monthly. No. 78. Sendai Publishing. January 1996. p. 42. 
  5. ^ "ProReview: Solar Eclipse". GamePro. No. 89. IDG. February 1996. p. 60.