in 1992, on MEGA-CD and by COMPILE, this ALESTE sub titled NOBUNAGA
AND HIS NINJA FORCE had not marked the memories of players, despite
everything, it propose a good production (even if MEGA-CD capacities
weren't exploited to the max), it also propose a great music work
mainly provided by KATSUMI TANAKA, an animated introduction, animated
climax scenes and the legendary know-how of COMPILE in vertical
shooting game domain.
story is a bit unusual but yet original, it take place in a medieval
Japan context, with struggle for power of well known Japanese
war lord of History, as ODA NOBUNAGA. The science-fiction touch
is the use of giant mechanical combat armors in these unceasing
wars. The plot is classical in this medieval background, NOBUNAGA
fights against the other famous lords, whom are serving the views
of the mysterious ASTAROTH, in this time of war, everything is
only plots between daïmio and use of deadly and silent ninjas.
KAGERO is one of these ninja, serving NOBUNAGA, and it's him you
pilot with his armed armor. That struggle for power causes a lot
of victims and some villages suffers from the exactions of warriors,
SAEBA one of these villager will rise to fight KAGERO to avenge
a crime commited in fact by KUROGANE, the direct adversary of
KAGERO, with a similar equipement and serving ASTAROTH. This clans
war story do not end as it does in real History, but you have
to figured it out by yourself.
my opinion, I think the game is really cool and rather difficult
to be enjoyed a long time, moreover if you finish the game, you
will access in option mode to bonus CG, Super Deformed ones and
non-S.D. ones (rha, ASTAROTH SAMA ! Sugoiii !).
Concerning CG's, I found one fan-art on the web, but infortunately
I can't remenber the author name, but I will find it one day,
and then I will honore his name as deserved.
little detail concerning the voice actor of KUROGANE, it's AKIRA
KAMIYA, well known in animation domain, he had been the japanese
voice of KEN (HOKUTO NO KEN) and of RYO SAEBA (CITY HUNTER) and
many others. It was just a precision.
propose few screenshots (one found on the net and 3 others sent
[thanks]), I haven't tested my MEGA-CD emulator, but I will in
the future, be patient.
select : Enter option mode, select sound 3a, the hard difficulty
level (next to last one) and with the CD.DA choice, you will select
your stage. Go out pressing start and B button. If you choose
the continue option, you will be sent to the selected stage.