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|System(s): Sega Mega Drive|
|ROM size: 512KB|
Sunset Riders is a 1991 arcade run-and-gun by Konami, ported to the Sega Mega Drive and SNES in 1992 and released only in the US and Europe in 1993. This port was heavily remixed in terms of stage layout. The small rom size likely made a true to source arcade port impossible.
You play as one of two (reduced from four in the arcade version) American Old West bounty hunters, Billy and Cormano, who seek rewards for catching bandits and saving girls. Billy is armed with a peacemaker and Cormano with a shotgun that fires rather large shots; is used for stationary fire and is used to fire and walk at the same time, and both can collect various weapon upgrades along the way.
Aiming is done in the traditional Konami fashion (hold D-pad buttons diagonally to move while firing diagonally, hold to shoot straight up, hold and to shoot straight ahead while moving, or hold to shoot straight ahead while crouching). jumps; you can latch on to ledges and climb up, pressing + to get back down. + and either or slides. Score is measured as currency; each gold coin is worth $200, while larger red coins with dollar signs on them are worth $2000. You will lose $1000 for dying, and you die with one or two hits.
There is also a "Versus" mode, which is nothing more than the two players meleeing with a bird periodically coming in to drop extra items.
Note that the guns are removed from the PAL box. This is also done on the SNES PAL version. A case of the Sega Europe censorship and strict German laws probably.
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