Format reviewed: Dreamcast
Submitted by: James Holian
As a long time fan of scrolling beat 'em ups, I purchased this game based on my love of the genre. Most reviews that I had seen about this game didn't really score it that highly. Dynamite Cop is based on the Sega coin-op of the same name, which in turn was the follow up to 'Die Hard arcade'. If you have ever played that game then you should have quite a good idea of what the follow up plays like. Think of 'Streets Of Rage' for the Megadrive, using a 3-D environment and you have Dynamite Cop.
Although the gameplay is quite basic, the level of fun that is on offer is superb. Everything from frozen beef, to shish kebabs can be used to attack your opponents, and with 3 different characters to choose from, there is a lot of fun on offer.
The soundtrack and effects are suitably dramatic, lending a sense of urgency about finishing your tasks although, as the game is quite short I wouldn’t try any harder to rush through. Graphics have evolved from the earlier standard blocky Sega arcade type ones featured in Die Hard Arcade, to the much smoother rounded type shown here and the game is all the better for it. Characters are large and detailed enough, weapons clearly identifiable and the pirate foes and other people actually look half-human, with the clear exception of the president daughter (see picture above).
One of the main drawbacks of this game is that there just isn't enough of it. The game is over quite quickly, but there are various bonus modes to uncover and unlock, including an old Sega arcade game Tranquilizer Gun. Also this was the first Dreamcast game with downloadable content for the VMU and with in-game bonus content like extra weapons and a new character. Another example of the Dreamcast being far ahead of it's time.
Seeing as Sega decided not to release Streets of Rage 4 on the Dreamcast (even though prototype videos do exist) this game does well in filling the gap.
Just watch out for the president's daughter!