Golgo 13: Top Secret Episode


Review by Keita Iida

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Overall: 7

Golgo 13 is an assasin for hire. He is the most proficient sharpshooter agent in the known world. When solicited, extermination is virtually guaranteed. He kills the targets regardless of who they are, and the amount or quality of protection around the target is inconsequential. He also operates as an expert freelance secret agent that'll make James Bond seem like Maxwell Smart. Plus, his sideburns are awesome.

Based on a famous Japanese comic (or manga, as they say) of the same name, this NES episode has the hero chasing down a faceless threat armed with a bacteriological weapon. Your adventure takes place in all types of terrain: in the water underneath the Aegean Sea and flying through the sky in armed helicopters. Golgo 13 is composed of a wide variety of sub-games, where you must beat up spies in a side scroller, shoot it out in a 3-D maze, dodge enemy planes in a helicopter, and scuba dive through a winding coral reef.

Although none of these mini games is exceptionally well done, overall the game is lengthy, challenging and graphically impressive. And probably the only NES game where the hero gets laid - twice (which is twice more than Dyer has ever gotten.) The fact that Golgo 13 got past Nintendo's "quality" control is even cooler.


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Last updated: Wednesday, December 10, 2003 02:25 PM