|Game Name||Aoi Hagane no Kihei: Space Griffon|
|Original Title||蒼鋼の騎兵 -SPACE GRIFFON-|
|Genre||Shoot 'Em Up|
Aoi Hagane no Kihei: Space Griffon (蒼鋼の騎兵 -SPACE GRIFFON-) is a Shoot 'Em Up video game published by Panther Software released on November 3rd, 1999 for the SEGA Dreamcast.
Whilst the original PS1 title ‘Space Griffon VF-9’ saw a release in the States, this enhanced version of the game, with a ridiculously long title, stayed in Japan.. You’d not be blamed for thinking this is a visual novel, with the complete absence of in game action shots on the back cover, but in actual fact this is a mech based corridor shooter. You are sent to the lunar moon base ‘Hamlet’, where things have gone south in a big way, with zombies roaming the corridors, and of course it is your job, in command of a mighty transforming, heavily armed mech, to clean things up. The game is a but dull, a bit slow and never quite makes the most of it’s interesting ideas. Playable without in depth knowledge of Japanese, to understand the plot a translation guide is essential.
Credits: Written by Mike Phelan for The Dreamcast Junkyard.