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“Misplaced Namco launch Thunder Ceptor hits the Arcade Archives”
Can’t you’re taking a Yoke?
Nonetheless on its Namco kick, the retro enjoyable manufacturing facility that’s Hamster Company is providing up one thing a little bit particular for this week’s launch, because the under-the-radar however surprisingly groundbreaking Thunder Ceptor is accessible to obtain proper now on PS4 and Nintendo Change.
Initially launched to the arcade market in the summertime of 1986, Thunder Ceptor is an into-the-screen rail shooter with shmup parts and a hyper-futuristic aesthetic. Developed and launched by Namco as one thing as a solution to smash hit House Harrier, the sport options the fast-paced, into-the-screen shmup motion because the Sega basic, full with dazzling colours and extremely fast-paced galactic gameplay. Take a look at the motion within the video under, courtesy of YouTuber SidRetron.
On the time, Thunder Ceptor was by far Namco’s most technically superior and resource-heavy launch but, and can also be the first-ever online game to characteristic a 360-degree yoke controller. Like House Harrier, Namco’s providing additionally boasted a formidable sit-in arcade cupboard. Not content material with this all this extravagance, Namco would supply up revamp-cum-sequel 3D Thunder Ceptor II later that very same 12 months, which added stereoscopic 3D visuals to permit for additional immersion and/or complications.
Surprisingly, nonetheless, Thunder Ceptor has not seen the identical degree of celebration as a lot of Namco’s different releases, having been incessantly left off of a number of retro compilations, leaving the 3D shmup to fall between the cracks of the corporate’s long-term historical past. Whereas not as slick or as polished as its inspiration, the pretender nonetheless introduced a couple of cool tips to the arcade dance corridor, and its resurrection by means of the Arcade Archives vary has been a very long time coming.