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Assault Suit Leynos
重装騎兵レイノス
16 Mar 1990

   
Released quite early in the Mega Drive's life, Assault Suit Leynos was a discreet third-party title by NCS that remained mostly unknown outside of Japan and the import market. It did get a limited U.S. release under the title 'Target Earth', but even that went mostly unnoticed.
And that is a crime, because Leynos is an absolutely superb action / shooting game featuring meticulous gameplay, varied stages and a difficulty level will keep even the most hardened player on their toes.
This game won't give up easily. Like it or not, you're locked in a tense battle against a ruthless invading armada and an ever-recurring 'Game Over' screen. It's a tough one, but practice does bring its rewards.
It will forever remain a mystery why this wasn't given a more widespread release. It was probably considered 'too difficult' for the mainstream market, but it really would have done well. The Super Famicom Assault Suits Valken (1992) was showered with praise when released internationally (as 'Cybernator'), while the direct sequel Assault Suit Leynos 2 (1997) has since become a Sega Saturn classic.
An under-rated classic of the MD's early library that only seems to get better with age.

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Assault Suit Leynos
重装騎兵レイノス
MEGA DRIVE
DETAILS
Format Mega Drive
Released 16 Mar 1990
Publisher NCS
Product ID T-25013
Size (cm) 17.8 x 12.8 x 2.5
Weight (kg) 0.18
PRICE
STATUS
Despite some slightly grinding music this is one hell of an arcade action game, not for the faint of heart.

Standard MD case, 4Mbit cartridge, colour booklet.

 



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