Jan 23, 2007

Cry of Xaz and the Dreamcast

There are a myriad of reasons why anyone and everyone (their dogs too) should actually own a SEGA Dreamcast and five of 'em reasons have already been detailed here. Now, here's a reason for existing and/or ecstatic DC gamers to feel even happier with their fantastic SEGA dominated lives... Crystals of Xaz, a very interesting 80s-styled defensive (!) shmup, which might soon undergo a name-change, and already has a nice video-featuring little website.

Here's a few things the developer has to say: "Crystals Of Xaz (not its final name) is a Dreamcast game that I started back in September 2006. I've always wanted to design a shooter (or "shmup" as they're currently called) in which the player takes on more of a defense role than an offensive one. I also wanted to include many of the gameplay elements that I loved in 80s arcade shooters like Astro Blaster, Galaxian/Galaga, Moon Cresta, and others. After more than four months of steady work, I finally have an alpha version of my game engine ready, and it is currently in testing. It's not complete, as I'm adding other elements to the game (such as boss battles; gotta have SOME offensive gameplay there), better graphics (the current ones are borrowed), music (already there, just turned off), and some other tweaks to make it better."

Watch this space for further info and a complete preview... By the way, the early alpha version I'm playing is most promising and quite addictive.

Related @ Gnome's Lair: 2007 Dreamcast shmups, Dreamcast 2? No, batari BASIC


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23 comments:

  1. Hi Gnome. I just found out yesterday about your blog and all those other great ones you've got on your links section. I've read several articles you've posted. they're very very good. Thanks a lot.

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  2. Why, thank you very much!

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  3. no problem. I was wondering. do I have to buy other equipment to be able to play SNES, Atari, Amiga, etc games on DC? that console is filling my eyes O.O

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  4. :)

    No, not really. You simply need to burn CD images using (the shareware version) DiscJuggler and in extreme cases use a loading CD, but that's kind of obsolete these days...

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  5. alright thanks! :D

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  6. Gosh! More Dreamcast new games... and the more the better, as I hear that due to the cessation of GD Roms they are soon to be athing of the past...

    Don't tell Mrs. K but I've just ordered 2007 2D DC Shump "Last Hope" off Play Asia...it now sadly seems aptly named...

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  7. (sets fire to his CD collection....sniffs beta version of game....)

    Smells addictive...

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  8. A wise move Father Krishna, but as a GD-ROM is actually a CD-ROM the homebrew/emulation/etc DC scene shouldn't be affected. There's still hope...

    Like glue Elderly, like glue...

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  9. Without wanting to question your Gnomic wisdom but are you sure GD roms are the same as CDRs?

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  10. (sits eating porridge, waiting for clarity on the CD GD thingy....)

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  11. Yes, FK, a GD-ROM is in reality a glorified CD, thus the ease with which some nasty little pirates download DC games and play them by burnng them on proper CD ROMs... You would need alcohol 120 or Discjuggler to properly burn the CD to a GD-Drive readable format. Lots of bogus data there...

    (tastes Elderly's porrige)

    Nice.

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  12. ..."You would need alcohol 120"

    i can't beleive it, theres a drink I haven't tried!!

    (picks out gnome hairs from porridge, continues eating....)

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  13. (reunites beard with lost hair)

    Wait till you try the even better Nero liquor. You'll love it. Oh, will it be served on DVD or Cd? GDrom perhaps?

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  14. ..intravenous, if it's got alcohol in it who cares how you serve it...

    (remembers he's joined society again......)

    right your quite right, can't imagine what's come over me... nero on a cd with ice an lemon please....

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  15. Little paper ombrella?

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  16. ...ahhhhh

    no!

    but a swizzle stick would be nice and perhaps a glace cherry?

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  17. Of course ... of course...

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  18. thanks gnome your a pal.... (settles back to wait for his Nero disc....)

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  19. Do check your comments please.....

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  20. checked comments.... emailed the address got a return to sender.....

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  21. Oh, but it was a MSN address... Not ver email-capable...

    (Still, gnome points at handy cont@ct button on sidebar)

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