- Original release year: 1997
- Consoles: Sega Saturn
Whilst I wait for my copy of the remake of the first Assault Suit Leynos game (originally for the Genesis and titled Target Earth in America), for PS4 to arrive, I figured I’d give Assault Suit Leynos 2 another play on my Sega Saturn. It’s been a number of years since I’ve played it. I’ve only played two games in the series (Target Earth and this one) and out of the two, this one is definitely my favourite.
So, what is Assault Suit Leynos 2? Well, I think Racketboy’s review says it best, when the author described it as “mechs meet Metal Slug”, because that’s basically it.
Assault Suit Leynos 2 is a 2D mech shooter, allowing you to battle on the ground or in the sky via your jet pack. It features spectacular graphics and an insane level of difficulty, and I love it. If you like explosions, lots of explosions and games that make you want to tear your hair out, this is the game for you. If you like blowing up tanks, jets, other mechs, then this is the game for you. If you like giant boss battles and an intense difficulty, then this is the game for you.
I genuinely believe the 32-bit era of 2D games were the absolute best or, rather, could have been the absolute best if developers had concentrated more on making top notch 2D efforts. Sadly, pixelated and clunky 3D games were the ‘in’ fad during that era. Take this game. It just takes everything from its predecessor on the Genesis/Mega Drive and improves every single thing about it. Just like the original, Assault Suit Leynos 2 provides the player with an amazing choice of weapons and features brilliant missions. There’s also a decent plot, which is entirely in Japanese, so I have no idea what’s happening… but who cares when there’s explosions and giant mechs?
Speaking of the Japanese language, as a side note, if you do buy this game and loading the game displays a black screen with Japanese text, followed by booting back to the BIOS screen, it means you need to clear some of the internal memory, as Assault Suit Leynos REQUIRES you to have at least 39(?) blocks free in order to even play the game.
Briefly, before I end this feature, let’s just look at the gameplay in a little more depth. The mech is controlled with the d-pad and you shoot with your primary weapon using ‘A’. ‘B’ is jump(press again and/or hold to use your jet pack) and ‘C’ brings your shield. ‘X’ and ‘Y’ are secondary weapons and ‘Z’ switches between ‘auto’ fire (locks on) and’manual fire (gives you full control over the gun’s movements, with the d-pad). Finally, pressing the right tigger allows you to glide across the ground with speed.
The controls are fine and the gameplay is superb. The game is hard, but not impossible. The problem is, although the menus are in English (making the game very playable), the mission briefings are in Japanese and so is the in-mission text from your teammates, making the game even more difficult… replay the missions a few times though and you’ll understand what you need to do.
Overall, Assault Suit Leynos 2 is a fun side-scrolling mech game. I can’t personally comment on how it compares to the SNES games or any other of the games in the series, but as a standalone title, I personally love it.