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One of the first Genesis games I ever played was Altered Beast. At that time in my life I listened to the lies of the world, and ate the game up. It is always important to honestly analyze the content of what we are drowning our brains in. I did not come to that truth until many years later. By the grace of God my eyes were opened and I saw the light. Altered Beast was one of the first games that I remember playing that gave us large characters. I am talking tall, and very muscular. The technology was being pushed. And at the same time the macabre and morbid. There are plenty of disgusting and repugnant images in Altered Beast.

The core of this Genesis game is violence. We are raised from the dead by what looks to be someone out of the Greek Mythology religion. As we power up we become more muscular. We have to fight off beasts, and corpses carrying their heads, as well as flying things. I say things because they look like demons to me. It is fascinating to go back to a game like Altered Beast and realize how bad the sound effects really were. They may have had more channels that prior generations, but they are really bad compared to today’s standards. They also revolve around the violent nature of Altered Beast. The repetition in Altered Beast is mind numbing. Something is inching towards us on the screen, lets go kill it. Repeat that thousands of times and you have played Altered Beast. Digital murder (of even the undead) stopped appealing to me when I grew up. There are few reasons to replay Altered Beast. To be blunt there are few reasons to ever start playing it.

This Genesis game is a part of the history of the industry. The best use of Altered Beast in my opinion is as an example of what not to create in the future. The ESRB was extremely kind to Altered Beast by giving it an Everyone 10 years and older rating. I can see this game as a ‘T’ for Teen easily. I can also see an argument for Altered Beast being rated ‘M’ for Mature. If you retro game, and are considering Altered Beast, let me strongly encourage you to pass on this massively violent home console video game.
- Paul


Graphics: 53%
Sound: 77%
Replay/Extras: 70%
Gameplay: 69%
Family Friendly Factor: 57%

System: Genesis
Publisher: Sega

Rating:   ‘E10+’ for Everyone 10+
{Fantasy Violence}

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