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Power-Up #2: Power-Up Orbs (Altered Beast)
By Cyril Lachel     |   Posted on November 29, 2013   |   Episode 2 (Show Archive)  

   
It's the time of the year when the days get shorter, retailers stay open longer, big games are released and there seems to be a holiday every other week. Defunct Games wants to ring in this festive season with a look at back at some of video gaming's most questionable power-ups. Join us from November 28 to December 25 for a month of floating orbs, life extenders and special cloaks. Welcome to the first day of the 29 Questionable Power-Ups of Christmas!
Power-Up Orb
[ Game: Altered Beast | Year: 1989 | Console: Genesis ]
Rise from your grave and battle the undead legions commanded by Neff the Demon God. Altered Beast launched with the Sega Genesis as the pack-in, making it many people's introduction to the 16-bit era. Sega welcomed gamers to the next level by turning them into four animals.



Power-Up Orb (Altered Beast)
Power-Up Orb (Altered Beast)
Purpose: While most power-ups are optional, the creatively titled Power-Up Orb is required in order to advance through Altered Beast. The player starts out as a weak human in each stage. He grows a little bit larger and more powerful with each floating orb he snags, until finally he turns into one of four animals.

Legacy: For years it looked like our nameless hero had kicked his last blue wolf. But just when all hope was lost, he, along with the Power-Up Orb, returned in Guardian of the Realms for the Game Boy Advance. Unfortunately, the floating orbs were ditched in Project Altered Beast, the ill-conceived PlayStation 2 reboot.

In Real Life: You would hope that it would be our biggest, bravest soldiers who wanted to be first in line to become a real life animal. Sadly, I suspect the first volunteers would come from the furry community and have very little interest in protecting the world from mythological gods and monsters. Just call it a hunch.

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