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Fortified Zone (Virtual Console) Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . After weeks of mascot-driven platformers and adventure games, Nintendo finally uploaded their first straight-up action game to the 3DS Virtual Console. It's about time we have a hero willing to pick up a gigantic gun and run through the corridors killing everybody in sight. That's the premise of Fortified Zone, a simplistic Game Boy shooter from Jaleco. Rating: 64%
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What Is It? After weeks of mascot-driven platformers and adventure games, Nintendo finally uploaded their first straight-up action game to the 3DS Virtual Console. It's about time we have a hero willing to pick up a gigantic gun and run through the corridors killing everybody in sight. That's the premise of Fortified Zone, a simplistic Game Boy shooter from Jaleco. This 1992 action game follows the exploits of Masato Kanzaki and Mizuki Makimura, two super tough mercenaries on a quest to infiltrate a literal fortified zone.

The gimmick here is that players can switch between these two characters at any time. While not exactly deep, this gameplay mechanic allowed the developers to create different characteristics for both players. One character is tough and powerful, while the other can leap over spikes and other obstacles. Together you'll have to work as a team to make it through a series of generic levels fighting soldiers, robots and even cars. That's right; Fortified Zone has indoor car bosses. Madness!

Does It Still Hold Up? With an overhead perspective and an emphasis on large, slow-moving characters, Fortified Zone resembles Konami's 8-bit Metal Gear games. But this is not a stealth game, it's a run and gun shooter along the same lines of Contra. The shift in camera angle is a bit jarring, but nothing you can't get over in a minute or two. The characters control well, though the speed of the action leaves a lot to be desired. The lack of level detail becomes apparent the further you journey into this fortified zone.

Is It Worth The Money? If all you're looking for is a predictable overhead action game that resembles Contra, then this four dollar Game Boy port might be a wise investment. I personally found the action dull and the level designs lacking in every conceivable way. The bosses are repetitive, the soldiers are cheap and I found myself nodding off before making it to the final chapters. That's not to say that you can't locate a little fun here and there, but there are better games to buy this week.
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