Hack Showcase: T2 Arcade Remix & Macross Scrambled Valkyrie Overtech (SNES)

Hack Showcases and RPG Hack Showcases are a series where I show off various game and rpg hacks. I try to stick with hacks that improve gameplay or add quality of life features, completely or partially change the plot and characters, along with additional content, dialogue, graphical and sound improvements. Non-rpgs I try to give a full run to, or at least enough for a solid review. Rpgs I will stick with titles that have enough changes in the beginning to show off, and when I can, show parts later in the games where more differences appear. There may be spoilers in the reviews and videos. Some of these I may stream fully in the future or play on my own. Reviews are open to later revisions due to bug and content updates or me playing them and finding anything new I wish to bring up.

Note: Seeing how I streamed both games together, I kept the gameplay video together along with this double review.

T2 Arcade Remix is another great game hack from BillyTime! Games! This hack tones down the difficulty of T2 The Arcade game and makes a number of changes to make the game more welcoming to newer and veteran players:

  • Infinite Continues
  • John Connors Truck is now invincible in Stage 3
  • The Swat Van is now Invincible in Stage 6
  • Gunpower for both Player 1 and 2 regenerate faster
  • Less Cyberdyne Items need to be destroyed on Stage 5 to obtain the good ending.
  • Damage Upgrade is available until end of the level once obtained.

SO HOW IS IT? Playing this was the first time I had Played T2 in a long time, having loved playing it in arcades (I don’t remember if I have this for MAME) and on the Genesis, and never getting past the Stage 3 with John Conner’s truck. Having the truck in Stage 3 and the SWAT van in Stage 6 invincible really cuts down on the stress while you’re fighting off other enemies. This was my first time getting past Stage 3 and seeing how the rest of the game played out!

I’m not sure what the normal amount you have to destroy in Cyberdyne is but having it reduced down lets you mow down more enemies instead of having to worry about destroying objects and makes a tough level easier. Regenerating gunfire helps a lot since there’s nothing worse with your gun slowing down and you’re trying to beat down Terminators, SWAT or the T-1000 in the liquid nitrogen level. Infinite continues is basically the same as having a jar full of quarters when you go to the arcade to play this, or just playing it on MAME.

I really recommend this if you’re a fun of T2 The Arcade Game and want the game balanced out more, instead of feeling like a quarter munching port of the arcade game. I had a blast streaming this one!

I GIVE T2 ARCADE REMIX 5 OUT OF 5 TERMINATORS!!


Macross Scrambled Valkyrie Overtech Edition by Advancedpillow aims to make this amazing but very hard shump more accessible to a wider audience of Macross and shooter fans. An easier difficulty “casual” was added to try to balance out the gameplay seeing how you only have one life but 6 continues. Lose your ship and game over. On the casual level it takes 2 hits from enemies to decrease the power of your weapons instead of one and you have double health. In the options menu you can change your buttons to L and R for changing your ship configuration. There’s also a stage select too!

The Plus SRAM hack by Blizz adds an SRAM function to settings, high scores and saves when finishing a level. Another feature is the background scroll speed in Stage 7 is  reduced.

SO HOW IS IT? Being an anime and Macross fan I love this game, but hate the high difficulty of it, not just because I’m not the greatest at shooters. This hack gives veteran and newer players a fighting chance at saving humanity. Scrambled Valkyrie takes place in the parallel time line of the Macross series where the Do You Remember Love and Macross 2 movies take place.

This game is really tough and why you only have 1 life along with the continues is insanity. This hack makes things more fair with the “casual” difficulty setting which counts as “easy”: less enemies, the bosses are still bullet sponges, but it’s not as tedious and it’s easier to dodge what they throw at you. Your health for your ship is doubled and you’ll lose energy slower when you take damage or fly into a landscape and it now takes 2 hits to lose an upgrade to your weapons. It’s not having multiple lives, but it does make the game more fair. The later levels are still insane with bullets and enemies flying at you even on casual!

Being able to change your ship configuration from plane, gerwalk and battleoid is a lot easier setting it to one of the direction buttons or any other button. The stage select is a great idea if you get really stuck in a level and run out of continues and want to see what’s next!

The SRAM feature with the other hack adds SRAM saving to your configuration, high scores and level you left off at, which tends to counteract using the stage select on the config screen.

I really recommend this if you’re a fan of shooters or Macross, and you’ve played this before and rage quit due to its hard difficulty and bullet sponge bosses. I had a blast playing this and finally seeing the later levels, and trying out the different weapons for Hikaru, Max, and Milla’s ships!

I GIVE MACROSS SCRAMBLED VALKYIRE OVERTECH 5 OUT OF 5 MINMEI DOLLS!!

GAMEPLAY VIDEO FOR BOTH GAMES:

LINKS:
https://www.romhacking.net/hacks/6490/ – T2 Arcade remix
https://www.romhacking.net/hacks/4552/ – Macross Scrambled Valkyrie Overtech
https://www.romhacking.net/hacks/6501/ – Macross Scrambled Valkyrie Plus SRAM

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