SEGA AGES G-LOC: Air Battle
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An action-packed arcade title with a greater focus on offensive play than the likes of After Burner. G-LOC's first-ever home release is a welcome one. It's got a couple of frustrating stages and, as is the case with most arcade games, it has longevity issues, but as long as you don't mind playing the same short series of stages over and over again to edge yourself up the online rankings, it's a good way to pass 10 minutes at a time.
I can’t say G-LOC Air Battle is a game I will play very often at all, but I am really glad that it got the M2 treatment and finally has arrived in a home release, decades after its original arcade debut.
G-LOC is by no means the best game of this type Sega’s released, but it's serviceable and fun. The Sega Ages port is, as usual, excellent. However, morso than many of Sega’s games from this era, G-LOC certainly shows its age.
While it falls a bit short in terms of content and variation of gameplay, EGA Ages: G-LOC Air Battle is still pleasant enough to play today, albeit in short bursts - just like in the arcades.
Some classic arcade games haven't quite held up and although G-LOC: Air Battle is one such game; it still offers some short-lived fun.
Overall, I had a good time playing SEGA AGES: G-LOC: Air Battle. It was an enjoyable experience from start to finish. The game is easy to understand and great to just spend a few minutes at a time with. G-LOC feels more like an upgrade to some of Sega’s previous flight games, and thus not feeling like a fully original game.
SEGA AGES: G-LOC Air Battle is a great version of the funny Yu Suzuki's G-LOC Air Battle arcade, and a great addition to the Nintendo Switch Sega Ages collection since this arcade had never been released on the domestic market beyond from lower versions on some of the retro platforms. Fun but short, and a little uncontrollable in extreme difficulties, but with an exceptional treatment of M2, as usual.
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While the Switch version inherits the original game's unvaried, repetitive gameplay and short-lived sessions, it mitigates those issues thanks to online leaderboards, a brand new AGES mode, and a moving arcade cabinet display—no quarters required.
Overall, I felt that G-Loc was a very impressive port. It’s still a very fun, seldom-ported scorechaser at the end of the day, and while some may not like the cockpit perspective or dated visuals, it’s still a solid way to kill time and go for new scores. The AGES mode didn’t really add much else besides some QOL improvements, but to be blunt, I couldn’t think of much else to add, since none of the missing stuff from the Game Gear port is worth getting upset over, as the pacing of this arcade version is far better.. All in all, a very solid port of a fun gem, and I’m glad I imported it! With only two AGES releases to go, the twilight days for the line seem to be upon us… Here’s hoping this is the start of a great finale.