Way Back Wednesday: Altered Beast (Sega Genesis)

What’s good bloggers?! It’s GODmadethunder bringing you the May 4th, 2016 edition of Waaaaaaayyy Back Wednesday. *round of applause*

This week I’m going to take you way back to 1988 with the Sega exclusive Altered Beast. Altered Beast is a side-scrolling beat em’ up platformer that was originally released in the arcade on the Sega System 16. Eventually it was ported to the Sega Genesis and was initially included as the pack-in game for the system. (before being replaced by some blue hedgehog, eh figures).


Sega does what Nintendon’t!!

You play as a centurion who was resurrected by Zeus to save his daughter Athena from a demon-god named Niff. Like most arcade games the plot is very simple, and very opposite of God of War I might add. Unlike it’s arcade counterpart, the home console port is single player and consists of only four levels as opposed to five. In each stage the goal is to obtain three blue power orbs to transform into a beast. Each level has a different beast that the character can transform into and they all have their own abilities.


You transform into a werewolf, a dragon, a bear, and a tiger.

I love this game for the simple fact that it’s a beat em up, my favorite video game genre. It’s so satisfying to punch and kick the crap out of 16-bit zombies. It’s a shame that this type of gameplay has not been so common since the dawn of the 3-D era. Kudos to the Batman Arkham series for its modern day take on the beat em up genre though, those games are kick-ass. Altered Beast is extremely extremely addicting. If I was a kid in an arcade back in the 80’s, I’d be spending all my hard earned quarters on this machine right here. It just sucks that the game is so damn short. I often find myself playing the game over and over again just to top my previous high score.

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Let’s just acknowledge how terrifying the level 1 boss is. No matter how many times I play this stage, he always scares the hell out of me.

Altered Beast has been re-released on several Sega game compilations and it was even featured on the Wii’s virtual console. This game shows just how good Sega was in their golden years and it always makes me wonder, where did they go wrong?

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So badass.

Regardless of Sega’s downfall, one thing still holds very true up till this day. Altered Beast is absolutely badass. 

Last modified: May 25, 2016