A playthrough of Vic Tokai’s 1988 NES game, Golgo 13: Top Secret Episode.
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Top Secret Episode was one of the first truly adult-oriented games to appear in America on the NES, and that really gives it a tone that’s quite unlike anything else on the console. Aside from the infamous hotel sex scenes, the plot deals with espionage, murder, weapons of mass destruction, and just about everything else terrible that you can imagine. And best of all, you, as Duke Togo, go around taking care of business by turning the bad guys into swiss cheese with pistols and his signature sniper rifle. Golgo 13 is also pretty notable for the different game-types it employs. Most of the game is played from the typical side-scrolling platformer mode, but there are first-person shooting galleries, 3D mazes, shoot ’em up stages, and a few cool sniper shot moments. The mazes are a bit naff, but the rest of it is all really good if you don’t mind the stiff challenge the game puts up.
And that animated picture of Duke pulling up the rifle, complete with glinting eye piece, is one of the badass animations I’ve seen in an 8-bit game.
For anyone that sees the similarities between them, Shoichi Yoshikawa (Angela, as he so prefers) directed this title a couple of years before he tackled WURM: Journey to the Center of the Earth (an equally fantastic, much more refined take on the gameplay that was originally established here). He didn’t, however, have anything to do with the development of The Mafat Conspiracy.
No cheats were used during the recording of this video.
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