Vectorman is a series of games from the 90s, developed by BlueSky Software and launched by Sega. The game was released in the autumn of 1995 and was available for Sega Mega Drive/Genesis in the beginning. The game was made available in Europe one month after it has been released in the United States.
Due to its popularity level in the 90s, the game has been continuously worked on and is today available on PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, and is part of the Sonic Gems Collection for the Nintendo GameCube. The game was launched for Nintendo Wii in 2007 in Japan, and in the same year, but two months later, in Europe. The version for the United States was made available 7 months after the first release. PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 are three other platforms that can run sequels of the first version of Vectorman.
The story follows the main character in the year 2049, when the human population of Earth starts to colonize other planets. "Orbots" remain to clean their mess from the Earth, but they end up being controlled by an evil Orbot. Warhead, an Orbot which accidentally has a nuclear missile attached, becomes an evil dictator and declares himself ruler of Earth. He is set to kill every human returning to the home planet.
Now is the time for Vectorman, another Orbot, to enter the stage. He lands on Earth and finds war and chaos, and restoring peace on the planet becomes his mission throughout the game.
The first version of the game used pre-rendered 3D models. There was a computer-generated feel in the game, which continued in the sequels. The game is only a 2D action platformer, with Vectorman being powered with a ball gun in his hand. He is able to use multiple weapons in the game. He also has the ability to transform thanks to powerups. He can transform into a drill (for cutting floors), a bomb (to destroy enemies or walls) or an aquatic form (for swimming).
The game has a total of 16 levels, and all of them need to be passed in order for the game to be finished. In three different levels, the main character has to fight with bosses, and Vectorman can transform into unique morphed forms.
Not only the critics rated the game as excellent, but Vectorman was a hit on the market as well. The game was awarded the Best Sega Mega Drive Game award in 1995 by Electronic Gaming Monthly. Vectorman's design was mainly praised, but also the soundtrack. Not only the game was fairly popular back then, it is also popular today. For example, GameSpot PlayStation 2 players rated the game with an overall of 9 out of 10.
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