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PC Engine - Xevious: Fardraut Densetsu (NTSC-J) HuCARD


PC Engine - Xevious: Fardraut Densetsu (NTSC-J) HuCARD



Used PC Engine HuCARD game.

Japanese import, will not play on PAL or NTSC TurboGrafX consoles without a converter.

In-game language is a mixture of Japanese and English. Instruction booklet is Japanese. 
Tested, works. Card and instruction booklet in excellent condition. Case in good condition. Please refer to pictures for details of condition and contents. 

Genre: vertical scrolling shoot-'em-up 
Number of players: 1 

JAN 4907892031128

Product code NC90004

Xevious: Fardraut Saga is a 1988 vertical-scrolling shooter video game published by Namco for the MSX2 in Japan. An updated PC Engine version was released two years later. The fifth entry in the Xevious franchise, the player controls a spaceship in its mission to vanquish the Xevious forces before its supercomputer leader GAMP wipes out the entirety of mankind. The player uses two weapons, an air zapper to destroy air-based enemies, and a blaster bomb to destroy ground-based enemies.

Fardraut Saga was part of Namco's attempt to bring the Xevious series back into popularity, after games such as Gradius began winning over players in arcades. Their previous attempt, Super Xevious: GAMP no Nazo, was widely-disliked by fans and a commercial flop. Instead of being produced in-house, Namco enlisted the help of Japanese studio Compile, known for creating the Puyo Puyo, Zanac, and Aleste series, to develop it. Production was lead by Compile founder Masamitsu "Moo" Mitani. The MSX2 was chosen as the platform to produce the game on due to Compile having previously developed many games for it.

Fardraut Saga received mixed reviews. Critics focused primarily on the game's high difficulty and average graphics, alongside with it lacking replay value and having poor music and sound effects. The inclusion of the original Xevious and its new gameplay mechanics had received praise. It was followed by the 3D spin-off Solvalou in arcades in 1991.



In the MSX2 version, players can select between two modes at the title screen: "Recon", a port of the original Xevious; and "Scramble", which is a new 16-area game with new enemies, new boss battles as well as the Andor Genesis, and four ships (Solvalou, Solgrado, Zeodalley, and Gampmission). The two modes are renamed to "Arcade" and "Fardraut" in the PC Engine version. However, Fardraut is a bit different from the original Scramble: it is a 4-stage game with new enemies and a different ship on each level. At the end of each level, a boss battle which is similar to the Andor Genesis will be at the end of each level. Before each level players will be given a dialogue of the story that is given in the game.

Source: Wikipedia