Golgo 13: Top Secret Episode (Nintendo NES, 1988)
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|In this game, based on a popular manga, the player takes on the role of Golgo 13 (also known as Duke Togo), an assassin whose objective is to destroy the leader of the Drek group. On the way, Golgo 13 must pass through several areas, including East Berlin, Athens, Rio de Janeiro, and Alexander Island, which is located off the coast of Antarctica.
It is necessary to navigate and shoot through several mazes in a first-person view in order to proceed through the game. The mazes account for a large amount of the frustration players encounter with this game. The instruction manual contains maps for the mazes.
Golgo 13 is one of the first NES games to feature sex, drug use, and graphic violence. It was an unusual release, because at the time Nintendo of America had strict content guidelines preventing the release of such content on its systems. Although the depictions were toned down from the original Japanese game and limited by the 8-bit technology of the NES, it was not altogether clear how this content was released uncensored. For example, in the maze-levels featured in the game, as well as one "sniper-mode mission" in East Berlin, the adversaries are seen "instantaneously-spouting-blood from their heads" when shot, despite the prohibition on graphic violence and gore, at the time.
One of the most challenging aspects of the game is that these acts are intended to be played out as though they were a limited number of episodes in a television series, or perhaps as issues in a limited series comic book since the game's title character originates in Japanese manga. The game only lasts fifty-two episodes, meaning the player only gets fifty-two chances to beat the game. Episodes begin at one and are counted upward from the start screen each time the player loses a life. At the end of the fifty-second episode the game resets and begins again from the main title screen. In video game jargon, this is to say that the player has a maximum of fifty-two "lives" to complete all thirteen acts before the game resets.
|Publisher||Vic Tokai, Inc.|
|Game||Golgo 13: Top Secret Episode|
|Platform||Nintendo Entertainment System|
|Number of Players||1|
|Game Series||Golgo 13 Series|
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