Midnight Resistance
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1989
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Something of a hybrid between Heavy Barrel (with the same rotating joystick, similar power-up system and relatively slow framerate) and Contra, Midnight Resistance puts players in the combat boots of a heavily armed commando as he tries to rescue his family from the clutches of an evil organization. Infiltrating its dystopian future lair involves dispatching numerous bad guys and their vehicles (including trucks, helicopters, planes and eventually an entire battleship) while dealing with many environmental hazards across the game's heavily platform-centric levels. The game includes fairly clever use of its rotating joystick controls and platforming environments, requiring you to constantly change your targets to deal with bosses and other enemies within constantly changing levels. You can emulate the controls on MAME several different ways (a rotating joystick if you can get one, a spinner/flight stick combo, or mapping buttons to the rotation), though it may involve a learning curve to deal with everything this game throws at you.

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