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Under Defeat

Posted in arcade, everything, games, shmups at 10:31 pm by the2bears

I’ve been playing a lot of G.rev‘s Under Defeat on the Dreamcast again recently. What a great game, with its helicopter gunship, simple scoring system, and option mechanism.

One thing that has struck me about the game this go around is the way it suggests a deep and interesting background story. It’s very well done, utilizing each unique stage and locale along with background music. From the optimistic feel of stage 1, Bridgehead, start of the battle, through Battleship, the Frontline, to the eerie and lonely Fortress. Finally, we have the last stage, the aptly named Graveyard. The change in music allows you to feel the despair of the friendly ground troops, in full retreat before the seemingly invincible giant armor of the enemy.

You can’t help but feel that you’ve been through a war, miraculously snatching victory from sure defeat. It’s worth downloading and watching Kiken‘s play through at SuperPlay.

Stage 5, Graveyard:


  1. monoRAIL said,

    February 23, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Maybe G.Rev’s best game (not counting Ikaruga which was a co-creation with Treasure)? I think this is certainly better than Border Down. Makes me want to get out my Dreamcast and play it again!

  2. Malcolm said,

    February 25, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    When my friends come over and see that I have a Dreamcast hooked up next to my ps3 and 360 they want to know why. I Turn on Under Defeat and they cant believe what a great game it is. Easily my favorite G.Rev title. Oh btw, I play it on a 48 inch Bravia- Tate.

  3. the2bears said,

    February 25, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Smallish CRT ‘tated here, but still works really well 🙂


  4. trev1976 said,

    August 3, 2011 at 10:56 am

    By far G-Revs best game , I really only like Cave shooters and maybe a bit of Battle Garegga but this game is so sweet , Excellent graphics & music and nice simply game play

    I will be digging out my DC again very shorly in the hope of 1cc’ing this gem

    Also check this out , Great Superplay

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