PS4 Review Turrican Anthology Vol. 2 PS4 Review

Turrican Anthology Vol. 2 Review (PS4) – Turrican 3 Gets The Re-Release It Deserves In This Enjoyable, But Padded Collection

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Turrican Anthology Vol. 2 PS4 review. I have no real explanation as to why the Turrican Anthology has been split into two volumes on PS4. Sure, I get that the reason for doing this for the Nintendo Switch version was down to storage limitations thanks to the inclusion of all the studio soundtracks, but on PS4 where such limitations aren’t really a thing, such reasoning falls more than a little flat – especially as the current RRP for each volume stands at $34.99 and £29.99 respectively.

Turrican Anthology Vol. 2 PS4 Review


Turrican 3 Gets The Re-Release It Deserves In This Enjoyable, But Padded Collection

Nonetheless despite the whole anthology split thing, Turrican Anthology Vol. 2 nonetheless still has enough going for it that fans of the both the series and decent side scrolling shooters in general will find sufficient genre goodness to love here, even if from a value perspective this second anthology isn’t quite as attractive as the first.

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Once more packing in five Turrican titles from a variety of different platforms, the clear star of the show in Turrican Anthology Vol. 2 is Turrican 3, followed by Mega Turrican, which somewhat slyly feels like something of a cop-out thanks to the fact that other than a few surface differences, they are pretty much the same game albeit on different platforms.

Originally developed for the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive but then back-ported to the Amiga (which released first) with an eventual 16-bit console release following later in 1994, Turrican 3/Mega Turrican is something of a divisive series highlight for a whole heap of reasons. For a start, though the broad exploration that defined the first two games returns in Turrican’s threequel, it does find itself curtailed somewhat in favour of run and gun platforming shooter action, rather than the Metroid style beats that characterised Turrican and Turrican 2.

Further Reading – Turrican Anthology Vol. 1 Review (PS4) – A Good Way To Play Some Great Side Scrolling Shooters From The 16-Bit Era

As such, Turrican 3 and Mega Turrican feel like a turbo charged take of Konami’s Contra games, with a whole heap of screen-filling explosions, challenging bosses to face down, upgrades to acquire and enemies to destroy. More than that, Turrican 3 and Mega Turrican also allows our alien-blasting hero to use a grappling hook for the first time in the series, permitting him to reach ledges and other normally vertically challenging areas that he wouldn’t otherwise be able to access.

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Again, the ability to enter into ‘wheel-mode’, the Metroid influenced special ability that allowed our hero to access nooks and crannies that would otherwise prove inaccessible, returns here too and while the level design isn’t as broad as those of the first two Turrican titles, there are still enough hidden areas to make use of wheel-mode in a worthwhile fashion.

Turrican 3 and Mega Turrican then are both highly enjoyable, two-dimensional side-scrolling shooters that essentially trade away Turrican’s more exploration focused gameplay for more raucous and full-throated platformer shooter action that both looks great on contemporary displays and is a joy to play to boot. All in all, Turrican 3 and Mega Turrican feel like something of an oddly divergent, if still impressive coda to the Turrican series at large.

Beyond Mega Turrican and Turrican 3 though, the offerings in Turrican Anthology Vol. 2 can’t help but feel like additional fluff to justify the still somewhat large RRP of $34.99/£29.99 respectively. While it’s certainly nice to have Super Turrican 2 present in the collection and is arguably a neat side-scrolling blaster in its own right, the fact that Mega Turrican and Turrican 3 are largely interchangeable, coupled with the extremely thin additions of content that Mega Turrican Director’s Cut and Super Turrican Score Attack Mode bring, arguably make Turrican Anthology Vol. 2 feel less essential than its first volume.

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What Are The Differences Between The Turrican Anthology Volumes And Turrican Flashback?

If you’re looking at Turrican Flashback (the previously released compilation of four Turrican games) and Turrican Anthology Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, you might be wondering what the differences are given the almost total overlap of core titles between those compilations. Much like Turrican Anthology Vol. 1 before it, Turrican Anthology Vol. 2 boasts a range of additional functionality and extra content that just isn’t present in Turrican Flashback, while other versions of the Turrican games, such as Turrican 3 on Amiga, Super Turrican 2 on SNES and so on, simply do not feature in Turrican Flashback at all.

In terms of the difference in feature set between the Turrican Anthologies and Turrican Flashback, the Turrican Anthologies boast a map feature that allows you to toggle map layers to work out where secrets and enemies are, not to mention full support for emulated, original remastered or newly arranged Turrican Anthology soundtracks, unlockable cheats, unlockable jukebox and galleries, multi-language support and much, much more.

In the end, though Turrican Anthology Vol. 2 doesn’t feel quite as essential as its predecessor, the inclusion of both Turrican 3 and Mega Turrican, not to mention Super Turrican 2, still makes this ensemble of side-scrolling, platforming shooter retro goodness a worthwhile venture for fans of the genre.

Turrican Anthology Vol. 2 is out now on PS4.

Review code kindly provided by ININ Games PR.

Score

7

The Final Word

In the end, though Turrican Anthology Vol. 2 doesn't feel quite as essential as its predecessor, the inclusion of both Turrican 3 and Mega Turrican, not to mention Super Turrican 2, still makes this ensemble of side-scrolling, platforming shooter retro goodness a worthwhile venture for fans of the genre.