The Video Game: Jet Force Gemini
System: Nintendo 64
Release Date: September 1999
- The Gist: You play Vela, Juno and Lupus basically space rangers who become wrapped up in a rescue mission to save Tribals (cute bear people who can be massacred right in front of your eyes if you don’t save them) from the tyranny of gun-toting bugs.
- Sight and Sound: The game worlds vary from planet to planet, ship to ship all unique and most quite eery.
Why It’s Fun:
If being a space ranger wasn’t cool enough, you get to be three each with their own special ability.
- Lupus: The dog can hover!! He has jet-pads under his feet and a simple double-jump engages them.
- Vela: Personally, I think Vela’s ability is the coolest but it’s mostly due to my childhood trauma involving water. That being said, Vela can swim and breathe underwater.
- Juno: Finally, there’s Juno’s ability to walk on lava and even though it might seem that Juno’s ability isn’t quite so useful, it is. It does come in handy at certain points in the game.
Aside from being a space ranger with bad ass abilities, you get a wide-range of weapons with which to blast apart every deserving bug leaving their heads for you to collect.
Just to give you a taste of the kind of weapons I’m talking about:
- Machine Guns
- Homing Missiles
- Tri-Rocket Launcher
- Sniper Rifles
- Cluster Bombs
Nothing is more satisfying than watching your enemies colored guts splatter all over the ground as you blast them with a Tri-Rocket Launcher (or whatever gun you like).
Another awesome edition to this game is Floyd. Floyd is essentially a flying robot machine gun (…well more like a pistol) that is utterly invincible and will allow another person to play with you. The story mode is 1 player but this will let someone else play with you even if it’s only helping you kill bugs (and hopefully not the tribals).
There are tons of elements in this game that make it worth playing and incredibly fun but I’ll let you figure those out when you play Jet Force Gemini yourself.