Well after a long time (longer for many!!) Sturmwind arrived today. Certainly from the off- the hype around how this game looks seems to be well deserved - particularly when played through the VGA box. It isn't full screen - I guess the hardware - now getting on really - needs some help - but the borders are small - not really an issue. The backgrounds sometimes are loaded with detail and morph as you fly by them - overall its busy but really nice, It suffers a bit from background/shot distinction but that's more about learning the levels than clarity. There are tiny instances of slowdown but they really are just slight, short bursts and they don't affect play or my enjoyment - and I have a fairly low level of patience with things like that - so no problems there.
Control is pleasing, rumble is supported - it's very well done - in fact one of the most subtle uses of it I have come across in a while - really adds to the enjoyment.
The power up scheme is interesting and firing options are plentiful - you start with 3 weapons and lose one each time you get hit - get hit with your last weapon and you lose a life. You can add weapons back , or power them up, by gathering pickups that can be shot to change their colour (one for each weapon) or you can choose to bag points.
You can reverse fire , adjust the position of firing orbs you get when you power up, have a charge shot (with risk of overheat) and smart bombs, I am expecting interesting levels to test these abilities and already 3 levels in the variety is pleasing ...
Soundtrack - well you can tell its European - that's all I can say. Quite cheesy but fitting and adds to the enjoyment.
Early days but this seems to be worth the wait.
Nice! I wish I could have joined you in owning this. In fact, I still think I need to track down a VGA connector for my Dreamcast.
I use a 3rd party one and it does the business - it has switchable s-video out for handy support of those few games that don't support VGA.
That is handy. Does it have a brand listed?
This is the one I have -looks like something a hobbyist has thrown together but I've had no issues with this and its been used on and off for a couple of years now - excellent picture and sound with both VGA and s-video.
I've submitted my arcade mode (normal level) hi-score to the sturmwind site - while I can make the 1st page!!!!
I have that same one I think, it sure looks the same.. got it at a gamestop (used) about a year after i got my dreamcast.. at least it sure looks like that.