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Quick Look: Blazing Chrome

It's time to suit up for a run that in no way resembles any game we've played before on this website.

Sit back and enjoy as the Giant Bomb team takes an unedited look at the latest video games.

Jul. 11 2019

Cast: Vinny, Dan

Posted by: Dan

In This Episode:

Blazing Chrome

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This is not the run, but time to Blaze some Chrome

I’m SOLD

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This looks like a game for Cool Dudes, who like Cool Dude stuff.

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Edited By LucidDreams117 • 

This is... Not the run. Damn!

Oh well, next episode then. This was just the practice.

Also: this looks really good! Normally I hate pixel/old school art style, but man this looks incredible.

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Foggen • 

Seems like this is a little less specific than Dan is suggesting. Obviously there's a lot of Hard Corps in here, but there is also a similar amount of Contra 3 and Metal Slug. Besides the animation stuff Vinny keeps mentioning, the close range melee, vehicle mechanics, and some of the font work are right on point for Metal Slug.

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Yeah this is sunset riders as hell

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There was a 3D Metal Slug game literally called Metal Slug 3D on the PS2.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NFWOFZgwnk

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blazing firefox is better these days

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Nice test run!

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Been waiting on this one since they announced it a year or so ago. Only got to play about 20 minutes before work, but it's already hitting the right notes.

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I can see the similarities to Contra: Dan "accidentally" grabs both weapon upgrades, Dan moves faster than his teammate and Vinny dies off screen, Dan's "yip!" and "hya!" sound effects

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I'm surprised how much Metal Slug it was, given that I was only expecting Contra.

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the shape of that woman's armor means a shot at chest level will ricochet into her jaw

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I would love for them to run Shattered Soldier. Lately i have been craving these retro games, and for every one there has been a new game to satisfy that need. This is a better year than i had thought it would be for games.

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I wish Dan wouldn't use Hard Corps as his Contra reference, it's insulting.

Game looks sick

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Do they mention that this is on game pass?

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I wish Dan wouldn't use Hard Corps as his Contra reference, it's insulting.

Game looks sick

Hard Corps is one of the best games in the Contra series. That said, this game plays more like Metal Slug than Contra, aside from the firing modes.

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Seems way more like Metal Slug than Contra Hard Corps but what do I know.

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Those bot options and the level select give me strong Shatterhand vibes which is rad.

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100% with Vinny on the pauses and taking control away from the player thing.

The graphics are great though, when pixel art is properly done like here and can't get enough of them. Just a bummer that so many indie devs do them so poorly.

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@kevinski said:
@ciddative said:

I wish Dan wouldn't use Hard Corps as his Contra reference, it's insulting.

Game looks sick

Hard Corps is one of the best games in the Contra series. That said, this game plays more like Metal Slug than Contra, aside from the firing modes.

Seems way more like Metal Slug than Contra Hard Corps but what do I know.

Looking at the gameplay trailers, there are definitely a lot of boss encounters modeled directly after some of the Hard Corps bosses.

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Please do more runs! I can watch Dan and Vinny play these games for the rest of my life.

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@fisk0 said:
@kevinski said:
@ciddative said:

I wish Dan wouldn't use Hard Corps as his Contra reference, it's insulting.

Game looks sick

Hard Corps is one of the best games in the Contra series. That said, this game plays more like Metal Slug than Contra, aside from the firing modes.

@netherdiver said:

Seems way more like Metal Slug than Contra Hard Corps but what do I know.

Looking at the gameplay trailers, there are definitely a lot of boss encounters modeled directly after some of the Hard Corps bosses.

I mean all logic aside, every side scrolling game like this will forever be "Like Hard Corps" to Dan the same way every action movie is like Commando etc.

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@humanity said:
@fisk0 said:
@kevinski said:
@ciddative said:

I wish Dan wouldn't use Hard Corps as his Contra reference, it's insulting.

Game looks sick

Hard Corps is one of the best games in the Contra series. That said, this game plays more like Metal Slug than Contra, aside from the firing modes.

@netherdiver said:

Seems way more like Metal Slug than Contra Hard Corps but what do I know.

Looking at the gameplay trailers, there are definitely a lot of boss encounters modeled directly after some of the Hard Corps bosses.

I mean all logic aside, every side scrolling game like this will forever be "Like Hard Corps" to Dan the same way every action movie is like Commando etc.

But unlike his "is this ska?", "is this Björk?" or comparing everything and anything to The Rock, wrestling, Metal Gear or Commando, I think Hard Corps is a totally reasonable comparison for this game, even if it's not a 1:1 match.

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You can double jump when you have a speed-bot, that's how you get some of those out of reach items

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Time to slug some metal... er, blaze some chrome.

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Very excited to see that this turned out well. Downloading now!

Strange that I played Hard Corps 25 years ago and kept waiting for a new release of it. Thought it was lost to time and everyone would think Contra III and its bad top-down stages were the pinnacle of the series.

Now I'll have two ways to play that and a Hard Corps-like within a span of a few months. Works for me!

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Woah! This is on Game Pass? Superb. I'll definitely try it out now.

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Steam has a great FMV trailer for this game!

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It seems like they really nailed the look, at the very least.

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@kevinski: The litmus test I've always used for "Is this Metal Slug or is this Contra" is if the enemies hurt you by touching you or not.

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Soundtrack sounds a little subdued. Too bad.

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Oh Brazil. That makes sense. Wasn't the MegaDrive (Genesis) huge there?

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More ticklers in games, I say.

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@csl316: I didn't have a Genesis so I didn't know about Hard Corps until the Run, and I immediately started playing it when the collection was released. I was convinced that it looked great but could not be anywhere near as good as Contra 3, one of my SNES favs. I finished Hard Corps with my wife and we both loved it! Then I was like, "Well if you think THAT was good, check this shit out" and we booted up 3 and I painfully realized on level two how much nostalgia was propping that game up in my mind. Hard Corps is way better, IMO, and those top down levels are garbage.

Anyway, thus ends this unsolicited, completely unrelated to the QL, anecdote.

Also, this game looks dope.

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I saw it on the Game Pass PC yesterday. What a nice suprise!

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@csl316 said:

Very excited to see that this turned out well. Downloading now!

Strange that I played Hard Corps 25 years ago and kept waiting for a new release of it. Thought it was lost to time and everyone would think Contra III and its bad top-down stages were the pinnacle of the series.

Now I'll have two ways to play that and a Hard Corps-like within a span of a few months. Works for me!

Theres also Hard Corps: Uprising which was developed by Arcsys and is personally my favourite in the series. I loved the dash, double jump and wall running you could do, shame it will never get a proper sequel.

I've played the first few levels of Blazing Chrome and it's okay but it feels more like the later Metal Slug games to me in that it's checking all the boxes but not really doing enough to be memorable.

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@boozak: Uprising is a great game. I actually filled out much of the wiki for it here. Played it again a few months ago and it still looks and plays sharp.

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@kevinski: The litmus test I've always used for "Is this Metal Slug or is this Contra" is if the enemies hurt you by touching you or not.

I hadn't thought about that, though I was more so referring to how the game feels in terms of character movement. That said, I do wish more side-scrollers used the Metal Slug damage model, as I do think it's silly for player characters do die simply from bumping into enemies.

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This was just added to PC Game Pass

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Gamepass really the gift that keeps on giving, I've only given them $2 and got so many games now it owns

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Dan and Vinny would really love Run Saber I think.

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The developers of this game also made Oniken and Odallus: The Dark Call. Their motto is "we know retro", and I'm inclined to believe them.