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Power Up Transformations from Altered Beast - Gaming GIFs Video Games Sega Genesis

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Like many people, Altered Beast was the first Sega Genesis game I owned since it was originally bundled with the system. Looking back, it’s pretty funny to see a big muscle dude in a loincloth walking around kicking zombies, but turning into different werecreatures is still awesome no matter how old this game is.

Altered Beast (“Beast King’s Chronicle”, in Japan) is a 1988 beat ’em up arcade game developed and manufactured by Sega. The game is set in Ancient Greece, and follows a centurion who is resurrected by Zeus to rescue his daughter Athena. To do so he becomes uses power ups to turn into beasts such as a werewolf, a thunder weredragon, a werebear, a weretiger, and the more powerful golden werewolf. After its initial arcade release, it was ported to several home video game consoles and home computers, most notably the Sega Mega Drive for which it was a pack-in game. The primary designer was Makoto Uchida, also responsible for the creation of Golden Axe.

Here’s an interesting comparison of the different versions of Altered Beast for other platforms. I had no idea there was a Commodore 64 version!