Sega Master System / Mark III / Game Gear
By Toxic Tommy
G-LOC is a scaled-down version of an excellent Sega jet combat coin-op (see Hot at the Arcades, GamePro, September '90). Here you pilot nine missions to annihilate the evil Future World Army. Fly the first eight in any order you like as you blast certain numbers of enemy aircraft, tanks, or ships.
PROTIP: Save missiles for tanks and ships. Guns are good enough to intercept fighters.
G-LOC's graphics are sharp, but uninspired. The enemy hardware and the scenery - desert, sea, and air - look good, but there isn't a lot of variety.
The aerial combat versus the computer is also pretty good, but standard stuff. You get a first-person, from-the-cockpit view of the action. You see enemies either coming straight at you or from the rear as they pass by. Use the directional pad to position your sights on them and blast 'em. You can climb, dive, and bank left and right. If you're attacked from behind, you can pull a mean loop, which is the only major move in the cart.
PROTIP: If you pull a loop to escape a bogie on your tail, be prepared to shoot, you almost always wind up on his tail.
At least beating the computer requires some strategy. Each mission has a time limit, and completing a mission scores points, which you need in order to upgrade weapons, replenish fuel, and re-arm.
PROTIP: Upgrade armor and fuel capacity first, then trade for a Vulcan cannon.
You'll double your G-LOC fun, however, if you link two Game Gears. Now you and a friend can romp all over the skies in best of three, five, or seven dogfights. Each pilot views the action from his perspective, it's great!
G-LOC is a solid Game Gear cart although it doesn't cover any new territory for solo jet jockeys. Gear-to-Gear, however, it's an outrageous game - the only way to fly.