Genre: Shooting Gallery
Lethal Enforcers is a 1992 shooting gallery game released by Konami in the arcades. In 1993 and beyond, the console ports were released.
The in-game graphics for Lethal Enforcers were entirely made up of digitized photographs, at the time this level of realism was uncommon and caused a real stir with the realistic violence.
As a result, Lethal Enforcers was banned from being sold at toy stores, the early 90’s saw many controversial moments like this, including the release of Mortal Kombat.
Lethal Enforcers is set in Chicago, Illinois, you take control of police officer Don Marshall, who decides to go to his local donuts shop for his break. While scoffing his donuts and drinking his coffee, he gets a call from his police department. A major crime organisation has invaded the town, they need Don’s help.
Don is the only survivor from an elite group of officers, the rest of them are either injured or killed in action. His first mission is to check out the bank, the plot grows from there into an even worse day than John McClane was having down at Nakatomi Plaza!
The style of this game, especially the artwork was definitely influenced by the likes of Dirty Harry and pretty much every 70’s and 80’s cop show.
THE CONSOLE PORTS OF LETHAL ENFORCERS
The home ports of Lethal Enforcers looked pretty good next to it’s arcade counterpart, with passable digitized graphics. These versions came with the Konami Justifier, a revolver-shaped light gun which came packed in with the game. A standard controller can be used in the game, but it truly sucks compared to using the light gun. A second-player Justifier light gun could be ordered by mail order, this gun was pink in colour.
The SEGA Mega CD version of Lethal Enforcers featured advanced quality music in CD-DA, sampled from the original arcade game, but the in-game graphics were not any better than it’s Megadrive game.
It was also released in 1997 for the Sony PlayStation, a SEGA Saturn game was planned but got canned. In typical Nintendo fashion, the SNES version’s blood was cut out of the game, replaced with a light green flash on the screen, “Chinatown Assault” is renamed “Downtown Assault”.
GAME PLATFORMS: Arcade, Super Nintendo, Sega Megadrive, Sega CD/Mega CD, PlayStation (Compilation)
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ARCADE VIDEO OF LETHAL ENFORCERS
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