Our pagethrough of the 1994 Atari Jaguar ad insert in Electronic Gaming Monthly continues, with pages 6 and 7.
Page 6 features one of the most innovative and technically impressive games to grace the Jaguar's lineup -- Iron Soldier, casting the player as the pilot of a giant robot. The missions were varied and challenging, from seek-and-destroy to escort duty, and there were upgrades along the way to keep the basic mechanics interesting. The largely-untextured polygon graphics look dated now, but seeing buildings disintegrate into what seemed like an impossible number of tiny cubes still looks pretty unique and cool. The game saw a CD sequel on the Jaguar, and another sequel on the Playstation, titled Iron Soldier 3 though it seems more like a graphically updated version of this original game. And, to the game's credit, the ad doesn't have to exaggerate the game's features:
Page 7 features one of Atari's ill-fated attempts to get in on the one-on-one fighting craze, with a shameless ripoff of Midway's Mortal Kombat franchise. The digitized graphics and backgrounds were somewhat impressive at the time -- the Jaguar's color depth outdid the SNES and Genesis -- but the action was uninspired and poorly balanced. The ad does its best to drum up some excitement, but even in 1994, "Use a fatality move to finish him!" sounded almost as lame as the preceding "Ooo, that's gotta hurt!":
More to come -- there are 16 pages of Atari promotion in this brochure.