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Blue Stinger, developed by Climax Graphics and published by Sega, is the first in a long line of survival horror titles appearing on the Dreamcast. On an island created by the meteorite that eliminated the dinosaurs, the Kimra company sets up base to uncover the island's secrets. In 2018, an unidentified object crashes into the base, enveloping the island in an energy dome. A "virus" spreads through the base. By fate, you take control of Eliot, a member of a sea rescue group who finds help from a rough sea captain Dogs Bower, the mysterious angel-like creature Nephlim, and security sweetheart Janean-King.
Blue Stinger is a survival horror adventure/action title like Resident Evil and Alone in the Dark. One original element of Blue Stinger is that players can interchange characters at any point during the game, and both characters have their apparent differences. Eliot is quicker, has an ability to swim, and can use close range attacks as well as long range weapons. His weapons include a napalm gun, shotgun, ray sword, axe, baseball bat, fists, stun rod, and his bazooka. Dogs is slightly more cumbersome, but has added strength alongside defensive capabilities. His weapons include a Gatling gun, bow gun, and rail gun, plus some sumo wrestling and karate abilities.
The game's health, abilities, weapons, and items are based around a puzzle or coin money system. Players will notice various vending machines around the game that dispose specific types of items (weapons, ammo, food-health, items etc.) gained by collecting coins "littered" when certain enemies are killed.
If there is one affect Climax Graphics has tried to achieve with Blue Stinger, it's cinematic qualities. From the detailed horror-stricken 3D settings, camera panning, zooming and close-ups, to the voice acting and spine chilling audio tracks. Blue Stinger supports the Puru Puru Pack for corresponding feedback and uses the VMS memory card. ~ Brad Penniment, All Game Guide