Rent A Hero No. 1 [Dreamcast – Beta]

Rent A Hero No. 1 [Dreamcast – Beta]

Rent A Hero No. 1 is an action game / beat ’em up with RPG elements, developed by Sega and published for the Dreamcast in 2000, with an Xbox port in 2003. When the game was first announced in 1999, it did not look like the final version: the city layout was completely changed, the HUD and the MAP were different. From a video of the Rent-A-Hero No. 1 presentation at the V-jump Festival 99, shared by Carnivol from his YT channel, the combat seemed almost turn based or “on-rails”, while in the final game they play like in a classic action beat ’em up with free movements.

It’s possible that this 1999 version was still an early beta, but it’s interesting to notice how much the city was evolved from it’s initial form.

Images:

Videos (Beta @ 0:53):

For comparison, here’s a video from the final Xbox version:


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Editor in Chief, UX & SE Optimization at Unseen64
I'm an Italian gamer with not enough free time to play as much as i'd like to and sadly not enough time to write about cancelled and beta games. Founder of Unseen64 in 2001, i'd like to sleep more than 5 hours a day, but i have to pay the bills. I'm currently working for various italian & international websites for a better User Experience & Search Engine Optimization, you can add me on Google Plus,Twitter, Last FM or contact me by email.
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One thought on “Rent A Hero No. 1 [Dreamcast – Beta]

  1. Yakumo

    Now that is one VERY cool beta video. I think it’s clear that the game was in early development at that stage. The areas are so basic with what looks to be place holder textures plus the camera is basic.

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