Release: Mar 22, 2013 - Author: DarkChojin - Translator: Sebbe
Golgo 13: Top Secret Episode (or "Gorugo Satin Dai-Issho Kamigami no Tasogare", the illustrious original, Japanese title) is the video game adaptation of the manga series "Golgo 13" for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Playing as Golgo 13, title-giving protagonist and hit man, you investigate an assault, for which you are mistakenly blamed. At first glance, the levels seem exotic and quite interesting, considering the time; but after some hours of playing, the game turns out to be a way too hard, crude genre mix between 2D jump 'n shoot, horizontal and first-person shooter (!). The "Continue" system is strange too: the player has exactly 52 continues, but without being explicitly told so. If those are used up, which can happen quite quickly, because the protagonist can usually only take four hits, the game is being reset without warning and you have to start all over again.
The game is a prime example for inconsequent execution of the infamous guideline catalogue of Nintendo of that time. The character Golgo 13 was "toned down" in the US version to a 'sniper' (instead of a hit man). Moreover, two short scenes with sexual content were removed (see the report below), but the censors kept the following things in the version for the Western market for some inexplicable reason:
• every once in a while, there come up animated bloody head shots.
• at least in the Japanese version, the mysterious DREK organization later turns out to be the re-established nazi regime. They weren't that careful here in the US version: a dossier that has to be collected still bears the crooked cross and the final boss of the game, Smirk, still looks like a cyborg version of Adolf Hitler.
• a cigarette pack can be found in the Greek level with some effort. When Golgo 13 picks it up, he smokes one and thus restores his health.
• repeated use of words like "dead", "kill", and so on.
Compared was the uncensored Japanese version with the censored US version.
Act 2 - Alexander Hotel
In the Japanese version, Cherry undresses before she lies down with Golgo 13. She doesn't do that in the US version, but the following scene, which is identical in both versions, hints at them sleeping with each other. The first and last screen shot is for orientation.
Act 5 - Athina's Hotel
Same as above, but this time with Eve.