G-Loc Air Battle puts the player in a fighter plane, dog fighting other planes. Once the player takes too many hits or the game-timer runs out the game is over. The player earns more time and advances stages by achieving goals that are set in each stage.
The player initially starts with limited armament which is replenished by completing missions.
Players choose what targets to destroy, like ships, jet fighters, or tanks. Eventually, players will attack bosses such as War Balloon, the Bomber, and the final adversary, an enemy ace who uses the same plane as the player, except with enhanced durability and strength.
The player controls an experimental aircraft (referred to as A8M5, but upgraded over time, finally becoming the A8M6) in a mission to eliminate enemy planes.
During the game, the player is attacked from the front and back.
G-Loc Air Battle is mostly played from a first person perspective; however, once locked onto by an enemy missile, the perspective changes to third person behind the player’s plane to allow the player to perform evasive manoeuvres.
The plane is controlled by a joystick and has two weapons: a cannon and missiles.
The player can either try to shoot down enemy planes or target them by moving the crosshair over them and launching missiles at targeted planes to destroy them.
G-Loc Air Battle Release Notes
G-Loc Air Battle was ported to the Sega Mega Drive, the Sega Master System and the Sega Game Gear.
Because the R360 cabinet made the game more impressive the home computer versions (Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum and Amiga) were named G-LOC R360.
Some ports include certain features not present in the arcade version.
The Mega Drive version alternates between first and third-person perspectives at times, the Master System one features bosses, and the Game Gear one employs points that can be used to upgrade the jet.
The original arcade version was ported to home consoles for the first time in 2020 for the Nintendo Switch under the Sega Ages series.
This version was released on March 26, 2020, in Japan and is due to be released on April 30, 2020, in North America and Europe and features new control options and new ways to play through stages.
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