Cyber Sled is a versus shooter arcade game that was released by Namco in 1993; it was the last title to run on their System 21 hardware and the players must use two analogue joysticks with two buttons to take control of one of six futuristic tanks (the eponymous "Cyber Sleds"), which each have different strengths and weaknesses. It's advisable for novice players to view the game from behind their Cyber Sled, but experts may wish to use the second ("View Point") button, and change to a first-person view (which is reminiscent of Solvalou) - and if your Cyber Sled's guns should "overheat", you'll not be able to use them until they return to their original temperature. There are a total of twelve battlefields in the game, some of which are obscured by mist and darkness; both you and the other player's shield level is displayed in the top-left corner of the screen, while a clock-like radar (like that of Atari's Battlezone) is displayed next to it. There are also five different types of powerups, that can be collected to aid the players in defeating each other (extra missiles, special shield, jam opponent's missiles, shield power, and jam opponent's radar) - and they shall be displayed in the bottom-left corner of the screen when collected. The amount of time remaining for your current battle, along with both players' "win", "lose" and "draw" totals, is also displayed in that bottom-right corner of the screen - and, in order to force a draw, neither player must have defeated the other (once the timer's run out). At the end of the game (regardless of whether you had won or lost it), you will be given a rank and letter grade (from F to A) reflecting your performance - and a sequel named Cyber Commando was released in 1994, but only in Japan. It ran on their "Super" System 22 hardware, but it eliminated two-player simultaneous play.
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