History of HardWired
HardWired was the name of the game Red Zone while it was still in development. The final version, Red Zone, was released by Zyrinx in 1994 for Sega Mega Drive. Its features were considered impossible for the console, thus making the game technically outstanding.
The player controls an AH-64B Apache helicopter and tries to stop a madman dictator from taking over the world by flying above a large zone and destroying various enemy targets, such as tanks, anti-air missile launchers, nuclear missile launchers and military vehicles. The helicopter is provided with a variety of weapons which are easily accessible and can be deployed.
The game is notable for using a number of technologies that were not widely used on a console like the Sega Mega Drive / Genesis. As announced in the game itself, it features rotating background graphics, rotating background texture, 3D sprite objects, 3D vector graphics, realtime zoom, cartridge video compression, all running on a standard Sega Genesis without use of extra DSP chip or CD Drive. In addition to all those, it also features full motion video.
It did not receive much recognition from gamers, but was noticed by those who were familiar with the game development. It showed a new level of possibilities for a Sega Genesis console and is considered revolutionary in that matter.