||Rent A Hero No. 1 XBox
Mecca Electronic games Rent-A-Hero No. 1 follows the exploits of an ordinary high school student who inadvertently receives a powerful suit of Combat Armor along with an order he placed for pizza delivery. Using the suit, he becomes a hero for hire, and sets out to perform all manner of tasks and good deeds for the denizens of his small hometown. Players are able to select the jobs in which they wish to engage, each assignment accompanied by a sizeable reward upon completion.
From a third-person perspective, players must seek out and speak to the many NPCs that frequent the neighborhood, acquiring information that will prove useful in completing the current job. When the need arises, they'll also engage in hand-to-hand combat with unsavory villain characters. An array of basic moves, such as jump and punch, are soon complemented by powerful combination and charge moves that can be learned as the hero progresses.
Available jobs range in difficulty and scope, with earlier tasks amounting to little more than passing out flyers while later assignments require players, in true hero fashion, to rescue civilians or stop evil-doers. Money earned from these jobs can be placed into a bank account if desired; a prudent option considering that cash on-hand is halved whenever the hero is defeated in battle. Also, in order to continue using the suit, the hero must pay a rental fee for it. Failure to do so will leave him unable to transform in the Combat Armor.
It should be noted that Sega has a sense of humor. Rent-A-Hero No. 1 and its Genesis predecessor serve as prime examples of this, offering numerous in-jokes and references that fans of the company may recognize.