Stroker Ace Posted July 23, 2004 Share Posted July 23, 2004 It's a beautiful, beautiful thing. It's as well crafted a shooter as it gets. The fact is, it's Gradius, so there's little that'll revolutionise the genre, but everything that it does do, it does spectacularly well. I haven't hit any 'ARRRAGH!' bullet waves as seen in the likes of Mars Matrix or Giga Wing, but the game remains consistently challenging, with the environment often providing the danger, rather than the enemies themselves. The meteor shower level in particular is inspired - a regular shoot-em-up level, played out with you being pelted by giant rocks the whole time, as if it weren't already awkward enough. That's as far as I've gotten so far (on three credits, on Normal mode), and I'm very much looking forward to what comes next. The thing is, whilst it's 'tough', it's not ass-rapingly 'punishing'. I enjoy my Japanese shooters, but do find the trend of 'let's throw as much as we can at them and see if they can take it' gameplay to be a bit annoying. I'd rather see the well planned, strategic bullet waves of Ikaruga or Psyvariar than the absolute frantic keep-firing-until-there's-no-room-left nonsense of Mars Matrix. I haven't wanted to put the controller through the floor thus far, as I did with ESPGaluda. Much like Treasures other shooters, I haven't felt that the game's been unfair - every death I have incurred has been through my own mistakes. Treasure don't take the simple route and just plaster the screen with bullets - instead, they put bullets ONLY in the places where you'd want to be, preventing you from sitting back and letting your 'Option' drones do the work for you. It's brilliant. It's been a good year for shooters on the PS2. The game is entirely in English, so there's no excuse not to import. Preferred Ikaruga. Preferred Silvergun even more. But that shouldn't count as marks against. Final thought - The music... Isn't very good. It's entirely acceptable; but compared to the majestic scores of Ikaruga, Silvergun, and other non-Treasure stuff like R-Type Delta and Psyvariar, it's all rather average. Other than that, Burt Reynolds gives it nine bandits out of ten. Top stuff. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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