To up the ante on distracting you the key element that makes Danmaku Unlimited 3 stand out is the grazing system, a mechanic that actively encourages you to fly in close proximity to enemy bullets. While enemy fire will change over to blue so you can help charge your graze meter more safely while you’re in the midst of major battles with bullets everywhere if you want an edge it’s worth your consideration considering bullets will be all around you anyway. Once you get your graze meter high enough you’ll get boosted attack powers and will be able to rake in bonus gems to raise your score. Ideally you’ll be able to keep track of your ship, everything that is headed its way, and then manage to narrowly avoid being hit by all of if while keeping the look out for bullets that have changed over that you can grab as well. It makes for a very active experience. While perhaps this is stating the obvious it is the intensity of play that may make anyone who isn’t a genre fan a bit hesitant. Make no mistake, while you’ll progressively learn the patterns of everything to help you better stay alive even at its simplest this is a game that understands with it is and pulls no punches. Overall the biggest boost you can get is knowing what to hit, how, and when as the enemies begin to come at you from all directions. Prioritizing the right ships to destroy first and looking for every opportunity to power up your graze meter is what experience will bring to the table and it helps greatly in making sure you’ll survive the onslaught. Overall, as the first pure bullet-hell shooter on the platform, Danmaku Unlimited 3 hits the Switch with a firm level of difficulty and style to spare. While you’ll often end up cursing it as you get so close to getting further there’s a quality in it that I couldn’t ever put it down for long before taking another crack at it. With a gorgeous look, intense gameplay, and plenty of room for technique if you’re a genre fan you shouldn’t hesitate to pick it up!
Justin Nation, Score:
Nindie Choice! [8.5]