The Darius series has been one of the consistently challenging and impressive arcade classics that has evolved while retaining its core charms over the years. The collections released previously in the year point to this legacy both from the arcades and home consoles, so the Switch has gotten a great taste of what it has had to offer over the years. This much newer iteration is impressive in its own right but perhaps not as well-suited to the Switch as you’d hope. Certainly it has a great overall look and plays faithfully to the series, but the screen scaling coming over from the arcades is simply an issue even when playing in docked mode but I’d almost consider it unplayable in handheld as the details just end up being too small to see well. The play is there, including the branching paths and some other elements, but in this case perhaps faithfulness to the source material is more of an impediment than a strength, though fans of the arcade unit will no doubt disagree.
Justin Nation, Score: