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Psikyo Shooting Stars Alpha

Publisher: NIS America

  • Price: $39.99
  • Release Date: Jan 21, 2020
  • Number of Players: 1 - 2
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  • ESRB Rating: E10+ [Everyone 10+]
  • There’s no doubt the Switch has become the ideal platform for retro and throwback titles of all kinds. Not only is portability a plus but for the modest investment needed to pick up a FlipGrip the ability to enjoy vertically-oriented arcade titles as they were intended is pretty satisfying. In the case of this collection of 6 titles you’ve got an odd blend of diversity and more of the same. Half of the pack’s 6 games are from the Strikers 1945 trilogy and represent the classic shooter experience. Each of the other 3 are pretty wildly different, with 2 titles (Sol Divide and Dragon Blaze) experimenting with alternative styles of play that are definitely a mixed bag. The last, Zero Gunner 2, is the only title played in a horizontal orientation and charts its own path with enemies coming from all directions and sporting unusual controls where you’ll essentially use one button to set a pivot point so you can shoot in a circle. It’s different, for sure, but seemingly would have been so much easier and better as a twin-stick shooter. If you’re a fan of classic vertically-scrolling arcade shooter goodness, and perhaps if you’ve got a bit of an open mind for weird variations on the formula, this should at least satisfy with some surprises.

    Justin Nation, Score:
    Good [7.1]

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