If you’re a fan of twin-stick shooting the Switch has got you covered. The downside for this is that new indie shooters on the scene have a lot of tough competition to bump up against. In the case of Spirit Arena one thing on its side is that mechanically it’s a bit different. One added element of challenge is that your character is able to fire in 2 different colors, only same-colored enemies being affected by your bullets. Similar to hardcore shooters like Ikaruga this does add a layer to the overall challenge as you’ll nedd to alternate color and strategize on the fly as things get more tense on how you can switch between colors as efficiently as possible. The problem is that with the exception of this element pretty well everything else about the gameplay is pretty boilerplate stuff and simply gets dull with the simplicity. So on the good side the gameplay is pretty unique but on the bad even with that fact on its side it doesn’t compete very well in a genre with a ton of representation to date already.
Justin Nation, Score: