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GF Rating
5.9

967 ratings

Critic & User Reviews

GF Rating
8

Very Good

Great Game, Excellent Rent

posted by Markers (ONTARIO, CA) Jul 3, 2010

Member since Jul 2010

51 out of 53 gamers (96%) found this review helpful

Straight up, I'm going to say this is a fantastic renting game. I indulged in this game for a good straight 8-hour session upon getting this in the mail. Yeah, it's that awesomely addicting. And you know what? I never played any of these Japanese shmups games. Still enjoyed it.

The game can be either accommodatingly easy for beginners (like myself) at Level 1 at default settings, or it can be tornado-of-bullets-hard for experts at Level 3 or -gasp- Level 999 (which I aspire to do in the game). I can almost guarantee you're going to have fun if you're any sort of real gamer. It is, at it's roots, a side-scrolling shooter, which many people can relate to.

Graphics are lovely, despite what others will say. This release for the Xbox 360 (as I found out) is a port of the arcade version(s) of the original Deathsmiles. When you play (especially in Arcade mode), you get that arcade vibe with the nicely detailed sprites. Haters gonna hate, but I enjoy the graphic detail of this game.

The soundtrack for the game blends right in with the gothic theme going on in the game. Oh, and voices in this game are in Japanese with English subtitles for speech and so forth. Not a big deal.

All in all, I had a wonderful time with Deathsmiles, but alas, it is merely a rental game. The campaigns can be cleared in less than 30 minutes, but you'll want to replay with all five of the characters for each of their 2 different endings (Netting 10). You can pick this game up in a day (like I did) and plow through it and enjoy every second of it. Not much beyond that, unfortunately.

Sidenotes: If you're an achievement-hunter, you'll get some nice quick ones from here. Multiplayer is co-op offline and online. Rosa is beyond awesome. The Four Daughters achievement requires you to pass with all characters in arcade and 360 modes. Beware suicide bullets. Achievements don't unlock in multiplayer.

Thanks for reading, and I definitely recommend this game for a good day or two of enjoyment.

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GF Rating
10

Perfect

Shmup Fan Dream

posted by vVKiwiVv (JAMESTOWN, TN) Mar 19, 2012

Member since Mar 2012

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

This game is absolutely amazing to anyone that's a fan of this genre. I loved it, although I'm rather terrible at it. It's definitely one of the easier Cave games. If you're new to Shmup games and want to try one out, I would highly recommend Deathsmiles.

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GF Rating
9

Excellent

Fast and easy

posted by horrorbob1 (RIVERSIDE, CA) Jan 8, 2012

Member since Jan 2012

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

The game is pretty easy to beat,its fun and soon as you no it,its over.The overall replay value is pretty high but not the type of game you could play all day,it get abit repetitive hence all the different modes they have that you can play in very arcade feeling game here.Also you get to play has each character which was pretty cool too,The Hard setting for the game is impossible to beat but I will leave that for the player at hand to discover,overall fun game high replay value,one to check out.

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