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Nanostray is more of an updated version of Xevious or something similar, its simply an above-view spaceship/action game where you use a variety of weapons to defeat a variety of enemy space craft. this is a very simple game. you shoot you dodge you shoot you dodge. if you want a bare-bones basic flight arcade style action game, then this is for you. i know that may sound bland but believe it or not there is an audience for this type of game, its either your thing or it is not. the graphics are stunning, they look 3d and very polished, and the sound is pretty nice as well. theres a variety of levels to experience - and although they range in difficulty make no mistake this is not the easiest game ever made. you will need to master the art of laser evasion to beat nanostray, and that is where i found the most appeal. believe it or not, dying and shooting and dying and shooting isnt too bad. mostly every single time i died it was somewhat exciting, and i liked how there was no pause in the action between death and re-birth. you die you live you die you live. thats how nanostray is repetitive, but fun. if you like space action games rent this, if you dont like them then avoid it at all costs!
This, hands down, is the best game ever I've ever played for the DS. It's very good for on-the-go gamers and people who want constant violence and challenge. The bosses are interesting. I only gave it a 9 because I said it was the best for the DS, not for every gaming platform.
I didn't have a chance to play multi-player, so maybe it's strong there, but there's only a few levels and after you beat them, you have the option of replaying (and replaying, and replaying, and replaying) them to achieve various goals. Kind of fun, but be prepared to send it back within a week.