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GF Rating
5.6

220 ratings

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GF Rating
7

Good

Awesome game for shmup fans.

posted by SharkdrivR (CENTER POINT, AL) Nov 15, 2011

Member since Feb 2007

3 out of 3 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

This is absolutely for fans of Gradius, Lifeforce or R-Type. It's exactly like them. Except instead of flying a starship you're a rather well endowed fembot dressed like a spaceship. Some of the backgrounds are strange but, if you look close you'll catch some cameos from the Konami family. Pretty kew huh? This game is fun and challenging. First board is fairly simple but every board after that, the difficulty ramps up dramatically. Especially if (and you will) lose all your power ups. Luckily the continues are not limited. A great rental. I will buy the collectors edition that comes with a pillow case. You heard me right...a pillow case!! But don't worry 'bout that! With all that being said, I would rather have a new Gradius, Lifeforce or R-Type. But this'll do 'til then XD

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GF Rating
6

Above Average

Gradius with anime girls

posted by CylanthMN (MINNEAPOLIS, MN) Nov 6, 2011

Member since Jun 2011

2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

This is a Gradius game made by the same company that made Gradius (Konami). Instead of starships and aliens, you got anime girls flying around and blowing things up on earth, for the most part. Its a weird story and setting, very Japanese, I wont even try to explain it. The game has a lot of elements of Gradius, like the power-up system and the end stage bosses, and even has some classic Gradius enemies. There are a lot of options to customize your ship. Its not in the same gameplay category as games like Radiant Silvergun or Ikaruga, and its a lot more simple type of shooter. The graphics are colorful, but nothing that will push your xbox. Strangely, there is some slow-down, I dont know if this was intentional or not. Overall, its a fun light-hearted shooter, although I still cant decide if its supposed to be a parody or not. If you like Gradius type shooters, highly recommend it. Might not want to play it in front of your wife or girlfriend, though, you may get some awkward questions.

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GF Rating
7

Good

Easy, Weird, and Fun

posted by MegaSeveN (ANAHEIM, CA) Jan 31, 2012

Member since Jan 2012

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

If you've ever played a Gradius game, then you'll be able to jump into this title with no explanation. If not, the upgrade system can be a bit confusing at first. Instead of merely picking up a "Spread Shot" power up, or a "Shield", you have a bar at the bottom of the screen listing all your possible upgrades.

If you collect one power up, the first item is highlighted. If you collect another, the second one lights up, and so on. All you have to do to activate an upgrade is hit a button. So if you want to upgrade your speed, you usually only have to collect one power up and hit the button. However, if you want a shield, you usually have to collect six power ups and then press the button. It's complicated, but once the player gets used to it, it's hard to deny its excellence.

Otomedius blends that classic upgrade scheme with the Magical Girl formula found in many animes like Sailor Moon to have what I think are a bunch of high school girls that use ships similar to other classic games like Gradius or Twin Bee to fight of the Bacterion forces. All of the voice work is in Japanese so the story is delegated to scrolling text on the bottom left of the screen, but let's be honest... who plays these games for the story?

If you like shooters, regardless of your skill, this is worth a try. It's easy enough for new players to jump in on, and interesting enough for experienced players to enjoy.

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