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GF Rating
5.8

263 ratings

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GF Rating
10

Perfect

Pure nostalgia for anyone from the arcade era

posted by Zerorush (MESA, AZ) May 25, 2007

Member since Nov 2005

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

Anyone who complains about this game's difficulty must not be over 14 years old. Classic arcade melee/shooter style gameplay mixed with a unique camera view and art style make this game well worth picking up.

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GF Rating
7

Good

Bullets blister the screen!

posted by TandD99 (HAYWARD, CA) Feb 21, 2008

Member since Jan 2007

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

First off, this a contra-style run n' gun shooter. There is melee combat, yes, and you can do that for almost the whole game - but most bosses are huge and require your guns to hit. You have infinite ammo and a health bar (no one hit you're dead). There are combos for the melee attacks, and developers included foes who are shielded to gunfire and an overheating feature to get your finger off the trigger though, and thats good.
The game also experiments with a level-up system between stages. Earning things like Permanent body armor or diferent or more powerful guns. These are nice, but I ran into a problem that it saves your game right after buying and kicks you to the next level, and if you get killed on the next stage, you cannot go back to the shop screen in order to beef yourself up to make it through. So it makes saving your points for bigger items risky.
This game is hard in a old-school way. Sometimes you will see so many shots being fired at you it seems impossible to make it through. Thank goodness the two characters you pick from (speedy char or power char - a third is unlocked after beating) can take a few hits.
There are many stages (linear storyline fashion), and a deathmatch mode against the cpu's dozens of opponents - very like "Smash TV" if anyone remembers that. Overall, if you don't mind the difficulty ramping up as you play, this is a fun rental for one or two players.

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

An old school romp-em, stomp-em!

posted by Vignirsson (SANTA CRUZ, CA) Apr 30, 2007

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Member since Nov 2005

4 out of 5 gamers (80%) found this review helpful

And I bet because of that title, I am going to scare off some people. In all honesty, this game is a little repetitive and some of the levels might be a little longer than they need to be, but if you were to rate this to some of the old school shooters from the 90's, you get something very classic.

Button layout is nice, after getting a brief tutorial through your first mission, you just get lost in the ability to smack people around and (probably my favorite part) knock them off of ledges and tracks to the great abyss below. This was something missing in some of these other beat-em up games, the ability to plan out how to end the fights with the small guys to save up health for the larger bosses.

Bosses are large and complex, but their patterns are easy to get when you pay attention. The life meter might deter some of the hardcore beat-em upers, but I can say that this is a nice game to introduce yourself into that genre or relive some of the better years, for sure!

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