Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Games Played 01/12/2009

Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly - PlayStation 2
Gradius V - PlayStation 2
Ikaruga - X-Box 360
Sonic Unleashed Demo - X-Box 360/PlayStation 3
WipEout HD - PlayStation 3


Silpheed: The Lost Planet (2000)
Developer: Game Arts/Treasure
Platform: PlayStation 2
Purchase Date: 2001

"Oh my Galaxy!"

Silpheed: The Lost Planet could have been a better game if Game Arts allowed Treasure to fully take over the project. This partnership served as Treasure's first foray into post-SegaSaturn technology and the result was a bit of a mixed blessing. Some moments in the game are pure brilliance, like the bosses, the big events scattered throughout the gameplay, and the accompanying character conversations while others, like the repeated usage of uninspired regular enemies and long-but-empty stages can be a tad boring. The weapon system where the ship can carry two different weapons at a time on the left and right guns is a bit shallow and it lacks flexibility. There is one encounter in the game that is reminiscent to a memorable point in Radiant Silvergun and then there are also some elements in here that can later be seen in Ikaruga. While playing the game, it is easy to figure out who was responsible for what between the two developers - it is possible that Treasure was just saving their best efforts for Ikaruga that emerged just merely a year after the release of this game.

LIBRARY STATUS: 4 out of 5

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