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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Games Played 04/20/2009

Grabbed by the Ghoulies - X-Box
Sacred 2: Fallen Angel Demo - PC
Titan Quest - PC


RANDOM GAME OF THE DAY:


Psyvariar 2: The Will to Fabricate (2004)
Developer: Skonec Entertainment Co., Ltd.
Platform: Sega Dreamcast
Purchase Date: 2004


This big guy is the most anti-climactic shoot-'em-up boss ever made. Still a great game though.

The Psyvariar games have always bear some similarities with the Shikigami no Shiro series where instead of trying to avoid incoming bullets shot by the enemies, your goal is to try and get as closest as possible to them to properly play the game. Things are a bit more complex in the Psyvariar games though - just like the original, Psyvariar 2 uses the "Buzz" system where constant grazing against enemy bullets will eventually fill your level up meter and when you level up, you gain temporary invulnerability. During this short period of time, it becomes easier to level up because you can pretty much ram your Mech against huge chunks of bullets as long as you can keep replenishing the shield by chaining your level-ups. It sounds complex because it is and the game will take a lot from you before you can master it, especially with the other little subtleties found within. Once you are comfortable with the gameplay system, the initially impossible-to-avoid bullet patterns by the bosses suddenly become great opportunities to maximize the buzz mechanics. Surely one of the most unique shooters ever created.

LIBRARY STATUS: 5 out of 5

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