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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Games Played 05/20/2009

Shining Tears - PlayStation 2


RANDOM GAME OF THE DAY:


Blast Wind (1997)
Developer: Tecnosoft Co., Ltd.
Platform: SegaSaturn
Purchase Date: 07/24/2002


It's no Thunder Force but it is still filled with full-blown Technosoft goodness.

Blast Wind may sound like a more polite way to describe the act of passing gas but in this case, it's a top down 2D shooter from Thunder Force developer, Technosoft. The gameplay is classical in design and very easy to get into. You have access to three types of attacks: a forward shot, a homing shot, and a super bomb. There is a form innovation when it comes to the stage design: the path within a stage branches, revealing new areas as well as enemy patterns. The branching paths also reveal different bosses to conquer at the end of the stages. The problem with the game is that the large sprite of the player's ship also has a pretty big hit box and it is hard to avoid the incoming bullets at times because even a minor brush against them will lead to an exploding ship. The graphics can get a little too busy sometimes and that makes matters worse when you are trying to keep a close eye out on the enemy bullets against the background animations. The game has a presentation style similar to Thunder Force V that was also released in 1997. It's pretty cool to see familiar looking menu screens and to hear recycled sound bits between the two games.

LIBRARY STATUS: 4 out of 5

2 comments:

Blake said...

eh, loner, I assume you have a PS3 and a online profile.

What you think about adding each other. We could maybe play something online some time?

Loner Gamer said...

Sounds good. I have forwarded the info to your pacroid@live email.