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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Games Played 06/26/2009

Demigod - PC
Raiden Fighters Aces - X-Box 360


RANDOM GAME OF THE DAY:


Night Raid (2002)
Developer: Takumi
Platform: PlayStation
Purchase Date: 03/17/2004


Can you survive through that many bullets thrown at you at high speed?

Night Raid is the one and only Japanese import PlayStation game that I own. Like their other shooters that I have previously featured here - Mars Matrix and Giga Wing 2 - this one is all about properly timing the usage of a special move and then using your skill to avoid getting killed while the special move bar fills up again. That special move here is in the form of a "Wave" attack and triggering it will make your ship invincible as it slams into all available enemy ships that happen to show up on screen. The more ships, the higher the chains and the longer both the invincibility and attack lasts. This is a 2D shooter but the graphics are entirely 3D. The game's visuals are a little messy though and everything looks very blocky in that early polygon-era kind of way. The ship may look big and in the screenshot above, you may think it's downright impossible to avoid getting killed quickly in the game but in actuality, this game has one of the smallest, most forgiving hit boxes in the genre. How forgiving? Sometimes, your ship looks like it is entirely covered in enemy bullets and yet it is still not destroyed.

LIBRARY STATUS: 4 out of 5

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