Shooting games are probably one of the oldest genres in the history of video games. If I remember correctly, Galaga was probably my first concert in the arcade or, more likely, on an ice rink called Skateland in Minnesota. I liked playing arcade games there because I was a kid and skating made me taller and it was easier to play. Of course, I was about ten years old at the time. They were funny, but it’s easy to see where the term neighborhood comes from. It looks like you’re about to crash and burn, and then set up another room for a moment of brutal punishment.
I’ve never heard of Psikyo or played with one of their shooters, but thanks to NIS America I can try six brand new old shooters with their new collection on Switch : Psikyo Shooting Stars Alpha. Six games in one package, it’s always a lot of fun. I did. I started playing at Stryker’s in 1945. I didn’t change any settings to see how far I could go. Honestly, I didn’t get very far in my first game of life, and I’m going with what I got. I thought I might as well stay in the family, so Strykers 1945 II was next on the list. The graphics and sounds were a bit more advanced, but that didn’t change the fact that I was still sucking and could only participate in the second stroke. The conclusion of the trio was (you guessed it) Striker 1945 III, and damn, the graphics and the music were a little more advanced here, as it must be said given the years between releases. Then I tried the rest of the games to see what variation we have in store. Sol Divide is a side-scrolling shooter with a little beat ’em up action. Dragon Blaze is a powerful shooting game with a medieval look, and in the end Zero Gunner 2 completed the experience, and it was the most fun because I had never played a shooting game like this before. Let’s dive into the individual titles, shall we?
Actually, I will treat the three 1945 Strykers games in the same way here, as they are basically identical in gameplay, with slight graphic differences. I had so much fun playing with all of them. There’s something I’d like to point out about this collection. Each of these games is similar to my Galaga intro, they are designed to get someone to pump money into the closet to continue. I realize I’m old, slow and attentive these days, but I’m from generation X…….. I can play anything, and I can do anything better than you. No, I can’t. But I don’t understand how we can get past a level here without blowing ourselves up at least once. You can give up the difficulty, but it’s stupid. I always play, and I mean ALWAYS, games under normal circumstances, especially the first time. I’m never stupid or self-righteous tantrums.
But sometimes the whole screen just lights up on a single shot. But that’s where you have to use your bombs. When you detonate one of your powerful bombs, it destroys everything on the screen, including the projectiles that fall on you. I’ve learned that someone who really wants to dedicate their life to being good at these games can probably remember every pattern from beginning to end. I can’t do it. Not because I can’t physically do it, but because I just want to enjoy my time. Even when I wanted to go through all the steps to see the end of it, I hired my son, I let him live, and I will live indefinitely. So we were able to play all six songs.
Solid Divide came next and, from apples to oranges, I didn’t like this one as much as the other five games. It is a side-scrolling shooter who checks a person, or at least the appearance of a person. They’re firing projectiles or using whatever weapon they have. My son, who is twelve years old, loved him more than anyone else. He dominated him and made me look like a fool who never plays games. That’s probably why I didn’t like it. The little punk, or sweet boy, just resonated with the game.
Then I played Dragon Blaze. It was super fun, just like Strykers, except you’re the guy who rides the dragon. The difference is that you can jump out of your dragon and do some more damage to it. Each ship, character, dragon and helicopter has its own special sauce to defeat the enemies. I really recommend trying them all, because 1) it’s very fun to try any combination, and B) there may be a certain airplane, helicopter, dragon, or character that better suits your style of play. My style is to pray and stutter to be clear.
Finally my absolute favorite was the Zero Gunner 2, where the bad guys are shot down with helicopters. Press and hold button A to set the pivot point, and then you can maneuver around the pivot point as the helicopter wishes. Enemies come from all sides. It was the most original title of the game and he collected the whole collection for me in a very special way.
As I said before, I had never played Psikyo slots before, and I loved all the games, just like my son. I’ll give you a recommendation if you plan to spend money on these games: Don’t exhaust your life and carry on until you’ve had enough and you want to carry on. Much of the fun of the shooter genre is making progress and then beating your own score or competing against annoyingly talented kids. This collection will be even sweeter if you have a passion for automatic shooters or if you have good memories of these games in the arcades. Even without this nostalgic value, I find the collection worthwhile and an excellent addition to my Switch library. Some games in this package support Tate mode, so you can rotate the Screen Switch sideways to use the entire vertical area of the screen. If you have a Flip Grip, now would be a good time to use it!
Psikyo Shooting Star Alpha Overview
- Graphs – 9/10
- Sound – 9/10
- Gameplay – 9/10
- Late call – 7/10
Final thoughts: EXAMPLES
Psikyo Shooting Stars Alpha is a fantastic collection of recordings. Of course, this comes with a small caveat, because if you like shooters, it will satisfy your desires for many hours in the end. If you’re not a fan of the genre, you have to give up, just like all the other shooters in the past. This is high quality fan maintenance and should be treated as such.
Jay’s been an avid gamer since the days of intelligence. His hobbies include building personal computers, 3D modeling and printing, and spending time with his children and dog.
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