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on December 4, 2012
DoDonPachi Resurrection is a port of the Japanese shmup arcade game DoDonPachi Daifukkatsu, by developer CAVE. Note that this release works on North American and PAL consoles. It will not work on a Japanese console however (maybe trying to stop reverse importing? no idea).

Resurrection is the most colorful CAVE shmup to date, full of bright eye-popping visuals and over the top bullet patterns. It also has some really cool enemy designs, such as boss fights that transform from space ships into robots in smooth transitions. It's absolutely gorgeous in motion.

This is also the most forgiving game in the DonPachi series. Players who were frustrated with the difficulty of previous DonPachi games will find this one more palatable. But don't worry, scoring is as hardcore as ever, and even the best players will be hard pressed to maximize their scoring potential. Sure, I got the one-credit clear, but I'm not going to pretend my score isn't rubbish.

Several game modes are included. You get the original arcade version and two arrange modes. The arrange modes drastically change up the game and scoring mechanics; at times they barely seem like the same game. Definitely give them all a try at least once.

Even more arrange modes are available via DLC, including the Black Label version which has a lot of cool new features. For example, playing "strong mode" in the arcade version enhances your firepower, while in Black Label it gives you the second-loop enemies. While it would be nice if they were included on the disc, I do appreciate making them available instead of just dropping them entirely.

The only arrange not available on this release is the second Black Label Arrange, or "Ketsupatchi" as it's commonly known, as it uses Ketsui cubes for scoring. If you really want that one game mode you'll have to buy the Black Label disc from Japan (which is region locked, Japan only). I like Ketsupatchi, but I don't consider its absence a deal-breaker.

In conclusion, this is a great game for both shmup newbies and veterans alike. If you're at all interested in shmups, this is an excellent package.
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on May 24, 2015
Another outstanding shmup by Cave. Although this is listed as a pal game, it does indeed work on ntsc u consoles. it features a novice mode for beginners as well as normal Xbox 360 and arranged modes. There are plenty of game options between different ships, types of gameplay, etc. A beautiful shooter in 2d with a ton of sprites on screen.
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on August 18, 2012
Haven't played SHMUPS since the PS2 era. And learning that CAVE did a few region free games, and Rising Star did this port region free as well, I had to pick it up. Dondonpachi was one of my favorite games on the SEGA Saturn, so I had to pick this new title up. I'm very amaze on the video options this game gives the players to set it up for their HD set or SDTV. Very solid.

Most people buying this game know what they're getting into, bullet hell mayhem. And is really well done. From the music, the art and even the sound effects, all well done. The filters(To smooth out the pixels in the art)is not that bad at all. Oh, and you'll get a ton of achievements in seconds, lol. Great game, worth the purchase.
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on March 20, 2014
For those looking for that Shoot em'up itch to scratch, and like the challange of score attacks, ranking, and bullet hell fun this is the game for you.

You will always have fun trying to beat your latest high score or that of your friends.
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on July 4, 2015
Great game and awesome replay value. One of Cave's more obscure title. I highly recommend it. Also this PAL version can be played on a North American NTSC console. If your into SHUMP'S you gotta have this one in your collection.
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on February 21, 2014
The perfect game for shmup fans, Cave did a excelent job making his transition from arcades to home consoles, the game response is smoothly just like arcade. Very changeling bullet hell shooter i love it,and also the game has the Novice mode good for beginners.
Awesome i highly recommend for those both hardcore and beginners.
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on April 19, 2015
This game is absolute SHMUP heaven. The only reason I deduct one star is because you can't get the Black Label or Version 1.51 DLC if you live in the US.
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on August 21, 2014
Fun. Works like normal for American 360. No issues. Thanks.
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on February 11, 2013
have these reviews always required 20 words or more? sometimes i just wanna read some short and sweet. anyhoo, this game is a must-have for any shmump fan. cave puts out some fantastic games and this game is no exception.
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on March 16, 2015
Shum'p at its most hectic!
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