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- Six powerful aircraft
- lots of weapons
- multiple missionser jets
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There are a few really great features in this game which I feel are important to note:
1. Choice of Pilot: There are 3 choices here and each pilot has a specialty that will dictate how you play.
NOTE: Whatever pilot you pick is your pilot until you are finished.
2. Choice of Plane: 6 choices each with their own specialties including direction of shots, power of shots, and what special weapons you can bring. Unlike the pilots, you can change out your plane between missions. The only caveat is that you will have to use the starter plane for a mission or two until you accrue the money to upgrade but that is not a terrible fate.
3. Choice of Special Weapons: 11 choices. Aside from the standard shot which is fueled with unlimited ammo, these 11 weapons will be your lifelines when it starts getting really rough. You can purchase these weapons after plane selection. An important thing to remember is that if you purchase a special you CAN get a refund if you beat the mission you just bought it for and do not use it during the level. So it is never a bad idea to purchase a special as a backup if you feel confident that you beat the level. If you die however, the money does not return to your bank.
4. After you complete the first mission there will be choices as to which mission you want to do next. Assuming you pick mission A you beat the first level but lose and want to go somewhere else, well you can as there will be a few other missions and side-missions you can pick.
Overall this game is a must if you are collecting Snes games or if you are just a gamer who wants a great title for the Snes that will provide a good challenge.
Play control- This plays alot like gradius or maybe choplifter in that its left to right and sometimes right to left shooting things along the ways. Where this kicks Gradius's ass is, besides cusomizing what you power up, you also get to buy and change jets. Now think Gradius meets Grand Turismo. I had a strong preferance towards the A-10 Warthog. Sure, you're flying a bomber against fighter jets but its the only aircraft that shoots diagnally downwards. You also have a wide array of ordnance that you can buy and equip to each aircraft you have.
Difficulty- fairly steep. You will get used to starting over often if you spend any amount of time with this. That is the price of the old school for you, though. It is a scientific fact that engeneers have been researching and streamlining games for years to make games impossible to loose at so the normal idiot gamer won't feel like less a man for continuing.
Why this thing rules over the arcade- It isn't graphics that make this sweet, its the between level stuff. You can choose your next missions and parchase aircraft. These 2 things makes it all worth while. Its one of the few times Nintendo's ass backwards policy of making home ports differant than there arcade counterparts didn't blow up in their face.
The Bottom line- This is a fine title for any self respecting collector to have in their catalogue. Grab it up today!