Review by Ziro 1

Reviewed: 04/11/03 | Updated: 04/11/03

Best ten bucks I've ever spent.

It's tough to be a 2d shooter fan in this fast paced 3d world. Everything is so bright and flashy in the third dimension that people tend to forget the pure fun adrenaline rush you can get from a game like this. 2d shooters are rare things these days, and 2d shooters that only cost 10 bucks are even rarer. Those are only two reasons why this game is truly a great thing.

Graphically this game isn't very impressive. The scrolling is about as smooth as a train wreck, and the colors used go from boring to slightly less boring. However all of the sprites (especially the boss sprites) are well drawn. The attacks used by your ship (namely the missiles) are neat, but nothing too stunning. The graphics aren't bad they just aren't particularly stunning.

The sound isn't too hot either. It's not memorable. There is nothing there that doesn't fit, but there's also nothing there that will win any awards. Sound effects are run of the mill explosion and machine gun found in most shooter. One cool effect is the controller vibration that occurs in conjunction with certain types of sound effects. The mediocre sound shouldn't bother you too much though. Chances are you’ll be to busy having a good time playing the game to notice.

So the graphics and sound are meh, but what about the heart and soul of video games, the gameplay? Well if adrenaline charged shooting and bullet dodging are your bag then you're in luck, because this game is full of it. It works like this: shoot, collect a power up, shoot, dodge, collect a speed up, shoot, kill a boss, then move on. It's amazing that such simple gameplay provides so many hours of fun. My only complaint is the fact that any challenge that this game has is completely destroyed by the unlimited credits continues system that’s in place. However the game does do good to punish those who rely on those unlimited credits later on. Also the ability to save scores would have been nice.

Replayability is always pretty high in shooters, and this game isn't an exception to this rule. This game is fun; so fun you'll be playing it over and over again. Plus there are several extra modes, and while most of them are pointless there are a few which provide interesting twists on the game play.

So what it all comes down to is this: Gekioh is enough to satisfy your shooter needs (well enough to hold you over until Ikaruga anyway) and with a price tag of $10.00 you really can't go wrong with this game.

And for those of you who would rather have a number than words...

Gekioh Shooting King: 8/10

Rating:   4.0 - Great

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