- System: Steam
- Publisher: New Blood Interactive
- Developer: Synset
- Release Date: March 6, 2017
- Rating: E
- Genre: Shmup, Bullet Hell
- Players: Single Player
- Official Website: http://store.steampowered.com/app/345860/
Super Galaxy Squadron EX Turbo Trailer
Who it Caters to
Super Galaxy Squadron EX Turbo comes with a nice assortment of modes to choose from such as the classic arcade mode and then throws in the epic endless battle and boss rush mode to keep the challenges coming. We also love the use of Japanese as a throwback to Kamui along with the other popular shmup titles!
What to Expect
Bullets Flying Everywhere
Each stage grows increasingly more challenging as you blast your way through a horde of ships and a rainbow of bullets, and it's such a rush to have the music keep your energy high as you determine safe spots to avoid taking damage. On the surface, it may seem that bullet hell games require no type of strategy, but once you start to die quite often you start to understand that tactical precision is pivotal to earning a high score.
Choosing the easier difficulty levels, to be honest, just doesn't cut it because you're always spoiled with health power-ups and weapon buffs which totally gets boring after a couple stages. You’ll be using one of the new features quite frequently titled, Slo-Mo Focus, which slows everything down to a very Max Payne style “Bullet Hell Time” and allows you to pull off sleek dodges to avoid death. We used this thing so much that it just became second nature to always have our bar filled up, and our finger on the trigger ready to go. Throw on veteran difficulty or higher and this is where the true bullet hell/shmup experience begins since you'll have to rely on sound judgment to get you through and take advantage of any perks that are thrown at you.
The boss rush battles are a total blast to play as they each come with their own unique approach and so figuring out their patterns is what creates that ultimate thrill. It's easier said than done however as these enemies track your every move and will make sure to create obstacles to prevent you from progressing any further. One minute you think it's safe to use your Hyper Mode/Overdrive then a few minutes later you slowly regret your decision as an entire fleet of enemies bombard you and all that you have are your basic weapons to protect you.
It's all trial and error in Super Galaxy Squadron EX Turbo and that's the major point about it. You're always coming back to test out a new strategy to see just how far it takes you, and with every fresh attempt comes this profound sense of accomplishment as you feel you're just one step closer to victory. Once you've destroyed the arcade mode, which to be frank is a mere warm-up, hopping into either the endless mode or the boss battle will truly bring out the beast in you.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
Playing with the PlayStation 4 controller was an absolute thrill because it felt very seamless to control your ship on screen, but we assume that if you have a joystick lying around and wanted that real authentic experience perhaps that may work as well. Sadly we didn’t have a joystick around us at the time of this review, so we encourage you to try it out for yourself if you have one. If there may be another action packed sequel to EX Turbo, we would surely throw our money down immediately because this is one game that really brought back a lot of those fond memories of playing classic vertical scrolling shooters like 1941: Counter Attack, Raiden, and everyone’s favorite Ikaruga.
- Great music composition.
- Solid voice acting to keep the story moving.
- Fast paced in your face thrills.
- Very challenging yet rewarding experience.
- 17 playable ships!
- Limited options prevented us from customizing the UI.
- No online mode or co-op modes.
- A little TOO forgiving with health at times.
Honey's Final Verdict:
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