Conclusion: While not the best game in the world, together with titles like Scott Pilgrim VS the World and Final Fight Double Impact, Moondiver shows the potential of the brawling genre for the new generation of gamers.
Excerpt: Moon Diver - now available for the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade - is the combined effort of director Koichi Yotsui, developer Feel Plus, and publisher Square-Enix. Koichi Yotsui also directed the arcade game Strider in addition to Moon Diver.
Excerpt: The story is paper-thin and largely irrelevant. Here's what you need to know: it's after the apocalypse, you're a ninja, and there are a nearly infinite number of robots, mutants, and enemy soldiers that are between you and the giant boss creatures you need to destroy. Okay? Cool. Go to town.
Excerpt: One of the best things about the downloadable games market is that it's letting a lot of hopelessly niche titles find an audience, particularly for the last year or so. Moon Diver fits that description like a glove, as it's a bizarre sort of spiritual sequel to the Strider series, made by the same...
Conclusion: Moon Diver tries its hardest to be exciting, and at times, its entertaining. If you're going to play by yourself, be prepared to grind your way through, attempting each level a number of times to improve your character's stats.
Excerpt: There's a story behind Moon Diver , though at some point, it blends into the background. It's pure old school arcade action, which is what the game, despite its many bumps, succeeds in delivering. Still, those bumps are major obstacles.
Summary: Way back in 1989, Capcom released a little arcade game called Strider. Created by Koichi Yotsui, Strider would go on to become a true classic of its generation both in the arcades and on the home consoles.
Summary: A four player co-op hack-and-slash, Moon Diver boasts frantic action and unique co-op twists. Sadly, a series of baffling design choices make it impenetrable to both solo and multiple players. Moon Diver is simply a mess that's unlikely to please all but the most devoted fans of the genre.
If you can stomach its repetitive combat and odd cinematics, Moon Diver provides a moderately satisfying button-mashing experience.
11 April 2011
Summary: Sometime in the early months of 1989, an immensely satisfying and fairly innovative platformer by the name of Strider began to make its way into arcades and the hearts of button-mashing patrons across the world.
Pros: Enjoyable drop-in, drop-out cooperative play, Four different characters to play with, Tons of different spells for each character
Cons: Later stages are incredibly difficult to beat solo, Button mashing suffices for killing most enemies, Atrocious cinematics, Repetitive