Review: Soldner X-2: Final Prototype (Sony Playstation 3)
14 August 2010
Summary: Soldner X-2: Final Prototype is one of the best shooting games I’ve played in years, and compares well with Gradius V as the best side-scrolling shooter we’ve seen in a decade. Tight control, great collision detection, great action, a variable difficulty curve depending on player ability, fair challenges… there’s a lot to like here. If there were more “free” stages to play than the four we get initially, this would be a Game of the Year contender.
Excerpt: It's funny how many different types of gamers are out there these days. For example, I work with a guy who won't play anything but fighting games and/or "shmups," the bullet hell 2-D shooters that are as popular as ever in Japan, but not so much here. His love for the genre that gave us classics like Gradius, R-Type, Lifeforce and The Last Guardian runs deep, so deep in fact that he has taken to importing components with which to build arcade pads to his own...
Conclusion: Fun, but ultimately unrewarding, Soldner-X 2 brings a gorgeous looking side-scrolling shooter to the PSN, but they forgot to bring the innovation along with it. Definitely worth checking out if you need a fix though.
Conclusion: Just like its predecessor, you can’t go wrong with picking up Söldner-X 2: Final Prototype. Whether playing alone or with a pal via the offline co-op mode, you can expect a thrilling ride from beginning to end. There are very few games that are a requirement to own, especially within the shooter genre and I’m happy to say that Söldner-X 2: Final Prototype is one of those titles.
Excerpt: If there’s one genre in all of videogaming that is balancing dangerously on the edge of extinction, it’s the side-scrolling shoot-’em-up (affectionately nicknamed industry-wide as ‘shmup’). Back in the day (i.e. the 16-bit era), 2D games were the rule, not the exception, so it was a given that certain companies like Konami and Irem would release a shmup or two amidst the slew of more mainstream offerings.
Excerpt: Once you get past the fact that you can’t look up or down, Jak & Daxter: The Lost Frontier is a great little platform game. The story is acceptable, though not the strongest the series has seen. That’s fine though, since a grander story would seem out of place on a handheld. As little as five minutes in, you’ll get your first shot of the flight. Which is good, because it’s one of the greatest strengths of the game.
Excerpt: I am a Jedi Knight. At least that Unlike most 2D shooters of old, one hit from enemy fire doesn Further setting Soldner X-2 apart from the 2D shooter pack, is the addition of over 20 goal related challenges which must be completed in order to advance in the game Graphically, Soldner-X 2 is a powerhouse when compared to other 2D shooters. The game supports up to 1080p resolution, with really good lighting and explosion effects.