Summary: We don’t often have guest reviewers at Destructoid, because we need to offer the utmost credibility when analyzing a game in a critical light. However, there is no one more credible than my Uncle Nachos when it comes to the Gradius series. While I personally have been awaiting the series spiritual successor Otomedius Excellent since I saw it at E3 , this event means a lot more to my uncle, who is a dedicated fan of Konami’s shooter series.
Summary: : Otomedius Excellent is a game full of big ideas and noticeable flaws, and while the big ideas will be enough to sell the experience for genre enthusiasts, the flaws will, in turn, turn away more than a few of them, leaving this a game for only the most enthusiastic of enthusiasts. There’s a story to the game that’s serviceable enough and enough modes to be interesting, the game offers some solid visuals and audio to work with, and the gameplay is easily picked up and...
Excerpt: Environments include vast and empty space (aside from enemy ships, of course), futuristic and very gray cities built on the side of cliffs overlooking waterfalls, the heart of a volcano and eventually caverns and a fleet of battleships. Settings are rendered competently but only occasionally with any originality.
Excerpt: I don't mean that in a racist, judgemental way, but Otomedius Excellent further proves that the tastes of Western and Eastern gamers are very, very different. Otomedius Excellent is a sequel to the Japanese arcade game Otomedius, which was in turn a side-scrolling shoot 'em up inspired by the Gradius series, but it's clear that just because a game is inspired by greatness, that doesn't mean it's guaranteed to be great as well.
Excerpt: Have you ever played any of the Gradius games for the regular NES or SNES? If so there may be something for you to like here, but for everyone else you will be sorely disappointed by what this game has to offer.Otomedius Excellent is a 2D side scrolling shooter that is “Inspired by the legendary Gradius” games from the past. In this game you take control of very attractive girls that pilot these one-person vehicles.
Pros: There truly isn’t a whole lot I can say positive about this game, I do applaud the fact that they were inspired by Gradius. There is a 2min opening theme for the game and it even allows you to follow along with the words (takes me back to the Pokemon days). At the character select screen you are able to customize your loadout of weapons and powerups, there isn’t a whole lot to choose from, but it gives a nice variety from lasers to force fields. However once you do ge...
Excerpt: A far cry from Parodius, Konami's latest Gradius spin-off isn't one fans should flock to. I was originally introduced to Otomedius, the Japan-exclusive, arcade-only sexy Gradius spin-off that Konami launched in late 2007, during a summer I spent in Tokyo the following year. I've always had a soft spot for classic Konami franchises, with Contra, Gradius, and Lifeforce being three of my all-time most played NES games.
Pros: PROS: Gradius returns (though as a moe shooter); Score attack and multiplayer modes help flesh out the experience; decent design; it's only $30.
Cons: CONS: Lacks personality (where are the Moai heads?); dated graphics don't capitalize on either Gradius' aesthetic or characters' sex appeal; unlimited continues and retreating, repetitive bosses take the challenge out of gameplay; probably not worth the cost of a disc release for most.
Otomedius Excellent Review: Excellent Doesn’t Belong In This Game’s Title
9 November 2011
Conclusion: Concept: Take Gradius, add overt sexuality, and take away the majority of the fun
Graphics: This game would have looked amazing in 1999
Sound: The music is a random assortment of techno that sometimes feels weird and out of place
Playability: The pitiful starting weapons and slow ships make this a very difficult shooter to enjoy
Entertainment: It’s embarrassing to play this game in a public setting
Replay: Moderately High
Excerpt: Who’ll defend the planet when squadrons of gleaming saucers and stomping mechs invade? A manic clique of scantily clad anime maidens, of course. Duh. Who did you think it’d be? Otomedius Excellent ’s brand of sidescrolling shoot-’em-up action draws heavily from Konami’s aged Gradius playbook. Rust-colored ships and zigzagging formations leave behind power-up bursts you can nab to speed up your ship, upgrade your weapons, or summon floating turrets.
Pros: + Cutie-pies obliterate everything with unusual weapons; 30 bucks.