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The New King of Dōjin Shmups

Jan/19/2017  

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Cambria Sword
Vagues_Games
$14.74 / 1,620 JPY  >> $11.79 20% OFF  / 1,296 JPY
An epic shooter set in the future-past of giant creepy crawlies...
ShooterEXEInc. MusicTrialComike91
  • Release: Jan/17/2017
  • DL: 25
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Cambria Sword is a meticulous work that brings us the best of a decade virtually lost. It follows a structure similar to the Treasure's works, with the boss rush as center, counting on enemy routines ranging from the classic to the rain of bullets (danmaku), and a little hitbox in our main character. Its resemblance to Bio-Hazard battle is remarkably visually, but in mechanics it goes far enough. The horizontal view is not only limited to side scroll, but also moves in all directions, creating great, long and difficult scenarios. Drinks from some Taito works (with a sofisticated shortcut system based on decisions, similar to G-Darius), also Tecnosoft in terms of varied weaponry (there are dozens of combinations), the progression platform in phases, with obstacles and traps, remembering at times to Thunder Force saga or Naious. Graphically it is spectacular, if a boss has to occupy the entire screen will do, as well as his attacks. The music is pure heavy-metal and brutal death, fast and frantic. It contains a significant number of bosses and hundreds of mechanics, desperado attacks and a myriad of original ideas, with years of work behind by a single person. It also has a reward system similar to Cho Ren Sha.

I only recommend it to people already familiar with horizontal shmups and have a long history with the genre (tons of hours), it is VERY, VERY difficult, it demands a lot of patience, precision and memorization. The "Sharp X68000 standards" are back; a domestic shmup with an unnatural longevity, surpassing any arcade. You will love it or you will hate it.

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