“Ragazza del mostro Paradiso”
Admittedly, I had never played a Shantae game before. I had heard vague, hot whispers of WayForward’s purple-haired woman and her veneration among a larger cult following; but in earlier years the series seemed to exist in obscurity, and it wasn’t until Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse that I began to hear more about the games and their critical acclaim. Thus, the genie and I had never formally met. Delayed by a couple of years, we fast forward to Shantae: ½ Genie Hero, a game of many firsts. First in the series to be funded via Kickstarter, the first to implement 3D environments, and the first entry I’d be introduced to. It’s certainly a strong opener. Continue reading Only…a Shantae: 1/2 Genie Hero Review
“Hell is empty. All the devils are here.”
Loadout is, if anything, bombastic. In a developer market obsessed with waist high cover and tactical realism, it certainly isn’t a game that will appeal to everyone. It can be loud, crude, ridiculous, infuriating, and juvenile at the best of times. You’ll hear the shrill screams of your characters’ final throes and find yourself either laughing or shaking your head when they raise a bloody middle-fingered salute. You’ll see this sort of thing a lot, as survival is something of a luxury in a game teeming with so much frenetic commotion. Make no mistake, staving off the reaper for more than a minute is a grand feat when considering the arsenal of skin-searing murder weapons. So if you’re looking for a game that rewards patience, brimming with constant tension and sweeping maneuvers, then you’ll probably want to avoid the exasperation and take a pass here. However, if the words: “penta-barreled, laser-guided electric rocket launcher” fills your eyes with a childlike sparkle and curiosity, then maybe you should just download the game right now.
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