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Title: The Hurricane of the Varstray -Collateral hazard-
Genre: Action, Indie
Release Date: 21 Dec, 2015
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quot;I'm telling you, I'm under age.". It's okay, it looks nice visually and sounds okay.
But oversensitive controls makes the bullet dodging-experience a pain in the♥♥♥♥♥
Also the boss design is boring and the translation confusing.. This game is... Excellent! More considering from how small Studio SiestA is.
The references to Trouble Witches (Their most popular STG game out there, you should check it out too) are amazing, the bullet and hitbox is awesome, the history is even very cool too.
Now here is the thing that... most people for some... reason... Don't seem to know lol
This game is 4 to 5 buttons, one of them is to make the ship slowdown, if you don't press it, you are at max speed, just remember that when getting the game (So, don't even try to play this on Keyboard unleast you have perfect control and anti ghosting)
As I said before, I really love what this is, just a bit odd you cannot do TATE on it, weird lol.
But everything else is really good, going to check out the new expansion too.. very pretty bullet hell. sporadically translated, don't really understand what the hell's going on. nice music. a satisfying number of achievements. overall, pretty good, would buy in the sale again.. The Hurricane of the Varstray -Collateral Hazard- is a vertical shooter bullet hell game that I would highly recommend for fans of the genre. It has a few elements that immediately made it stand out to me. The biggest one is probably the "bullet wobble" or a parallax-type effect on all the bullets on screen where they move slightly in the opposite direction as your ship's movement. This effect seems to be turned up to 11, and on top of this there are a ridiculous amount of bullets and enemies on the screen at any given time even on novice mode. That being said the game looks a lot harder than it is, which I think is a good thing ultimately. I've seen some of the other reviews criticize the game for having hit detection that is too forgiving, complaining that they found it difficult to die or that their ship would get hit by bullets and they wouldn't die. Indeed, especially on easy, the game allows the player to fly through very dense bullet patterns at high speed and many times come out unscathed.
To say your hitbox is small and the bullet edges are "soft" is an understatement. The auto-shield regenerates very quickly as you kill enemies in easy mode and is very forgiving overall after triggering. Although, after a solid amount of time playing I can assure you that it is possible to die and the game definitely has a consistent hit detection that once learned is very fun to play. It may be slightly different in that it is a lot more forgiving than many bullet hell games in this area but with the amount of bullets and enemies it makes sense. In the few moments where the game is too hard (level 2 in the DLC's meteorites come to mind, or when continuing and missing the full powerup leaving you with the base weapon only in a later level) it is apparent that the actual game balance is appropriate for creating an enjoyable challenge; the game isn't very fun when it's too hard to play, which is a real balancing act when there are going to be thousands of bullets on the screen at once. I've also seen the criticism that the player ship moves too fast or is impossible to dodge accurately because it is too sensitive. These people either played it in an earlier version or didn't assign a slow button. The game has a slow button that can be pressed while shooting the main weapon to slow you down.
The game's translation is comically bad at times, but the story is at least interesting in that it's a puzzle told from many perspectives. For me, the poor translation actually added to my enjoyment trying to figure out the mysteries behind the story. The only real criticisms or warnings I have is that I did encounter some technical problems with the game. I am playing on integrated graphics on a laptop with good ram and i7 cpu which runs most shmups fine initially, and generally has no problems with this kind of game. I have had a graphical glitch and it seems others have too where the game black screens at random points in story mode preventing completion. This is obviously a serious error and for now it appears I have fixed it after trying many things, but I'm still not sure if I have just gotten lucky so far. Usually I wouldn't leave a positive recommendation in such a case but I like this game so much that I'm willing to work around it to try to get the chance to play more. This is a small developer afterall, I am just thankful to have the chance to play smaller games like this that may have been passed over or less available in the past. I hope they will make more! Highly recommended for fans of the genre, just know that it's a little rough around the edges in terms of translation and possibly stability.. Nice pure shmup/bullet hell game.
On the pro side;
+ It runs without slowing down on an average PC - even when there are ship loads of bullets and enemies on the screen.
+ The shield mechanics are spot on - you have just enough shield power to dodge chaotic situations, but not as much as to incentivize you to play by solely relying on it.
On the con side;
- The mouse doesn't disappear even on full screen mode.
- There are no unique bosses (with their own respective unique BGM),
- Even though there are stages, you don't feel any stage progression (no noticeably unique enemies show up on each new stage).
Verdict: Recommended to fans of the genre.. Solid title with good effort put into adding story, It is still confusing, largely in part due to the poor translation.. LOVE this game! Was a bit weary and wishlisted it to come on sale, but after only getting 10% off, I feel it was a very fair price. Says DX11, but looks like DX9.0c to me. Not a bad thing, just an observation. I love you shooting your ememies to power up your shields, a fun and unique style of play. 12 fairly long levels, but bosses are just too easy. Have played early access titles that feel more finished, but it looks like the developers are on the right track with constantly updating the game. Did have problems setting the game to fullscreen from the options menu, would get a black screen and game would lock up, forcing me to restart my PC. Not sure if its because of my ultrawide screen(2560x1080), but if I press ALT+ENTER, it switches to fullscreen and windowed mode just fine. Something that many older dx9.0c title do with Windows10, but this is supposed to be a DX11 title, so I am a little baffled. But if you are sitting on the fence, I can highly recommend this game to any shmup fan, its well worth the asking price.. But don't let the little things like that stop you from buying this title, its an AMAZING game! Its got XBox360 written all over it, really