Aren’t you sick of all these great XBLA games that have been coming out lately like Clash of Heroes, Outland, and as of today, Bangai-O HD: Missile Fury? I know, right? It’s like, I’m sitting here at home and I’m able to download an awesome and unique game that would never make the cut at retail for only ten to fifteen bucks. I’m fed up with it!
Sarcasm aside, Bangai-O: Missile Fury is Treasure’s latest version of its venerated and absolutely bonkers Dreamcast/N64 manic shooter. I’ve been playing with it for the last 30 minutes or so, and having been completely in love with the DS version a couple of years ago, I’m happy to announce that the game does not disappoint. Particularly when it comes to the “missile fury” department- see the above picture. The gameplay is the same as past installments- it’s more or less a twin stick shooter with complicated controls, extremely short stages (you might last literally two seconds on some of them), and insane amounts of ordnance on the screen at once. Which does, in fact, look stunning in HD. Once again, your tiny little robot has to pick up pineapples and bananas to power up for counter attacks. I haven’t seen soccer balls or baseball bat levels yet, hopefully they’re coming.
800 points buys you an awful lot of missles. Review forthcoming at Gameshark.