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Darius Burst

version: jp - year: 2009 - developer: taito - publisher: taito - format: psp, umd - condition: mint - rarity: uncommon

 

The tree-structure allows for some replayability

 

The first level takes place underwater and is maybe the best level in the entire game. I don't know why but I feel that seascapes and the water element in general should be used more often is such an atmospheric way. Maybe Taito's artists aren't talented enough...

 

The Burst energy beam.

 

The mechanical seahorse is a cool little boss

Review - Darius Burst won't surprise you.

It just ticks all the expected boxes for providing you with a warmed up fish soup you have tasted before. You better eat within three days, or else it will start smelling!

Culinary metaphors aside, what I am trying to say here is that if you played any of the Darius games before, you'll feel right at home here.

The side-view polygon graphics are reminiscent of Darius G (PS) while the Zuntata electronic soundtrack with lyrical voiceovers brings back memories of Darius Gaiden (SS).

On the gameplay front, the titular Burst element is a gauge that fills up as you shoot enemies. An all powerful Burst attack can then be unleashed.

To get the best out of this weapon, you'll be required to do some clever alternating between regular and burst attacks. If this system brings to mind Border Down, it should because it has been basically borrowed straight from it!

For the rest, Darius Burst is just typical Darius, as you'll be able to choose your own path to victory by navigating through levels which split in a tree-structure.

Bottom line: In the end, Darius Burst is probably one of the better games in the series but the little innovations it introduces can't help to make the Darius brand feel a bit stale. 7,5/10


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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