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Experience sensory overload with CAVEs latest addition to the shmup arena, Akai Katana. Set in a parallel world resembling Japan's Taisho period, the people have discovered the powerful blood swords. Requiring human sacrifices to unleash their immense destructive power, these swords have been used by the empire to crush neighbouring countries.
However, all the bloodshed and power gained through sacrificing close family members has made some of the swordsmen think twice. With new fighter planes and the powered up swords at their disposal, this small band of rebels now fight back against the tyrannical empire.
Created specifically with the Xbox 360 in mind, Akai Katana has new stages, new characters and a new scoring system. The graphics are adapted to suit 16:9 screens and everything is even more beautiful with full HD artwork.
Akai Katana - Cave's most console optimised release yet!
Full HD, full 16:9 support. Originally released in arcades at a 4:3 aspect ratio, Akai Katana has been reworked for the home console environment and features gorgeous full HD graphics in 16:9.
Xbox 360-only Features. A full upgrade from the arcade version, Akai Katana includes an updated, more intense game system, a brand new stage and boss. Dash in close to enemies to get "guiding ore", trigger your special mode and cancel bullets to earn points! These features are sure to keep people playing and maintain word of mouth.
Revamped Interface. The CAVE standard 360 user interface has been completely reworked with full animation and a graphical interface. Akai Katana's eye-catching UI gives an attractive finish to the overall package.
Arcade Mode Included. For those who enjoy the game system of the arcade version, a 4:3 HD version of the Arcade game is included as well.
Online scoreboards and replays. Akai Katana features online scoreboards and replays to let you compare your scores to friends as well as the best of the best.
Yes, the game runs for about half an hour, similar to the majority of bullet hell games. The fun challenging factor lies in completing that run without continuing.
That is the thing to aim for; that has been a large part of the point of these games since the early 90's.
And that is what newcomers should ultimately focus on if they want to experience the value this (and other CAVE games) hold. Even if they were to 1cc (the term for beating the game without continuing in this genre) Akai Katana in the easiest mode - Slash. Look at the score, is it anywhere near 7 billion points (the world record)?
30 minutes long but you need to put in RPG hours to master it. The reason people do is because, like all games in this genre, you are in-game very quickly from when you play the disc from the dashboard. There are tutorial videos for each mode but you aren't forced into them at any point and have no sooner pressed start before you are dodging streams of intricately patterend colourful bullets and blasting the enemies firing them with your OTT shot and laser. Very arcade-like and will bring a bit of nostalgia to many 25-30yo+ gamers.
Another fine release from CAVE. Granted it's taken some time to get to us, But it saves you importing it!
For the veteran CAVE shooter there's nothing new to go on about here, great scoring system for those perfectionists out there and great replay ability if you want to learn everything. Frame-rate dips that people tend to go on about aren't that. It's slowed down during manic areas to give you a fighting chance of dodging bullets.
Buy the game to quell your bullet hell needs, and ultimately help support Rising Star to bring more CAVE games this way!
Joe Anderson (Editor) |
1 year ago
Short but sweet
There was me thinking 2D scrolling shooters were all but dead and then Rising Star Games bring over fan favourite Akai Katana, but whilst scrolling fans will be ecstatic with this extremely fast paced shooter, newcomers may be a little flummoxed as to what all the fuss is about.
Very little has changed over the years for this particular genre of game, just more powerful game engines offering more on screen items and prettier graphics, with the game scrolling your ship through the levels with hundreds of enemies just aiming for you along the way to the inevitable boss fight at the end. Bright and explosive graphics aside, with Akai Katana you will find that it will not let up for an instant, with the first level shocking you into realisation this will not be a walk in the park. Mere seconds into the game and the initial salvo of bullets seems unending, with blue and red bullets making deadly patterns to dodge as you fire back and try to clear a path and survive as long as possible. The screen is awash with bullets, blink and your dead; though this not helped by the fact with every kill you earn energy which is represented by large green blobs which are automatically attracted to your ship, making it very hard to differentiate between death dealing bullets and life saving energy.
There are three ships you can play as, all classic fighter planes that have been kitted out with some serious technology to at least give you a chance to survive the relentless waves of enemy attacks. Each fighter comes with a slightly different attack style plus their own summon power, which grants the ability to have a phantom assist you, offering improved firepower and also a shield that can allow you to navigate safely through some of the more bullet heavy moments.
The presentation is of a high quality, with plenty of well created, hand drawn enemy vehicles all wanting to blast you out of the sky, with helicopters, planes and tanks of varying sizes all gunning for you, though you do start to notice that there is an awful lot of repetition of them throughout the levels. The story in Akai Katana is pretty much non-existent, with the instruction booklet offering more info on the plot than the game itself, letâ€™s just say it is based in an alternate reality Japan where a mineral called Guiding Ore replaced coal and electricity and you are a group of rebels on a suicide mission trying and stop the evil emperor, oh yeah and your co-pilot is a ghost that previously committed suicide to grant you special powers. Itâ€™s only at the end that the game offers any real explanation with a very brief final scene explaining things; this game is really only for scrolling shooter fans.
As with any side scrolling game, it is the boss fights that are the most memorable and Akai Katana initially shows promise but then, like mentioned earlier, it just repeats the same ideas over and over again. The boss will just be hovering on the right side of the screen, spewing various coloured bullets at you as you throw whatever you have back at them, dodging the incoming barrage. Just like you own fighters, the bosses are able to summon, but this time huge war machines that burst from a portal; from massive trains, zeppelins or flying battleships, you need to be wary of their attacks patterns as well as the boss. Whilst a great idea, it is the same pattern boss after boss, with the game not really offering any new ideas other than throwing even more at you.
With the game hosting so many on screen bullets and enemies it manages to make games like Dynasty Warriors feel empty, but with all this action sadly something had to give, with the frame rate drops becoming an issue, but only it seems on boss fights in which noticeable slowdown occurs when the screen is full of bullets (not really complaining mind as it helped dodging death a little longer).
Anyone with any real skill will complete the game easily within about 30 minutes which comes as a bit of a surprise for a retail release. To extend the lifespan of the game you have the three ships to try out plus a few game modes, the Akai Katana Origin mode, Slash mode and Climax mode. Each offer score attacks and replay options to compete with other players and also a two player option but they differ in slightly in areas like extra special moves involving collecting katanaâ€™s to build up powerful attacks, slightly different enemy patterns and also native screen sizes.
If you like your shooters with huge kanji symbols randomly appearing on screen, screaming ninjas, a hell of a lot of bullets to dodge and a noisy Japanese rock track that makes your living room sound like an arcade, then this is for you. Scrolling shootâ€™em up fans will be through Akai Katana in mere moments, however that wonâ€™t matter too much as they still have plenty of reasons to go back for more. There is little in the way of replayability to hook newcomers though, which may be something to think about when considering this title.
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Akai Katana TrailerExperience sensory overload with CAVEs latest addition to the shmup arena, Akai Katana. Set in a parallel world resembling Japanâ€™s Taisho period, the people have discovered the powerful blood swords. Requiring human sacrifices to unleash their immense destructive power, these swords have been used by the empire to crush neighbouring countries.
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