Game Of The
This is dedicated to everything about one of the best shooter series of all time. To some of the newest games in the series (Star Soldier: Vanishing Earth), to the original shoot'em up (Star Soldier NES).
I started this site back in 1999 when I wanted to find some more information about this cool game called Star Soldier Vanishing Earth. Sadly I was deeply disappointed when all I found was lame codes, weak reviews and dead ends, hardly anybody was talking about this game. We at Videogames101 cannot just let this game disappear especially with the game's rich history which dates back to the original Nintendo era. I'm making Star Soldier my first ever game of the month, because not only can get over 10,000,000 points in the 5 minute mission in Super Star Soldier, I can also beat Star Soldier 64 in Master mode and believe me that is pretty nerdy. I know way more about these games that almost anyone else and that's why I'm the Star Soldier.
I had to review this one, eh? Here is the original Star Soldier
for the old Nintendo Entertainment System. This game here
was created by Hudson soft in 1986 for the Japanese Nintendo Disk Drive
(the Famicon DD) and then it was converted to an cartridge here for us
in North America if any of you care. Is the game worth dusting off and
picking up though?
I was surprised and excited when I saw this new game first in the previews
back in early 90's, Super Star Soldier looked awesome especially
when compared to the first game on the old NES
and it looks like the TurboGrafx-16 was going
to get another stellar shooter. After finally playing it "I
was hooked!" First off this 4 meg game has some awesome game
play features like four cool looking weapons, two special units,
2 and 5 minute modes (very cool by the way), and 8 stages in Normal mode
plus the game also some fairly impressive sounds and some cool graphics
here and there to add to the package. This game is sure to impress the
shooter fan out there.
Moving on to the music, this game easily has the best soundtracks of the long
running series. Super Star Soldier tracks not only surpasses that
of Blazing Lazers impressive music but this mostly heart pounding stuff
fits the high energy game perfectly. Stages 2, 4, and 7 are some of my
Because the Turbografx wasn't selling too well in North America,
many Japanese PC Engine games were left in Japan. Unfortunately
this means that Hudson's Final Soldier didn't make the cut. I finally
got chance to play it on my Turbografx thanks to a special import converter
and it's not too bad as far as shooters go.
only thing really wrong with Final Soldier is the fairly weak looking
graphics and poor sounds. Everything feels and looks rushed here in terms
of visuals go because a lot of the enemy models like kind of flat or they
just look too generic. Even the backgrounds are rather boring for a vertical
shoot em up. The sounds don't fair much better either since most of the
tracks sound like watered down versions of Super Star Soldier's music
plus you can also expect a few bad voices as well.
Final Soldier was supposed to be the last Star Soldier game, Hudson Soft
created a new shooter that was more of a spin-off then a sequel.
Enter the Soldier Blade, a new starship ready to take on a huge
armada fleet that was once earth's defensive army. The game features the
same modes as previous games like the Normal mission and Time trials,
but now things plays little differently.
The weapons don't seem all
that different from one another and their are no secondary power-ups like
missiles and shields like there was in Super Star Soldier.
Also the graphics look kind of plain even for 1993's standards. A good
example of the weak looks is the boring first half of level 4's forest
area and the quiet dead space of level 5. I wasn't too fond of the sound
effect either, the various lasers and explosions are nothing we haven't
heard before plus the voice samples here are too scratchy.
SOLDIER VANISHING EARTH
play in Star Soldier V.E. is easily
the game's coolest feature. This game can be played both offensively
and defensively thanks to your new reflector shield (R button). Each
ship can perform the shield move and you can use it as much as you like
but there is a 5 second delay before you can use it again, timing is very
important. Plus we can't forget about Star Soldier V.E.'s interesting
Combo scoring system, if you combo meter doesn't break then the more enemies
you destroy them the bigger the bonus you'll earn, the combo system helps
add replay value as your skills get better which especially works well
in the time trials modes.
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