Omega V Review

August 10, 2009 at 9:33 pm | Posted in Reviews, Xbox 360 Reviews | Leave a comment
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Published by: Hudson Soft
Developed by: Natsume
Genre: Action
Number of Players: 1-2
Features: 720p Support

Whilst the first play of this unforgiving side scrolling shooter may be a little daunting, fear not, as a little bit of concentration and practice will see this game well into your good books. Omega V is one of the newest original Arcade games to hit the store and though doesn’t offer a mass of gaming, will still keep your entertained for your moneys worth.

The game covers just 4 levels. Each in different and vibrant settings have a vast array of enemies you must fight through to reach the boss. As mentioned, the game is unforgiving and hard to begin with. But that’s purely down to being the kind of game it is. Controls are relatively easy to grasp and simple but its more gathering your feet as you start a new kind of game. You start the game with 2 characters (two more being unlock able) each with different abilities and weapons.

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Your weapon (changes depending on your character) is fired with the right analogue stick depending on the direction you push it in. During the mission your able to change the effect of your weapon and upgrade it by finding boxes throughout the level. There are 3 weapon types and each can be upgraded 3 levels. Find the one which suits you best and learn to use it to your advantage as these upgrades can make a huge difference in battle. Your character is also given a signature second attack which varies over the characters.

Killing enemies releases lots of small purple triangles which can be collected to fill up 3 triangles on your HUD; these are your power weapons which will deal a lot of damage to the enemies in one heavy blow. Your also given a health bar which can be replenished with very scarce health packs. Like traditional arcade games, your given lives in the form of credits. Starting with 3, but as you put more time into the game, you’ll find yourself being rewarded more credits which will begin to ease your travels through the levels

The game is very smooth on the graphics end and is one of the few visually rewarding arcade games out there. Definitely a game to enjoy in HD with all the bring environments and enemies.

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A lot of the in-game music isn’t well heard over the noise of your attacks and shooting. Though tunes through your Xbox Live Custom soundtrack with more than make up for this.

With the game only having 4 levels it may seem like an easy and short game, but unless you’re a veteran at these kind of games, you’ll be repeating some of the beginning levels a lot more often than you’d think until your rewarded with extra lives after your total game time elapsed over key times.

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The life of this game may decrease however with the fact that nothing changes each level, and the enemies can be predicted and timed on when they appear. A good memory and being able to anticipate what’s next can be a key to finding yourself at the end of levels faster.

The game, though daunting at first play turns out to become quite the arcade game amongst your collection. A great original arcade game which isn’t a remake or re-vamp of a previous game. A welcome game which breaks away from the typical Xbox Live Arcade game. However to casual gamers this might not be the kind of arcade game there after

My Rating: 8.2

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