Azure Striker Gunvolt 3DS

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  • Summary: When lightning strikes, a new legend will be born. Azure Striker GUNVOLT is a 2D side-scrolling action game. The heroe's agility and control over lightning create a fresh approach to the genre that gives the player a unique feeling of speed and power.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Sep 22, 2014
    91
    It’s a 2D shooter-platformer that has one eye on the past and the other on the present, coalescing to form a game that firmly takes the genre another step forward into the future.
  2. Sep 14, 2014
    90
    Azure Striker Gunvolt isn't just a great game; it's something of a revelation, finding an entirely new — and rich — approach to the hardcore-platforming genre.
  3. Apr 21, 2015
    82
    Keiji Unafune does what he does best and have done the Mega Man that Capcom denies us. It's worth every single penny.
  4. Aug 28, 2014
    80
    Although the main mission path isn't difficult to finish, completing Gunvolt's optional trials and seeing everything through to the end will challenge and please even the most hardened veteran looking for a fresh, Mega Man-like experience.
  5. Sep 2, 2014
    80
    Anyone who loves the Mega Man will enjoy this, and early adopters get more for their money with the inclusion of Mighty Gunvolt as a free extra.
  6. Aug 28, 2014
    78
    With just the right pace, an appropriate level of challenge, and some customization options that make it much more than just another old-school side-scroller, Azure Striker Gunvolt comes heavily recommended to those that want to relive a sliver of the platformer golden era.
  7. Aug 29, 2014
    60
    Azure Striker Gunvolt looked like a second coming of Mega Man Zero. It's not, and that's no bad thing; it works on its own terms. However, between a lack of variety and some wild variances in difficulty, you get the impression that IntiCreates needed considerably more time and budget to invest in Gunvolt.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Sep 8, 2014
    10
    Absolutely phenomenal game. It's made by Inti Creates, otherwise known as the minds behind other games like Mega Man Zero series, as well asAbsolutely phenomenal game. It's made by Inti Creates, otherwise known as the minds behind other games like Mega Man Zero series, as well as the ZX series. Azure Striker Gunvolt was intended to be the spiritual successor to the Zero series, for obvious reasons why. However, as it stands on it's own, it's a fantastic game without the company's history considered. This was one of the few games that I do day one purchases on out of pure hype. The game itself is relatively simple. You play as a guy who jumps, shoots, and shocks people with electricity. You use your electricity by a gauge below your character that measures how much you have to be able to use before over heating. You can 'mark' enemies with your gun up to 3 times on a single target, and activating electricity will cause the marked enemies to be shocked by up to 3 bolts of electricity that lasts as long as you hold the button and the tag stands. It sounds easy, but the game is often designed to make the player feel more underpowered than anything. An enemy might have a shield to prevent you from marking them, for instance. Enemy placement might be in places that are risky to go to to attempt to mark the enemy to kill them. Even so, the game is relatively easy to learn for just about everyone. Mastering it, on the other hand, is the biggest challenge of the game. See, when you kill enemies or get special bonuses, you rack up a 'score' of sorts called 'kudos'. These kudos rise whenever you deal damage to an enemy with your gun or electricity. You can get additional bonus kudos through combat bonuses, such as double or triples (harder than it sounds), or air strikes, secret bonuses, etc. You are then ranked based on how many points you got at the end of the stage, and, depending on your time, the score is multiplied. C is the lowest rank you can get, and S+ is the highest. You'd think if you can get an S rank, an S+ rank is not too far off. But you couldn't be more wrong. The difference between an S and an S+ rank is not only simply not getting hit, but how efficient you are at slaying every enemy in the most efficient ways possible to rack up kudos combos. An example of this might be one stage that an S rank is required with 200k points, but an S+ is DOUBLE that amount. It's an insane challenge, but it's so incredibly satisfying when you work hard at it and finally get that S+ after memorizing stage patterns, paths, and where to execute doubles or triples to maximize your possible score. If there had to be one thing negative to say about Azure Striker Gunvolt, it's that it's tragically short, and casual players would beat it within a couple hours, but the replayability of this game is insane. Levels aren't tedious at all to repeat and go through over and over just to master it. It's not a chore at all, and you can accomplish some challenges to get some new parts for your character to do it again with upgrades to your character. And with the low, low price of $15 on the eShop, there is almost no excuse for any 3DS owner not to have this amazing game.

    TL;DR: It's only fifteen bucks. You owe it to yourself to buy this game.
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  2. Sep 5, 2014
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. As a games critic myself, I really like Azure Striker Gunvolt. It's one of the few Nintendo eShop games worth you time and money. If you liked Mega Man X, platform shooters or science-fiction masterpieces then {Azure Striker GUNVOLT is for you. If you want a heartbreaking and in-depth story, then this game most certainly is for you.
    Inti Creates certainly outdid themselves on this game.
    So in the end I give the game a 10/10
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  3. Jul 2, 2017
    9
    The first thing I'll say is that this game has a lot of similarities with Mega Man X, but it isn't it's clone. It has different weaponsThe first thing I'll say is that this game has a lot of similarities with Mega Man X, but it isn't it's clone. It has different weapons system, no weaknesses, no collectables that give you additional stats, and it has a lot of things that MMX doesn't have. From one point of view it is a disappointment, because the last MMX game we've seen was released in 2006 and it was a remake of the first game in the series. However, it doesn't make the game unfun - it is just as fun as MMX, but for different reasons. After all that said, let's begin.

    Azure Striker Gunvolt is a jump n' shoot game with a twist - your electric field which protects you from taking damage while not active and deals damage over time to all enemies on the screen which you've hit with a gun while active. This electric field makes the game really easy up until the end of the game where you have a boss rush and a really hard final boss with two forms, but at the same time it is really fun to kill enemies with a powerful burst of energy we all know as electricity. However, the game is more complicated than that - it also has RPG-like levels system, where killing enemies give you experience which then causes Gunvolt to level up, boosting his stats and giving you new abilities. At that point you'll think that you will need to grind, but no - I've beaten every single stage once and I could beat the final boss, even though it was a really tough one! Of course you could grind to make it easier, but that's not necessary. This game also has a lot of equips that can boost your stats, change your weapon or give you a new ability such as an air hop or air dash. And the thing that I don't like about this game is seven hidden jewels you must collect to see the true ending (including the true final boss). I mean, on my first playthrough I didn't even know about jewels and I thought I've beaten the game! I don't know, maybe it's just my opinion, but cutting the game at the end just because the player didn't collect something optional is not fun.

    In terms of graphics and sound, they are gorgeous for the 3DS! And no, graphics can't be bad just because it's 2D in 2014, and this game clearly shows why. Soundtrack is really memorable and some songs (yes, songs) are just epic! This game also has voice acting, but only the Japanese one and it's also brilliant. However, the plot of this game is predictable, hell, even the true final villain can be predicted in like second cutscene of the game! The concept is a bit weird too - the main female character Joule can resurrect dead by... singing. Yes, I've said that.

    Overall, it's a very enjoyable experience with a minor nitpicks. Even though my real score is 8.7/10, it is impossible to set a fractional score, so I will round it off to 9/10. Definitelly a recommendation to anyone who like jump n' shoot gameplay.
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  4. Mar 11, 2015
    9
    amazing take on plataformer action. the way its presented its both challenging and fun. the game's dificulty is given by how the player wantsamazing take on plataformer action. the way its presented its both challenging and fun. the game's dificulty is given by how the player wants it to be in its own mechanics: a few items will either give you a shield or limit your max hp. you can refuse the checkpoints for more points in your score and the better your score, the better items you get. fast paced and its simple mechanics aply so well in the levels giving out enough variet of situations and enemies. the story is simple but that doesent mean its bad, its great and it comes in a great presentation.
    i'll say its one of the must play for the 3ds
    my only complain is what the translators did ... some of the dialogue was cut in the US version :P that kinda sucks.
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  5. Sep 22, 2014
    9
    As a lifelong Mega Man fan, I can say without a doubt that this is a Mega Man game in all but name. Inti Creates took everything they didAs a lifelong Mega Man fan, I can say without a doubt that this is a Mega Man game in all but name. Inti Creates took everything they did right with the MMZ and MMZX series and crafted this spiritual successor that is worth well over the asked 15 bucks.

    The only thing that will take a little adjustment is the Force Field combat mechanic, but once that's taken care of, you'll have a blast!
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  6. Sep 14, 2014
    9
    There are a lot of things this game does right, and while it may not be a perfect example of what modern platformers can be like, it certainlyThere are a lot of things this game does right, and while it may not be a perfect example of what modern platformers can be like, it certainly does a great job of offering a decent challenge with a great storyline. It's a must buy for 3DS owners and platformer fans. Expand
  7. Jun 24, 2015
    1
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This game is extremely well made. The art os wonderful, the story is fascinating, and the music is excellent.

    However, the gameplay was clearly not designed with fun in mind.

    In order to do well on a level, you neex points. To get points you need kudos. To get kudos, you need to never take damage. EVER. You can't take the level slowly either, as time limits are also used to determine score. This turns what would otherwise have been a phenominal game into a chore, a job you're not paid to do. Then there's the final boss. If you don't die by falling into one of the pits that together take up about half the floor, or getting pushed into one of those pits, or the LITERALLY unavoidable falling sun that it can summon when its nearly dead, you get treated to the least fair boss fight ever, where you get shot by bullets that are nearly impossible to dodge, take your powers away, and are constantly re-fired, and since you can't double jump with no powers, dodging additional hits is even more unlikely. You also can't attack back until you get your powers back. If you manage to win, your reward is an unskippable cutscene and credits. My reward was the game failing to save my progress at the end of the credits. What a waste of time.

    That's basically what this game is. A waste of time.
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