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  • Summary: LIBERATION MAIDEN is a full-scale 3D sci-fi shooter created by critically acclaimed developer Goichi Suda, better known as SUDA51, from Grasshopper Manufacture, creators of fan-favorites Lollipop Chainsaw, No More Heroes, Shadows of the Damned and many more. Set 100 years in the future in New Japan, LIBERATION MAIDEN puts players in the role of Shoko Ozora, piloting a humanoid robot called Kamui. The game brings AAA production values to the downloadable market in an unprecedented collaboration of all-star creators in music, art, and design, including breathtaking animation by the acclaimed animation studio, bones. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. Oct 24, 2012
    85
    A striking action-packed shoot-'em-up that's up there with the best in the genre.
  2. Oct 9, 2012
    80
    Liberation Maiden is a game that will see you involved in the struggles between mecha. Your mission is to free the Japanese cities.
  3. Oct 8, 2012
    78
    Liberation Maiden is not that work of art you might have expected, but it has interesting basic approaches and the gameplay is well done.
  4. Oct 16, 2012
    70
    Clearly a low-budget game considering its extremely short length and its mediocre graphics, Liberation Maiden is an original and fun shooter nonetheless, which fans of the genre should definitely check out.
  5. Nov 15, 2012
    70
    Despite being a fun game, it's very bare, with few levels just relying on replaying for it to get any kind of lasting value. No matter how much you loved the game, though, replaying the same five is not enough for me to give this amazing, fun, beautiful game the high rank that it deserves.
  6. Oct 14, 2012
    65
    Liberation Maiden is a classic shoot'em up with intense gameplay, but it's too short and has repetitive mechanics.
  7. Jan 14, 2013
    40
    If you're a Suda-51 enthusiast or if it's on sale, then it'll be worth it, but other than that, it's a tiny distraction that provides a little entertainment, closer to an app game than something you'd play on a proper console, even a handheld one.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Nov 24, 2013
    10
    This game was absolutely perfect. At no time did I ever regret this purchase because any flaw that the game had was easily drowned out by the amount of fun that I was having while playing it.
    The music in the game beautifully matched the action and tempo of the game, going from fights with smaller enemies to fighting mission bosses, adding in both volume and lyrics.
    It has good amount of re-playability, especially in Stage Attack mode where you can compete to break your score and try to get all the bonus achievements. Plus, since the stages are also pretty short, it is a great game to play anywhere while you're waiting around.
    Even after wearing my hands out, I couldn't wait to play again.
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  2. Dec 17, 2013
    8
    I'll get straight to the point. If you're a fan of the twisted works of Suda 51, Anime and non-stop blow-the-living-crap-out-of-anything-that-moves action, you'll love this game. You will blow through it pretty fast, but it's worth the money. If you have an extra five bucks left-over from your last purchase, I recommend buying this shooter. Expand
  3. Nov 6, 2012
    8
    This is an entertaining title bordering on the thin line between arcade action and devoted gameplay. The overall production is astounding and the semi-rail movement is fun. The controls are similar to Kid Icarus: Uprising but with out the precision. Very well made, though I was expecting more, but still worth the price. Good for bus rides and queues. Expand
  4. Dec 16, 2012
    8
    Liberation Maiden es un juego ágil, que tiende al estilo arcade en su desempeño y que ofrece un poco de historia y acción llena de todo el feeling japonés de su animación. Si bien es un título bastante corto, no es en su extensión donde concentra su esencia, sino en su rejugabilidad, en los mejores puntajes y en cumplir objetivos, en tres niveles de dificultad. Superar records y completar la galería de extras (vídeos, historia, personajes) puede gustar cuando tienes un juego rápido, entretenido y gráficamente aceptable. Para ser un título de descarga digital, está muy bien. Si buscas algo arcade, mucho mejor. No esperes horas y horas de historia ni niveles por montón, porque no los encontrarás. Pero sí puedo asegurarte algo: quienes amen la animación y emotividad japonesa, gustarán de sus bonitas cinemáticas, de su historia contada por gotera a lo largo del juego y de su ambientación, mezcla entre la alta tecnología futurista, el medio ambiente natural y la mitología nipona. El único punto negativo, es que quedas con ganas de mucho más, sobre todo contando el final. Pero bueno. Recomendable. Expand
  5. Dec 25, 2012
    8
    There are some games like this : you only have to play for 30 seconds to know it's gonna be good. Liberation Maiden is one of those. Backed by a story and a character design kinda mixing Evangelion and Infinite Stratos, the game has you play has Shôko, a high school girl who is at the same time... President of Japan!!!

    Yes. In Liberation Maiden, politicians aren't fat cats making broken laws. True, the situation calls for immediate action as an unknown life form has invaded and corrupted the whole country. Shôko is entrusted with the fateful mission of wiping the aliens out and making the land green again.

    Learning how to play Liberation Maiden takes approximately... 4 seconds! Quite a performance since it feels so complicated when you have to explain it. You fire lasers by tapping the touchscreen, but the enemies are on the upper screen and the touchscreen is black (save for the simple map). The attack you fire lands on the upper screen a the equivalent location to where you've tapped on touchscreen. You are therefore empirically thinking your next move depending of where the precedent one hit (because of course you NEVER have to time to glance at the touchscreen). At 10 bursts/second, it's absolutely natural. This epic gameplay is further reinforced by the hazardous environment. Lasers, missiles, infrared radars come from everywhere and let you no time to breathe. The boss battles are even heated and unforgiving. Graphically speaking, it's rather ugly, probably due to the low budget. But on the other hand you do have an outstanding sound environment. The sound of lasers, explosions, the rumbling of the dying aliens, the characters' lines, the little messages you receive from inhabitants upon completing an objective : all that makes Liberation Maiden the closest game to Evangelion I've ever seen. But of course, you will needed the original Japanese version for that, English dubs would only hurt your ears.

    True, the game is short (3 to 4 hours), it's repetitive, it has some punitive difficulty spikes, but for 8
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  6. Jan 20, 2013
    5
    I beat it in about 4 or 5 hours and didn't die a single time through the whole game until the last boss fight.
    The gameplay, although very
    stylish and fun, is so easy and brainless that it all just seems pointless. And there is no real reason to play through the game again.
    For 8 bucks, I don't know. I'd say it's worth it if you like anime and stuff.
    Don't buy this if you are a hardcore fan of shmups. This is not for you. This is for causals and anime enthusiasts. You will not be challenged by this game, you will be insulted. You have been warned.
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