Elemental Gearbolt PlayStation

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  • Summary: In a fantastic world divided by class and race, technology from a mysterious source has imbued a young prince with the key to unimaginable power. By means of a Neural Network Computer fueled by the grey matter of unfortunate 'volunteers', he plans to conquer the known world, replacing itIn a fantastic world divided by class and race, technology from a mysterious source has imbued a young prince with the key to unimaginable power. By means of a Neural Network Computer fueled by the grey matter of unfortunate 'volunteers', he plans to conquer the known world, replacing it with a new order of his design. The only fly in the ointment is disturbing reports of two powerful Elementals storming across the land on a direct course toward the palace. One or two players can assume the identities of these Elementals as they crusade for an unknown master toward a climactic battle. The gripping story unfolds by means of heart-stopping fully-3D action levels interspersed with gorgeous hand-drawn animation scenes. This is the game for which VISA was invented--what are you waiting for? Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. 83
    Simply stated: Elemental Gearbolt is easily one of the genre's finest moments.
  2. Game Informer
    83
    Elemental Gearbolt is just a great gun game (even though it's short). The anime cut-scenes are awesome, the game engine is super smooth with lots to shoot, and the music is fantastic. [Aug 1998]
  3. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    80
    Even more impressive is the soundtrack that's comprised of a collection of haunting orchestral CD tracks that give the game a dark mood and atmosphere difficult to put into words. [Aug 1998]
  4. 80
    On the negative side, the polygonal graphics are plagued by pixelization and the game is way too short, offering only six levels of quick shoot-em0up action. All told, Elemental Gearbolt may be a just a little too easy for the hardcore shooter, but enthusiasts should definitely rent this commendable game.
  5. netjak
    80
    If this game were just revamped to have cleaner 3D, and better framerates in 2 player mode, I think it would STILL blow everyone's mind today [March 2005]. Solid, fantastic work. If only someone had followed your lead, Alfa System...we might actually have a market for light gun shooters still.
  6. Namco's incredibly accurate GunCon is optional in Elemental Gearbolt, but it's not necessarily needed, as the enemies are quite large, and shooting in their general direction seems to cap them fairly easily.
  7. Elemental Gearbolt sadly fails to satisfy in the gameplay stakes, which is really the most important aspect of the game. Certainly go for it if you like the presentation and so on, but the so-called innovation stops at the presentation and nothing is done to enhance the gameplay.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. AnthonyR.
    Jan 23, 2005
    10
    This game is the bomb.
  2. TonyV.
    Nov 26, 2007
    8
    I've played many shmup games in my life, and this game ranks 1st as my favorite shmup game. my 2nd favorite being Ikaruga.

Awards & Rankings

#15 Most Discussed PS1 Game of 1998