The only small issue is that small screen size can be a factor in handheld mode when playing on the triple and dual-screen arcade releases in pixel-perfect mode. Outside of that, this is an absolutely amazing collection of classic shoot ‘em ups that I feel is ultimately worth the higher price tag. I think you’ll agree that the overall quality of this collection is worth it.
Darius Cozmic Collection Arcade gathers some very important side-scrolling shoot-em-up classics into one very attractive package. It’s not a definitive edition by any means, but it’s a fantastic release for fans of the franchise.
With a near-perfect emulation of the original classics and the
possibility to change nearly every parameter possible, this is just what
the 2D shoot'em-up enthusiast needs. It's true that adding collectible
extras would be welcome and the compilation would be even better if it
included G-Darius, but being focused on the 2D legacy of the series,
Darius Cozmic Collection Arcade is more than worthy of featuring on
every shoot'em-up fan with a Nintendo Switch.
Darius Cozmic Collection Arcade is a good compilation and the titles included are of a high quality, but as comprehensive as it is, it's still a little limited for the price. Enthusiasts, however, will be delighted by it.
This is a much-needed collection of iconic shoot 'em ups that, until now, were lost to the sands of time. Each of the games included in this collection is a thrill to play, but it's hard not to compare the number of games included and the lack of extra content with the premium price tag and feel like something is off. A lack of extras could be forgiven if this were a complete collection, but the fact that there are titles missing from this compilation raises red flags on an otherwise stellar set of arcade shooter classics.
While M2’s emulation work is spectacular as always, the Darius Cozmic Collection suffers from a failure of imagination. It envisions the history of this eclectic, evocative franchise as a commodity to be fastidiously repackaged and sold as’ content’ rather than taking the opportunity to explore and appreciate one of the strangest sagas in gaming. It’s a frustratingly narrow view that leaves the Darius story untold, and Taito has ensured that these collections will blend in with countless others on a shelf, struggling to be found in the crowded marketplace.
SummaryThe Darius Cozmic Collection Arcade contains 4 legendary console titles in a total of 7 versions:
DARIUS (old version)
DARIUS (new version)
DARIUS (extra version)
DARIUS II (dual screen version)
SAGAIA (Ver. 1)
SAGAIA (Ver. 2)