• Publisher: 17-Bit
  • Release Date: Aug 4, 2015
  • Also On: PC
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  • Summary: This hand painted intergalactic adventure takes you to the ends of the universe to fight enemies in new ways. Inspired by the classic sci-fi anime of the late 1970s and early 1980s as well as more modern shooters.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 42
  2. Negative: 0 out of 42
  1. Aug 11, 2015
    91
    All in all, I think Galak-Z was definitely worth the wait. It’s one of the most unique titles I’ve played on my PS4 this year, and certainly one of the most challenging.
  2. Aug 5, 2015
    90
    Galak-Z is the very definition of awesome.
  3. Aug 10, 2015
    90
    A smartly-designed, highly enjoyable shoot 'em up that does everything in its power to leverage its '80 mecha anime aesthetic. Frankly, there's not a lot like it on PSN these days. On that basis, it's easy enough to recommend it, but what really pushes it to the next level is the tremendous amount of detail put into the enemy design and the combat.
  4. Aug 7, 2015
    80
    A solid roguelike space shooter with sleek anime style, Galak-Z: The Dimensional is a dashing mix of old arcade challenge and modern design traits. A highly recommendable indie game.
  5. Edge Magazine
    Sep 15, 2015
    80
    The payoff is feeling like the Red Baron and Luke Skywalker rolled into one when you emerge from a tricky dogfight. [Oct 2015, p.112]
  6. Aug 17, 2015
    80
    Galak-Z does a great job of proving why arcade shooters can still be quite fun. The crazy flight controls feel good, enemy variety is spot on, and the laser customization really lets you shoot the way you want to.
  7. Aug 24, 2015
    50
    For all the positives, a game you want to uninstall every time you die just isn’t good, and for that reason Galak-Z isn’t worth your time.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 20
  2. Negative: 4 out of 20
  1. Apr 17, 2016
    10
    Very addictive game, I got hooked fast. It's a great game with a steep difficulty curve for the first two 'seasons'. I died many timesVery addictive game, I got hooked fast. It's a great game with a steep difficulty curve for the first two 'seasons'. I died many times before getting through season 2 - but by the time I'd gotten skilled enough to beat that, season 3 and 4 were beaten in one go. Still had a blast all the way through, the action is very intense at times and it give a great sense of accomplishment to win some of the harder battles.
    The only disappointing thing was finishing season 4 only to find out season 5 was 'coming soon'. I want more, please.
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  2. Aug 4, 2015
    10
    Galak-Z is a beautiful space opera that will serenade you with sweet retro melodies one minute and pummel you with punishing difficulty theGalak-Z is a beautiful space opera that will serenade you with sweet retro melodies one minute and pummel you with punishing difficulty the next. Galak-Z is a flatout fantastic game, it's an 80's anime inspired rogue-lite space shooter that feels like being in a Saturday morning cartoon. It has a significant learning curve and will take some up to a full hour to feel like a badazz space pilot, but once you master the controls and the realistic physics it becomes pure space fighting bliss.

    Galak-Z is broken up into 4 seasons with a 5th coming in 1-2 months via free update, each season is broken up into 5 episodes (levels) which take approximately 10 minutes to complete depending on skill. If you die you must start all over at the beginning of your current season, it's a semi perma-death. Luckily, once you beat a season (5 episodes) and move onto the next it acts as a checkpoint system. If you were to beat season 1 and then die in the middle of season 2 you would start over at season 2 instead of having to play from the very beginning. It can be quite a challenge to beat 5 episodes in a row in order to reach the next season, but once you get to season 2 you unlock mech mode! Mech mode is the ability to transform from a ship to a plasma-sword wielding mech on the fly. Playing as an Optimus Prime like mech is just as awesome as it sounds. The mech wields a viscous plasma-sword that is deadly at close quarters and can be charged for a super attack. My favorite mech ability is the grappling hook arm that can grab any item from close range to long range and can be used for a multitude of purposes. You can grab and throw space junk/asteroids ect and hit enemies for damage, you can grab enemies and smash them into other enemies, throw flammable barrels, you can use objects as shields or to stealthily hide behind, and my personal favorite is grabbing an enemy and thrashing it to death with your sword while it's in your headlock like deathgrip. The two different styles between mech and ship compliment each other well making combat extremely satisfying.

    17bit clearly crafted Galak-Z with love and precision, and you can tell with each perfectly placed pixel. The physics are incredibly realistic and the ai is so dynamical that many times you will come up on an all out battle royale happening independently in space. The weapons and upgrades are terrific, the story is sufficient, and the gameplay is sublime. Galak-Z is a beautiful love letter to retro gaming, but with gorgeous visuals and high style. At first it's tough and Galak-Z will hurt, but it hurts so good, just hang on and learn the controls and you will surely fall in love just as i did. Galak-Z on PS4 gets a 9.5/10.
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  3. Aug 5, 2015
    10
    Galak-Z is a near perfect video game. Being one of those "older gamers" (I'm over 40) I remember the classic TV shows from the 80's such asGalak-Z is a near perfect video game. Being one of those "older gamers" (I'm over 40) I remember the classic TV shows from the 80's such as Battlestar Galactica and the cartoons such as Battle of the Planets.

    You can tell the folks from 17-Bit have taken their influences from that era and made a superb game from it. The art style and sound effects are spot on, the music for the most part is perfectly suited. The graphics are really slick and it just so happens that your ship resembles a Viper (from BSG). There a lot of really neat touches throughout the game that really adds to the whole cartoon vibe and its spotlessly done.

    The controls of your ship take some getting used to and when you couple that with the inertia effects throughout the game, things can get a little hairy. Learn to use your boost and Juke (Barrel Roll) to your advantage and you'll get the hang of things... stick with it pilot!

    The A.I. is BRUTAL, they are sneaky, dogmatic and will hunt you down ruthlessly. On the other side of the coin they will also run when you get the advantage so it makes the battles all the more intense. If you die (which you will, a lot) it's back to the beginning of the season however its not as bad as it sounds.

    1. It encourages you to carefully think out your attack
    2. The randomly generated levels keep it fresh every time
    3. Its such a great game just to look at
    4. You feel a real sense of accomplishment when you do complete a level

    I've only been playing it for a few hours and I'm really impressed, for $15 (or $20 if you're not a PS+ member) you really cannot go wrong. Once you get past Chapter 1 you unlock the Mech mode and it adds a whole new dimension to the game. I will update my review once I get there.

    This has been one of the best indie releases I've played since Helldivers and its great to see the smaller studios giving the big boys a real run for their money.

    Well done 17-Bit for such a great game!
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  4. Aug 22, 2015
    8
    Really diggn this game my peeps.Minimal complaints my robots. Complaint 01000001101100011111110010101. Me wish it had more progressiveReally diggn this game my peeps.Minimal complaints my robots. Complaint 01000001101100011111110010101. Me wish it had more progressive structure. Please comply. Oh yea dont go holdn out on me when i pay for sumptin. If there is another season just give it to me or dont put it on dar captain. For $20 bones there should easily be 10 or 20 seasons on it. Which would fit a more progressive structure perfectly! Good game with way more potential and priced 2 high. Would give it a 9 or 10 if you made it my way suckers. As it stands its a fun 8. Season 5 holderouters. Sons of @!?#%/.................................. .......Good day sirs. Expand
  5. Apr 12, 2016
    7
    I’ve gone through half of the game already and I can, confidently, say this game is good; good but not great. Good things, if you like oldI’ve gone through half of the game already and I can, confidently, say this game is good; good but not great. Good things, if you like old arcades, quick direct funny games, you’ll find quite a bit of that in this one and that is a good thing. Also, the game play is great, simple but very well implemented and the controls are very very good, you really feel in control of the ship, not frustrating at all. So basically, I’d say the strongest point of this game is its gameplay, it is funny to play (and unfortunately not so many games can say that today).

    Bad things, lacks story and background info to explain its universe. I don’t think this is a completely bad thing, this game feels a bit like a classic and a lot of great classic games don’t really have a great script behind them. But at the same time can be frustrating for other people, so just be aware you won’t find an interesting story behind this game. The other main bad thing is that is feels awfully repetitive. As I said the gameplay is really good, but the missions all feel the same, really similar objectives and, for me this is worse, almost identical stages in terms of the art and how they are. So, for example, all stages are always maze like structures, and these structures don’t vary a lot in terms of how they look. I mean, for instance, in season one, it’s always inside an asteroid and season 2 is always inside space hulks. It lacks life and the settings are not memorable at all; you want all season 1 missions to be inside asteroids?, fine no problem, but make those asteroids a bit different. For example, one can be the typical rocky type asteroid, another one can have crystal like structures, another one can have massive plant life, and next one can have some kind of ancient civilisation structure inside and that can also slightly affect the gamplay (e.g. find traps in the ancient civilisation structures). I mean, the asteroid concept accepts variability but unfortunately they didn’t think of that (or they didn’t have budget, could also be that). Anyway, summarising that lack of, let’s say, life on the settings plus not a lot on variation in mission objectives makes the game feel a bit repetitive after a few hours…and in my opinion, ruins the experience a bit.

    Still quite a bit of things to enjoy about this game, I just felt a bit disappointed as I think it could have been a great game and it is just good (in the more strict meaning of the word). Did try it for “free” with PSN plus but, now that I know how it is, I wouldn’t mind to have paid a few quid for this. By the way, this isn’t good or bad and is highly subjective, but I don’t think this game is too hard as some people do suggest, nor too easy either, sits in the middle in my opinion.
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  6. Apr 29, 2016
    6
    As with every other PS Plus game that is released every month (except a few exceptions) it gets boring way too quick. Although, I liked theAs with every other PS Plus game that is released every month (except a few exceptions) it gets boring way too quick. Although, I liked the art style of the game. Expand
  7. Mar 24, 2016
    0
    Possibly the worst game they have given us on PS+ since the PS4 launch. Utterly boring, mind numbing drivel.

    I found it hard staying awake
    Possibly the worst game they have given us on PS+ since the PS4 launch. Utterly boring, mind numbing drivel.

    I found it hard staying awake after 5 minutes of the laborious gameplay. The controls felt sluggish and old fashioned, the graphics bland and uninteresting, the story weak and something you will want to skip, the load times laughable and the music painful.

    Mindless dreary game for very simple gamers or people who are in a coma.

    Avoid even for free.
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