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  • Summary: Sine Mora is a side-scrolling shoot ’em up that provides a unique challenge, where time is the ultimate factor. Mixing classic shooter sensibilities with contemporary presentation, Sine Mora is a gorgeous shooter offering both a Story Mode that weaves an over-the-top tale and an Arcade ModeSine Mora is a side-scrolling shoot ’em up that provides a unique challenge, where time is the ultimate factor. Mixing classic shooter sensibilities with contemporary presentation, Sine Mora is a gorgeous shooter offering both a Story Mode that weaves an over-the-top tale and an Arcade Mode that provides deep, satisfying gameplay to challenge fans of the genre. Expand
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Aug 30, 2017
    90
    Sine Mora EX doesn’t do much to differentiate between its older version. Apart from an added local couch co-op mode, new time attack variants, difficult challenge modes, and a boost in visuals, you’d be hard pressed to find anything out of the ordinary. I enjoyed the game more after playing it on a larger television screen because the game’s beauty and detail are done justice on a 55” screen as opposed to the smaller OLED on the Vita. Even if shmups are not your thing, passing on Sine Mora EX for that reason means missing out on a great, story driven side scrolling shooter that has style, maturity, and unexpected plot twists.
  2. Aug 9, 2017
    90
    Tough, expansive, and boasting a surprisingly mature narrative, Sine Mora EX is a remaster done right. Offering native 4K visuals – if you’ve got the right kit – tons of content and rock-solid gameplay, side-scrolling shooters simply don’t get much better than this.
  3. 88
    Sine Mora EX is a revamped version of a shoot'em up originally published five years ago. The game sports an astounding art direction, a little less challenging difficulty, and a great playability, with a plethora of options that will suit every gamestyle, including the long-awaited local multiplayer.
  4. 80
    One of the best-looking 2D shooters of recent years is remastered for the current gen, and offers a fun way in for gamers new to the genre.
  5. Aug 13, 2017
    80
    Sine Mora EX builds upon the original game by offering some truly innovative multiplayer aspects. Besides that, the shooting action is as stellar as ever so if you've never played the original then this is definitely a shmup that you need to check out.
  6. Aug 7, 2017
    78
    Anyone who has never been able to put their hands on Sine Mora will be literally overwhelmed by the rhythms of a small gem of this kind.
  7. Aug 18, 2017
    70
    I don't consider Sine Mora EX to be a game that sets the genre on fire, or redefines shmup gameplay in general. But it is very well-priced, looks fantastic, has replay value and is a fun and ferocious slice of old-school arcade action, one that can be enjoyed by battle-scarred veterans and eager rookies alike.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Aug 28, 2020
    10
    Really nice challenge and gameplay. Wish the game had a couple more levels and a platinum trophy
  2. May 22, 2018
    7
    A fun, side scrolling airplane shooter with a nice presentation and solid gameplay. Levels are pretty short though.
  3. Aug 10, 2020
    4
    An okay game, but primarily for bullet hell fans and not old-school side-scrolling shooter fans (such as Gradius).

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    An okay game, but primarily for bullet hell fans and not old-school side-scrolling shooter fans (such as Gradius).

    I'll talk about the story briefly. It's really all over the place, with you taking on the roles of different people for each level, and with each one having way more backstory than you need for this type of game. Somehow they decided to add in profanity and rape references, so it quickly becomes a game you normally wouldn't give to young kids. Although they'll likely just skip all of the story scenes, since that's what I did after the first two levels because the stories aren't very interconnected and have very little to do with what you're doing gameplay-wise.

    As for the gameplay, it's very basic. You can upgrade your main weapon, primarily giving it a wider firing rage, by getting random upgrade items during the level. You have a special attack that varies from killing everything on screen to doing a large forward-facing blast, depending on which person you're playing. And you can slow down time temporarily. That's it. There's no between-level shops, loadouts, or upgrades. So if you're a fan of games like Gradius or U.N. Squadron, you might be disappointed by this one.

    What the game does do fairly well is bullet hell. I've don't play these sorts of games, so don't have much to compare it to. Just know that you'll be doing a lot of dodging of small balls in a variety of patterns that make no practical sense, weapon-wise. But that's the point of these sorts of games. As someone who doesn't play these sorts of games, it was challenging, with the last two levels (out of6 levels), taking multiple retries to get through on Normal mode.

    There's some minor annoyances in the gameplay, such as not being able to shoot behind you (things frequently show up behind you), and it being difficult to tell the difference between the terrain and sky. But with enough deaths and retries, I got used to these.

    And then there's local multiplayer options. The three different versus options are incredibly basic. They have you on a static screen shooting at each other twin-stick style. I and my daughter got tired of them quick. So then we tried the co-op main campaign. It has the 2nd player flying in one of the twin-stick crafts while the 1st player is in the normal plane. And unless you're both decent at bullet hell games, you'll have a bad time since your life pool is shared. If one of you is no good, then you'll both die very quickly and not have much fun.

    So it was an interesting 5 or so hours to get through the game, but I have no plans to replay it.
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