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  • Summary: The 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)
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Jun 24, 2020
    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.
  2. Jun 22, 2020
    An extremely well put together love letter to a classic series of shoot ‘em ups. Darius Cozmic Collection Arcade reminds us how brutal games used to be whilst allowing newcomers in gently. A tad expensive but polished to a sheen.
  3. Jun 22, 2020
    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.
  4. Jul 6, 2020
    Other than the original Darius and Sagaia, these games are a great way to play a series of seriously challenging arcade shmups from the past where arcades ruled.
  5. Jun 28, 2020
    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.
  6. Jul 6, 2020
    All three games available in Darius Cozmic Collection Arcade, in all of their included versions, are well worth playing for any fan of shoot 'em ups out there. Those are the best ports anyone could hope for, and there is nothing wrong with them in their own right. The fact that running them on a home arcade cabinet is practically impossible because of the multi-monitor nature of the first two games included, makes this collection very desirable indeed for the sake of preservation alone. The price of admission, however, is pretty steep if one considers that only three games are truly included - no matter how great they are, and that the first neither has aged particularly well, nor is comfortable to play on modern 16:9 displays.
  7. Aug 4, 2020
    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.

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