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  • Summary: The Darius Cozmic Collection Console contains 6 legendary console titles in a total of 9 versions:

    DARIUS II (Mega Drive JP version) SAGAIA (Genesis version) SAGAIA (Master System EU version) DARIUS TWIN (Super Famicom JP version) DARIUS TWIN (Super NES US version)
    The Darius Cozmic Collection Console contains 6 legendary console titles in a total of 9 versions:

    DARIUS II (Mega Drive JP version)
    SAGAIA (Genesis version)
    SAGAIA (Master System EU version)
    DARIUS TWIN (Super Famicom JP version)
    DARIUS TWIN (Super NES US version)
    DARIUS FORCE (Super Famicom JP version)
    SUPER NOVA (Super NES US version)
    DARIUS ALPHA (PC Engine JP version)
    DARIUS PLUS (PC Engine JP version)
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Jun 24, 2020
    100
    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 24, 2020
    80
    These games have aged quite well, not even from gameplay-wise, but even visually. We feel like the price is too high, but if you’re happy with it, you’ll enjoy this nostalgic collection.
  3. Jun 29, 2020
    80
    A playworthy history lesson about an undervalued shoot-em-up franchise. The collection is technically excellent, while the retro games keep up their fascination til today, mainly because of their imaginative bosses.
  4. 70
    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 shooter classics.
  5. 65
    Overall, the M2 emulation and menu navigation are certainly strengths of the Darius Cozmic Collection Console, but at the end of the day it feels much more like four titles than nine, given how similar some of these versions are. Some of the games have online rankings, which adds to the replay factor, but there are no historical materials on offer, and the game balancing options are incredibly sparse. There are some decent screen options, and being able to remap all of the buttons is nice, but it’s hard not to see this package of Darius games as being light on firepower. We’ve seen much more robust compilations come to Switch, so I can really only recommend these games to true Darius diehards.
  6. Jul 6, 2020
    60
    Darius Cozmic Collection Console is, like Darius Cozmic Collection Arcade; a great collection, no doubt. There is nothing intrinsically wrong with it as it is, since all games included are good and worth checking out - but the same issue of price is there. Different game versions aside, only four games are included this time, and if anyone already owns the arcade collection then only two of those are actually properly exclusive to it, since two are console ports of arcade games. This one is therefore, despite being just as good, even harder to recommend at its launching price. If the price ever goes down, or if it gets freely updated with the missing extra games, then that would be a different matter.
  7. Jun 18, 2020
    50
    Given the price and the fact that the compilation still isn’t completely comprehensive this is a hard sell for all but the most obsessive Darius fans and we’re really not sure how many of them there are in the world.

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