Jul 11, 2019It pretty much perfects the run ‘n’ gun formula, only it doesn’t really offer anything new while doing so. That shouldn’t, and won’t, be a problem for the many clambering for the return of the action-packed genre though. And who knows, developer Joymasher might throw in some surprises if Blazing Chrome does well enough to get a sequel. And it really should do.
Aug 5, 2019Blazing Chrome is quite possibly the best Contra-like game ever made. The weapons are meaningful, the levels are varied, and there's always something unexpected around the corner. While the difficulty curve takes some getting used to, beating a mission is its own reward.
Jan 24, 2020"Blazing Chrome"
Reviewed By: Super Contra Carl
Developer: JoyMasher Publisher: The Arcade Crew Release Date: 7/11/2019 Price: $15.29"Blazing Chrome"
Reviewed By: Super Contra Carl
Publisher: The Arcade Crew
Release Date: 7/11/2019
Price: $15.29 (Free on Game Pass)
It is kind of obvious, my love for the "Contra" franchise so there was definite interest when I saw this Modern Retro clone. In Blazing Chrome there are very few humans left. They are on the brink of extermination, and the world has been taking over by machine. Mavra a resistance fighter and Doyle a insurgent robot are their last chance of stopping the Machine Overlords from complete domination. This is one of my favorite modern retro games i'd say ever. They do an amazing job at capturing everything that was great about the Contra Franchise. They pretty much cover every one of the titles strong points, and even add a splash of another timeless classic Metal Slug.
First let's talk about how it looks. JoyMasher has mastered the SNES and NES look. Every one of their titles look and feel like they belonged in that era. If you didn't know the library you'd think it was from that time period. If it was around in that time period it would have been a massive hit. I know I would have spent many a evenings going back and forth with this and Contra 3: Alien Wars. If you was that type of player, that enjoyed playing Coop games like Contra, Jackal, Ikari Warriors, etc with your buds this is certainly for you. Call them up, and get them over because "Blazing Chrome" will put you right back there in that feeling again. The action, the look , the feel just everything really emulates those classic games.
Only thing may be a little different is the difficulty. Blazing Chrome has a easy mode where you have 7 men, but even with that you might find yourself playing some levels over to complete them. That is okay though, because more than likely your going to be playing this game over and over anyways. The replay value is so there with this one. You can even unlock new characters you will want to try as well. Easy mode gives you 7 men . Normal gives you 5, and Hard Mode i think 3 that one I'm not 100% sure on I never played it on Hard yet. I know I will though.
The music and sounds are just out standing as well. It really sounds like it looks and feels. The music is just so rad, adds such a level of dramatic action to the game play. The sounds of guns and explosions just pulls you in. Everything about Blazing Chrome is just so spot on. Very easy to say top 5 best modern retro games this Gen of gaming. I know I will be playing it years and years to come as well. JoyMasher has got me hooked. They have moved in there along side Merge Games and WayForward as my favorite Publisher/Developer of Modern retro games this Generation of gaming. I hope to see more from them next Gen as well. I still need to check out Odallus: The Dark Call and really excited to do so. We haven't got a review copy yet, but they said they'd try to get one our way soon. Really look forward to covering it as well, if we don't hear from them soon I'm sure I'll be grabbing it anyways, and sharing my love of it with you guys as well.
So is it for you? The answer is Yes, I don't have to come up with reasons why you'll love it, and how it matches your style of playing. You are just gonna love it any ways. Ya you might love it more if you were a fan of 80's and 90's action coop gaming, but I think most will love it any ways because it's just an overall quality game. Don't just take my word for it see other reviews. It's sitting there in the 8.5 and 9.0 range for most reviewers. Their only negative is the difficulty. I don't think the game should have to pay score wise though for lack of player's skills. I think it's actually a positive. I think it adds more to the game in the points of replay value, and just overall learning and appreciating the things you'd notice from grinding it out that you'd miss if you blew through it. So for me it's Modern Retro perfection, and my first 10 overall of the new Decade.
Looks, Sounds, and Feels like Retro Classic
Music is electrifying
Incredible Robots and Robot Bosses
Challenging and Exciting
Zero, Zip, Zilch, None to be found.
You won't find another game that captures everything that Contra brought to the table in the 80s and 90s. You won't find another game that brings that exciting feeling you had exploding the Alien heart with a Buddy back in in 1987. Blazing Chrome delivers. JoyMasher delivers again as well.… Expand
Jul 14, 2019Blazing Chrome is an epic throw-back to arcade adventure shooters. It shares aspects of game play with a few of the greats, Contra and MetalBlazing Chrome is an epic throw-back to arcade adventure shooters. It shares aspects of game play with a few of the greats, Contra and Metal Slug being the first to come to mind. The Sound is just as retro as the graphics. You feel the stage, and intensity, as the old school BGM ramps up. You're dropped into an Apocalyptic world where robots reign supreme, and given two characters to run the game with. There is a one hit kill system, that can be off-putting at first, but once you get the hang of game play, it becomes more of a nuisance than a problem. Once you've defeated the game, you're given 2 new characters to play, both Melee, changing the dynamic of the game entirely. The game isn't very long, with 4 stages you can play in any order, and a final stage afterwards, you can challenge in 3 difficulties giving you plenty of replay value. It also gives you Boss Rush and Mirror Mode, adding a bit more variety to your play. This game would have dominated it's genre had it come out along side of it's predecessors. If you enjoyed Contra, or Metal Slug, this game is a must, a great Arcade Shooter taken to the max!… Expand
Sep 7, 2019Great in every way except it's hit detection, it's not consistent at all. One boss animation that signified that the boss was stunned totallyGreat in every way except it's hit detection, it's not consistent at all. One boss animation that signified that the boss was stunned totally killed me. Then on a second-round going at the boss, I was killed immediately when respawning with invincibility? It's just very buggy, more so than the old Metal Slug and Contra games,… Expand
Jul 26, 2019It's funny. This retro throwback is already better than everything else that has come out this year. It's very faithful to old run and gunIt's funny. This retro throwback is already better than everything else that has come out this year. It's very faithful to old run and gun games like Contra. Blazing chromes neo geo/snes mix of graphics is beautiful. It's difficulty will make average gamer cry and that's awesome. It's fun to play something challenging for a change. Soundtrack is awesome and brings out cheesy 80's action movie vibes. Boss and sub boss battles are full of different mechanics.
Blazing chrome is awesome but it's not without flaws. There is a save game feature but it's a joke. It saves your game so that you can start at the begining of the level you last played. It should let you start from the last checkpoint. That would not make the game any less of a challenge, it would just make it less tedious. There's also 3 difficulty levels, hardcore being the toughest one. maybe this save feature would be good for that mode but it sure as hell isn't good for normal mode where you are just learning the game. Your caharacter also has a melee attack and you're gonna need it. It's powerful and a good situational tool. Too bad it won't come out when you need it. Who ever was the idiot who designed this feature.. well his an idiot! You have to tap the same button that you use to fire and it just won't work. You also have a dodge roll. That doesn't work either. The character jumps when you need to roll and vice versa. Jump doesn't activate fast enough in vehicle stages. These control issues make this game almost unplayable. There's too many cheap deaths in couple of missions and too much sh't to keep track of in the last mission. Here the retro graphics are a hinderance. Too much sh't on the screen and bang you're dead and don't known what hit you. A restart from checkpoint option would also be nice since if you die once or twice you are not gonna make it anyway. We live in 2019. I think we want to enjoy the retro feel with out the bullsh't that we had to endure back in the day. These are also core gameplay mechanics that are flawed so they are very.. oh boy.. very annoying!
With these big flaws, no matter how much I love this game, I can only give it 5/10 and I'm sorry to say but it's not worth the current price. If the developer patches these problems I will immediately change the score to 10/10 because It would be everything a video game should be. Fun, challenging, pretty to look at and created completely for it's fan base and not for other audiences.… Expand