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  • Summary: Japanese arcade shoot’em ups Vasara and Vasara 2 come to Xbox One in a single package. It’s sci-fi meets history in these arcade classics which take place in an alternate timeline Feudal Japan where technologically, advanced weaponry, and sci-fi equipment are a reality and heroes use flyingJapanese arcade shoot’em ups Vasara and Vasara 2 come to Xbox One in a single package. It’s sci-fi meets history in these arcade classics which take place in an alternate timeline Feudal Japan where technologically, advanced weaponry, and sci-fi equipment are a reality and heroes use flying motorcycles with amazing firepower and fierce melee weapons to destroy their enemies. Expand
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Aug 14, 2019
    90
    For the budget price that’s being asked for VASARA Collection, it’s an absolute steal.
  2. Aug 14, 2019
    80
    It may not feature the crown jewels of what is the most saturated genre in video games, but the experience is distinct enough to warrant interest from genre fans. Purists aside, the four-player local coop mode is a great way to spend an afternoon with gamers of all types.
  3. Aug 13, 2019
    78
    VASARA Collection compiles the two great Japanese classics of "Shmup", together with the great addition that makes it contemporary: the Timeless mode. Both reviving the classics and playing this new procedural mode is a pleasure that fans of the genre will enjoy.
  4. Aug 27, 2019
    75
    Vasara Collection brings two rare Japanese shmups to a modern audience in a competent (if relatively no frills) experience. Unique melee mechanics and a quirky feudal Japan setting make them well worth experiencing, just don’t expect them to be easy. The bonus Timeless mode is a nice addition but feels a bit wasted.
  5. Aug 29, 2019
    65
    The Vasara Collection is an unusual choice for a modern game port. A game not many people would have heard of and a genre that is more niche than most. I would certainly recommend turning down the difficulty for most people to ensure that you have a good time. But if you are the sort of person that loves the kind of challenge a bullet hell game provides, well there is certainly some of that in there as well. There is plenty of game for the low price point and I definitely had some fun mixed in with the frustration.
  6. Aug 18, 2019
    65
    The Vasara Collection will appeal to the scrolling shoot em up fans as it combines both the old-style games and a modern re-imagining of the original games. It is far too difficult for anyone who is not experienced in this genre of games, and it can get old and frustrating fast after repeatedly dying in the game. But for those who like this style of game and like a hardcore challenge then this collection is packaged nicely just for you.
  7. Sep 16, 2019
    60
    Without a doubt, I would not be missing anything if I skipped this collection. I didn’t miss out when they were originally released either. However, there is a strong contingent of shmup fans that will love it. The asking price is very fair, and if anyone enjoyed the originals they will appreciate the chance at not only playing the classics but the enhanced version as well. The Vasara Collection is a bit on the harder side, so anyone new to the genre will best spend their time elsewhere.
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  1. Aug 18, 2019
    8
    VASARA Collection brings 3 Top-Down Vertical Scrolling Shoot-Em-Up games to console. VASARA (2000) and VASARA 2 (2001) were arcade exclusiveVASARA Collection brings 3 Top-Down Vertical Scrolling Shoot-Em-Up games to console. VASARA (2000) and VASARA 2 (2001) were arcade exclusive games released only in Japan. Now you can Enjoy Both of these rare games on your Xbox One! Set in the 1600s, in futuristic Feudal Japan, Pllay as characters based on historical figures of Japans past, and blast your way through a wild collection of Samurai themed Mechs and fighter ships. Face off against HUGE Bosses, all while avoiding fields of incoming bullets. The Collection also includes Timeless Mode, where themes, Characters, and Enemies from BOTH games are updated for more modern gaming creating a third game to blast through. Featuring up to 4 Player couch Co-Op invite your friends over and dominate together! VASARA blends your classic shooter, with Melee attacks that deal devastating damage, and carve a path through the fields of bullets. These games were not made to be easy, they were designed to be extremely challenging, and that they are. Like most games made in their era, VASARA 1 & 2 have decent pixel graphics, and Timeless mode presents the same challenges with smoother modern graphics. The lack of Online ability, is a downer, playing with any of your friends across the internet would have been much more fun as challenging as the game is to play alone. Playing these challenging games is a treat for fans of the Genre, and if you enjoy overwhelming odds, and overcoming them, this will be a game you will enjoy! a Must Have for collectors of rare arcade games and Vertical Scrollers, VASARA brings the best of it's genre to the forefront! Expand