Thursday, July 16, 2009

Gradius refined

The guys over at Konami must have taken noticed of the success of Mega Man 9 and decided to give the formula a try with one of their own classic series. Gradius ReBirth is a new entry in the series for Wii Ware with a graphical style taken straight from the late 80s.

Mega Man 9 might have been my favorite game of last year so Im definitely happy about the new trend in gaming. Gradius ReBirth doesnt disappoint either, it actually my new favorite Gradius game.

It still has the very basic gameplay of Gradius one which is probably why I like it so much. Yet it feels a bit more refined then the original. They have clearly learned a thing or two about game design over the past 20 years over at Konami.

For one thing they have gotten a lot better at placing the check points so now when you die you dont automatically reach for the reset button. Losing all your power ups as the result of death puts you in an extremely challenging position but not a completely impossible one, which was often the case in the original.

Without this change and the games unlimited continues I doubt I would have been able to beat it since the game is still very very difficult.