Dance of the Ornitier!
Time Crisis, Dancing Stage SuperNova and Maximum Tune 4 : Wangan Midnight
Let’s see here. I’m going to be doing lazy reviews in snippets, keeping this as simple as possible.
One game’s a shooter known for using a pedal to allow your character to reload bullets and duck or hide for cover. I remembered playing something similar back in the day (save for the pedal) for a particular console – named “Lethal Enforcers.”
One game is inspired by Dance Dance Revolution – then again, it’s the same developer and publisher (Konami). I remembered playing off the Dancepad and using the Dancepad as a controller to play NBA Live (I’m sure you’re imagining that, right now). Can’t remember if we’re playing the US Version – Dance Dance Revolution Supernova or EU version – Dancing Stage Supernova.
And finally, a game that was based off a manga (eventually got an anime) which at first impressions, left a “mystery behind the car” story vibe as opposed to a typical street racing off the “Wangan” – the longest straightest road in the country.
There’s a story mode and a locked mode (which I’m assuming is the two player setup).
In terms of gameplay, you shoot all the objects that is thrown in your way – including projectiles, a swarm of insects, enemies, etc. The objective most of the time is to clear the level by shooting everything in your line of sight. You shoot six bullets at a time, pick up other weapons, and keep your health above zero. Note: When you are under cover, you are vulnerable to certain attacks like knives and missiles – some which you can target before they get to you. The game takes quite a while to clear a level so it’s pretty nice to play this if you need to pass the time in a mall.
Dancing Stage Supernova
The idea is to match your steps with the arrow keys generated on screen – up, down, left, right and a combination of two keys. The more you match and create combos, the higher the score. At the end of each song, each score has a corresponding rank.
To determine the difficulty of a song, there’s this mechanic known as foot rankings. It scales from one to ten – with ten being the highest in terms of difficulty. Make sure to keep that dance gauge up because if you fail to finish a song, it’s game over. If you clear one song, you move on to the next song.
There were four battle modes but only got around a cooperative mode where one dances while the other waits ( alternating) and a versus mode (head to head). Needs more practice and footwork (notes to self.)
Maximum Tune 4 : Wangan Midnight
So you get to choose from numerous cars including the RX-7 and the Impreza (Initial D oh wait…), and race against 2 – 4 other players in multiplayer mode. Story mode? Check. Manual and Automatic Transmission are available. Choice of locations along with night and day atmosphere are also available.
The beauty of this racing game is that you can actually transfer data of your souped up car, provided you have one of those special passport cards. This gives an edge in terms of your car’s power and speed when racing others.