Dariusburst Another Chronicle EX+ Review (PlayStation 4)

In this Dariusburst Another Chronicle EX+ Review, we take a look back as it’s now 10 years since the original version. The DariusBurst series started in 2009 on PSP and was then greatly expanded upon with additional features and improved graphics for the 2010 arcade release. The game is developed by Pyramid Inc. and will not only include features of the arcade version of “Another Chronicle EX”, but there will also be new features like a replay mode and new missions.

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Dariusburst Another Chronicle EX+ Review Pros:

  • Decent graphics.
  • 3.15GB download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Shmup gameplay.
  • Four-player local multiplayer.
  • Rebind controls.
  • Eight cabinets to select.
  • Online or offline mode.
  • Ghost mode settings – target and auto-download.
  • Four game modes – original, chronicle, original EX mode, and event mode.
  • The original mode has default or infinite ships, 3 difficulties – Easy, normal, and hard routes. 2-4 player support.
  • Bullet hell elements.
  • The screen display is that of a widescreen.

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Dariusburst Another Chronicle EX+ Review Cons:

  • No way to change the display type.
  • Doesn’t say anything about what changes with the cabinet and you don’t really see anything about the cabinet.
  • Difficult.
  • Feels a bit flat compared to previous games.

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Prepare to burst with power
The Burst Beam brings a new, strategic dynamic into the game and changes the battles dramatically. The screen-filling laser shoots powerful blasts or can be locked into a certain position and be used as a shield against enemy fire. Asteroids and enemy fire are replenishing the shield, which gives the player the opportunity to hide behind it for quite some time. A big advantage in boss battles!

Deep-sea Sci-Fi setting
One of the series’ most iconic features is the unique oceanic-themed design of enemy bosses. Inspired by a mix of Sci-Fi and deep-sea creatures, embodied as large mechanical battleships, they can be admired in all the graphical glory of DariusBurst: Another Chronicle EX+!
The screen is ultra-broad, modeled after the dual-display of the arcade version creating a fantastic sight into the marine-themed setting. The magnificent sea-life panorama is enhanced by an equally great soundtrack. TAITO’s in-house sound team Zuntata amplifies the adrenaline-filled atmosphere with powerful beats and emotional tunes.

Dariusburst Another Chronicle EX+:

Official website.

Developer: iNiN Games

Publisher: Taito

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PlayStation

Nintendo

  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 6/10
    Accessibility - 6/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Fun Factor - 7/10
6.8/10

Summary

One thing is for sure, this is one hell of a Shmup experience. With a multitude of modes, the style and atmosphere are unmatched. I don’t quite get the point of the menu stuff like cabinets (as all you see is a stock photo of the cabinet at the end of the game) and the settings which are actually quite lacking. The bottom line is, the gameplay is solid but everything else feels a bit cheap, a bit tacked on, and not really doing much.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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