G Darius HD Review (PlayStation 4)

For our G Darius HD Review, we experience the conflicts between the Amnelia Kingdom and the merciless Thiima Empire that took place before the battle between the people of Darius and Belsar. During this conflict, the series’ iconic Silver Hawks were created to make use of the game’s unique capture ball system that allows you to forge your own strategy and gain an edge over the enemy.

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G Darius HD Review Pros:

  • Decent graphics with both modern and pixel perfect versions.
  • 126.1MB download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Own in-game achievements.
  • 8 difficulties.
  • Shmup gameplay.
  • Five backgrounds.
  • The game manual is presented as the original manuals of the day complete with tutorials and images.
  • Two game versions – G Darius HD uses high poly 3D models and G Darius is the classic graphics.
  • Quicksave and load system.
  • Has an external menu in play to quickly change it up and do the saving and loading.
  • Set lives amount.
  • Continues can be turned on and off.
  • Free play on/off is a menu option.
  • Can rebind controls for every player.
  • 3 display styles – pixel perfect, fit to screen, and fullscreen.
  • Scanlines – on/off.
  • Smoothing – on/off.
  • Achievements notifications as you play. (optional)
  • Screen boundary effects – on/off.
  • Gadget settings – arm strength, bonus score info, counter beam guide, beam gauge, and music title.
  • Can set a ranking filter to show on the Hud.
  • Capture gallery and completion percentage.
  • Gimmick – capture balls allow you to capture enemies and have them fight alongside you. You can indeed capture mini-bosses.
  • Counterattacks are where you press fire at the same time as the enemy’s beam is attacking and you smash the button to knock it back.
  • Power-up capsules can be collected to upgrade your weapons.
  • Arm capsules build up your shield.
  • One up capsules can be collected.
  • You have single and rapid shot buttons along with a dedicated capture shot button.
  • Local multiplayer support.

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G Darius HD Review Cons:

  • A lot to take in.
  • Can be confusing on what button does what.
  • Capturing isn’t the best feeling in the world.
  • No online multiplayer.
  • The game’s flow takes a while to build.
  • Nothing really on the history of the title.
  • Quite difficult even on easy.

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G Darius HD:

Official website.

Developer: Taito

Publisher: Taito

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PlayStation

  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.2/10

Summary

For a Shmup, G Darius is one of those rare ones that tries the unexpected. I mean who would look at the game and go you know what? You can shoot capture balls at enemies and have them fight with you Pokemon style. I didn’t and after a lot of learning the rules of capture I started doing it no problem but it did act as a barrier, you have different beam types a and b, you have different shot types single and rapid then you add in the shields and capture. It’s a lot to take in and if you neglect the manual then you may never know any of this shit exists. I can say confidently that this is a remaster/remake for the fans, it will rise curiosity from new players but like I say if you don’t read every menu and manual you will miss the better parts of the game.

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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