Review: Azure Reflections (PlayStation 4)

Enemies come at you from all directions with relentless hails of bullets! Fight back with a well-timed Danmaku Rush to tear your way through bullets and enemies alike!

Pros:

  • Anime graphics.
  • 1.379GB Download size.
  • English/Japanese text option.
  • Japanese voice work.
  • Optional repeatable tutorial.
  • Three control layouts- Default, Original or custom.
  • Three difficulties- Easy, Normal and hard.
  • Really fast loading screens.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Can use analog or d-pad.
  • 2D side-scrolling bullet hell gameplay.
  • Unlock new characters who each have unique moves, cards, and specials.
  • Cards are your special moves and you can earn them from defeating the bosses in the main story.
  • End of level breakdown with a rank given.
  • Huge screen-filling special moves.
  • Combat- You can use many moves to counter the screen full of bullets from nullifying a radius of them and turning them into nothing, Specials that take bullets away and a shield.
  • Defeated enemies drop power-ups and bits that charge up your super moves.
  • Big boss fights.
  • Practice mode.

Cons:

  • Very short story mode.
  • Hitbox is very small and not your character per se say getting used to that is your goal.
  • Repetitive.
  • Kind of a one and done experience.
  • Feels like this game has been done many times before.
  • The whole card system is confusing.
  • Nothing really groundbreaking here.
  • No English dub.

The Numbers:
  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 6/10
    Accessability - 6/10
  • 6/10
    Length - 6/10
  • 7/10
    Fun Factor - 7/10
6.8/10

Summary

Looking spectacular and really firing all cylinders on screen, The action is relentless and for the most part fun. It’s just a shame it is a short fairly uneventful affair with little reason to go back after finishing the story. The time you spend with the game will be challenging and rewarding it’s just that it generally has no real hook or replay value.

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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