Review: Fast Striker (PlayStation 4)
Fast Striker is a 2D vertical shoot’em up. Blast through 6 action-packed stages and encounter huge boss battles. 4 game modes, an elaborate scoring system, and adjustable screen & control settings will bring back classic arcade memories.
- 16 Bit era looking graphics.
- 124.9MB Download size.
- Settings- Scale for X and Y axis, Full vertical scale, Scanlines on/off, Scanline intensity, Choice of 6 wallpapers, Brightness, and Gamma sliders/
- Can rebind buttons.
- Four difficulty modes- Novice, Original, Maniac, and Omake.
- Banging techno soundtrack.
- SHMUP gameplay.
- Platinum trophy.
- Stage breakdown at the level end.
- Secrets hidden in levels.
- Controls- Three buttons for shoot forward and backward and shield.
- Arcade presentation and atmosphere.
- How to play video.
- Big screen-filling boss battles.
- Four characters to choose from that all play differently and have their own attack style.
- Six stages in each mode.
- A lot of fun to play.
- Cross-buy with PlayStation Vita version.
- Runs at a somewhat solid 60fps.
- No online leaderboards.
- Very short levels.
- Secrets are not explained.
- No infinite lives option.
- Graphics - 8/108/10
- Sound - 8/108/10
- Accessability - 8/108/10
- Length - 7/107/10
- Fun Factor - 7/107/10
As of late, I find myself playing more and more SHMUP titles. Here I take on Fast Striker. I really liked the presentation of it all, Controls were easy to pick up and within minutes I was taking ships down and blowing up bosses with an almighty techno beat backdrop accompanying my shooter lust. I did however not like the lack of infinite mode as I may be playing a lot of SHMUP games that does in no way mean I am any good at them. I came away thinking it was a great arcade game and one that felt familiar but with so many titles out there now I didn’t really grasp its own take on the genre. Shooting is very simple with a front and back gun and then a shield. Its a little bit lacking for any true SHMUP fans I feel and the no-show leaderboards mean it has little replay value or score chaser mentality. That aside it is a decent little romp and maybe one for newcomers to the genre rather than veterans.