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.

 

Pros:

  • 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.

Cons:

  • No online leaderboards.
  • Very short levels.
  • Secrets are not explained.
  • No infinite lives option.

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Accessability - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Fun Factor - 7/10
7.6/10

Summary

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.

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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