Review: Ghost Blade HD (PlayStation 4)

Ghost Blade HD is an intense bullet-hell shoot ’em up game, with satisfying and addictive score-based gameplay, with its tradition going back to the shooting games of the 1990s era.

Pros:

  • Gorgeous almost Anime looking graphics.
  • 1.09GB Download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Bullet hell shmup game play.
  • Options- Tate mode, Six wallpapers, Soft slow, Explosions, Tech orbs and HUD position.
  • Can rebind controls.
  • Normal or alternate soundtrack.
  • Two player offline mode.
  • Full leader board support for local and online scores.
  • Training mode- Pick any unlocked levels or bosses and you can set lives and bombs amount as well as which ship to use.
  • Three ships/characters- Rekka, Ghost and Milan.
  • Score attack mode.
  • Can change options in game except the screen type.
  • Minimal HUD- Score, Combo, Bombs and lives.
  • Three difficulties- Easy, Normal and hard.
  • End of level breakdown.
  • Collect powerups to improve your gun/range and speed.
  • Massive boss battles.
  • When you die you can collect all your powerups again instantly.
  • Rich vibrant levels with detailed backgrounds.
  • Decent soundtrack that just scream 90’s.
  • Five stages to unlock.
  • Simple easy to learn controls.
  • Really easy to get into.
  • Easy to play hard to master.
  • Score chaser mentality.

Cons:

  • No tutorials or explanations.
  • Difficulty spikes.
  • Dont get told how each ship is different.
  • Very short if you are a one and done kind of gamer.

 

The Numbers:
  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Sound - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Accessability - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Length - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
8.6/10

Summary

Ghost blade is a game that appeals to verterans and noobs alike. Its extremely easy to get into and has a lot of score mechanics under the hood but if you dont want to get into it thats fine, The game caters for all. Yes its only a handful of stages but it has so much replayability due to the score chasing environment. The whole atmosphere is that of a 90s arcade game, Its bright, Has a cracking soundtrack and is devilishly addictive. Its a great little game and one all shmups fans should check out whilst “On the fence” players can easily get on with it.

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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