Squad 51 Vs The Flying Saucers Review (Steam)

Squad 51 Vs The Flying Saucers Review, UFOs! Aliens! Aircrafts! Resistance! SHOOT ‘EM UP! Squad 51 vs. the Flying Saucers is a spaceship shooter with 2D gameplay and 3D environment. Enjoy a smart combination of a fast-paced shooting experience and the 1950s sci-fi movie aesthetic, with live-action cutscenes.

Squad 51 Vs The Flying Saucers Review Pros:

  • Decent graphics.
  • 12.15GB download size.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Full controller support.
  • Uses an awesome style where it’s all presented and played like an old black-and-white film.
  • Graphics settings – resolution, v-sync, graphics preset, and lock frame rate.
  • Accessibility settings – subtitles, SDH subtitles, and subtitles color.
  • Assisted player options – infinite lives, and auto fire. You can set these for each individual player.
  • Two-player local support.
  • Can assign controllers and keyboards to any player.
  • Supports keyboards.
  • Shmup gameplay.
  • Two game modes – normal and resistance mode.
  • Resistance mode starts on level 1 with 0 points, then every level completed increases the difficulty.
  • Normal mode is the standard mode where you can start from any unlocked level and the difficulty stays the same.
  • Plane load-out enhancements – you have four types – special weapons, weapon upgrades, life, and damage resistance, and score and miscellaneous.
  • Your loadout allows X amount of enhancements equipped, you can earn more slots through play.
  • Awesome B movie-style FMV cutscenes and voice work.
  • Fully animated backdrops with planes flying overhead, dogfighting, and cool explosions.
  • You get a brief notification of where enemies are coming from as they can come in from any side.
  • Big boss encounters.
  • Does a cool thing of having a newscaster-style commentary as you are playing.
  • You can set the game to auto-skip the opening cutscene each time and then any already-watched cutscene.
  • Checkpoints litter the level.
  • The game doesn’t just do shooting it also adds in little set pieces or has you avoiding Gunfire and/or ships.
  • Armour bar that goes down with shots.
  • Many enhancements to unlock to do things like decrease the size of your hitbox, get more lives, faster shooting, etc.
  • When you die you get a different newspaper headline detailing how you died.
  • Different weather effects and locations.
  • You can restart or respawn from checkpoints.
  • Your plane can be moved all over the screen as the level auto scrolls along.
  • Such a fantastic presentation effort.
  • You get to fly different planes.
  • End of level breakdown and you get a 1 to 3 star rating for performance.

Squad 51 Vs The Flying Saucers Review Cons:

  • Cannot remap controls.
  • No actual tutorials.
  • Slight hitches and slowdown.
  • The play area is very small and claustrophobic.
  • You can only shoot in one direction as standard.
  • Very difficult, not for the faint-hearted.
  • The handling does feel very slow and clunky.
  • You can die far too easily.
  • Bullet sponge bosses take a lot of fun out of the encounters.
  • Environmental damage is almost to tap death even with upgrades.
  • Some of the stages take ages to play through with a lot of it being stop-start.

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Squad 51 vs. the Flying Saucers:

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Developer: WhisperGames (replays.net)

Publisher: Assemble Entertainment

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

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!