Vengeful Guardian Moonrider Review (PlayStation 5)

For our Vengeful Guardian Moonrider Review, a side-scrolling action platformer that channels the golden age of classic 16-bit action games in a full-throttle quest for revenge. Created to defend a totalitarian state, the Moonrider rejects its programming and now seeks vengeance on its creators.

Vengeful Guardian Moonrider Review Pros:

  • Beautiful 16-bit graphics.
  • 243.3MB download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Side-scroller shooter gameplay.
  • In-game cutscenes.
  • Can rebind controls.
  • Graphics settings – screen shake, and CRT.
  • Optional tutorial level complete with a boss fight.
  • Banging soundtrack.
  • Three save slots.
  • Excellent background art.
  • You have basic run and gun abilities and then ninja-style attacks like jump kicks that can be chained together.
  • Health bar system with health pick-ups.
  • Collect ammo for your charged whip attack.
  • Big boss encounters.
  • Multiple route choices.
  • End of level breakdown.
  • After the initial level, you can then choose your next location.
  • Module chips can be found and equipped to enhance or add new abilities like double jump.
  • Solid platforming.
  • Excellent animations.
  • Module chips have to be equipped and you can only have X amount of them at one time.
  • Checkpoints throughout.
  • If you die enough and get a game over then you get the option to have a module chip to take less damage until you take it off.
  • After a game is over you can still carry on from where you were and you get to keep any collected module chips.

Vengeful Guardian Moonrider Review Cons:

  • Takes a while to get used to in terms of the combat.
  • Way too easy to accidentally trigger running which can mess up timings.
  • Not sure when a checkpoint is triggered.
  • Animations when jumping can throw you off.
  • Doesn’t explain a lot about the module chips.

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Vengeful Guardian Moonrider:

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Developer: Joymasher

Publisher: The Arcade Crew

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  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Sound - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Length - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10

Jim Smale

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