| The Good
Fast, and Fun Gameplay
Totally original story
| The Bad
The "Interactive Cartoon" Genre may not appeal to
The 3-d shooter genre. While most consoles are littered
with lame Star Wars shooters, Sky Gunner comes and
breathes new life into the genre.
The Graphics: While the graphics don't blatantly rip-off
Hayao Miyazaki's works, anime fans will find the graphics
to be inspired by his own unique style. The aerial ship designs
are also quite easy on the eyes also. Anime fans will, for
the most part, dig the overall art direction of this gorgeous
game. But one thing that plagues the game is the awful slow
down, which make the speedy gameplay grind to a near halt.
I's a shame that Pixel Arts didn't take the time to fix this
The Gameplay: The Aerial combat will be a definite
treat for fans of old school 2-D Shooters. While at heart
the gameplay is basically shoot everything in the sky as fast
as you can, the secondary weapons adds a fine layer of depth
to the game. Each secondary weapon is most effective on certain
enemies, for example, enemies who bunch up in a tight group
are easily taken out with some fireworks, or fast enemies
are slowed down with some handy Dog Missiles. The controls
also fare well with this title, (although some people complain
about the games "touchy" controls) and after the well done
tutorial session you will be gunning with the best of them.
The Plot: The game follows the story of three highly
skilled pilots, Femme, Ciel, and Copain. Ciel and Copain are
both best buds who like to take to the skies with there high
flying machines. Femme is the newcomer to the group, and helps
them out when the going gets tough. They all have the task
of stopping the evil thief Ventre who has stolen the "Eternal
Engine" - an engine that has the power to last an eternity
(hence the name, "Eternal Engine"). Each of the character's
interesting segments are told in Manga-esque cut-scenes which
makes the games almost an interactive cartoon which can be
good, or it can be bad depending on your personal preferences.
All in all, the story is charming, if not a little weak.
The Replay Value: Despite the games length (about
3 hours with each character) it is crammed with extras. First
off, there are two hidden characters but I don't want to spoil
you by telling you who they are, two extra game modes (Time
Attack and Survival), and some other nifty miscellaneous stuff
(Scene Select, Photo Gallery etc.). So as you can see, there
is plenty to unlock for all you hardcore types and people
who are looking for a game to last them a few weeks.
So, the bottom line, if you are yearning for a console shooter
that has nothing to do with Star Wars, you'll love it. If
you're also an anime fan, well, all the more reason to pick
it up. Everyone else, at least give it a rent, you might like
what you see.