Before I kick-off this review I want to give a big shout-out to TGG and Play-Asia for hooking me up with this game, and with that said, let´s get the show on the row shall we?
Wild Guns: Reloaded is a remastered version of the 1994 SNES Cult Classic Wild Guns. For the most part, the game is the same as that one, but due to the fact that current technology can handle more on-screen, more colors and more everything without slow-down, more has been added. Gameplay, it’s a shooting gallery game set in the old West. Though why there are giant robots in the old West, I don’t know.
There are four characters that you can choose from, Annie, who wants revenge on the Kid family for one reason or another. The bounty hunter, Clint who works with her. The explosion girl, Doris who throws what I can only assume are explosive propane tanks at her foes for her screen-kill attack. Bullet the amazing dog who has a robot buddy who shoots everything while he runs around.
Annie and Clint play practically identical, though I believe Clint has a larger explosion area with his screen nukes than Annie does while Doris charges up grenades as her basic and doesn’t fire right away. For her, she charges up grenades, and they build up from one to seven over time. While doing this, you’ll want to press left or right and jump to dodge attacks. Bullet is the only one who can move while attacking to avoid attacks. While this gives him a tremendous advantage over the other three, it also is a weakness, as enemies can attack his robot buddy to stop him from firing.
However, to make up for this, Bullet has the largest firing radius as his robot buddy will auto-aim at any enemy in range. The other three have to stand still, like I said, but this allows them greater control over their targeting. Control is very simple, square attacks, triangle uses the screen-nuke and X is jump. You move left and right and aim with the D-pad/left analog stick. While you’re firing, for all but Bullet, you can control where you aim, even if you’re standing still.
There are power-ups to pick up during the stages, from a machine gun, to a shotgun, to a pulse blaster to FREAKING LASER BEAMS! Sadly enough, Doris doesn’t get to enjoy the benefits of these, but then again, she’s chucking grenades, why would she need puny lasers? However, the game is very, very difficult. On par with Contra, due to the fact that a single hit will kill your character and with how hectic things get on-screen. It can be very easy to die. Even on Easy mode, this game will kick your rear end until either you beat it or give up out of sheer frustration.
And if you think multi-player will alleviate this. You’re quite mistaken. Even though you can have up to four players playing locally, something that’s a rarity in this day and age, there are three big issues. The first is that your team has a shared life total, which ramps the difficulty up to incredible heights. The second is that there are no continues, if you die as a team, it’s back to the start of the game for you. The final issue is that you can’t change the difficulty in multi-player.
Despite this, the game is a lot of fun, though I have never beaten it myself, I’ve had a lot of fun trying. And, hey, if you think that you can do better. Then the game is available now on the PS4. The original Wild Guns can be downloaded for the Wii and Wii U virtual consoles.
+ Old school gameplay and difficulty
+ A dog and his robot buddy!
+ No tutorials! Learn as you play.
– Old school difficulty, you will scream in frustration
– No save system nor continues in multi-player
– No way to gain lives during the stages.
Replay Value: 4/5
Natsume´s action shooter Wild Guns: Reloaded offers a lot of fun, but it´s a really hard game. However, if that’s what you want, go ahead and pick this game up on the Playstation store.
Genre: Action shooter
Release date: 2016-12-20
Spent time: +4 hours
Average grade internationally: 73.12% Gamerankings.com
PEGI age rating: +7
Robin Ek – Editor
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