And in my saga to experience re-releases of one of the most beloved shoot ’em ups series, it’s time to give G-Darius HD a try. One of the most innovative and fun chapters in the franchise, this remastering has just arrived on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch, making the classic much more accessible.
Dariusburst Another Chronicle EX+ — Big Fish Darius Cozmic Collection and its legendary mechanical fish
Although it was released in arcades in 1997, the game gained popularity here thanks to a version for the first Sony console and like almost everything that was produced at that time, that was another title to migrate to 3D graphics.
In it again we would take control of the legendary Silver Hawk ship, needing to destroy everything that appeared along the way and choosing the stages that we would play after defeating a huge boss. Another feature that returned was the enemies based on sea creatures, in addition to the two-dimensional gameplay.
For those who are used to “ship games”, it will not be surprising to have to collect globes that are floating around the screen and that will improve our shots, the bombs that we will throw on the ground or the shield that will protect us from enemy attacks.
However, G-Darius reused a very interesting idea that had appeared in Darius Gaiden, which was a capture globe. With him it was possible to recruit a good part of the enemy ships and make them help us. The cool thing is that the type of support varied, with some ships providing an additional attack and others serving as a shield.
Thanks to this variety, the game encouraged us to make tests, finding the best enemy for each situation. Besides, even the underbosses could become our allies, just by destroying a golden part of their bodies that served as protection.
In the field of novelties, we had the possibility of absorbing enemy shots and turning them into a very powerful laser shot. So, if the attack was carried out against a boss at the exact moment he used a similar shot, a duel would start, with the player needing to press the fire button quickly to try to win the combat and thus cause a lot of damage to the opposing ship.
Developed at a time when 3D graphics were taking their first steps, for many people it can be strange to look at the game these days. Because it was thinking about that that ININ Games decided to give an update on the visual part and G-Darius HD offers us two versions of that adventure.
In one of them we will have the same quality present in the original and except for looking at it on a CRT TV or for a comparison, I don’t see much sense in playing this way. On Monday we will have remastered graphics, but which should divide opinions.
The problem is that despite the polygons of this new version are much more beautiful and sharper than the originals, they still have that look of something released more than 20 years ago, when the technology of the time did not allow a level of detail as great as today. Liking the result or not ends up being a matter of taste and for me, the look has its charm, managing to keep the style of the original, but making it much more beautiful.
What I didn’t like was the frequent drops in frame refresh rate. Although they happen at the same times as the original and even serve to help us in situations where there is so much going on onscreen, I would love to have the option to play with greater fluidity.
A real regret, maybe just the quality of the soundtrack, which even though it’s well above average, I don’t think it’s on the level of what can be heard on Dariusburst Another Chronicle EX+. I would also love to be able to have all of the franchise’s chapters in one package, but I think the fact that they’ve been re-released is cause for celebration.
With a much more cinematic approach than what we usually see in the series, it’s really cool to follow this fight of humanity against the Belsar empire, with the huge fish ships giving a beautiful feeling of how fragile we are. This becomes even more evident when we notice how punitive the game is, but at least with G-Darius HD we don’t need to spend all our lunch money on half a dozen chips.