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Ghost Blade HD Switch NSP Free Download GAMESPACK.NET The Switch seems to be an unstoppable juggernaut selling like wildfire. While it may never pass the lightning in a bottle that was the Wii, it has already surpassed the number of Wii U’s sold. With that, we are seeing a lot of games being ported over: from competing systems’ games the Wii U couldn’t handle to simple arcadey games looking to get a second life on a more popular system. Ghost Blade HD has been out for a couple years on older systems, but is getting a second shot here on Switch. Given the Switch’s unique capabilities, it may be the ideal place to play. Ghost Blade HD is about as boilerplate as an arcadey SHMUP can be. Choose a ship, blast baddies, kill a boss. With five levels, the game can be over quick for a pro, but there isn’t a story to go for, it’s more the challenge of going back through the levels and aiming for the best score on the leaderboard. On the Wii U the storefront offered a minimal storyline: a rogue AI was destroying Earth and prior to it’s defeat it ran to the edge of the galaxy, and it’s up to you (and potentially a Player Two) to hunt down the AI and destroy it. The Switch game store just has some bullet points on the game. Heck, a copy/paste from the previous entry could have been more informative. Another change is the price.TOP/BEST ADULT VIDEO GAMES IN UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (USA)

Ghost Blade HD Switch NSP Free Download GAMESPACK.NET

Ghost Blade HD Switch NSP Free Download GAMESPACK.NET

Ghost Blade HD costs $9.99 on the Wii U, but Switch Tax brings it to $14.99 on the Switch ($11.99 if purchased in the release window here). Owners of the awesome Flip Grip will be pleased to know that there is a TATE mode for vertical use in handheld mode (or if you are fortunate enough to have a rotatable TV or monitor). There are several options on how to orient the screen, where to place the HUD, background wallpapers, and options for opacity of powerups and the like. You can tweak these to your heart’s content. There are three difficulty options. While I spend most of my time in Easy Mode, what I see on Hard doesn’t look impossible. “Bullet Hell” games really are more about learning how to get through a maze than anything else, as tons of bullets scream through space you find yourself weaving in and out of hazards while trying to shoot the enemies yourself. The game has plenty of extra modes, like a score attack or even practice modes that allow you to go straight to bosses. Competitive gamers will have plenty of chances to attack the leaderboard to memorialize their achievements. Unfortunately, as I said, the game only has five levels and bosses, so even though you are aiming for a high score it may get stale. Given the age of the title.

5 Stages with HUGE Boss Enemies.

I would have loved to see a sequel or maybe an enhanced port with extra levels, but this is a straight vanilla port. Gameplay is fun and exciting, with challenging but fun boss and bullet patterns. The three ships have varied attack patterns that spread shot in different patterns, but all ships have the ability to focus their shots into a single powerful beam. Perhaps it is because I spent time on Easy mode, but I felt like power ups were plentiful, and that I rarely ever was below full power. In fact, the screen is so busy that I had times having trouble seeing the power ups I was picking up. There were pink bullets, green orbs, grey/green rocklike balls, and stars all over the place. With the lack of a tutorial or instruction manual I had a hard time knowing what was to be found and what was to be avoided. As I got powered up I found myself vacuuming up all the things I could collect anyways. Ghost Blade HD is exactly what you would expect in a Bullet-Hell SHMUP. On the Switch, you have several bonuses: TATE mode works wonderfully in handheld, even better with the Flip Grip, and the splittable Joy Cons means you’re always ready for some two player action.Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy

Ghost Blade HD Switch NSP Free Download GAMESPACK.NET

Ghost Blade HD Switch NSP Free Download GAMESPACK.NET

If you’ve played it before, you won’t be finding anything new, which is extra frustrating when you see the price went up for this edition. True SHMUP fans aren’t going to care much though. Even with the price increase, Ghost Blade HD offers an exciting package at a value price. It may be an older title, but it is still a solid entry to the Switch library. With the rise of digital distribution, more and more developers are able to get their previously super niche bodies of work into the hands of more folks, which subsequently results in more shmups being developed — it’s lovely. Just take a look at Cave, who remained dormant for many years only to rise up and nearly put its entire catalog on mobile devices before moving to PC. It’s a great time to be a shmup fan, sure, but not all of them are created equal. Ghost Blade HD has the makings of a classic shoot-’em-up, but ends up coming off like a half-measure. Shoot, focus, bomb. It’s a trifecta of buttons you’ve seen a million times before, but hell, it works. Ghost Blade HD takes the middle mechanic a step further by making it much more effective than other similar games, centering your spread shot into a literal beam of focused fire that’s best suited for big enemies and bosses. The bullet hell conceit never really goes overboard, and the maze patterns are well-crafted and aren’t haphazardly placed.

Instant Respawn – No cutscenes!

It seems great on paper, there just isn’t a whole lot of material to work with. Look, five levels that take around 20 minutes to complete isn’t a bad thing for shmups. As long as those stages all stand on their own and are worth playing hundreds of times over (whether alone or with a friend by way of Ghost Blade‘s co-op feature), I’m happy. But several of that small handful are way too similar in design, and the bosses leave a lot to be desired. There’s a lot of hope with the first big bad — a robot that has loose, shaky arms and exudes a lot of character. But then the team falls back into duller concepts like giant ships and the peak of a static spire. There is a lot of potential there as you’re making your way through those truncated stages. I like how a lot of the enemies swoop effortlessly into the foreground — it’s done more gracefully and in a more telegraphed manner than a lot of other shmups. The option to customize your HUD position, wallpaper, and even swap the screen to a vertical position (for those fancy swing monitors), a choice that’s not typically present on western console shoot ’em ups, are all available in Ghost Blade. The sound design deserves a special mention too, as the electronic heavy soundtrack is one of the most standout things about it.Attack on Titan Wings of Freedom

Ghost Blade HD Switch NSP Free Download GAMESPACK.NET

Ghost Blade HD Switch NSP Free Download GAMESPACK.NET

Training mode is also cut above, as it lets you tackle bosses directly rather than have to deal with going through the rigmarole of a stage every time. But while I typically go back through a shmup campaign for half a day straight until I start to reach some semblance of a good run, I didn’t have that same feeling with Ghost Blade. None of the nuts and bolts, including the three very similar ship types, feel that different within the confines of the game itself without taking the genre into perspective. If the bosses were more interesting as a whole, there were sprinkles of lore in-between to dive into, and perhaps some alternate level tracks to explore, I’d be more inclined to play it again. That said, the three difficulty settings are well-tempered, with the lowest offering some reprieve without outright letting you win, and with the highest not being insurmountable while providing a challenge. Outside of trying a new setting, score attack and leaderboards aren’t enough. With an easy mode, truncated (basically non-existent outside of “defeat the AI called Shira”) story, and a multiplayer option, Ghost Blade HD is a great gateway drug for anyone on the fence about getting back into shmups. It has all the mechanical makings of a great shooter, it just lacks that special spark in a few major areas.

Score Attack Mode.

From their name alone any keen arcade shoot’emup player should recognize Hucast Games dabbles in the Dreamcast-era of what we call retro. With a clear loyalty and passion for this golden age of shmups they’ve set out to keep the traditions of Japanese STGs alive with an explosive and intense modern polish in both visuals and gameplay. Ghost Blade HD takes this fierce and energetic take on the shoot’emup genre across 5 mesmerizing extraterrestrial stages, seeking to find its spot in history among the most classic of arcade shooters. The visuals here set a standard in shmups of their own, and unlike its gameplay are not comparable to anything released in any arcade in the past. The settings range from sand-storm inflicted deserts to lush alien planets with autumn-red trees, and always pack a vibrant punch of color. With extra sharp, crispy high resolution textures and mind-boggling amounts of enemies and items on-screen at a time Ghost Blade HD also manages to capture the visuals of its roots through old school polygonal ship designs and giant-robo bosses that’ll make any sci-fi anime geek’s mouth water.

This is a different kind of shootemup that is unparalleled in its visual chaos of bullets and celestial settings. Ghost Blade HD presents an arcade shmup soundtrack that is nostalgic on levels I cannot articulate properly through words. Somewhere between the surreal and otherworldly compositions of Zuntata and the heavy, chaotic and beats of Manabu Namiki this soundtrack assaults the senses in secret and majestic retro ways that modern game creators and companies have been trying to tap into for a decade. It might not be something someone who didn’t grow up with obscure Japanese shmups would get, but the sounds of the warm synth-y and space-y melodies couldn’t make me any happier. The action of Ghost Blade as with any shmup is focused on overwhelming blankets of bullets. It’s of a more twitch and reflex based nature, as opposed to the geometrical pattern memorization seen in Cave-styled bullet hells, with curtains of bright shrapnel flying in your direction at all times. Instead of sitting inside of small triangular safe-spots like in the aforementioned bullet-hells, you’ll constantly be on the move as to avoid the fire.

Ghost Blade HD Switch NSP Free Download GAMESPACK.NET

Ghost Blade HD Switch NSP Free Download GAMESPACK.NET

Luckily, many of these bullets can pre-emptively be cancelled with careful thinking and aiming by neutralizing their source, the baddie firing them. This gives Ghost Blade HD a classic and hyper kind of perspective like Toaplan shmups, and feels to me almost like a much snazzier, snappier, and crazier Tatsujin. 10,000 years ago an Artificial Intelligence known as Shira was built to protect the residents of Mars.As time passed the AI became corrupted and Shira started to attack the Mars colonies. With no way to defend itself against ‘Evil Shira’ Mars calls for help. The Earth Defense Force fleet fights its way to ‘Evil Shira’ and uses powerful lasers to destroy it. However, ‘Evil Shira’ secretly had a backup that flees into space and takes over an abandoned space station at the outskirts of the solar system. When the EDF notices the escape they send their bravest fighter after ‘Evil Shira’. You are this pilot, and your mission is to destroy Evil Shira before it can complete its new attack force and threaten the existence of the entire universe.Roar of Revenge Switch NSP

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