Originally released 10 years ago, TAITO and ININ Games have released DariusBurst: Another Chronicle EX+ for the Nintendo Switch. This is a brand new revision of DariousBurst Another Chronicle for consoles as the original game was an arcade only experience. Not only that, this version of the game includes not only the original, but also the special EX mode along with a new Event mode, replay mode, and brand new missions to keep you occupied.
The story in DariusBurst: Another Chronicle EX+ is pretty generic and is your basic good versus the forces of evil type thing. The universe is being invaded by the Belsar biomechanical hordes and the humans, with the help of the Silver Hawks, must battle this evil and liberate the planet Darius. That’s pretty much all you need to know and the story doesn’t really even get mentioned in the game. Basically all you do is pick a ship and blast anything that shoots at you.
That brings us to the gameplay. DariusBurst: Another Chronicle EX+ is as hardcore of a shoot’em up as you can get. The action here is almost nonstop with literally waves and waves of enemies coming at you in all directions. Like with any good shooter, you’ll have numerous weapon upgrades that get more and more ridiculously powerful as you go. Not only that, there are several different Silver Hawk ships you can choose and each one has its own unique secondary power weapon. What’s also neat is that during play, you can press a button and flip the ship to fire in the opposite direction. That means your Silver Hawk can fire both forwards and backwards.
In terms of look, it’s fair enough to say that the game looks pretty darn good. The art is crisp and sharp and it certainly looks the part of a modern day shoot’em up. The ships themselves look very futuristic and detailed and so do all the enemy designs. In fact, I’m really digging the bosses which are modeled after sea creatures. This is pretty unique and not something I’ve really seen before. The display is also a bit unique with is being ultra-wide. This is because the original arcade game spanned two displays.
The audio in the game is also really good, specifically the music tracks. Like any good action game, the music gets you really pumped to defend the universe.
Are there any issues with the game. Well, the difficulty can be a bit rough. While there is a mode that lets you choose an easier difficulty setting, the rest of the modes don’t and the game can be a be difficult to get through without using the endless continues. You can tell that this was made for eating up all your quarters at the arcade, but luckily, you don’t need to spend them here. Lastly, because this game is technically showing you two displays in one, things can be a bit small when playing in handheld mode, though those of you with a Switch Lite can only play in this mode. You can zoom in, but it’s a bit disorienting since the screen will shift around when you move.
Despite these issues, DariusBurst: Another Chronicle EX+ is faithful to the original arcade game which should please any fan of the series. The extra modes are a welcome addition and being able to play co-op with some buddies is a bonus. With that said, DariusBurst: Another Chronicle EX+ is an excellent game despite some flaws. The action is definitely there and those who crave a good shoot’em up won’t be disappointed by this.
Received game from developer and/or publisher for coverage purposes.
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