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#1 LordFlux

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 07:12 AM

Been keeping my eye on Akai Katana and this is the first time I've seen it go on sale.

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#2 technicalstylez

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 07:57 AM

thx. gonna pick this up as soon as noram completes my tradein.
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#3 VyseArcad1a

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 08:01 AM

Well-worth the $$. Good find, OP!

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#4 thrinn

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 12:24 PM

Been waiting for this to hit $30. Thanks OP. :)

#5 zethca

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 03:26 PM

Favorite game of the year so far. If you're into shoot'em ups, this one is ace.

#6 chimpmeister

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 03:53 PM

Great deal on a great shooter. Nice to see Amazon is limiting sales to 3 max per account, to avoid hoarders/flippers.

EDIT: I also ordered a UK copy of Akai Katana, but haven't opened it (already had the North America version). I noticed something strange; the UK copy is much heavier than my N.A. one. I assume that Rising Star put some extra flyers in the UK copy, or a catalogue of their games. Anyone who got the EU version, did it come with more than the nice little color manual?

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 05:13 PM

Took it long enough.

This one is a dang fine shump.
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#8 chunlirocks

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 05:15 PM

Great deal on a great shooter. Nice to see Amazon is limiting sales to 3 max per account, to avoid hoarders/flippers.

EDIT: I also ordered a UK copy of Akai Katana, but haven't opened it (already had the North America version). I noticed something strange; the UK copy is much heavier than my N.A. one. I assume that Rising Star put some extra flyers in the UK copy, or a catalogue of their games. Anyone who got the EU version, did it come with more than the nice little color manual?


The Region 2 manual is HUGE. Simply gigantic
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#9 chimpmeister

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 08:36 PM

The Region 2 manual is HUGE. Simply gigantic


Wow, it must be, the weight difference between the N.A. version and EU version is really noticeable! Keeping my EU version sealed for sure, though it would be nice to see its manual.

#10 RollingSkull

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 10:20 PM

Every HUGE manual I've ever seen is bilingual so it's probably just all the made up languages you yuropeens love to have.

Anyway, shumps are more rehashed than cover shooters but this one's gimmick is entwined really deep in its gameplay, and yet is more intuitive than the average stuff Cave seems to muster, so I'll give a quick rundown just so you can differentiate it from generic bullet hell shump 3,421.

First, difficulty-wise, it's not hugely hard. I look at it and a 1cc might be feasible for me if I could avoid all those accidental deaths. But I can't, so it isn't. Still, this game is not viciously hard, but there's a lot of excitement still for anyone who likes dodging neon dots. Pacing wise, you just hit the ground running. The first two stages aren't gimmies at all unlike certain other shumps.

Main meat here, there are three modes. Original Arcade, Remake of Original Arcade with better graphics and the extra stage, and then the main actually good mode. They have weird Japanesey names like Slash, Origin, and Climax and I can't remember which one is which but you can figure it out. In the actually good mode, the basic Cave standard of "Fill meter, unleash full meter, turn all bullets into gold, repeat forever." is expanded to about three different meters. Shoot your heavy shot to get enemies to give you transform energy, which lets you transform for a brief period of time. While transformed, you can take a bullet and get knocked back into normal state without dying. Shoot rapidly to get point items that build up your orbs. If you transform, those orbs will be deployed. Shoot heavy in your transformed state and those orbs will fire, cancelling bullets and becoming swords if they hit an enemy. Keep shooting heavy to build up swords without worrying about orbs, but you are limited by your transformation time. Swords hover around you and can be fired by transforming back to normal. Swords do massive damage, give massive points, and cancel bullets. Firing a full array of swords is truly UNLEASH THE FURY power.

So, in short, shoot fast for orbs. Shoot hard for energy. Transform with energy and orbs. Fire orbs while transformed to get swords. Transform back to fire swords for jackpot. Start again.

It's sounds like a mouthful but it is quite intuitive in the actual game, except for all the times you get hit or run out of energy or misfire orbs and swords or accidentally bomb or whatever usually happens.

The original arcade mode is stupid, with an energy only thing. Catch energy pickups with your familiar and let boolets pass over them to grow them. Transform and you become INVINCIBLE while shooting fast, reflecting all boolets only to have them converge elsewhere. Shoot hard (Dropping your invincibility) and kill an enemy to cancel all the boolets around him, so you are herding the boolets to where you can cancel them safely. It's as hackneyed as it sounds.
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#11 morrodox

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 03:50 PM

Good price. If I hadn't already picked it up on day one I'd absolutely get it now.

For those on the fence, it's a horizontal scroller like DeathSmiles (the other Cave game to get a U.S. release). Slightly more challenging, but nowhere near as hard as, say, Mushihimesama Futari. Surprisingly easy for me to figure out how to do well at it, usually I have a difficult time figuring out all of Cave's gameplay rules. There's an on-disc tutorial vid that I'd recommend watching. Got to the end of the 5th stage this past weekend without continuing.

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 03:58 PM

Bought the game at launch, $40 was worth it to me. Get this game if you're a shmups fan.

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#13 Auburn

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 04:00 PM

What are the odds that this will be dropping to $20 anytime soon? I know Deathsmiles is super cheap now but I'm worried this could possibly become harder to find.

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 04:01 PM

Any confirmation that the EU manual is just bilingual and has no extra artwork or anything? Even US manuals are mostly bilingual now too, they just have no content. I keep waiting for the UK one to drop in price again, but it's held pretty solid around 18-20 GBP, which is around $30 anyway. For the same price I'd rather have the better manual.

Although I do have some Amazon credit that I have no use for since Best Buy stepped up their game so much on preorders...

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 04:03 PM

Is there any reason to think this one won't be sub-$20 like every other SHMUP this generation? I've been keeping an eye on this, but $30 still seems a bit high.

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 06:25 PM

Nice find. I want this game but thirty is a little to high for me. Gonna wait for sub twenty.

#17 Gosha

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 06:41 PM

Any confirmation that the EU manual is just bilingual and has no extra artwork or anything? Even US manuals are mostly bilingual now too, they just have no content. I keep waiting for the UK one to drop in price again, but it's held pretty solid around 18-20 GBP, which is around $30 anyway. For the same price I'd rather have the better manual.

Although I do have some Amazon credit that I have no use for since Best Buy stepped up their game so much on preorders...


Should just buy the US release to promote future domestic releases.

#18 thrinn

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 06:52 PM

Is there any reason to think this one won't be sub-$20 like every other SHMUP this generation?

It's tough to say with just about each shmup being released by a different publisher. Usually as consoles reach the end of their lifespan the hardware companies reduce the barrier to entry to entice publishers to continue releasing games. One such option is that the requirement for the minimum number of copies that must be manufactured is lowered, thus this game may end up being a bit rarer than previously released shmups. Radiant Silvergun and Mars Matrix are a couple examples.

Edit: Just to clarify, I don't want to make it seem like this game will be going for $150 in a few years (because it probably won't be). It's just that at this point in the 360's lifespan there's a small chance this game won't hit $20.

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 06:59 PM

It's tough to say with just about each shmup being released by a different publisher. Usually as consoles reach the end of their lifespan the hardware companies reduce the barrier to entry to entice publishers to continue releasing games. One such option is that the requirement for the minimum number of copies that must be manufactured is lowered, thus this game may end up being a bit rarer than previously released shmups. Radiant Silvergun and Mars Matrix are a couple examples.


That and the fact that the other SHMUPS dropped quickly in price. This seemed to have held on for a long time before it jumped down in price.

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 08:16 PM

Best SHMUP released on the 360 in the states period. It was well worth $40 at launch and well worth this $30 now. Honestly if you are interested buy it now and enjoy it while the blockbuster drought is upon us.

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 12:17 AM

As much as I enjoyed this, it's just as likely to drop as any other shump. The newbie publisher makes it a bit of a wild card though so we cannot really be sure.

Still, past performance says you are a nut to buy any shump over $20. Do I think this is worth $30? Yes if you aren't counting pennies. True CAG mode? Probably should wait. Timeline wise we aren't quite at the "should have dropped by now oh no it will never go down!" threshold yet.

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 12:19 AM

Finally sub $30, took it's time lol
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#23 AkariK

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 01:48 AM

Should just buy the US release to promote future domestic releases.


Pass. I don't care if stuff makes it domestic or not because I am willing to import. I'd rather have better stuff included, which we don't see in the US compared to other versions - look at Arcana Heart 3, which got an awesome retail LE in Japan, a decent retail LE in UK, and a psn-only release in the US.

Edit: I'm still upset I missed the 12.95 GBP sale for it on zavvi, but I think I'll just wait for them to have it on sale again.

#24 ONESTARv2

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 01:56 AM

Been waiting for this to have some sort of sale. Just picked it up!
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#25 technicalstylez

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 02:17 AM

just picked this up along with espgaluda ii. :lol:
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#26 AlphaConqerer

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 05:48 AM

Thanks OP, picked it up.

#27 AugustAPC

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 07:03 AM

Definitely intend on picking this one up, but I've got to wait a while longer.

I have $330 tied up already over the next two months in games I've pre-ordered.

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 08:47 AM

Thanks OP, picked it up.


Ditto. Thanks, OP.

Too many niche titles recently have been playing the I don't wanna drop in price game, and unless I wait 3-6 months and luck out and get it cheap at Bestbuy during a buy 2 get 1 free sale (as I did with the Raiden games, it's not worth my time to wait that long. Plus RSG deserves my support for being the go to company for shmups in the US. (and the UK when they didn't come out here)
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#29 chimpmeister

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 05:21 PM

just picked this up along with espgaluda ii. :lol:


How much was Espgaluda II? Been keeping my eye on that and Mushi, can't pull the trigger at $50 each though.

#30 jesusthecarpenter

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 07:50 PM

Does this game come recommended to shmup neophytes? I want to pick it up, but not if it's rape my mouth hard.