Working Designs' next PlayStation title came as a bit of a surprise to us. No, it's not an RPG or a shooter. It's not even a strategy title. Actually, it's Elemental Gearbolt, the Sony Computer Ent. (of Japan) light-gun game that was recently released in Japan.
Elemental Gearbolt does actually incorporate some RPG elements to its play, but obviously the base of the game is hardcore shooting action. There are several stages of play, broken up by anime sequences that explain the story. In each stage, the object is to (obviously) kill as many enemies as possible before they kill you, while freeing special fairies that are trapped inside green crystals throughout each area. At the end of a stage, after defeating one of the game's many awesome Bosses, you have the option to use your points toward your high score or your experience level (which, when raised, allows you to grow stronger). Your character (or characters--you can play with two people at once) can use three different weapons, each with its own unique abilities.
From what we've played of EG so far, we're quite impressed. The game just oozes with atmosphere, from the incredible graphics to the mystifying soundtrack. The game supports Namco's GunCon (as well as any other licensed PS light gun), and will also support Sony's Analog Pad for those without guns. Watch for it this April--it's going to be another hot WD title.
- MANUFACTURER - SCEI/Alpha Systems
- THEME - Light Gun
- NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1 or 2
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Don't let the strange name throw you--Elemental Gearbolt is a strong and enjoyable light-gun shooter with an unusual RPG flair. You read that right--shooter/RPG--which means that you blast through a fantasy setting, accumulating experience points for kills. The game works best with the Namco Guncon, and controlling the accuracy of your shots is a cinch. Symphonic melodies add to the overall RPC feel of the game.
On the negative side, the polygonal graphics are plagued by pixelization and the game is way too short, offering only six levels of quick shoot-em-up action. All told, Elemental .Cearbolt may be just a little too easy for the hardcore shooter, but enthusiasts should definitely rent this commendable game.
- PROTIP: The fire element is the most powerful and accurate weapon to use.