|Editor Rating:||5.8/10, based on 2 reviews|
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Novastorm is as smooth as silk on the 3DO, but it suffers from the same fate as the Sega CD version: It's so easy that this 'Storm is just a squall.
There's Nova Business
As a pilot for the Scavenger Strike Squadron, you watched your world go up in flames. Now you're dying to take a stab at the Scarab X, the computer defense system that annihilated mankind.
You pilot your ship through four gorgeous extraterrestrial terrains: an ice planet, a desert planet, a lava planet, and finally, the space cruiser where the enemy hangs out. Your ship is equipped with a standard cannon and three screen-clearing smart bombs, and you can upgrade your ship through power-ups.
The graphics are spectacular. Smoothly scrolling terrain matches nicely with huge, showy mech-hybrid bosses. The enemy ships are varied and well animated, but some slowdown pops up when you face the bosses.
The music has a real Tech-notronic feel, but the funkified rhythms get ridiculous (in one part, you'll swear you hear a dog barking). The amplified explosions are a treat.
Although it looks good and sounds all right, Novastorm is no hardcore shooter. You'll see bosses so often that it feels just like a real job. If you could get through StarFox on the SNES, you'll destroy this breezy'Storm.
- The best power-ups are the Three Shot weapon and the Purpte Cannon, Don't pick up other power-ups when y&u have these.
- The Green Pods are protective power-upsi use torn to Now mogto Hie enemy tine.
If you've played Sewer Shark or Microcosm, you've already played Novastorm. Novastorm is a very simple shooter that has you fighting against poorly drawn enemies (except for the Bosses) on a computer graphic background Fortunately you can find a few power-ups enabling you to shoot down at least a few of the alien ships. I'm not too fond of FMV, and this isn't an exception.
liieeee! Haven't I seen this game before? Oh, sorry. Psygnosis jumps on the bandwagon again to bring us another mindless shooting game with pretty background graphics. Sound like a few other games? Of course! The video is very clean and nice to look at, but the game itself is nothing special to play and gets repetitive quite quickly. Not my cup of tea but will appeal to some.
It was quite obvious from the beginning that I wasn't going to enjoy this game. I knew it the moment I saw the FMV cinemas and the rendered scenery in which you pilot your ship. It's not even fun to look at. Then there's the control, which seemed to lag. The game consists of moving your ship around the screen to avoid the shots that come your way. It has no technique and no fun.
This reminds me of Microcosm. The game is rather basic with minimal shooter qualities. It seems they spent more time on the textured backgrounds than on the actual shooter. For those who like these games, the graphics are excellent and there are some high-quality cinemas. For an old-timer like myself, I need more fast-paced action in a shooter. However, it is great to look at.