Game Review - Azure Striker Gunvolt on Nintendo 3DS

Written by BroRocker on September 21, 2015 @ 11:49 am

Azure Striker: Gunvolt is a throwback to classic 2D side-scrollers and it definitely delivers in many aspects. If you were a fan of the Mega Man X games, then I would say this game is worth its low price. In my opinion, it is one of the hidden gems on the 3DS. With that said, let's get into specifics:

GAME PLAY: 8

One of the things that is unique about this game is the combat. In this game, you play as Gunvolt, who has the ability to emit electric-psionic energy. Your equipped with an energy pistol which can be used to shoot enemies in typical fashion; however, the pistol is actually your secondary weapon, mainly used to compliment your main attack, which is a electric shield of sorts. You use you pistol to tag or "charge" enemies" for low amounts of damage. The goal is typically to tag multiple enemies on screen; then, to use your shield to do massive damage to the enemies that are tagged. It's certainly a type of combat I haven't seen before, and it makes the gameplay smooth and relatively easy once you learn how it all works. This combat system makes getting through most of the levels sometimes a little too easy; however, the boss fights are an entirely different story, as it works in reverse and makes them somewhat challenging. Overall this strikes a pretty good balance as far as difficulty.

Another aspect of the gameplay versus a game like Mega Man X is the leveling system. In this game, your gain abilities and attributes to your character by leveling. Your gain experience by destroying enemies, finding secret objectives in each level, and completing levels. Leveling allows you to unlock abilities and customize your character. Getting your character stronger through leveling is essential in being able to beat this game, as the final sequence of levels/boss fights are too difficult to do so without being able to deal greater damage through leveling. This means that you actually need to play through all the beginning levels multiple times in order to get your character where it needs to be. While this artificially makes the game longer, the levels and gameplay are good enough for it not to be a hassle to play through the same levels multiple times.

STORY: 6

I won't say much about the story because, as a 2D side-scroller, you're not going to get a very deep and long story. I will say, the game does a solid job with the characters and settings. Basically, you're a mercenary who has psionic abilities who is fighting an evil organization of other people with similar abilities who are trying to take over the world through the exploitation of people with those abilities. It's a standard plot, but it is light-hearted with just enough humor and just enough serious to be good.

GRAPHICS & VISUALS: 7

This is probably the weakest aspect of the game, but it's far from bad. I think the game "looks" fine for a modern-day side-scroller. The problem lies in the diversity of both level and enemy design. You see a lot of the same enemies throughout the game and many of the levels have a familiar feel, but, like I said, it's not "bad" as much as you wish there was just a little more variety.

SOUND: 8

I wouldn't say the soundtrack to this game is as memorable as some other classic games from the same genre, but it's certainly solid and all the music and sound affects compliment the game and help the overall experience of it.

OVERALL: 8

For someone like me who has been aching for a new Mega Man X game, Azure Striker: Gunvolt does a good job filling the need. It's a solid game from a great price that is challenging enough for the hardcore gamer and casual enough for any else, making it very accessible. As I said before, if you are/were a fan of the Mega Man X series, then this is definitely worth checking out.

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Game Information

Platform
Nintendo 3DS
Developer(s)
Inti Creates
Publisher(s)
Inti Creates
Genre(s)
Action, Platformer
NA Release Date
August 29, 2014
JP Release Date
August 20, 2014
EUR Release Date
March 2, 2015
AUS Release Date
March 2, 2015
ESRB Rating
E10+
PEGI Rating
12
CERO Rating
B
ACB Rating
PG
MVGL User Score
7.7
Composer
Ippo Yamada, Ryo Kawakami, Katsunori Yoshino, Mina Hatazoe
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