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Astro Trooper Vanark
  PS1Shooter_3DJPN  
  opened by paleface at 06:04:42 08/17/03  
  last modified by paleface at 19:11:05 08/17/03  
  paleface [sys=PS1; cat=Shooter_3D; loc=Japan]
           
This came out in the States, apparently, but I got the Japanese version. A rail shooter, with astounding graphics for a PlayStation game. You whoosh along through lush valleys, over rippling waves, under gigantic monstrous creatures firing various bolts and bullets at you or even attempting to swallow you whole. The missle lock-on is a joy to use and enemies disintegrate into delightful fountains of flaming chunks when destroyed. The sound and music are top notch as well.
 
Unfortunately, dull RPG-ish segments between the crewmembers, with Resident Evil style controls and a very annoying floating robot sidekick, interrupt the shooting stages. Not sure what they were thinking with those.
    

 
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