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Irem Collection Volume 1

ININ Games
Nov 21, 2023 - Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S

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Critic Reviews for Irem Collection Volume 1

Overall, this is a great collection of both important and genuinely great Irem shmups. The inclusion of Image Fight II is also great, as that was previously only available on the WiiU. However, both the original Image Fight and X-Multiply make this collection worth picking up for anyone that is a serious fan of shmups.

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While its presentation is in some cases downright lacking, the Irem Collection Volume 1's essentials are at least in order, delivering three great games, several port variations, and enough adjustable options to satisfy. That said, both Image Fights are utter taskmasters that require a hardened disposition, and that limits their broader appeal. X Multiply makes up for this by being a lot more accessible, with a visually superb aesthetic, but also feels like the odd one out because of it. We can't help but feel an Irem Collection combining eight to ten titles would have been something worth shouting about, but with further volumes in the pipeline, this does feel like yet another exercise in squeezing a niche consumer base over several releases. Despite our appreciation of the games on board, it's hard to get too excited.

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Irem Collection Vol. 1 includes three classic shoot'em ups for hardcore gamers, now with online leaderboards and global rankings. No other major efforts detected.

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While the number of games in this collection pales next to many other Switch compilations, shmup fans up for a challenge probably won't want to sleep on this one. Irem Collection Volume 1 offers some entertaining fun that will put your skills to the test. How about some love for Irem's In The Hunt next?

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Irem Collection Volume 1 is a compilation of shoot 'em ups that any genre fan will happily add to their library. If you want to experience some history of the genre then check it out but just don't expect any supplementary content as that's where this package falls flat. 🚀

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A pair of more traditional shooters and one banger that has a classic feel but plays quite well flesh out this mini collection

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Sadly, Irem Collection Vol. 1 is decidedly no frills about how it delivers its games, a lot like, say, the Turrican compilations from last year, also handled by Ini Games. Surely, they all deliver something on the game front, but some extra love would’ve come a long way in making it a definite purchase.

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Just ditch Image Fight II and spend $16 on Arcade Archives; you’ll be far happier than dealing with your ship speed changing constantly or your game pausing a lot. For the price these bugs are honestly insulting.

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