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Battle Garegga Rev.2016

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General Information

Available on:PlayStation 4Oct 6, 2017
Xbox OneSep 26, 2017

Publisher: Famitsu

Genre: Arcade

An intimidating genre, bullet hells demand an intense investment from any gamer worth their salt; to be able to navigate an endless net of death requires god-tier reflexes and a 3 second foresight into the complex bullet patterns that enemies weave. That being said, after enough practice, success can be achieved, and the ability to react evolves to mere memorization... right? Enter Battle Garegga, a shoot 'em up that changes things entirely. Considered to be one of the best of it's kind, the main draw of this game is a simple mechanic: the better you are at the game, the more difficult it becomes.Simply put, it's a masocore gamer's dream. The game features a "Rank System," which tallies up player actions in real time, combining factors like score, how long a life has lasted, number of shots fired, and enemies destroyed to adjust the difficulty accordingly. While this was an invisible mechanic during the original arcade release 20 years ago, this re-release incorporates useful windows depicting rank, displaying all the data accrued. What makes this interesting is the combination of a risk-reward system in a fasted paced style of gaming, and to this day, there hasn't been anything like that at all. With this revitalized released, the Premium Edition commemorates 20 years with an OST, a Book on Battle Garegga's development and history, a medal, a decorative clear file set, and more! A total cult game, it's nice to see that the players of today are getting goaded into taking up a challenge like this; can they keep their rank up though - now that's a different story altogether...

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Battle Garegga Rev.2016 Reviews

M2 are the undisputed masters of updating past classics, but the studio has perhaps outdone itself with this amazing package. Not only does Battle Garegga Rev.2016 present every previously available version of one of the 2D shooting genre's best efforts – as well as an all-new edition to mark the 20th anniversary – it throws in so many options and additional features that it's genuinely hard to think of what else a fan of the game could possibly demand. It may be an acquired taste these days – to be fair, the same could be said of the original back in 1996 – but Battle Garegga remains a defining release in the shmup canon, and this is without a shadow of a doubt the best way to experience it. You don't have to feel bad about cashing in your valuable SEGA Saturn version anymore.Thanks to Play-Asia for providing the copy of Battle Garegga Rev.2016 used in this review.

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As far as vertical shmups go, Battle Garegga Rev.2016 is exceptional.

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If you're looking to experience a long-lost yet undeniably enjoyable classic shoot 'em up then Battle Garegga Rev.2016 is a must-play game.

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