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GALAK-Z: Variant S

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Based on 7 critic reviews
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Game Information

Available on:Nintendo SwitchJul 12, 2018

Publisher: GUNGHOONLINE

Genre: Action

GALAK-Z: Variant S is a brand new, one-of-a-kind, space-shooting action-RPG that is specially crafted to take advantage of all of the unique features of the Nintendo Switch. Experience stunning space combat from the cockpit of a sleek spaceship or a giant Mech! Battle space pirates, squish giant bugs, challenge Dark Bot bosses, and crush the evil Baron’s army of nasty Imperial troops through more than a hundred endlessly replayable missions in a full-scale story campaign. Fight against player-created squads in the Bot Battle League and earn Trophies to reap better rewards. Collect upgrades, salvage, relics, and Bots to make your spaceship and Mech even stronger, and fight to become the highest ranked pilot in the galaxy! - Shoot! Blast enemies away with your spaceship’s rapid-fire laser cannon - Slice! Carve up foes with your Mech’s radical laser sword - Upgrade! Enhance your craft with new weapons, armor, and helpful Bot buddies** - Collect! Create squads of friendly Bots to battle against other players and earn special rewards GALAK-Z: Variant S is playable in TV mode, Handheld mode, or Tabletop mode and supports HD Rumble, the touch screen, Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, and Joy-Con controllers.
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Galak-Z: Variant S just feels a bit soulless, as someone who has played the original. Where that game was sleek and well designed, this feels basic and haphazard. The Switch would have been far better served by a port of the first game, and when you add microtransactions into the mix you get a spoiled experience and a somewhat tainted memory of a better time for the series.

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Galak-Z may not have the most jaw-dropping storyline or complex gameplay, but it is still greatly worth the playthrough — especially since it comes at no charge to you.

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Galak-Z: Variant S is a more focused and tighter experience than its forerunner, but one that offers surprising depth thanks to the often staggering upgrade opportunities on offer. By taking the freemium route developer 17-Bit Studios has been forced to introduce timers which can be overridden by spending actual cash, but these are thoughtfully deployed and even if you do decide to dig deep in your pocket, you'll still need considerable shooting skills to overcome the increasingly stern - if somewhat repetitive - challenge.

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Galak-Z: Variant S is an interesting mobile 2D action space adventure that feels right at home on the Switch as a casual title for playing on the way to work or on the train. Unfortunately, although the art style and gameplay are well put together and fun to play, the microtransactions severely hinder the experience.

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