SEGA AGES Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar MastheadSEGA AGES Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar Masthead

SEGA AGES Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar

Rating Summary

Based on 5 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

77

Top Critic Average

60%

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Based on 5 critic reviews
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Game Information

Available on:Nintendo SwitchSep 20, 2018

Publisher: Sega

From the legendary game developers at Technosoft! Battle against the Vios forces and fly as RYNEX in this side-scrolling shmup that enthralled the world with its innovative ideas, beautiful pixel graphics, and a rocking soundtrack. After beating the game, unlock "STYX" Mode and jump in the cockpit of the distinguished FIRE LEO-03 "STYX" from Thunder Force III. Take the STYX’s full arsenal from the previous game in this mode, but will this older model be able to survive?
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SEGA AGES Sonic The Hedgehog & Lightening Force: Quest - Launch Trailer - Nintendo Switch

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The Joy-Con can be a terrible control method for a platformer, but Lightening Force actually feels wonderful with a proper joystick.

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Right now, the modes are decent, especially for younger gamers out there, so they add some value to the titles, but they need a bit more to them, though, to really sell everyone on them.

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This is a must-have for fans of the genre, and a great option for both those who got to play it way back when as well as those new to it who are in for a treat.

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One interesting wrinkle that Lightening Force brings to the table is that you can also stretch the screen vertically and explore the space above and below your ship to find different enemies, avoid fire, or discover hidden power-ups. When you beat the game, you also open up a new ship with different weapons, which adds replay value. There is a lot to like about this initial offering in the Sega Ages series, and growing up without ever owning a Sega console, I'm eager to see more of these titles, especially given the obvious TLC being put into them.

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