SEGA AGES Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Bringing Lightening Force back to kick off the Sega Ages series on Switch was an excellent idea as it highlights just how much fun you can have with Sega's retro catalog.