Darius Cozmic Collection Reviews

Darius Cozmic Collection is ranked in the 63rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
Recommended
Mar 12, 2019

A couple of omissions grate and it's hardly cheap, but this is a sumptuous collection for the grandest of shmups.

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Metro GameCentral
Top Critic
7 / 10
Jun 18, 2020

Fish-obsessed 2D shooter series Darius gets two separate compilations, one of which features one of the rarest video games ever made.

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Polygon
Top Critic
Unscored
Jul 18, 2020

M2 provides the necessary context to enjoy the experience without changing the actual game.

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ZTGD
Top Critic
7.5 / 10.0
Aug 11, 2020

Do not get me wrong, this is a very good collection, but it is very hard to justify a purchase at full price for what is essentially 3 unique games and 4 variations.

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Wccftech
Top Critic
7.5 / 10.0
Jun 23, 2020

Darius Cozmic Collection Arcade is a rock solid collection of Taito classic shooters in one package that can be listed more premium than casual fans may be willing to pay.

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Jun 28, 2020

Darius Cozmic Collection Arcade is a good compilation and the titles included are of a high quality, but as comprehensive as it is, it's still a little limited for the price. Enthusiasts, however, will be delighted by it.

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7 / 10.0
Jun 23, 2020

All in all, this is a high-quality collection of games, but the experience is brought down by some missing content and a high price tag.

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Nintendo Life
Mark MSX
Top Critic
8 / 10
Jan 26, 2020

There's a lot to take in when reviewing a package like Darius Cozmic Collection and we wish that it had been released in a single version which includes all of the bonus games, but it is safe to say that this release floats somewhere between the barebone lack-of-care ports like the Psikyo ZeroDiv releases and the passionate ocean of love that are M2's ShotTrigger ports.

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8 / 10
Jun 29, 2020

Darius Cozmic Collection Arcade may have fewer titles than the console collection; however, the original arcade games are such a pleasure to play.

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4 / 5.0
Jun 19, 2020

Fans of Darius or bullet hell games will likely appreciate everything Darius Cozmic Collection Arcade has to offer. It's crazy, flashy, and most importantly fun. It's a shame some of the games, like Darius, are not as accessible but the inclusion of Darius Gaiden helps bridge that game. Add in multiple paths, different experiences and it's easy to get a lot of value out of Darius Cozmic Collection Arcade without even bothering with high scores or online rankings.

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The Digital Fix
Posted by Seb Hawden
Top Critic
8 / 10.0
Jun 22, 2020

Darius Cozmic Collection Arcade is fun, rewarding and a massive nostalgia trip. The soundtrack is amazing as are your game options when playing this group of great shoot 'em ups. I would have perhaps liked other titles instead of copies of the same game but hey, you can't have everything.

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3.5 / 5.0
Jun 18, 2020

Darius Cozmic Collection does offer a lot of enjoyment for fans of shmups, regardless of which version is played.

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Rudy Lavaux
Top Critic
7 / 10
Jul 3, 2020

All three games available in Darius Cozmic Collection Arcade, in all of their included versions, are well worth playing for any fan of shoot 'em ups out there. Those are the best ports anyone could hope for, and there is nothing wrong with them in their own right. The fact that running them on a home arcade cabinet is practically impossible because of the multi-monitor nature of the first two games included, makes this collection very desirable indeed for the sake of preservation alone. The price of admission, however, is pretty steep if one considers that only three games are truly included - no matter how great they are, and that the first neither has aged particularly well, nor is comfortable to play on modern 16:9 displays. G-Darius and Dariusburst Another Chronicle are sorely missing from this compilation, to the point of being outrageous. A very good collection then, just not priced very sensibly.

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8 / 10.0
Jun 21, 2020

I remember reading about Darius first in early 90s game magazines, and thought I'd have to make do with the console versions. Playing the arcade versions actually made me even more excited to try the console games in the other collection that came out. There's some frustration to be found in this collection, but overall it's another quality batch of shooters for Switch owners.

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Simon Brown
Top Critic
9 / 10.0
Jun 20, 2020

An extremely well put together love letter to a classic series of shoot 'em ups. Darius Cozmic Collection Arcade reminds us how brutal games used to be whilst allowing newcomers in gently. A tad expensive but polished to a sheen.

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7 / 10 stars
Jun 18, 2020

There's an absurd amount of classic Shmup love here, even if these collections are a little too light on extras.

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7 / 10.0
Jun 17, 2020

Darius Cozmic Collection Console is a niche title that will thrill the people it needs to thrill. Meanwhile, the casual crowd will rightly scoff at its price. There’s nothing wrong with this collection apart from that it’s a bit by-the-book, though as a collection of Darius games released on console, you could take the absence of Super Darius and 2009’s PSP exclusive Dariusburst to task. Still, if you aren’t averse to spending a considerable bit of dough to acquire some of the best shoot ’em ups ever made, consider picking it up.

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8.2 / 10.0
Jun 16, 2020

Darius Cozmic Collection Arcade includes 3 of the most underrated and incredible arcade shooters ever created. Although G-Darius is disappointingly absent, what you get is one super-fun collection that features some truly innovative HUD options.

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Jul 6, 2020

Darius Cozmic Collection: Arcade revisits the series' first three games with extensive user interface extras. Being able to play so many different versions of these games is interesting, but the collection is still ultimately geared towards hardcore shoot-'em-up fans or fans of the Darius series.

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8 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2020

Darius received a beautiful and well-deserved tribute to this legendary series of its kind. With the help of M2 we have the possibility to try more than a dozen titles and recall old moments from the Arcades' golden past.

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