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For the budget price that’s being asked for VASARA Collection, it’s an absolute steal. Both classic VASARA games are addictive enough in their own right, but it’s the addition of Timeless Mode that takes the collection into must-have territory. With its sharp, colourful graphics, tight mechanics and randomised stages, it’s heaven for shoot ’em up fans seeking something that will keep them on their feet.
VASARA Collection is a good compilation of two unknown shoot'em up in the West having left exclusively in Japan in the arcade market in 2000 and 2001. An HD filter may be missing, but numerous extras have been added, such as gallery, online ranking, a new equivalent to a new game created by combining elements of the two games and up to four players, and the typical options of choosing difficulty, credits and lives. Learn the history of 1600 feudal Japan as you would have never imagined mixing real historical characters with robots, tanks, mechs... and at an incredible price. If the challenges calls you, highly recommended.
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Vasara Collection jumps from obscurity into the top tier of bullet hells on the Switch by offering both original brilliant titles without any technical hiccups and supporting the ever popular TATE option along with a whole new game that proves to be one of the few proper four-player options of the genre on the system. The zany characters and plot just make things sweeter, and make up for the somewhat derivative origin of the series. Considering the relative obscurity of the original releases, for a reasonable asking price you might just end up with three quality, 'brand new' manic shooters in your collection.
All things considered, there is nothing that really negativity impacts these three games to a great degree. They have hours of solid gameplay, challenge, and fun made even better by VASARA 3's four-player co-op. Having one great shooter is cool, having three in one bundle is epic. I tip my hat to the developers and publishers for some great arcade ports For genre fans, these make very good additions to the Switch's library.
VASARA Collection compiles the two great Japanese classics of "Shmup", together with the great addition that makes it contemporary: the Timeless mode. Both reviving the classics and playing this new procedural mode is a pleasure that fans of the genre will enjoy.
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For the high-score chasers and shoot em' up fans among us, VASARA Collection delivers a classic experience with some cool features. The customization could definitely be stronger, and the delay on the basic melee attack makes it frustrating to use, but the overall package is pretty compelling. As yet another example of older and possibly forgotten titles getting a second chance on a modern platform, the three Vasara games represent a worthwhile investment, even if they aren't at the top of their class.
Vasara Collection brings two rare Japanese shmups to a modern audience in a competent (if relatively no frills) experience. Unique melee mechanics and a quirky feudal Japan setting make them well worth experiencing, just don't expect them to be easy. The bonus Timeless mode is a nice addition but feels a bit wasted.
Baffling leaderboard support, lack of remapping, and wonky "Timeless" mode aside, the Vasara Collection is sure to find a home with any fan of arcade classics. The Vasara series, though short-lived, offers a unique blend of STG action and close-quarters mayhem. They certainly aren't a walk in the park. It'll take weeks of constant practice to clear them without continuing. The scoring systems are compelling, and there's a plenty of enjoyment in slashing everything in sight. Give this collection a shot sometime.
Vasara Collection is a decent collection of two really fun scorechasers alongside a brand new game. However, several irritating bugs and leaderboard problems make this collection incredibly tough to recommend to those wanting to play this game for the sake of improving their scores. Still, the two included games are great co-op shooters, although the standard $10 price is tough to recommend in this compilation’s buggy stage, especially when you can get other shooters with proper leaderboard support for only $2 less via the Arcade Archives line.