The Vasara Collection is an unusual choice for a modern game port.
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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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.
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.
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 contains 2 incredibly fun classic shoot 'em ups that aren't very well known which makes this collection even more worthwhile.
Despite some rough edges, Vasara Collection does a solid job propelling two obscure but entertaining arcade shooters back into the limelight.
“Playing the Vasara collection on the PS Vita was highly satisfying. The portability aspects really make the experience worthwhile“