Sisters Royale: Five Sisters Under Fire
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Sisters Royale: Five Sisters Under Fire doesn't reinvent the shmup rulebook, but it leverages some interesting wrinkles first introduced by the Castle of Shikigami series to excellent effect.
When it comes down to the basic fundamental aspects of the genre – visuals, music, stage design, gameplay flow – Sisters Royale feels unfinished. It’s hard to care about the scoring system when the structure it is built upon doesn’t satisfy enough to encourage players to spend hour after hour routing and experimenting.
Sisters Royale is a colorful, tongue-in-cheek take on the classic shmup format. On the upside, you get to play through the game as five different player characters. The down side is it doesn't take very long to play through, so the replay value is in trying to beat your last score and to run through the levels on harder settings.
All in all, Sisters Royale is a fine addition to the shoot 'em up library for the Switch. Though short-lived, it features a delightfully fun cast of characters and a story so bizarre you can't help but be amused.
Sisters Royale: Five Sisters Under Fire is a solid shmup, albeit one that plays things a little too safe. The power shot mechanic has merit, but the inclusion of summons makes the overall package far too easy.
Sisters Royale: Five Sisters Under Fire isn’t a bad game by any means. It struggles to impress, however. It’s just too light on features and content, and its gameplay doesn’t excite on the same level that many of the other shooters currently available do.
Side effects of playing Sisters Royale include not being able to close your eyes without seeing clouds of neon projectiles flying everywhere but when you're a shmup fan, that's a good thing. In the end, I'm glad to see Alfa System back doing what they do best.
There are some amazing examples of the genre out there, Ikaruga, Sine Mora and going further back, the wonderful Axelay on Super Nintendo. These are what I’d call the Prince William and Kate of the shooter world. Loved and held in high esteem. Sisters Royale I’m afraid is the Prince Andrew, dull and too busy hiding in Pizza Hut to be of any use to anyone.
At least the game works and the trophy list pose some decent challenges, but other than that, Sisters Royale should be a hard pass to anyone looking for a good Cute-Em-Up game.