Darius Cozmic Collection Console Reviews

Darius Cozmic Collection Console is ranked in the 38th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
TheSixthAxis
Top Critic
5 / 10
Aug 4, 2020

As a piece of gaming history the Darius Collections are spot on, recreating classic arcade and console games on modern hardware, but they are massively overpriced considering the content. Some games in the Arcade collection are either minor tweaks or ports of a previous versions, so you would have to be a die hard Darius fan to even consider purchasing both collections. The Console collection is by far the better choice due to the single screen design, but aficionados will then miss the classic arcade versions.

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ZTGD
Top Critic
7 / 10.0
Aug 18, 2020

This is not a bad collection; the games are a lot of fun and play well, but like its Arcade counterpart I can’t recommend it at this price, especially when I feel this is the weaker of the two collections. M2 does great work and it’s on display here, but I think these two collections should have been bundled together and sold at full price, not in two separate collections bundled at full price each.

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7 / 10
Jun 28, 2020

Still, it's all about the games, and they're still good fun. In fact, Darius Cozmic Collection Console is a marginally easier recommendation than the arcade one; there are five distinct titles here rather than three, and they're all worth playing – even if none of them quite reach the glorious heights of Darius Gaiden.

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7 / 10.0
Jun 23, 2020

All in all, like with the companion Arcade collection, 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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7 / 10
Jun 27, 2020

Darius Cozmic Collection Console features a robust selection of the various Darius ports; however, there are some odd decisions. The amazing port of Darius included in the Sega Genesis Mini, which was based on a build that was initially canceled, is absent. I understand it didn't have a home release back in the day, but it is still one of the best ports of the original. I thought the inclusion of games from three different regions was smart, especially considering how popular the Sega Master System remained in Europe well into the life of the Mega Drive. It certainly must have been quite a task to convert/port the arcade games to home consoles over twenty years ago.

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4 / 5.0
Jun 18, 2020

Darius Cozmic Collection Console offers a very different experience from the arcade version. While it is still good and includes more variety, the smaller scale can make things more difficult. It also doesn't have the same ideas, such as practice mode for every game, but it's still a solid experience. It will push you to achieve a higher level and offers enough adventures to figure it out.

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7 / 10
Jul 20, 2020

What is here is a nice, if expensive, collection of good shmups made for replayability for a niche selection of fans, the curious newcomers or people wanting a trip down memory lane of their childhood video game playing.

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3.6 / 5.0
Jul 13, 2020

Overall, if you are a fan of retro gaming, especially if you were a fan of Darius then this may well be just the right fix you have been looking for.

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8 / 10.0
Jul 4, 2020

Other than the original Darius and Sagaia, these games are a great way to play a series of seriously challenging arcade shmups from the past where arcades ruled.

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Rudy Lavaux
Top Critic
6 / 10
Jul 3, 2020

Darius Cozmic Collection Console is, like Darius Cozmic Collection Arcade; a great collection, no doubt. There is nothing intrinsically wrong with it as it is, since all games included are good and worth checking out - but the same issue of price is there. Different game versions aside, only four games are included this time, and if anyone already owns the arcade collection then only two of those are actually properly exclusive to it, since two are console ports of arcade games. This one is therefore, despite being just as good, even harder to recommend at its launching price. If the price ever goes down, or if it gets freely updated with the missing extra games, then that would be a different matter.

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6.5 / 10.0
Jun 28, 2020

Some of the games have online rankings, which adds to the replay factor, but there are no historical materials on offer, and the game balancing options are incredibly sparse. There are some decent screen options, and being able to remap all of the buttons is nice, but it's hard not to see this package of Darius games as being light on firepower. We've seen much more robust compilations come to Switch, so I can really only recommend these games to true Darius diehards.

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7 / 10.0
Jun 17, 2020

Darius Cozmic Collection Console includes a handful of solid classic 16-bit shoot 'em ups. Although they're not as enjoyable as their arcade counterparts, you surely can't deny that there's a lot of fun to be had shooting up all sorts of space sea creatures here.

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Jul 28, 2020

Darius Cozmic Collection Console provides a unique look into the series' ports and unique entries on 8-bit and 16-bit consoles. These games follow the series' stylized legacy while providing competent entertaining takes on the shoot-'em-up genre despite being

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6.8 / 10.0
Jul 22, 2020

The Darius Cozmic Collection: Console edition is a collection of great games yet sadly lacks presentation and substance. If you’re a fan of the genre and/or the franchise then you’ll love the games on offer and the multiple bonus modes. However, if you’re not invested in the series though any form of nostalgia or fond memories, I don’t believe there’s enough here to justify the recommended retail price. I personally think they should have doubled up the Arcade and Console collections to create a single content-rich package, rather than two diluted experiences. Technically, the games are great, but I can’t really recommend the overall ‘collection’ to anyone but the biggest of Darius fans.

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3.5 / 5.0
Jul 15, 2020

With its flawless emulation and wealth of content, Darius Cozmic Collection Console is a robust offering and an excellent introduction to Taito’s long-running shoot ’em up series. However, I’m not sure it does quite enough to justify the $60 asking price when you consider you’re more or less getting nine slightly different variations of four decades-old games. Still, if money is no object and you feel the need to blast intergalactic fish to bits, this collection will surely scratch that itch.

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Expansive
Jay Jones
Liked-a-lot
Jul 4, 2020

The Darius Cozmic Collection Console feels like a piece of history every retro enthusiast must own, and every gamer who wants to understand the legacy of the industry has to try for themselves. At least once.

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7 / 10
Jun 23, 2020

Darius Games are regarded by some as the best shooters ever made, but do you really want to pay nearly £50 to play the same game nine times? That’s a lot to ask even the most avid fan.

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6 / 10
Jun 20, 2020

Darius Cozmic Collection Console is a nice add-on for Darius fans who've already invested in its Arcade counterpart. However, it's not an ideal substitution.

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7.5 / 10.0
Jun 18, 2020

I did enjoy this Darius collection, but being limited to older console ports meant that I was stuck with the less impressive versions of each of the games included in this package. They are definitely not bad games, on the contrary, and being able to add even more shoot ’em up classics on a portable console is a great idea. However, if I had to choose between the two currently available collections, I’d have to suggest grabbing Darius Cozmic Collection Arcade instead. Those arcade games look, play, and sound better than any console port included in this collection.

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70 / 100
Jun 18, 2020

Darius Cozmic Collection Console brings together 4 unique games for consoles and multiple versions of these games, as well as several extra modes in some of them. The good finish of the product from M2 is clouded by the lack of a Museum or Gallery, and the high price of the two available compilations, Console and Arcade. But if you are a fan of the Taito franchise, this is an opportunity that you should not miss.

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