To be the first to review this is both an honour and regrettable. It's not something that's going to be so readily picked up by the masses, nor is it something that should be ignored.
For those that have ever wandered into a lonely arcade and pumped their last 10 pences into a classic R-Type machine, or had that "Just one more go" feeling over a beautiful game of Ikaruga - This is the game that evolved shooters into the next gen.
Senko No Ronde takes your typical Sh'mup and forces it full pelt into the modern age - And throws in a fantastic trump card to boot.
This is a "What would Sh'mups be like if you combined them with a Beat-em-up?" idea that made it passed the development no-no's and was actually pressed to disc and released. It's like an indie game with a budget, and as such - You'll have likely played nothing quite like it.
So you're pitted - mech against mech - in a bid to be the ultimate warrior. What starts off as bullet hell gets even more intense as, once powered up, you become a screen filling war mech capable of destroying anything that gets close enough. It's a fantastic twist, and anyone who wondered what it'd be like to play the end-of-level boss for once is bound to get their kicks.
Online play is fantastic, though you'll find most of your opponents are Japanese - and as such they'll kick your backside from here to the back of the living room.
If you can find a couple of friends willing to pick up something different, and willing to learn the game by pushing though it's harsh difficulty curve, you'll be eternally grateful - If only because you can say "I told you so" when they finally get it.
WarTech Senko no Ronde thrusts players into a distant future where humanity has colonized countless new galaxies and Earth has become a planet mined for its natural resources. A violent war has erupted as nations struggle for world domination. Rounder Mechs fill the skies as the fate of the world is determined through aerial combat. Players must take control of these Rider machines, making use of shields and dashes in order to evade opponent attacks. Players can play offline or participate in online play over Xbox Live.