Gundemonium Collection Review
By Tom Hughes Price: $19.95 (or $8.45 individually)
The newly released Gundemonium Collection is an eclectic mix of shooters consisting of three games; Gundemonium ReCollection, GundeadliGne, and Hitogata Happa. The first two are very similar, whilst Happa offers a refreshing change of perspective, and adds some much-needed variety to the package.
Gundemonium ReCollection and GundeadliGne are both side-scrolling shooters, each as hard as the other, and both tougher than nails - expect the on-screen action to get hairy within the first hour. The lack of an engaging story (and for that matter, tutorial) will bother you much less than the difficulty, which is borderline insane the further you progress, even on the easiest setting. Both of these titles requires you to avoid enemy weaponry from hitting one particular area on your body - a small red dot, which I assume represents your character’s heart. Hits anywhere else are ineffective, and as a result, you will find it takes you a few hours to adjust your focus to a confined space on your character.
In contrast, Hitogata Happa is a top-down shooter, and instead of a consistently controlling the same character, you choose your hero from a selection of seven. Each has different special abilities, which adds a basic strategic element to the game, something missing from the other titles.
All things considered, Gundemonium Recollection is a title packed with value. Not only is it as hard as anyone could possibly want, but there is a range of unlockables, as well as bonus and arcade modes. Those with the discipline to fight through each level will no doubt feel very rewarded. Make no mistake, the game is for a very select audience, but what it does, it does well.
If you enjoy difficult, frustrating, hectic shooters, then Gundemonium Collection is for you. If not, consider either giving it a miss, or buying only one of the games – each are individually available for $8.45.
We say: GOOD BUY