November 14, 2011

Review – Otomedius Excellent

Filed under: Reviews — Tags: , , , , , , — Jamie Love @ 10:10 am

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After much doubt, delay, and speculation, Konami’s side-scrolling shooter, Otomedius Excellent, has landed in North America, hoping to tempt genre fans with barely clothed heroines and inspirational notes taken from the holy book of Gradius.

Aspirations to live my life as cliché stirred a desperate want to love this release – Travis Touchdown has Pure White Lover Bizarre Jelly 5, and I was going to have Otomedius Excellent. But as much as I can appreciate this game upsetting the digestion of Western audiences with wrappings your mother would certainly disapprove of, I’d rather play the aforementioned shooter mini-game found within No More Heroes 2.

Beneath the bubblegum aesthetics, Otomedius Excellent is a hard game to love, striving to find ways to break my heart with an experience I could love nearly everything about, except for having to actually play it.


June 8, 2011

E3 2011 – Hands-on Otomedius Excellent

Filed under: Features — Tags: , , , , — Mister Raroo @ 10:46 pm

E3 2011 Otomedius Excellent
Otomedius Excellent has some issues, the least of which being that nobody will likely buy it when it is released next month. That’s a shame, because underneath its somewhat rough exterior lies a game that is just a heck of a lot of fun to play. There is a definite shortage of happy, colorful, silly shooters these days, and Otomedius does what it can to fill that void.

Do you remember Gradius (or, if you’re cool, Parodius)? Good! Otomedius is the newest member to that family of shooters. You take control of a spacecraft and fire away at waves of enemies and big bosses until you destroy them all. Oh, and the spacecraft is piloted by a scantily-clad anime girl.

I know, I know. You’d rather have Gradius VI. But Otomedius isn’t that bad, despite what you might have heard! Honest! Sure, it’s a bit mindless, but in a good way.


July 8, 2010

Your Recommended Dose of Otomedius Excellent

Filed under: News Feed — Tags: , , , — Jamie Love @ 1:56 pm

Otomedius Excellent
At some point since E3 Konami has added a few precious art assets into their E3 press offerings for the Xbox 360 shmup surprise Otomedius Excellent – I know they weren’t there at the time because there’s simply no way I wouldn’t have posted them.

Anyway, since this will not stand, you can catch your semi-inappropriate dose for a game I’m exceedingly stoked about after the break, along with a video glimpse that has been around since E3 proper, just for good measure.


June 16, 2010

SHMUP Confirmation – Otomedius Excellent

Filed under: News Feed — Tags: , , , , — Jamie Love @ 6:42 pm

Otomedius Excellent
Even if some retailer revelations spoiled the size of the surprise, I’m still ten shades of strange-shooter-happy to get an email confirming that Konami is bringing Otomedius Excellent to the 360 this year. The sequel to Otomedius Gorgeous offers nine “stunning” characters over Konami’s brand of 2D sidescrolling – and three players can apparently team up locally or over XBLA.

Konami even mentions “exciting downloadable content to be announced later”. Not only is Konami bringing it here, but they even sound excited about it –

“As the sequel to the 2008 Japanese hit Otomedius Gorgeous, Otomedius Excellent boasts a significant visual and gameplay update since its predecessor. Accompanied by brilliant graphics and an excellent soundtrack, Otomedius Excellent will engage fans with the Gradius franchise on a whole new level.” – Shinji Hirano, President of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.

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