|Shooter; 3DS (eShop Download); Level 5/Grasshopper Manufacture; 2012|
|If only every President's first act in office is to Pilot a humanoid Mech and Shoot some enemies.|
While the story has the traditional Suda 51 twisted charm, what with the President of Japan's job is to pilot a giant mech and all, the plot itself is really unimportant to the game. Besides some beautifully animated anime cutscenes at the beginning and end of the game, the story is nothing more than "Those bad guys, blow them up." It's actually rather odd considering when you unlock the gallery to the game you get more backstory and world building than is ever in the actual game. There was actual thought put into the plot, except that the game is just happy with you going from one stage to the next shooting everything in sight. Well, at least the story doesn't interfere with the action.
|Controls change slightly when fighting Greater Spikes as you are now rotating around them.|
Liberation Maiden can be described using only one word: Fun. The entire game is a blast to play and really recaptures the essence of arcade shooters. The only real sticking point with this game is its length verses its price. The game is designed to be played over and over again for high scores and unlocking pieces in the gallery, but for something that can be beaten in half an hour it's tricky to recommend at it's normal price of $8. I got the game while it was on sale for $3 and for it's content and how much fun it was to play I think I got my money's worth. For it's normal price I give the game a Recommendation; however, if it goes on sale again or permanently drops in price to $3-4, then it is Highly Recommended.
Until next time.