Since the PS Vita’s demise there’s really only Ratalaika Games and eastaisasoft giving constant support to the handheld. Damn, if it wasn’t for these two then you’d have no reason to keep the precious little thing charged. The latest release to come its way however is Fast Striker, a 2D scrolling 80’s feel shooter from German developers NGDEV. Originally released on the brilliant Sega Dreamcast, it now comes to PlayStation. It’s cross-buy with PS4, has a Platinum and fires off some fast bullet-hell action. What’s not to like?
Fast Stiker is a no thrills, old school single player shoot’em up that has four different game modes; Novice, Original, Maniac and Omake that tease you into perfecting better runs. Opting for the easy mode sees you earn more credits as you progress and also eases you in, giving a better chance of experiencing more of the game. For more experienced players anything above easy mode is a taster, so you really have a shmup for the beginner to a sharp shooting genius. This is also another long line of shmups that make the Platinum trophy a near impossible achievement to gain. Beat the game using one credit? I think not.
Each level throws six stages and a heap of different enemies to take down along with some dazzling bullet patterns. Get through these attack patterns unscathed and you’re welcomed with a massive boss fight that requires new strategies to overcome.
Fast Striker is not short on different enemy types and stuff to look out for. Lazer platforms, giant rocks and end of level bosses pump up the angst. Outside the 4 game modes, the extras only include adjustable screen setting and customizable button control – it’s nothing you haven’t seen before and graphically don’t expect too much. It’s a shame we don’t get online leaderboard or something to catapult it into a different class, but that being said, this drops at under $7 so there’s still a decent shmup here with a good challenge offered.
Fast Striker may not be one of the best shooters you’ve played, but any shmup fan will still want this in their download library, even if it’s just for a quick fix of nostalgia. Happy blasting.
Lizard rating: 6/10