Sine Mora EX isn’t your typical side-scrolling shooter. It’s not about having lives or a health bar to worry about. It’s about time. Each individual mission is against the clock which makes for really interesting gameplay. Take a hit and you lose valuable time, while taking down enemies will extend time. Diesel punk shooter Sine Mora EX is visually awesome, and definitely the finest shooter I have played in a long while. Originally released in 2012, this new re-modelled version makes a welcome return with plenty more bang for your buck.
One mechanic that puts Sine Mora EX in a class of its own is having the ability to slow down time. This is a real winner when encountering swarms of missiles, lasers and half screen size bosses. Use this precious feature wisely – it’s a rare commodity, not a game winner. The craft itself handles well. It’s precise, which helps when you’re travelling through twisty misty passages or taking refuge hiding undercover and slipping out of danger.
As with any decent built hell shooter chaos rains. Huge quantities of coloured blobs, bullets and bombs are easy to spot against the game’s lush and detailed backgrounds. They really are drop dead gorgeous. There’s also pick-ups and power-ups to find that enhance your performance. The cinematic cut scenes come as a welcome break; they swivel and toss you around towering landscapes, weave you through structures, all while you are told the unfolding and sometimes complex story. It may not be a story you’re riveted too, but it does add more substance. It’s the fine details that make this shooter stand out from the crowd.
Sine Mora EX comes with seven diverse stages to experience and all look as beautiful as the last. Included in the package are Story Mode, Arcade mode, and new Versus Modes: Race, Tanks and Dodgeball. Also offered is local co-op for up to two players. With all these options fans of the 2012 version might want to take note.
The many gigantic boss fights Sine Mora EX throws at you are huge and epic, and each require different ways to overcome them. They’ll be weak spots to pinpoint and concentrate your fire power on. Taking one down is a satisfying experience, trust me. Destroying everything in your path, dodging incoming missiles, collecting power ups and huge boss fights, it’s all there.
Back in my arcade days, if this shooter was standing there in my local record shop, I would probably be walking an extra paper round to feed it. How gaming has changed over the years.
Sine Mora EX is a class act and the whole package. Brilliant, beautiful and worth every penny.
Lizard Rating 9/10
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