Woah wait a minute! At last we have a shooter that is cross buy, cross save and worthy of both consoles. Welcome to Infinite Dreams’ Sky Force Anniversary, the arcade shoot ‘em up that packs a mighty punch on both the PS4 and PS Vita.
Sky Force Anniversary is a recreation of Sky Force, a title released over ten years ago. The main objective is to save the world from General Mantis, an evil dictator with a whole hoard of gunships, tanks, jets, turrets and bombers at his disposal. Looking like a classic top down shooter Sky Force Anniversary holds some great gameplay. It’s a multi-tasking affair too, which involves saving humans, destroying everything on screen and collecting stars from downed enemies. Do this right and you’ll win medals, which open up the eight levels on offer. Ok, so eight levels may not sound much, but by completing a level and achieving its gold medals you will open up tougher modes. As well as this challenging single player mode, Sky Force Anniversary can also be played with friends in local co-op.
Save the last humans
Sky Force Anniversary looks cracking and welcomes you in straight from the start with a pleasing array of backdrops and colours – the deep blue choppy oceans and vast expanses of forestry look dazzling. It’s clear to see who’s who, what bullets to avoid and where the little humans are taking cover. To pick up these stranded little friends it’s a case of hovering over them while fending off incoming attacks. This element brings added pressure to an already testing game, especially as you start the game with the firepower of a peashooter. Luckily Sky Force Anniversary excels in the upgrading department. Picking up stars means you’ll have access to the hanger; here you can select optional extras like wing cannons, lasers, mega bombs and homing missiles. These can all be upgraded; you can also upgrade your standard cannon fire and health too. Choosing what to purchase first and upgrade can save a bit of time while out in the field. To progress in the game upgrading firepower is the only way to win. This does entail a fair amount of grinding to achieve, but because Sky Force Anniversary is such a fantastic and fun game, replaying the levels doesn’t feel like a chore. There are also objectives to complete like finishing a level without taking damage and taking out all of the General’s enemies.
Control-wise it’s a slick and easy ride, and all feels familiar. When played on the PS Vita everything looks smaller as you would imagine but still it’s a worthy title that fits the handheld perfectly. We’ve had so many shooters recently that you would have thought would have been a sure fire hit on the Vita, but were not to be.
There are fourteen trophies for you to aim for in Sky Force Anniversary and despite not having a platinum trophy it’s still a meaty trophy list. Trophies will pop for doing such things as collecting 100,000 stars, rescuing 100 people and killing 10,000 enemies. Not all the trophies require grinding though as some need a bit of planning like the one for finishing a stage with your health lower than 5%.
Sky Force Anniversary holds some great gameplay along with a rewarding upgrade system. If you’re after a well-rounded, great-looking, budget blaster then Sky Force Anniversary hits the mark right between the eyes.
Lizard Rating – 8/10
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