Review by Meatwad3000

"The Nintendo DS's first shoot em up , Will it be popular or overseen by other ds titles"

There are many shoot em ups in the world of gaming . Examples of shoot-em ups are Ikaruga, Iridon 2 , and contra. But the DS now has it‘s own shoot em up will it be a hit or overshadowed by the popular future DS coming out

Story 0/10 : Unfortunately there is no story to Nanostray , but I would not count this against the final score for this game. since you can have a good game without a story

Graphics 10/10 : This is one of if not the best presentation of the Nintendo DS 3-D graphics to date... the visuals are extremely clear ... when enemy ships explode they actually look like real explosions , and the landscape's were really well done... also the bosses looked really good

Control 9/10 : The controls were pretty good the weapon buttons were well placed. but the reason I gave it a nine since it got kind of irritating having to take the stylus out of the slot to scan the boss or switch your weapons.

Game play 9/10 : This is about the same in most shoot em ups you simply shoot at anything that tries to destroy your ship , but this game requires more strategy you can't just hold down the fire button to get a high score the less you use your main weapon you get a valor bonus which greatly effects your final score . I would have given it a 10 because it was a good pick up and play game and it gave you that arcade game feeling but portable .. but I decided to give it a 9 because
The occasional slow down that happens for a couple of seconds while playing through the levels in adventure, arcade, and challenge mode.

Replay Value: 10/10 : Though adventure mode is fairly short and can be beaten in about 2 hours there is still quite more in the game that can be done . There are 3 different difficulties in adventure mode the expert difficulty will leave hardcore shoot em up fans on the edge of their seats, 22 different arcade challenges which are very tough , and 8 arcade stages that you can play over and over again to set high scores and you can post your scores on Nanostray.com and compete against other's on the world ranking boards

Pros

+ easy to pick up and play
+ has a lot of replay value
+ one of the greatest presentations of the Nintendo DS's 3-D graphics

Cons.

- short adventure mode
- slowdowns happen a bit in levels
- there is really no story

Final Comments : Even though the game lacked in the storyline department which I will not count towards the final score of this game. This is a great game no doubt about it. But it'll most likely be over-looked by other DS titles such as the soon to be released Advance Wars : dual strike and the already released Meteos

Final score 38/40 9.5/10 10/10 rounded but I can't give this game a perfect score since it has flaws so my final score is a 9/10


Reviewer's Score: 9/10 | Originally Posted: 07/27/05


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