Saturday 26 March 2022

Shock Troopers: 2nd Squad (Neo Geo AES / MVS review)

Developer: Saurus
Publisher: SNK
Released: 1998

Shock Troopers: 2nd Squad is a run 'n' gun title and the follow-up to the 1997 Neo Geo MVS original.

+ Gritty, atmospheric world design, and the epic bosses play like a bullet-hell shooter.

+ The new ability to commandeer vehicles is a neat touch that opens up combat possibilities.

+ Pre-rendered graphics and rotation effects are otherworldly, and character animation is more fluid than the original.

- However, the animation causes a slower pace and you can't dodge as quickly due to having to wait for the frames to cycle.

- Character movement feels very stiff and the amount of slowdown from the get-go is absurd.

- No memorable set-pieces and the action repeats ad nauseum without introducing anything new to engage players.

- The number of playable characters has been halved and the Team Battle mode is no longer an option.

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