Review: Super Stardust Delta (Vita)March 28th, 2012 | Written by Danreb Victorio | Topic: PlayStation Vita, Reviews
Developed by Housemarque in 2007, Super Stardust HD was one of the most innovative sci-fi shooting games and one of the best overall games made available in the PlayStation Network. The game didn’t waste any time trying to tell some intergalactic nonsensical story. Instead it was simply about getting the high score and having fun doing it, and that’s what Super Stardust Delta is all about.
What Is It?
Super Stardust is a free roaming sci-fi shooter that plays conventionally with a modern twist.
The player’s starship is maneuvered using the left analog stick while all the shooting is done with the right analog stick. Shots are fired at whichever the right stick is tilted at, so essentially the game is mainly played using only the analog sticks.
The face buttons change the kind of gun equipped, and there are only two: fire and ice. This is similar to games like Ikaruga, where half the challenge is figuring out which guns will deal the most damage.
Each level has five phases, each one more challenging than the last. The last phase always features a boss where speed and quick reflexes are the keys victory.
Why Should I Care?
Super Stardust is plain old-school with a simplistic quality that makes it playable to everyone.
However, because of its genre, it could be a little challenging to a number of players. A lot of modern sci-fi shooters fill the screen with beams that players have to avoid in order to survive–so many that the genre might as well be renamed “survival shooters.”
Players with the best reflexes are the most likely to survive in Super Stardust and get a high score, but the game has this addictive factor that keeps players coming back for more even after death.
Two new weapons make an appearance in the series in the form of a black hole and a barrage of homing missiles. Unfortunately, both use the touch screen by default, but thankfully can be re-mapped to face buttons.
While it’s nice that the game tries to use the touchscreen feature, the action is too hectic to bother rubbing your fingers on the screen.
What Makes It Worth My Time And Money?
Considering the Vita just came out, there really aren’t that many games to begin with. Super Stardust Ultra is one of the few available games downloadable on the PlayStation Store, and it’s only $9.99.
That $10 gets you HD-esque graphics, a good techno house-esque soundtrack, and an addictive experience to boot.
Super Stardust HD was one of the best available downloadable games on PSN, so it’s no surprise Super Stardust Ultra is one of the very best for the Vita.
Final Score: 9 | Recommendation: Buy It
Editor’s Note: The game was purchased by the reviewer. Over 10 hours was put into the game throughout the various modes.