Rolling Stone magazine disparaged AC/DC when its 1983 album Flick of the Switch incriminated the Australian hard rock band for having "made the same album nine times." Thinking more of its audience, AC/DC earned both its commercial payout and Rolling Stone's frugal star rating.
Atlus, with its North American publication of Idea Factory's Spectral Force 3 has done much the same in serving fans of a dated genre - and few others.
Though Spectral Force 3's Japanese release was in August of 2006, the game shows age even greater than two years. Tactical mechanics are sound, but are plainly derivative; and even so, when did foundations ever complete a game? Spectral Force 3 is competent, tidy, practiced and very, very boring.