Einhander is a 1998 side-scrolling shooter from Square, the Japanese game company famous for Final Fantasy. It's one of their best games, and you may not even know it exists. Until now, that is.
So what would it take to make a worthy, on this level, side-scrolling shooter now a days?
I was thinking about that today too. Unfortunately, I believe the genre is now dead, except for the occasional re-release on Xbox Live or PSN. The 16/32 bit days were the pinnacle of shooters. I'm still discovering games that I never knew existed, mainly because so many Sega Saturn games were released only in Japan. Thanks to the Action Replay, as well as a modchip that allows a Saturn to read CD-R's, I can finally play the ones that were never exported from Japan.
Games like this aren't made anymore because once innovative developers such as Squaresoft are now only concerned with big-budget AAA titles and padding their executives' pockets. Square Enix would never make a unique game like this in today's market; hell, you won't see any unique games like Einhander, Brave Fencer Musashi, Ehrgeiz, Chocobo's Dungeon, etc. anymore. It's a sad state of affairs in the gaming industry today.
I've always wanted to try this game, as I'm a huge fan of 16/32 bit shooters, but I haven't found it for a reasonable price. I should just buy it anyway, considering how hot the retro game market is now. It's not going to lose value anytime soon.
I used to own a copy - picked it up when it was originally released - and it somehow ended up lost, never to be found again. I even owned the soundtrack to this game, as the gameplay, sound and level design is pretty much second-to-none in the realm of shooters. One of only two games which I ever bought a soundtrack to, as they are usually expensive and must be imported. The other one was the original Silent Hill CD soundtrack, bought direct from Japan. There was a great deal of skill involved with this game and some of the later levels were fiendish in their difficulty. Unlocking the best ship / weapon meant going through the entire game on hard, finding 15 secret bonuses while using only 3 or less continues. Easier said than done!
I still have this game. Good stuff.
God-tier shooter that is only second to Ikaruga........
it´s a 10/10 for me too! amazing game it is so classy and perfect, at least my memories are
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