There is a plot buried somewhere in the game, featuring an alternate take on WW2 where you are now controlling German speaking characters, yet still suspiciously look like they’ve just walked out of the closest anime series that they could find. However, that plot is just there so it can act as an excuse to just go through and blow stuff out.
You take control of a helicopter which seems to be leading a one-man assault on the opposing forces and the game is exactly as hard as you would imagine this would be. This is how games used to be, spend hours tearing your hair out in fury at something going wrong, until it finally clicks. Although you do receive some continues, if you use all of those up, you end up having to restart the entire level again. And not just the numbered sections of the level, back to the first part. There are no checkpoints in this game.
To help you with this all out carnage that you are presented with, you can find a couple of pick-ups that will help increase your fire-power, aside form the standard machine gun your helicopter is already equipped with. You can pick up bombs, a vulcan machine gun, which whilst less powerful than your traditional machine gun, adds in a fair amount of extra fire-power. You can also pick up cannons and Rocket Grenades, which will severely increase your fire-power. This is all essential, as there is a lot of enemies that you need to kill.
Also, this game is HARD! I know games have gotten easier as time has gone on (excluding games like Dark Souls) but I don’t know if we’ve just become complacent gamers. This was definitely a wake-up call in what games used to be like, and the industry needs some more hard games coming through, otherwise we will have a generation of gamers reared on COD.
During the game you get an arcade mode as well as the story mode, but this seems to be more of a way for all those achievement and trophy hunters to rack up their scores as you get an achievement or trophy for finishing each section of a stage, on both story and arcade. It does add a fair amount of re playability to the game though.
One of the few problems with the game though, is that when to much is happening on screen, the frame-rate takes an utter nose-dive and everything is exceedingly slow. Although it doesn’t affect the overall gameplay, it can be rather annoying after a while. This doesn’t take away that the game is exceedingly fun to play.
Overall this is a good game, and one that is rather fun to enjoy. It won’t be winning any prizes sometime soon, but if you missed the dreamcast version, this is definitely worth picking up.